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How mum made healthy dinners with unprocessed foods and her budget tips for saving on groceries

How savvy mum made eight healthy meals from a $110 shop at Aldi – here’s how she did it and her best tips for saving at the supermarket

  • Mum spent $111.65 on groceries at Aldi 
  • She made eight meals with ‘unprocessed’ foods 
  • The woman also shared her best budgeting tips 

A money-saving mum has shown how she made eight healthy dinners for her family from an impressive grocery haul from Aldi that only cost her just over $110. 

The mum had ‘challenged’ herself to see how many meals she could make with ‘unprocessed’ food from Aldi and while she admitted she wasn’t trying to be frugal, she only spent $111.65.

She managed to make eight ‘reasonably healthy’ dinners with some left over for lunches with her grocery shop of fresh vegetables and meat from Aldi.

The woman, from New South Wales, whipped up delicious dishes including halloumi and bacon wraps, Thai chicken mince lettuce cups, creamy chicken and bacon pasta and vegetable and beef cottage pies. 

She also shared her best tips for spending less at the supermarket from selecting cheaper cuts of meat to growing her own herbs and vegetables and even swapping ingredients with friends. 

A thrifty mum has shared how she made eight healthy meals after buying just over $110 worth of groceries from Aldi after she challenged herself to cook with ‘unprocessed’ foods

The mum whipped up delicious dishes including halloumi and bacon wraps, Thai chicken mince lettuce cups (pictured), vegetable and sweet potato patties and cottage pies

The mum whipped up delicious dishes including halloumi and bacon wraps, Thai chicken mince lettuce cups (pictured), vegetable and sweet potato patties and cottage pies

Savvy mum’s tips for saving on groceries 

  • Check the fridge, freezer and pantry before shopping
  • Always have a plan
  • Buy bulk meat
  • Shop around for prices
  • Buy cheap cuts of meat
  • Grow your own herbs and vegetables
  • Go halves or swap ingredients with friends
  • Get eggs from friends and family with chickens
  • Check store availabilities and locations
  • Buy ingredients you can use more than once
  • Prepare, separate and freeze meat for later

‘Two weeks ago I did a bit of a challenge to see what meals I could make using mostly unprocessed food from Aldi. I spent $111.65,’ the mum explained in a post to Aldi Mums. 

‘It wasn’t about making the most frugal meals or I could have just cooked noodles and toast. I came up with eight reasonably healthy meals and still had a few things left towards lunches and other meals.’

She said each meal had four to six servings but were often stretched to six and were ‘packed with loads of veggies’.

The mum shared her tips for saving on her grocery bill saying she could have cut down on her shop by checking the fridge, freezer and pantry to see what she already has before shopping and meal planning. 

She also said to always have a plan before going shopping, buy meat in bulk and try growing herbs and vegetables.

The mum said buying cheap cuts of meat can save money and recommended going halves and swapping ingredients with friends. 

She gets eggs from friends and family with chickens and shops around for cheaper prices by checking what items are available at different stores. 

‘I often group together other ingredients and make up spice mixes in advance to make meal times easier,’ she added. 

Using items from her grocery haul as well as ingredient she already had in the pantry, the home chef made a range of delicious meals starting with halloumi and bacon wraps with homemade chips. 

She also made Thai-style chicken mince lettuce cups and salad, creamy chicken and bacon pasta and vegetable and beef cottage pies with char grilled vegetables and pita chips.

She shared the recipes for all eight meals she made through the week including creamy chicken and bacon pasta (pictured) as well as her best tips for cutting down on grocery bills

She shared the recipes for all eight meals she made through the week including creamy chicken and bacon pasta (pictured) as well as her best tips for cutting down on grocery bills

Other meals included stuffed capsicum, vegetable and sweet potato patties, chicken and vegetable curry and vegetable fried rice. 

The woman shared the recipes for all eight of her dinners so others could try them for themselves. 

Group members were wowed by the mum’s effort and thanked her for posting her easy-to-make healthy recipes. 

‘Wow, wow, wow!! You are amazeballs! Thanks for the recipes! Amazing!’ one mum replied. 

‘Thank you for putting up such an informative post with recipes includes. Well done, you are so organised,’ another said to which a third agreed: ‘This is impressive!’

RECIPE: Creamy chicken pasta with bacon

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken thigh
  • Pasta 
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 leek
  • 6 cloves of garlic 
  • Bacon

  • 1 zucchini 
  • 2tsp chicken stock powder 
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional) 
  • Parmesan, grated 
  • 600ml thick cream 
  • Parsley

Method 

  1. Fry up the chicken thigh and set aside
  2. Cook pasta as per packet instructions, make sure to keep one cup of pasta water for the sauce 
  3. In a pan, add a splash of olive oil, butter, chopped leek and crushed garlic 
  4. Fry for a few minutes and add in chopped bacon, chopped zucchini and lots of cracked black pepper
  5. Add chicken stock powder and the white wine and let the liquid reduce
  6. Add the pasta water and the chicken and leave to reduce again then mix in some parmesan.
  7. Pour in the cream and add the cooked pasta and chopped parsley to the mix and stir to combine. 

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