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Budget Recipes and Cheap Dinner Ideas

Winter's here, nights are getting longer, the thermometer's dropping, and we're all just looking for some
quick easy family dinner ideas. But times are tough for everyone right now, and we're all looking to
save some money where we can! At Aldi, we're known for our Everyday Amazing low prices,
so we're used to saving money where we can. Here are some of our top tips and cheap meal ideas, which can
help you save money this winter!

Energy Saving Meals

We don't always think about the cost of putting the oven on when we cook family meals, but an easy way to save a bit of money
this winter
 is to switch to less energy-intensive appliances, such as air fryers.  Slow cookers are perfect for cheap easy
meals as they can be left for hours 
  without using much energy. Or perhaps think about one pot meals, which can reduce the
washing up considerably, saving you money on washing-up liquid and hot water!


One Pot Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes

Air Fryer Recipes

Microwave Recipes

    Save Money with Aldi's Budget Recipes

Looking to save money when you shop? Use budget friendly store cupboard favourites such as tinned tuna, tinned beans and pulses
(such as chickpeas, kidney beans and cannellini beans) and tinned sweetcorn. 

Tuna Pasta Bake

Mixed Bean Chilli

Chicken and Sweetcorn Noodle Soup

Chickpea Chilli


 Think about using more wallet-friendly cuts of meat, such as chicken thighs, turkey mince, sausages and pork belly!
These cuts are just as, if not, more tasty, than more expensive cuts! Budget meals don't have to mean
boring meals.

Chicken Thigh Ragu

Turkey Bolognese Spaghetti

Roasted Sausage Bake

Maple Black Pepper Pork Belly with Creamy Potato Salad

Cheap Family Meals with Cardiff Mum!

Are you looking to celebrate the coziest time of year without sending your bank account into a frenzy?
Our budget-friendly recipes from @Cardiff.Mum won't ruin your wallet.

Aldi is here to help you save on your weekly food shop! Amazing offers every week on our Super 6 fruit & veg,
and quality meats and fish every week with our Super Weekly Offers!

Food Waste Tips

• Bacon is perfect for the freezer. All you need to do is fold each extra rasher in baking paper so you can separate easier when defrosting. Once it’s all covered, put it in a zip-seal bag and freeze. Defrost for 30 minutes before cooking.
• You might not like the idea of frozen avocado slices, but they make great guacamole, dressing and spreads. Just pop your slices or pureé in sealed plastic bags and put them in your freezer. Defrost in cold water until the avocado thaws completely.
• Eggs may be the oddest thing that you can actually freeze and still use later. But if you crack them, beat them and place them in a sealed tub, you can absolutely freeze them and enjoy them weeks later. Defrost them in the fridge for a day before using.
• Whether you’re prepping your meals for the week ahead or simply storing extra from the family meal, cooked pasta is best frozen separately from your sauce. It will be good for 3-5 days in airtight containers. No need to defrost. Just cook straight away.
• You can freeze milk for about a month. Make sure it’s in an airtight container with room to expand. Then defrost overnight (about 8 hours) in the fridge before use. For smoothies, simply pop in an ice cube tray and blend straight out of the freezer.
• Freezing cheese in large blocks will make it lose moisture and become crumbly, so grate and freeze in handy portion sizes, wrapped in cling film or foil, in a freezer bag. Firmer cheeses like Cheddar, Gouda and Swiss freeze best.
• Check what you have in stock and make a list before you go shopping.

• Batch cook and freeze in typical portion sizes as well as freezing leftovers to avoid waste.

• Get your head around what dates on food mean. You should not eat food past its use-by date unless you freeze it in advance. Best before dates are a sign of when food is at its best but can still be eaten after the date passes.

• Use leftover meat bones and veggie peelings to make a stock for a soup or in your cooking – you can keep all of these scraps in the freezer until you have enough to make a stock.

• Have a shelf in your fridge which is dedicated to items which will go out of date soon, so you can keep them in focus and not forget about them.

• Set your fridge to the right temperature – below 5°C. Did you know that if you set your fridge to below 5°C, it can prolong the life of milk and other items for up to 3 days?