Monday, December 12, 2011

Aldi Menus, Take 2

This is one of those weeks were I need to be on top of the meal planning, and probably you do too, so here's another list of Aldi recipes with a grocery list. Enjoy!

Cranberry chicken and mashed potatoes and green beans
Three cheese chicken penne pasta bake and salad
Chinese casserole and a salad
Hamburger soup (crock pot) and rolls
Breakfast dinner (pancakes and eggs, add some bacon if you want)
Throw in ingredients for chili and a few frozen pizzas to get you through the weekend.

Grocery list:
bbq sauce
soy sauce
salad dressing
whole-berry cranberry sauce
pancake mix
chicken breasts
2 lb. ground beef
frozen veggies
spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
parmesan cheese
penne pasta
fresh spinach
salad ingredients
green beans
rolls, or ingredients for homemade bread
cream cheese
mozzarella cheese
cheddar cheese
onion soup mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Cranberry chicken: place chicken breasts (either bone-in or boneless) in a 9x13 pan. Mix 1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce, 1 pkg. of onion soup mix, and 1 c of bbq sauce. Pour on top and bake at 350 until done (bone-in breasts will take longer than boneless).

Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake: 1 1/2 c. multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz) fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
1 jar (14 1/2 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. Neufchatel Cheese, cubed (could also use cream cheese)
1 c. (I used a little more) part skim Mozzarella cheese
2 T. parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 375.
Cook pasta, adding spinach to boiling water for last 1 minute.
Put chicken in a pan and add sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil and simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done.
Stir in Neufchatel cheese.
Drain pasta mixture; return to pan.
Stir in chicken mixture and mozzarella and spoon into 2-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 min., then sprinkle with remaining cheeses and bake an additional 3 minutes.

Chinese Casserole
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I use cream of celery because we don’t like mushrooms)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 ½ c water
1 c dry (uncooked) rice
¼ c soy sauce
Pepper to taste
Chinese noodles and slivered almonds, optional

Brown the ground beef with the onion. Place in a 2 qt casserole, then mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove cover, stir, and continue baking for 30 more minutes with the cover off. Sprinkle with Chinese noodles and slivered almonds during the final few minutes.

Hamburger Soup
1 lb. lean ground beef, browned
2 potatoes, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced
salt and pepper
1-2 onions, diced
1 bag frozen mixed veggies
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 1/4 c water

Toss it in a crock pot and cook for a few hours. If it doesn't look like enough liquid, add either a can of tomato juice or another can of tomato soup and some more water. I know I've made this recipe before, but the liquid amount is looking off to me. This would also be good with beer or red wine as part of the liquid.


  1. Thanks, Nancy. I'm always looking for new easy recipes!

  2. I'm all about easy;) Maybe next week I'll do a week's worth of vegetarian recipes for you.