Weekly Food Shop at Aldi – Healthy Essentials

We all food shop, in one way or another: Some of us pick up things as and when throughout the week; some of us religiously do a weekly shop on a weekend, others may order online. Although I work with brands and get a lot of products sent to me regularly, creating numerous recipes every month means I shop a lot for the other ingredients.

I pop in to Tesco, Sainsburyโ€™s and Holland & Barrett sometimes, but my supermarket of choice is Aldi. I find it so reasonable and love the range of things on offer, particularly the special buys when it comes to gluten-free, healthy or baby products. I asked on my Instagram Stories if anyone would be interested in me sharing some of the key essentials I get every week – and 74% of you said yes!

Iโ€™ve divided the products into different sections and made a note of what I stock up on (some arenโ€™t pictured). Totalling everything together, it costs about ยฃ35 which is so affordable and means the cupboards, fridge and freezer is full for a few days at least ๐Ÿ™‚

STORECUPBOARD

  • Butterbeans
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomato puree
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Passata
  • Coconut milk
  • Packets of cooked rice & quinoa
  • Almond milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Rolled oats
  • Herbal teas
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin

Pulses, chopped tomatoes/passata, rice, herbs and spices form the basis of many savoury meals so these inexpensive staples are always in the basket. If I run out of coconut oil sent from a brand, Aldiโ€™s own jar costs a mere ยฃ2.29 so is perfect for anyone wanting to use it in recipes without spending a fortune! Dried fruit (prunes, apricots, raisins), nuts and seeds (walnuts, pumpkin seeds), almond milk, rolled oats and chia seeds also feature a lot in my recipes so these are a real bargain. I absolutely love the cooked rice and quinoa pouches (79p!) to throw into a salad or serve with a chilli when time is short.

FROZEN

  • Huge pack frozen berries
  • Frozen smoothie mix
  • Frozen diced onions
  • Frozen sliced peppers
  • Frozen garden peas
  • Brown lentils with tahini
  • Quorn mince

Although I buy a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, there are some things I prefer to buy frozen so they last longer and retain their vitamins – plus when it comes to chopping onions, peeling and cubing butternut squash and slicing peppers, these are my time-saving essentials! I get through so many frozen berries so this huge pack at under ยฃ3 is a steal and lasts ages, while the smoothie mixes are fantastic and I love that there are interesting varieties. Oh and the sweet potato fries are not only insane but gluten-free too, hooray!

I cook a lot of vegetarian dishes and swap out regular mince for Quorn, so itโ€™s great that Aldi stock this (along with the Pieces and Fillets). Iโ€™d recommend looking out the Brown Lentils with Tahini too – I use ยฝ of this and ยฝ Quorn mince to form the base of a bolognaise but itโ€™s just as delicious served alone as part of a salad as it contains chunky tomatoes, generous slices of red onion and a subtle tahini seasoning.

CHILLED

  • Greek yogurt
  • Skimmed milk
  • Cheese
  • Feta
  • Falafel

I buy a lot of dairy-free products from Tesco (this is something Aldi could expand on) but I still eat dairy so stock up on fat-free Greek yogurt, cheese and milk to keep in the fridge. Itโ€™s not pictured here but the Moroccan and Mediterranean Falafel are so delicious and cost under ยฃ2 for a generous pack so look out for those! Ready to eat or can be baked.

GROCERIES

  • Stir-fry vegetables
  • Celery
  • Courgettes
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears

These are my usual go-to fruit and veggies although I also throw in things like broccoli, aubergines, parsnips, citrus fruits – it depends on whatโ€™s in season, what Iโ€™m mashing up for Tom of his meals and also what recipes Iโ€™m working on that require fresh fruit and vegetables. Again, all are very cheap and are the basis for our meals – one of my favourites is a very simple lentil dhal.

BABY

  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies
  • Baby food
  • Baby wash
  • Snacks

Finally, for the parents reading this, Aldi do a great range of baby things. The pouches are handy (although it would be great to see more variety) and the fruit purees come in different blends or single fruit flavours. Tom loves the healthy snacks – they make great on-the-go finger food options) and meals occasionally, while I find the nappies to be the best weโ€™ve tried and really cheap for such a big pack. The sensitive wipes are fine for his skin and at 60p are an essential for any nursery and/or changing bag.

Extras: Chewing gum, sugar-free sweets, no added sugar fruit squash, diet lemonade and of course, cleaning products all feature on the weekly shopping list.