Welcome to this weekly Aldi budget meal plan! These budget-friendly recipes are designed for busy families who want cheap and easy dinners without breaking the bank! These FREE weekly meal planners come with a free itemised shopping list and tip sheet for storing and reheating leftovers. So, meal times are as stress-free as possible.
I've been sharing 5-day meal plans every week for years now, and it's been wonderful to hear from those who have discovered and are regularly using these plans. We also have a month of FREE £25 meal plans.
Each plan features five dinner recipes, each sized to feed around four adults. We've carefully selected these recipes to ensure they appeal to the whole family. Plus, we've mixed things up with a diverse range of meals, so you're not stuck with chicken every single night!
How to use this meal plan
- Review the Recipes: Start by looking over this week's meal plan. Get familiar with the recipes and the cooking processes involved.
- Check Your Pantry: Before heading to Aldi, check your pantry for staples you already have. It's a great way to avoid buying duplicates and save money.
- Print the Shopping List: Our itemized shopping list is your best friend. It categorizes ingredients by type (produce, dairy, etc.), making your Aldi shopping trip efficient and hassle-free.
- Prep Ahead: Identify any meal components you can prepare in advance. Chopping veggies or marinating meats ahead can save you precious time during busy weeknights.
During the Week:
- Follow the Recipes: Each recipe comes with easy-to-follow steps. Don't worry if you're new to cooking – these are beginner-friendly!
- Storing Leftovers: Our tip sheet includes advice on how to properly store and reheat leftovers, ensuring nothing goes to waste.
- Be Flexible: Feel free to swap meals based on your schedule or cravings. Our plan is designed for flexibility!
End of the Week:
- Review and Reflect: What worked well? What didn't? Your feedback is valuable for future planning.
- Share Your Experience: Join our Facebook Group and share your thoughts, photos, and tips with our community of budget-savvy cooks.
Having a well-stocked pantry can make meal preparation easier and more cost-effective. Here are some staples you should always have on hand. Check these weekly and add to your shopping list as needed:
- Oils & Fats: Olive oil, vegetable oil, and perhaps some butter or ghee for flavor.
- Seasonings: Salt, pepper, and a selection of your favorite herbs and spices.
- Canned Goods: Think tomatoes, beans, and broths – essentials for quick meals.
- Dry Goods: Rice, pasta, and flour are versatile bases for many meals.
- Condiments: Mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, and any other favourites.
This week's budget meal plan recipes
Print the shopping list and meal plan
Meal plan FAQs
Absolutely! Our recipes are designed to be straightforward and easy to follow. Whether a kitchen novice or a seasoned cook, you'll find these recipes manageable and delicious.
Absolutely! Feel free to mix and match recipes to suit your taste and needs. Each meal plan is designed to be flexible for just that reason.
Absolutely! Our meal plans are designed to be flexible. Feel free to substitute ingredients for dietary restrictions (like gluten-free or vegan options) or personal taste preferences. We encourage creativity in the kitchen, and all the recipes have notes on such substitutions and variations.
Our recipes are typically designed for approximately 4 adults, but they can be easily scaled up or down using the adjustable servings toggle on the recipe cards. If you need specific advice or guidance, leave a comment or question below the recipe and I'll get right back to you.
Yes, they are! Whether you're a kitchen novice or a seasoned cook, our meal plans are created with straightforward instructions and practical tips, making them accessible for cooks of all skill levels.
Craving more comfort food? Visit our sister site, Salted Mint, for easy, delicious recipes with everyday ingredients.