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New XXL meat mains at ALDI

Bored of Veganuary? Looking for a meaty main? Budget chain ALDI has launched a range of hearty meals to suit families and larger appetites.

Going on sale yesterday,  they are heathy ideas that will warm you up on winter nights with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

A bargain buy for families would be the Ashfield Farm Lamb Chops (700g), available for just £5.49. When accompanied with a creamy mash and steamed vegetables, these are guaranteed to feed the whole family and keep them warm this winter.

On a budget? Ashfield Farm Beef Meatballs (680g) are now on sale for an incredible price of just £2.79. If haggis isn’t on the menu this Burns Night, roll on down to your local Aldi and grab yourself a pack. Combined with a tomato-based sauce, spaghetti and some parmesan, they make for the ideal dinner party meal.

It pays to be a savvy shopper today as it is traditionally the poorest day of the year, being so far away from both New Year and the next payday.

Follow Natalie’s #Aldipoorestdaychallenge @stylemesunday.

Natalie’s super quick & easy, cheap and delicious vegetable rice (serves 4):

Ingredients

250g Easy cook rice (uncooked)

500g Frozen mixed veg

2 large eggs

Store cupboard essentials: A few turns of Garlic granules

Store cupboard essentials: A good glug of Soy Sauce

Method

  1. Cook the rice in boiling water and heat the vegetables on the stove
  2. Combine the cooked rice and vegetables in a large frying pan with a splash of oil
  3. Sprinkle a dash of the garlic granules  and add those to the vegetable rice on a low heat
  4. Crack and add two eggs and keep stirring until the eggs are combined and cooked through
  5. Add a good glug of soy sauce and enjoy!

Chicken Fajita’s (serves 4)

Ingredients

1 pack Ashfield Farm Diced Chicken Breast

½ of each red, green and yellow peppers

½ bunch spring onions

1 475g pack Fiesta Fajita Dinner Kit

1 ripe Avocado

Juice ½ Lime

½ tsp Stonemill Chilli Flakes

Couple of scoops of low fat natural yoghurt

Store cupboard goods: A little Sunflower Oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200⁰C/400⁰F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Thinly slice the peppers discarding any white pith and seeds
  3. Wash, trim and thinly slice the spring onions
  4. Put all the above into a large bowl, with the chicken, add half the lime juice and mix together
  5. Sprinkle over the fajita seasoning from the kit and mix well
  6. Lightly grease a large baking tray
  7. Spread the chicken and vegetable mix over the tray
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
  9. Meanwhile make the avocado dip
  10. Cut the avocado in half lengthways, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh
  11. Put the avocado into a bowl, mash the flesh with a fork then add the yoghurt, the rest of the lime juice and the chilli flakes then mix well
  12. Warm the tortillas in the oven
  13. To make up the fajitas put some of the salsa from the kit on each tortilla, then add some of the chicken and vegetables
  14. Roll up and serve alongside the avocado dip

Natalie’s meal plan

Monday: Breakfast: Smoothie. Lunch: Eggs/ avocado on toast. Dinner: Vegetable rice

Tuesday: Breakfast: Porridge. Lunch: Rice, chicken and mixed peppers. Dinner: Halloumi and Asparagus Kebabs

Wednesday: Breakfast: Cereal. Lunch: Meatballs and leftover vegetables. Dinner: Chicken Fajitas

Thursday: Breakfast: Cereal. Lunch: Vegetable soup and bread. Dinner: Pasta, olive oil and garlic granules.

Friday: Breakfast: Smoothie. Lunch: Omlette and salad. Dinner: Spaghetti and pesto sauce

Saturday: Breakfast: Smoked salmon and eggs. Lunch: Baked beans on toast. Dinner:  Chicken, asparagus, potatoes

Sunday: Breakfast: Eggs and chilli flakes on toast. Lunch/Dinner: Sunday roast.

Natalie’s one-week Aldi shopping basket

Large eggs

Blueberries

Frozen mixed veg

Avocado

Soft wholemeal bread

Scottish porridge oats

Specially Selected Pesto

Everyday Essentials Spaghetti

Wholewheat Pasta

Chicken breast fillets

Diced Chicken Breast

Cereal

Vegetable Soup

Roasting potatoes

5% fat beef Meatballs

Easy cook rice

Iceberg lettuce

Whole Chicken

Low fat natural yoghurt

Baked Beans

Halloumi

Red Chilli

Asparagus

Lime

Chili Flakes

Fajita Kit

Spring Onions

Mixed Peppers

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