No matter the time of year, easy recipes for families are a must! Here are 3 easy recipes to make healthy, delicious eating happen for your family using high quality, affordable products from ALDI.
This post is sponsored by ALDI US.
If you’re a parent, one of the most daunting tasks you face on a daily basis is feeding your family. Not only do you have to figure out WHAT to feed your family every single day, you also have to figure out how to afford to do so.
Read on to learn my favorite place to shop for groceries and 3 easy recipes for families (1 meal and 2 snacks) to eat well during their busy week.
Finding Affordable Food for Your Family
Feeding a family takes a lot of money. No matter how you shake it, the older my boys get, the bigger our grocery bill. Do you feel this too? Fortunately, shopping at ALDI can help take the load of this dilemma by making feeding your family easy thanks to the affordable and fun ingredients you will find there.
You guys, you are not living your best life if you’re not shopping at ALDI!
I love ALDI because shopping there allows me to stretch my budget and my ingredient list. I can have it all and so can you! It still surprises me when I meet people who have never shopped at ALDI, or tried it once and never went back. ALDI has made such a difference in my life (financially and food-wise), I just can’t imagine not shopping there!
Favorite ALDI Products Featured in these Easy Recipes
I love that I can afford high quality produce, meats, and organic products from ALDI. I find many products that make cooking a healthy meal super easy thanks to many wholesome, convenience items. Here are some of my favorite ALDI products you’ll see in these recipes:
- Fresh Atlantic Salmon Filet
- Simply Nature 90 Second Seven Grain Pouch
- Little Salad Bar Fresh Spinach
- Dakota’s Pride Garbanzo beans
- Simply Nature Creamy Peanut Butter
- Millville Rolled Oats
- Simply Nature Chia Seeds
- Fresh Produce
The great thing about these 3 easy recipes for families is that you can customize the ingredients to fit your preferences or needs. Here’s a list of ideas for substitutions should you need them.
- Different Fish - If you’re not a salmon person, try ALDI’s fresh tilapia filets and reduce your cook time by about 2 minutes.
- Don’t like spinach - You can omit this altogether and have a side salad for your greens or choose ALDI’s Simply Nature Kale for a heartier green.
- Can’t have peanut butter - Try one of ALDI’s many other nut and seed butter options.
- Don’t want to use protein powder - No problem! Just exclude it.
- Not a fan of trail mix - Choose a different dried fruit and nut mix or make your own combo to add in. Simply use the 1 cup size and choose your destiny!
- You want vegan cookie bites - Choose a different trail mix without chocolate and either exclude the mini chips or use a vegan chocolate chip here.
- You don’t want soymilk - Choose any milk of choice. You can even use juice. My favorite liquid to use in chia pudding is drinkable yogurt or kefir because it adds probiotics.
These easy recipes for families require minimal, but necessary equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sheet pan Salmon - A rimmed sheet pan, aluminum foil, cutting board, knife
- Monster Cookie Bites - Food processor, mixing bowl
- Chia Pudding - Mixing bowl, single serve contain with lid
Now, let’s get to the part where I help with figuring out WHAT to make. Here are my 3 easy recipes for families that include one meal and 2 snack ideas.
Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner with Pineapple and Tomatoes
If you need a quick dinner idea for tonight, try this quick and easy recipe for Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner- a full, balanced meal that comes together in 12 minutes or less.
Monster Cookie Energy Bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Makes: 35-40 balls
Serving Size: 2 balls
1 can Dakota’s Pride Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup Simply Nature Creamy Peanut butter
1 scoop Elevation Protein & Greens powder (optional)
3 tablespoons Simply Nature Wildflower Honey
½ cup Millville Rolled Oats
1 cup Southern Grover Mountain Trail Mix
¼ cup Baker’s Corner Mini Semi Sweet Morsels
- In a food processor bowl, add beans, peanut butter, protein powder, and honey. Pulse until sandy and well blended, about 60-90 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl at least once halfway through.
- Pour bean mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the oats, trail mix and morsels. Stir to combine.
- Scoop a ping pong size of dough into your hands and gently squeeze into balls. The mixture may be too crumbly to roll between your palms but will come together when gently squeezed. Continue making balls until all the dough has been used. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Notes: Substitute other types of nut butter if desired. You can increase protein powder to 2 scoops for more protein. You can substitute another type of trail mix. To make vegan, choose a vegan trail mix and vegan chocolate chips.
Easy Chia Pudding
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 1 person
¾ cup Simply Nature Vanilla Soymilk
3 tablespoons Simply Nature Chia Seeds
Toppings: Southern Grove dried fruit, Baker’s Corner Mini Semi Sweet Morsels, Fresh or frozen fruit
- In a small mixing bowl combine soymilk and chia seeds. Stir vigorously. Let sit for about 5 minutes to begin thickening. Stir again to keep chia seeds from settling at the bottom of the bowl. Pour into a lidded jar or reusable container with a lid.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to several days. Top with desired toppings.
Notes: Soymilk can be substituted with dairy milk or other milk alternatives. Drinkable yogurt or kefir also work very well. To make chocolate chia pudding, stir in ¾ teaspoon of Baker’s Corner cocoa powder with the milk.
How to Shop in a Pinch
When you are having “a week” or “a day” do not forget about the magical service ALDI offers of Curbside Pickup. All you do is visit ALDI.us, place your order, pick your time, drive up and get your groceries brought to your car. Brilliant! Now everyone can enjoy “concierge” like service.