For those of you who think ALDI is a ghetto store with nothing but junk food, here are a few of the organic and healthy goodies I bought today:
- Lifeway kefir
- Organic butter
- Steel cut oats
- Applewood uncured bacon – so good, it tastes like a dessert.
- Organic blue corn tortilla chips
- 100% pure maple syrup
- KerryGold cheese (from grass-fed cows) – excited about this one, it was $2 cheaper than everywhere else
- Organic grape tomatoes
- Organic diced tomatoes
- Organic chicken broth (I usually make my own, but haven’t had any bones lately, and I like to have a box of this around for broth emergencies)
I also got an immersion blender. Our regular blender went kaput a year ago and I’ve put off buying another. Turns out we really didn’t miss it, except as a smoothie maker. But I kept coming across people who loved their immersion blenders.
So I grabbed this one, at $20 at ALDI today.
It’s more of a blender/stick blender/chopper in one. I used it about 5 minutes after I got it out of the box, to make Potato Leek soup for lunch. And don’t tell my 10 year old daughter, who doesn’t like leeks. Since they were pureed, she hardly noticed.
Homemade mayonnaise will be easier too. And softer veggies for baby. And vinaigrettes. And … what do you use your immersion blender for?
(And yes, I’ve read the warnings online that say owning a stick blender is more dangerous to life and limb than owning a handgun. Let’s say the kids are forbidden to use it.)
So here’s the menu plan for this week:
- Chili with Cornbread
- Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls
- Italian Sausage, Onion and Pepper Sandwiches, Vegetable Crudites with Homemade Bleu Cheese
- Slow Cooker Tortilla Casserole, Tomatoes and Avocadoes
- Slow Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole (using gluten-free noodles)
I only planned 5 meals this week because my freezer is getting rather full, and I need to use some things up in there.
Speaking of using things up and avoiding food waste:
Does this happen all the time at your house, or are my children special?
When this happens, I rinse them off really good and throw them in the fridge in an airtight container. Then when I get several pieces, I make “Have It Your Way” Oatmeal Clafoutis for breakfast. I chop up all the leftover fruit to use as a topping for the Clafoutis, so it will have a little pear on one side, a little apple on another, peach in the middle… etc.
I’m proud to say that the ONLY food I wasted all week was a serving of said Oatmeal Clafoutis. The kids love it, but when I re-heated it to serve for breakfast the second day, it got too browned and hard, and I didn’t want anyone to have to suffer through it. (I didn’t take pictures, it looked pretty yucky.)
I made Gluten-Free Ricotta Pancakes this morning because I had a cup of ricotta leftover from a recipe, and didn’t know what to do with it. I Googled “ricotta pancakes” in a flash of inspiration.
Turns out that’s a thing.
They were yummy!