Shoppers were super excited to see the brand new Aldi meal plans in the latest discount supermarket catalogue.

The double-sided spread features five weekday dinner recipes for a family of four people, plus an extensive shopping list of ingredients and staples, that can, of course, all be bought from Aldi.

The cost of all the ingredients (not including the pantry staples) is $67,05, which makes for really affordable weekday dining.

And we’re not talking basic meals either. The recipes are simple, yet have a touch of the gourmet. This week’s weekly dishes include:

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Monday: Lemon Chicken with Corn Salsa and Wedges

Tuesday: Beetroot and Lentil Salad with Quiche and Parmesan Crispbreads

Wednesday: Pea and Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi

Thursday: Home-made Meatballs with Cumin-scented Onions and Grilled Flatbread

Friday: Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry with Pickled Cucumber and Carrot

aldi meal plans in aldi catalogue

Too Sophisticated For Kids?

The meals are designed to feed two adults and two kids. My young fusspot kids would barely touch this food but I gather there are children out there who may have more sophisticated palates? I’m still keen to give this a try for hubby and I and then have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Fine-ish Dining

Aldi is calling their new menu planners, “Fine-ish Dining” and they boast that the Aldi meal plans “lets you cook 5 value-packed dinners for a family of 4 without breaking the bank.”

The recipes are printed in the catalogue and are also available on their website under the Fine-ish Dining category. The online version also features the shopping list but does not include the price total, as it does in the catalogue.

Thumbs Up

Fans of the discount shop were fawning all over the new Aldi Meal Plans.

“This is such an amazing idea! Thank you! So much work has gone into this! Will definitely be adapting this to suit my family,” one shopper gushed on the Aldi facebook page.

One fan gave a recipe a big thumbs up:
“We had the home made meatballs with cumin scented onion and grilled flatbread last. night and our grandson was with us and very yummy . Trying lemon chicken with corn salsa and wedges tonight . Thank you Aldi.”

Another happy customer said:
“Love, love, love the weekly recipes and shopping list. Trying to work out what to cook each week is the worst. Good recipes which won’t break the budget. Also not too many ingredients needed for each recipe. I’m happy to do the shop as having a box with them ready to go is going to cost me more. It was pretty quick to do. So a big thanks!”

Competing With Coles

The Aldi meal plans are going head to head with rival supermarket Coles’ meal-planning service: What’s For Dinner.

Coles offers five weekday meals with five ingredients or less and prepared in under 30 minutes.

The pricing of the meals is super competitive with Mince-it Monday Mexican Taco’s coming in at around $4.40 per portion.

The major difference with Coles is that you can shop the recipe online, which is certainly an advantage over Aldi in my opinion.

The Aldi recipes though do look more sophisticated and more flavoursome than the Coles ones but my kids are much more likely to eat the Coles recipes (hello Pizza!)  so perhaps it would be good to mix them up a bit.

aldi vs coles menu plans
Aldi Vs Coles Menu Plans (Aldi at the top)


Would you use the new Aldi menu plans or do you do your own meal planning or not at all? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I love Aldi – Seriously love how they come up with new, fresh meal ideas that are very affordable. Some of the ideas are probably not going to be liked by my kids but my hubby on the other hand will enjoy them.


  • Most likely a wasted effort where most kidsare concerned. A lot of mum and dads would appreciate them tho. Quick and easy is my motto in the kitchen these days


  • This looks yummy!


  • I haven;t seen these before but they are not for me. I rather plan my own so I can cook what my family is going to enjoy


  • I’ve always been a loyal Coles customer as I enjoy shopping their and flybys also attracted me but after I couldn’t find nappies at coles or Woolworths, I ended up in Also. I was very surprised with the store layout and prices so I’m going to try Aldi next week which pleases my German fiance. The meal choices though, My family definitely would not eat the Aldi menu, so Coles wins it hands down for me.


  • I think this is a great idea.


  • Yum, some great idea for dinners and ways to cook up great meals on a budget!


  • I plan my own meals. I find it is just another marketing spin by two of the giants competing for the consumers dollars.


  • Not an issue for me as we don’t have Aldi or Coles anywhere near us.


  • am loving these meal plans as I love cooking but hate having to think up different ideas particularly at last minute.


  • We do our main shop at Aldi so that’s great! I never checked this week’s catalogue but will print the recipes from online.

    • I am looking forward to cooking these recipes.


  • Love the look of these recipes – they look so delicious. Thanks Aldi!


  • Fabulous meals, none that my kid would go anywhere near.


  • Yes to help my family and i get on top of our shopping budget and also have a meal plan set with all ingredients and costs is really good


  • I’m not a big Aldi shopper but would help if I received their catalogue. I’m all for what any supermarket is doing to make my meal planning and prep easier.


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