Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 9/11/22

Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 9/11/22

Welcome to your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 9/11/22! Cook up everything from smothered skillet pork chops, to a chicken & cauliflower sheet pan dinner — and so much more.

free aldi meal plan week of 9/11/22: Six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door

Happy Meal Plan Day! This is where we shop at ALDI to get everything we need for six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door. Use our weekly menu plan to help reduce stress and anxiety around dinnertime, and to save time & money in the process.

These meal plans work nicely as a starting point, too: Modify your own plan around what is in stock in your area, what you have on hand in your pantry, and your own family’s dietary needs and preferences.

Free ALDI meal plan week of 9/11/22 – 9/17/22

chicken & cauliflower sheet pan dinner

Come cook along with us to learn the answer the never-ending question: What’s for dinner?

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Before jumping straight into this week’s menu, though: New ALDI Finds and news.

Pumpkin spice time, and everything Instacart

apple cider donuts at aldi

New ALDI Finds? Don’t mind if we do, really. How about everything pumpkin spice (and more fall flavor), Hawaiian pizza, cloud bread, and so much more. Check out all of my favorite ALDI Finds of the week here, and let me know what you’re planning to pick up.

easily add recipe ingredients to Instacart

New! Easily add ingredients from any recipe on this site to Instacart with a single button. Read more on this “add to Instacart” feature, how to use it, and things to watch out for — because there are a few caveats here, as there are with any automated system. This is brand new, and we’ll have to figure it out together. *** Psst — also check below the grocery list in the meal plan below to easily shop this week’s plan!

Lastly, here’s what’s new on the Amazon front:

That’s it! Without further ado, here’s your ALDI meal plan for the week of 9/11/22. Be sure to sign up for our weekly emails, so that you never miss a new one.

ALDI Meal Planning week of 9/11/22 – 9/17/22

Pick up everything on the shopping list below, then start cooking on Sunday. As always, six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door.

  • *** Print your meal plan summary + grocery shopping list below this week’s detailed plan, in Word, .rtf, or PDF format. ***
  • I’m assuming that you have on hand some pantry basics like cooking oil, common condiments, and spices. Read through the recipes before you shop, to make sure that you have the necessary pantry staples on hand for this week’s ALDI menu plan. *** The printable shopping list includes a separate section of needed basics for the week.

Six easy dinners from ALDI for $70

smothered skillet pork chops

ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 9/11/22

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

  • Slow cooker salsa chicken tacos made with 2 lbs chicken, served on tortillas & topped with shredded cheddar, sliced avocado, chopped green onion, sour cream, and/or chopped tomatoes & onion
  • The rest of the grapes
  • Reserve 1.5 cups cooked chicken for Thurs.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Leftover chicken taco soup, made with leftover salsa chicken & topped with shredded cheddar, chopped green onions, & sour cream
  • Garden salad on the side — top with any remaining Italian dressing, chopped green onion, and the last of the sweet bell pepper

Friday

Saturday

  • Leftovers, family pizza night (ALDI sells nice big take-and-bake deli pizzas), or order in.

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 9/10/22

head of cauliflower in an aldi cart

Dairy & refrigerated

16 oz Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $3.99
Friendly Farms sour cream, $1.69
Emporium Selection shredded Parmesan, $2.49

Grocery

Casa Mamita mild salsa, $1.99 (or use medium if you want spicier)
Specially Selected French baguette, $1.69
Tuscan Garden restaurant style Italian dressing, $1.99
32 oz box Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.29
El Milagro flour tortillas, $1.16
Casa Mamita taco seasoning, $.39
Can Pueblo Lindo chipotles in adobo, $1.29
Can Casa Mamita diced tomatoes with green chilies, $.89
Can Happy Harvest tomato sauce, $.39
2 cans Dakota’s Pride black beans, $1.42
Can Happy Harvest whole kernel corn, $.59

Meat

Never Any chicken apple sausage, $4.89
5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, $14.45
1 lb boneless center cut pork chops, $4.39

Produce

3 lbs red grapes, $1.90
Cantaloupe, $1.99
2 heads cauliflower, $3.98
1.5 lbs broccoli crowns, $2.99
16 oz green beans, $1.69
8 oz white mushrooms, $1.89
Bunch green onions, $.85
Bag Little Salad Bar garden salad, $1.49
3 lbs yellow onions, $2.29
3 heads garlic, $1.49
3 pack multi-colored bell peppers, $2.99
2 avocados, $1.58
2 Roma tomatoes, $.50


That comes to: $70.62

Or, maybe less…! These meals can run even less if you supplement this week’s ALDI purchases with: Clearance meat you already have in your freezer, pantry staples you picked up on sale, produce you already have on hand, and/or sale produce from your local fruit market.

New! *** Add this week’s grocery list to your Instacart. ***

IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE CHECKING OUT:

  1. You’ll need to check for pantry staples you may also need to restock, which are not included in this Instacart list.
  2. It’s not letting me increase quantities of items, so, before populating your cart with this list you’ll want to change the following:
    1. Change to three pounds of grapes
    2. Increase your avocados quantity to two
    3. Increase your tomatoes quantity to two
    4. Increase your black beans quantity to two
    5. Increase your cauliflower quantity to two
  3. Click “add” on any items you want to place in your cart; omit any items you don’t want or already have.
  4. Add anything else you need for the week to your cart, and check out!

Add your list to Instacart is a new feature I’m testing out, so please use at your own risk and double check your cart 🙂 — it’s a work in progress. Note: Instacart prices are higher than in store, so your total will be higher than shown above.

Pantry staples to check for: Olive oil, butter, smoked paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne, black pepper, Italian seasoning, salt, chili powder, oregano, cumin, sea salt, and seasoned salt.

Printable ALDI meal plan & grocery list

print this week's ALDI meal plan

Print this week’s meal plan:

Edit and add in your own meal ideas, remove items you have on hand, or change regional pricing to match your own store. *** Day(s) next to each item in the printable shopping list show which nights use each ingredient, so that you can easily see what to delete if you’re skipping a night or modifying.

Things to know about these meal plans

A couple of notes

  1. I try not to repeat main dish recipes more often than once a month, but you will see favorite easy recipes again in these weekly ALDI meal plans as the same meats and produce items come up again on sale. Part of the fun of meal planning lies in mixing old stand-bys with something new each week.
  2. If one or more of these recipes isn’t to your taste, or if you have other ingredients to use up, adapt the recipes in this ALDI meal plan to your family’s preferences. Or, just use the ideas here to supplement your own meal planning! See: Pantry staples to stock up on and how to modify a meal plan for your family.

** ad markets & dates

This week’s ALDI meal plan reflects prices from the current week’s ad (running 9/4-9/10 in Sunday ad markets, and 9/7-9/13 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices are from my local store in the Chicago suburbs. Prices and produce deals *can vary* by location & region. In either ad market, shop any time through Saturday and start cooking on Sunday 9/11/22.

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Resources for meal planning & ALDI shopping

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As always, let’s close out our week with a few resources to help you with your meal planning & ALDI shopping:

Lastly: Access your current regional ALDI ad here.

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