Jun
30
2014

20 Slow Cooker Meals for under $150 at Aldi

Posted at 7:30 AM on Jun 30, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Jun 30th, 2014

Here is a super easy meal plan - get 20 slow cooker meals from Aldi for under $150.00!  This includes printable shopping list, monthly calendar, and recipes for all 20 meals!

A few weeks ago we launched an Aldi Meal Plan where you could make 25 meals for under $150.00.  The response was amazing and within a day, I was already getting emails begging for a second plan!  I am SO excited to provide another Aldi meal plan for you, this time you will make 20 meals at Aldi for $150 and every one of them are Slow Cooker Meals.

Here are a couple of the comments we received from the first plan:

 

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It is HOT during the summer and we don’t really want to use the oven, SO we use our slow cooker a lot!  We thought this would be super easy for you all, this way you can start dinner in the morning and go outside and enjoy your kids this summer without having to stress over dinner!

Keep in mind that prices vary per store, so yours may be a little bit higher or lower depending on the item.  Additionally, meat items like the pork loin, whole chicken, ground beef etc. vary in weight and might not correspond exactly to what we estimated it will cost.  However – the serving sizes are a little larger than the last meal plan, so most recipes will likely feed more like 6 people.

This meal plan includes main dishes, side dish, and vegetables for all 20 meals!

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We priced it out, did our shopping and came in spending $147.63!   You don’t have to get this all in one trip if that doesn’t work for your family.  Many of these recipes you can also make ahead and freeze for a quick meal later on, we have noted that in the printable pack available below.

The one thing that I need to point out is that a couple of these recipes will need fresh ginger root.  Aldi does not sell this, so take some of the money you have left over and head to your local grocery store and buy $1.00 worth of fresh ginger.  Trust me, you will LOVE how these recipes turn out!

Here are the Slow-Cooker meals that you will be making:

Shopping trip ingredients

Here is the shopping list of what you will need:

  • 2 Burmann’s BBQ Sauce – $0.99 each
  • 1 Casa Mamita Salsa, 24 oz -$1.69 each
  • 1 Clancy’s Tortilla Chips, 13 oz -$1.19 each
  • 2 Jiffy Corn Bread Mix 1 box -$0.47 each
  • 1 Tuscan Garden Italian Dressing, 16 oz -$1.39 each
  • 1 Benita Flour Tortillas, 10 ct- $1.19 each
  • 6 Chef’s Cupboard Cream of Chicken Soup, 10.5 oz -0.79 each
  • 2 Chef’s Cupboard Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.5 oz -$0.79 each
  • 1 Dakota Pride Black Beans, 15 oz -$0.59 each
  • 2 Dakota Pride Kidney Beans, 15 oz -$0.59 each
  • 7 Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes, 28 oz -$0.99 each
  • 4 Happy Harvest Diced Tomtoes, 14.5 oz- $0.59 each
  • 2 Reggano Farfalle, 12 oz -$0.89 each
  • 2 Reggano Pasta – any type 12 or 16 oz. – $0.89 each
  • 1 White Rice, 3 lb -$1.59 each
  • 3 Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz -$1.99 each
  • 1 Happy Farms Cottage Cheese, 24 oz -$2.29 each
  • 1 Happy Farms Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 16 oz -$3.69 each
  • 2 Bakehouse Creations Buttermilk Biscuits, 8 ct. -$0.49 each
  • 1 Little Salad Bar Spring Mix -$1.79 each
  • 2 Avocado -$0.89 each
  • 1 Carrots (whole) -$1.39 each
  • 1 Celery (whole stalks) -$1.39 each
  • 2 Garlic cloves -$0.79 each
  • 2 Green Peppers, 3-pack -$1.89 each
  • 2 Multi-Colored Peppers, 3-pack -$3.49 each
  • 2 Onions- $1.99 each
  • 1 Potatoes, 10 lb -$2.99 each
  • 1 Fit & Active Ground Turkey, 1.2 lbs package -$2.99 each
  • 2 Ground Beef 80% Lean, 2.25 lbs package- $7.75 each
  • 2 Pork Chops, per lb. -$3.99 each
  • 1 Pork Loin, 4 lb.- $11.56 each
  • 1 Whole Chicken, small to medium sized -$4.50 each
  • 1 Kirkwood Chicken Leq Quarters, 5 lb -$5.00 each
  • 4 Kirkwood Chicken, 3 lb -$5.99 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Broccoli -$1.09 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Corn- $0.95 each
  • 1 Season’s Choice Frozen Green Beans- $1.49 each
  • 2 Season’s Choice Frozen Mixed Vegetables -$0.95 each
  • 1 L’oven Fresh Hamburger Buns- $0.89 each

 

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $1.97!!  You can buy that here.

