When I moved out and started my career, I promised myself I would try to eat well. But meals progressively level up in difficulty throughout the day. Breakfast is easy, lunch is confusing, and dinner is hard. I'm guilty of laziness and eating random small portions of snacks for lunch but not a solid meal. When I first started grocery shopping, I concluded a sandwich was my best bet.
Now, a sandwich isn't novel in any way, quite the opposite, but an easy-to-match recipe will hopefully get you started to eating better at an even better value. When you go into Aldi and you see these items, you can grab and go.
My favorite part of this recipe is the Rosso pesto. You see this little jar in Aldi and you want it, but what do you do with it? PUT IT ON A SAMMICH. For real though, aside from pasta, this is an amazing spread on sandwiches or wraps. I love the tomato spread to substitute a sliced tomato - it's a nice alternative.
Without further ado, here is one of the few sandwiches I muster the will to make on my lunch break which can be enjoyed toasted or cold:
Chicken and Cheddar Sandwich with Priano's Rosso Pesto
Step 1: Take two slices of bread and a knife. Spread mayo on one side and pesto on the other.
Step 2: Layer your chicken meat and cheese. Enjoy!
"What's for dinner?" I asked myself. A common dilemma I encounter.
I opened the fridge and to my delight I saw a pack of Aldi's fresh Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli that I had forgotten about. I immediately formulated the meal I would make around this amazing ravioli. But I didn't check for the chicken that was supposed to be part of this dinner. On a positive note, this recipe is great to pair with any protein you might have available. Consider this to be a customizable meal where these two components are the base. Catch me next time for the chicken recipe.
Step 1: Set burner to high, fill pot with water (about 3/4 high), add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Carefully add ravioli.
Step 2: Turn heat down to medium after adding ravioli. Water should still bubble. Let ravioli cook for 4 minutes or until they bob at the top of the water.
Step 3: Drain ravioli in colander. Add the ravioli back to the empty pot.
Step 4: Add pesto to taste - start with a tablespoon. Cover the pot and toss it up or gently mix in with a large spoon.
Lemon Pepper Broccoli:
Step 1: Place broccoli florets in a bowl. I usually have 6-8 floret pieces.
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
Step 3: Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes and sprinkle lemon pepper.
One of my favorite things about Aldi is being able to afford exotic fruits and nuts without hurting my budget's feelings. When my family and I traveled to Hawaii, we would buy papaya boats at the store for breakfast. Those were simply wrapped with blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I fell in love with the combination.
Buy these few ingredients and get 4 breakfasts out of one papaya and snack on the leftovers. Feel free to switch up the yogurt, the nuts, choose another berry, or even add a grain. Let's make these easy papaya boats!
Step 1: Wash papaya, slice length wise, and remove seeds. Quarter the papaya. Set one wedge away. (Wrap the others in plastic wrap and place in fridge for later.)
Step 2: Scoop your yogurt onto the papaya.
Step 3: Layer with nuts and blueberries
This cute $2.99 bag of (1.5lb) tiny potatoes from Aldi is colorful and an easy hit at the dinner table for one - or two. Follow my recipe below for this easy Roasted Ramekin Potatoes side dish. The bag recommends 375° for 30 minutes. I left mine in longer since they weren't cooked completely through.
23 years-old. Passionate about affordable groceries. Young and broke. Queen of winging it. My recipes are for the busy, the lazy, and the tired. I'm all of the above. New posts weekly!