ALDI Meal Challenge – Final Week 4

So, here we are at week four of our ALDI Meal Challenge, and honestly, what started as an experiment, has helped us develop a very good strategy for meal planning while saving both money and time each week.  It also forced my daughter and I to sit down, take inventory of what we had and create a good variety of meal options around that.  I would have been happy to simply see a savings in our grocery bill – but to also reduce waste, eat better, save time and ensure my whole family came together at the table every night, are benefits that compound in value exponentially.

Friday Night Under Five – Stuffed Pasta Shells

The Vegan version of these shells are seriously OFF.THE.CHAIN delicious.  I was surprised we had leftovers.  We would not have if my daughter had not made two huge pans (pictured above).  It’s when we have wonderful, filling and flavorful meals like these that I know we can live this (mostly) plant-based lifestyle for the rest of our lives.  

Friday Night Under Five – Tex Mex Corn Casserole

This was a new recipe for our family recently.  You know how those go. Sometimes putting foods together, in theory, sounds delicious…but the finished product tastes nothing like what you thought it would.  This one, however, is not one of those.  This one is a winner.  Its hearty comfort food, stick to your ribs, make a pig of yourself, delicious.  It is now on permanent rotation in our house. Easy to make, inexpensive and full of good stuff.