If you don’t want the printable pack, no problem at all!  You can still do this! You just need to scroll down to see the breakdown of the ingredients listed for each recipe.

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The printable pack includes:

1.) Printable shopping list.

This breaks your shopping list down by aisle so that you can literally go and do your shopping in 20 minutes or less!

Meal Planning pack

2.) Monthly Meal Planning Calendar.

We made this calendar out so that you knew how to arrange all the ingredients throughout the month. We focused on ingredients that would go bad quickly first, then scheduled out some other ones that can be made in bulk and frozen.

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3.) Printable Recipe Cards.

You can find all of the recipes right here on this site, but the benefit of getting them in this way is that we tell you the portions and sides for each recipe.  We also tell you which ones to make in bulk, which ones to freeze, and what portion sizes for each.

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Here is our grocery cart full of food for under $150.00!

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Here is the breakdown the ingredients in every meal, that way you can figure out how to divide everything among the recipes: 

Cacciatore Chicken Recipe ($8.13 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Leq Quarters
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Multi-Colored Peppers
  • Onions
  • Farfalle
  • Mozzarella, Shredded
  • Diced Tomatoes

Healthy Stuffed Peppers ($8.93 – will make once):

  • Ground Beef 80% Lean
  • Green Peppers
  • Onions
  • White Rice
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese

Korean Pork Tacos ($8.56 – will make twice – or double the recipe and freeze half):

  • Half of Pork Loin, 4 lb.
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Onions
  • Spring Mix Greens
  • Garlic cloves
  • Carrots (whole)
  • White Rice

Salsa Chicken ($6.45 – will make twice):

  • Casa Mamita Salsa
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Dakota Pride Black Beans
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Instant Brown Rice
  • Avocado

Easy Crockpot Chicken ($7.86 – will make once):

  • Whole Chicken
  • Celery (whole stalks)
  • Carrots (whole)
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ($6.23 – will make twice):

  • Jar of Burmann’s BBQ Sauce
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Hamburger Buns
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes
  • Corn
  • Brown sugar (from pantry)
  • Italian dressing of choice (from pantry)

Thai Peanut Pork ($6.84 – will make twice):

  • Pork Chops
  • Multi-Colored Peppers, 3-pack
  • Garlic cloves
  • White Rice
  • Peanut Butter (from pantry)
  • Soy Sauce (from pantry)

Crockpot Lasagna ($9.14 – will make twice):

  • Ground Beef 80% Lean
  • Onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Farfalle
  • Mozzarella
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Carrots (whole)
  • Celery (whole stalks)

Cheesy Chicken with Broccoli ($7.97 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • White Rice, 3 lb bag
  • Broccoli, Frozen Bag

Crockpot Chili Recipe ($13.81 – will make a double batch once; freeze half):

  • Ground Beef
  • Green Peppers
  • Kidney Beans
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Corn Bread Mix

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe ($6.02 – will make twice):

  • Chicken Breast
  • Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Mixed Vegetables, Frozen
  • Biscuits

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $1.97!!  You can buy that here.

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You can also purchase the first meal plan that we created where you could make 25 meals for $150.00 at Aldi.  You can view that plan for FREE here or you can purchase that one below for $1.97 as well.

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If you want to learn how to coupon – check out my ebook “How to Coupon Effectively” where you learn how to save over $5,200 per year spending just 2 hours per week!

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You can also follow my Pinterest Board with all the recipes saved right to it!

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Comments:

  • Patty says...
    Posted at 8:13 am by I am THAT Lady: Patty
    Patty
    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing these two Aldi meal plans. This has come at such a perfect time for us, as we HAD TO come up with a way to shop more at Aldi to save us $$ and lower our grocery bill! These meal plans were the answer to that prayer!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:32 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Patty – thank you for the feedback! It is helping us as well, we had to lower our grocery budget this month and this has been such a blessing to us as well!

  • Kelly says...
    Posted at 3:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelly
    Kelly
    Jun 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I think this is just so neat! I am really excited to try the crock pot meals. I’ve never shopped at Aldi’s, but with your recipes and shopping lists, I feel I will have a great experience and save the money I am always trying to – but rarely having success with. Thank you!

