Reviewed by Lucy Knight
Well I am home from my wedding… I have had a gain of around 5lbs while being away for my wedding in Cyprus. However, it was well worth it! My focus now I am home is to plan. I am a teacher, and was told during my training that failing to plan is planning to fail. I know that if I avoid planning my week, I will be super naughty and gain weight. So last week, I sat down during my lunch break at work and scanned the internet for recipes that would work well in my week. From this I made a shopping list, with everything I would need to stick to my planned week. I then headed down to my local Aldi in Eccles, Manchester and filled my trolley with all of the necessities on my list. I actually came in at just over my £70 target at £74.28, so was really pleased. I had printed all of the recipes out and kept them in a plastic wallet for easy access in the kitchen. I had planned to do evening meals from the recipes and eat left overs or salads for lunch the following day.
My week was as follows;
Breakfast – Fruit and Yogurt
Lunch – Tuna salad
Tea – Slimming world chicken enchilada; this meal is a must try. I was quite apprehensive as you build it up like a lasagne, I didn’t think it would work. I was so wrong, it was amazing and one of the best teas I have ever made
Breakfast – Weetabix and banana
Lunch – Left over chicken enchiladas
Tea – Garlic and Thyme chicken with vegetable penne pasta; again this was a really good recipe and it made tons
Breakfast – Fruit and toast
Lunch – Left over garlic and thyme chicken and veg penne
Tea – Spaghetti Bolognese; I add loads of extra speed when I make a spag bol to pack it out with lots of added goodness
Breakfast – Fruit and Yoghurt
Lunch – Left over Spaghetti Bolognese
Tea – Chicken and potato curry; I made this in the slow cooker, it’s one of the easiest recipes that I have made whilst doing my healthy eating diet. It’s basically chicken, potatoes, onion, tin of tomatoes, passata, curry powder and spinach
Breakfast – Weetabix, strawberries and banana
Lunch – Left over curry
Tea – Diet coke chicken, I defrosted the chicken for this and stupidly forgot to take off the security tag and nearly blew my house up! Nevertheless it’s a really good recipe and definitely worth a try.
Breakfast – Fruit and Yogurt
Lunch – Tuna Salad
Tea – Left over diet coke and chicken
Breakfast – Eggs, tomatoes and bacon on toast
Lunch – Cheese Salad
Tea – Cajun Salmon
For snacks we ate fruit, crumpets, crisps, carrots, cheese and garlic bread. My kids are snackers so eat fruit constantly throughout the day. I really enjoyed having something to inspire me this past week, having the recipes has been great. I love that I am motivated when going in to my local Aldi, there is so much fresh fruit and veg to choose from and I didn’t struggle to find anything on my list, everything was available. My favourite thing about the week was that by staying on track and planning out my week, I lost the 5lbs that I had gained on holiday. I am really enthusiastic about Aldi, I love to shop there and find the Aldi super 6 a great addition to all the regular bargains. I would rate Aldi a big fat 5/5 and it is definitely achievable to feed a family of 4 for £70 for a week there.
Why not visit your local Aldi this week and see if you can feed your family for £70 without comprimising on quality. To find your nearest Aldi store visit www.aldi.co.uk.