The answers to all the questions you may have
Why did you decide to make recipes using only Aldi ingredients?
Because I desperately want to create something helpful for you... and me.
I love cooking but I don't love spending a fortune or a lifetime doing it. Like most people I know, I would shop at Aldi for all kinds of things, and be really happy with being able to save so much money. Then I would go to another shop and pick up all kinds of things that I couldn't get at Aldi. The thing is, we all do that. The same people I saw at Aldi would be wandering the aisles of another shop too. And we would all spend double the money for a fraction of the ingredients.
But what if we didn't have to do this? What if I used my professional training as a chef and my creativity and made it work for all of us. One stop shopping for all your ingredients. Being able to cook from scratch and create exciting meals that your family will love. The idea lit a spark in me and I fell back in love with cooking and creating. And if I'm doing it for myself, it's only fair that I share it any and every way that I can.
Do you have nutritional info on your recipes?
It's built into the recipe card that I use on the website and while I'm not sure it's 1000% accurate, my feeling is that I would rather give you a ballpark estimate of nutrition than none at all. If you are on a restricted diet, please use software that you know and trust or consult your doctor.
Are your recipes healthy?
All the recipes use whole foods that your Nan would recognise, so maybe!
"Healthy" is a pretty subjective term these days. Most of these recipes are intended for everyday cooking and eating. Are there some indulgent recipes? Of course! Because what is life without the odd slice of drizzle cake or homemade biscuit. My intention is to share simple but creative meals that get you excited about flavour and cooking. Using plenty of vegetables, lean meats, and whole food options are at the top of my list when creating recipes for Savvy Bites.
Do you have any culinary training? Why should I trust your recipes?
Trust me. I'm a professional. No, really. I am.
I get it. There's a million recipe websites out there. You don't want to spend money on ingredients or time in the kitchen unless you know that you're making a recipe you can trust. Have no fear. I've been a professional chef for over 10 years and have spent my years making all the mistakes so that you don't have to. Every recipe is created with simplicity in mind. Most are easy enough for a novice to take on but are comforting and delicious enough that experienced cooks will want to add them to the family recipe binder.
Why didn't your recipe work for me?
I'm not sure. But, I'd love to help find out.
Troubleshooting recipes are a pet passion of mine and I love nothing more than helping you figure out what went wrong and to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Firstly, start by reading the recipe ingredients and method from the top. Often the error is a missed step, ingredient or quantity error that you'll spot right away. Baking powder instead of bicarb or vice versa is a very common one and will have drastically different results.
If you can't find the problem after assessing the recipe method and ingredients, then please feel free to ask me. The best way is if you leave a comment on the recipe. That way if anyone else has had the same issue then we can all learn together.
Do you subscribe to any particular diet like paleo, keto or slimming world?
Nope. But anyone following a special diet is more than welcome here.
I just try and make sure that I get my 5 a day (at least) and eat lean protein from animals and vegetables, gluten, dairy and everything else under the sun. While those diets work really well for some people, they just don't work for me. I love it when people modify my recipes to fit in with their lifestyle and dietary choices.
I'm just getting into cooking and I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any tips and tricks to help me get started?
I sure do!
Welcome to the amazing world that is cooking! You're going to love it! I've listed my top 3 tips to get you started and have some amazing freebies to help you along the way.
- Start by meal planning. This will save you loads of time and money. You can grab the handy meal planner here.
- Learn how to stock a pantry with all the essentials so that you can make store cupboard meals on the fly with minimal fuss.
- Start to learn about what you need for kitchen basics. Don't worry. It's not a big list.
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