  • chris says...
    Posted at 4:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: chris
    chris
    Jun 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Meatless meal plan? or less meat plans..
    :-)

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 9:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jun 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Chris – unfortunately for those who don’t consume much meat, slow cooker recipes usually contain meat. We will be doing a few more of these meal plans; one will be aimed at being low calorie, which will likely include quite a few meatless options.

  • Kathy says...
    Posted at 6:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kathy
    Kathy
    Jun 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I love looking at your plans. I don’t get to make a lot of your recipes, but I do make some. My family are not big fans of chicken dishes, so those are usually not options.

  • Tosh says...
    Posted at 6:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tosh
    Tosh
    Jun 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Great list! I love all the great deals you can score at Aldi!

  • Tabatha says...
    Posted at 7:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tabatha
    Tabatha
    Jun 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I seriously love these $150 meal plans! Mine comes to about $160 because I have to replace some of the regular things with gluten free but even still that’s pretty amazing! You are saving me a lot of money! And all of your recipes are plenty for our family of 5 AND still having enough for leftovers for my husband for work! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 9:00 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much Tabatha! I’m so glad that you and your family have found this helpful!

  • Joy says...
    Posted at 8:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Joy
    Joy
    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I adore Aldi…I just wish a store was closer to me! Approximately how many people will the meals feed? I am definitely going to give some of these a try as we are cutting the grocery budget also. Thank you soo much!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 8:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jun 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Joy. Most of the meals in this plan will feed 6. Some will only feed 4, so you may need to increase the portions on a few of them. But for the most part, they will feed 6.

  • Tiffany@AnotherTXFamily says...
    Posted at 9:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tiffany@AnotherTXFamily
    Tiffany@AnotherTXFamily
    Jun 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I bought your last meal plan and have been anxiously awaiting this one. We easily fed 2 adults and 3 young kids on the last one (and usually had leftovers). Well worth the $2 investment!!! My next request: meals for the grill!

  • Christina Birchmeyer says...
    Posted at 9:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Christina Birchmeyer
    Christina Birchmeyer
    Jun 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    These meal plans are great! Any chance you will be putting one together for Wegmans? I know it won’t be $150 but I practically live next door. I have 2 picky eaters also so I will have to mix and match meal plans.

  • Renee W says...
    Posted at 10:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: Renee W
    Renee W
    Jun 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you for all of your hard work creating these Aldi meal plans. The timing could not be more perfect!

  • Jackie B. says...
    Posted at 11:36 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jackie B.
    Jackie B.
    Jun 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Lauren! I clicked on the links and paid for both meal plans, but have not received the downloads. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 01, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Jackie, let me look into this and I will email you directly.

  • katy says...
    Posted at 9:08 am by I am THAT Lady: katy
    katy
    Jul 01, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I am only seeing 11 meals/recipes and the picture/title says 20. Am I missing something?

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 11:13 am by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 01, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Hi Katy. Most of the recipes are either made twice or are for 2 full portion sizes. Hope that helps!

  • Christina says...
    Posted at 9:15 am by I am THAT Lady: Christina
    Christina
    Jul 01, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I am so excited about this meal plan!! I love my crock pot, and these two plans will help us so much. My husband works so I gave up my job to be home with our children and to go to college. So this took a HUGE amount of stress away. Thank you so much

  • Amanda says...
    Posted at 12:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amanda
    Amanda
    Jul 01, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I am very excited about this post, but I do not have an Aldi anywhere near me. Living in the high-priced peninsula of No. CA, I think I can make do at Smart & Final and Safeway. I can work out low-cost brand substitutions, but was wondering if you could add the size/weights to things like the frozen veg bags, bbq sauce etc….or is that written out in the recipe cards?? That just dawned on me, duh! :) If so, I will gladly spend $2 to save a bundle. Thanks!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 12:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 01, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      It is written out on the bundle.

  • Holly says...
    Posted at 2:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Holly
    Holly
    Jul 01, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Do the ingredients stay fresh for the 20 day period, or do you assemble and freeze until ready to cook?

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 2:58 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 01, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Holly, some ingredients you may want to consider freezing or waiting to purchase about halfway through the month. The peppers, carrots and celery are the ones that I wouldn’t think would last longer than a week or 2. Or you could assemble and freeze – but be careful if prepping and freezing. Slow-cooking is at a lower temperature, so make sure that the food is completely thawed before placing in the slow-cooker to reduce the amount of time that the meat is in the “danger zone” temperature range.

  • Julianne says...
    Posted at 9:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Julianne
    Julianne
    Jul 01, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I bought the Aldi Slow Cooker Meal Plan. Where can I find information about which of these can be made ahead, frozen in a freezer bag, then thawed and put in slow cooker for cooking? Thank you!

  • Diana Chavez says...
    Posted at 9:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Diana Chavez
    Diana Chavez
    Jul 01, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I absoultly love this! Thank you for sending me this!! I have one question-If I purchase it for 2$ am I able to download it to my tablet or phone?? Im just having computer problems.

  • Holly says...
    Posted at 3:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Holly
    Holly
    Jul 02, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Would love to see a breakfast/lunch menu to go along with these at some point. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Jessalyn says...
    Posted at 8:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessalyn
    Jessalyn
    Jul 02, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    How does this compare to purchasing at other stores? I don’t have a aldi. I have publix and winn dixie and walmart and sams. I also have a family of 11 so would I need to double most everything?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:35 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 03, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Jessalyn, I’ve heard from others that they used this list to shop at their local store and had success.

  • kattie says...
    Posted at 8:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: kattie
    kattie
    Jul 03, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Are there any issues with cooking and freezing leftovers with any of these?
    Thank you both so much for your hard work and this new segment of your blog. Crazy helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 03, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      We freeze a lot of these, you can freeze them either uncooked or cooked.

  • Cecilia @ MommiesRun says...
    Posted at 9:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Cecilia @ MommiesRun
    Cecilia @ MommiesRun
    Jul 05, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Found your post from the SITS link up! Do you find that Aldi meat and chicken is good quality? I normally just get produce there.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:11 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 05, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Cecillia – thanks for stopping by. Aldi meat is actually pretty decent. We get the chicken and ground turkey often. Their center cut pork chops are also great.

  • Tracey says...
    Posted at 9:20 am by I am THAT Lady: Tracey
    Tracey
    Jul 07, 2014 at 9:20 am

    What are the hamburger buns for?

    • Tracey says...
      Posted at 9:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Tracey
      Tracey
      Jul 07, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Found it :)

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 12:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 07, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      The Hamburger Buns are for the BBQ Chicken to make sandwiches.

  • Maura says...
    Posted at 9:59 am by I am THAT Lady: Maura
    Maura
    Jul 07, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What a great menu bundle! Thank you for putting it together. I am making the chicken cacciatore today but noticed that the printable recipe card omits the 2 cans of diced tomatoes. You might want to send a note to everyone who bought the bundle so they know to fix that recipe. Also, if you could include a list of Pantry Ingredients in future menu plans, that would be really helpful!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 12:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 07, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you – we will fix that ASAP!

  • Krissy says...
    Posted at 9:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Krissy
    Krissy
    Jul 08, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    A friend of mine posted this on fb and it caught my eye. $150 for 20 meals from my fav grocer?!! Okay! I purchased and downloaded the PDFs cause I have five kids, I need shortcuts in my life. (Can I say I love having it all done for me?! Best $2 spent. EVER.)
    Anyway, we purchased all of the items, plus some toiletries and food for our 4th of July meal for $180. Pretty terrific if you ask me. We just are our 2nd meal from this little project and I am in love! Having supper all ready to eat after busy summer days is lovely. Having them be tasty is even better! So glad I saw this! Thanks for all of your hard work!! I have been blessed!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 09, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Krissy – WOW what an awesome job! So thrilled you are loving the recipes and the ease!

  • Meridith says...
    Posted at 7:53 pm by I am THAT Lady: Meridith
    Meridith
    Jul 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these! Still working through all the food from the 1st one you put out, since it’s just two of us. I read him the meals for this one and he can’t wait to start this one. Thanks again for putting these together. Very helpful!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 8:00 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      You are so welcome! We are working on a 3rd one right now too!

  • Carrie says...
    Posted at 6:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Carrie
    Carrie
    Jul 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hi i plan to make the salsa chicken tomorrow but i see corn in the recipe but not on the ingredients list. Also it says 1/2 jar of salsa on the ingredients list and on the recipes says add the entire jar. Thanks!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Carrie – I apologize. We updated the printable pack with the correct ingredients. The corn is on the side and the salsa is half the jar.

  • lorraine williamson says...
    Posted at 1:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: lorraine williamson
    lorraine williamson
    Jul 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    thanks for the menu plans don’t have an aldi’s nearby but definitely will use with my stores

  • Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife says...
    Posted at 11:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
    Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife
    Jul 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    This is amazing!!
    Come link up with me today!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

  • Amber says...
    Posted at 8:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amber
    Amber
    Jul 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    The spaghetti sauce and chili take 6-28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes. Your shopping list has five. Looking forward to cooking from this plan.

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