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BACK TO SCHOOL | One Ingredient. 5 days. 5 ways. 5 bucks. – Only at ALDI

This post is sponsored by ALDI but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The school year might be shaping up very differently for your families this year, and one thing that remains constant is preparing healthy, delicious meals for your entire family. With ALDI, it is convenient to feed your family with lots of fresh produce, fresh and frozen meats and seafood, on-the-go snacks, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free options all at a great price.

For around $5 per meal (for a family of four), you can get affordable key ingredients for 5 days, to create 5 different healthy and delicious meals. For my Registered Dietitian take on chicken, 5 different ways, and for around 5 bucks, with ALDI-exclusive products, check out the recipes below.

There are a lot of different tastes in family dynamics, so I invite you to get creative with these recipes to make them your own. Consider swapping out the chicken for beans/lentils or switching up the veggie to your family’s favorite!

 

Meal #1 – Salsa Chicken Tacos 

Ingredients:

  • Kirkwood All Natural Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thaw out 4 breasts)
  • 1 16-oz jar Simply Nature Organic Thick and Chunky Mild Salsa 
  • 1 packet of Casa Mamita Less Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 box of Casa Mamita Yellow Taco Shells 

*Assumes family already has some veggies for taco toppings. 

Directions: 

  1. Add thawed out chicken to the bottom of a large crockpot and sprinkle with the entire packet of taco seasoning. 
  2. Pour the entire jar of salsa over the chicken and stir until well coated. 
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F. 
  4. Shred chicken with two forks, raking and pulling forks apart over top of the chicken. It should shred very easily and quickly. Stir again to entirely coat chicken in the salsa mixture. 
  5. Bake taco shells according to package instructions. 
  6. Assemble tacos on your plate to your liking by adding veggies on top such as shredded cabbage, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, onions, or other veggies you have in your fridge.

PRO TIPS:

  • Can be used for tacos, nachos, burritos, sandwiches, soups, and more!
  • Add a can of black beans on the side for more satiating fiber and nutrients.
  • Add juice of one lime to the crockpot for a punch of Vitamin C and flavor.

Meal #2 – Classic Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, & Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • Kirkwood All Natural Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thaw out 4 breasts)
  • 1 cup dry Simply Nature quinoa
  • 1-2 packages of broccoli crowns

*Assumes family already has oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in their pantry.

Directions:

  1. Season thawed out chicken with a light sprinkling of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oil then grill or bake chicken through to an internal temperature of 165°F (about 5-6 minutes per side).
  2. Cook quinoa according to package directions on the stovetop (only takes 15-20 minutes – I like to set a timer and do other food prep).
  3. Break apart broccoli crowns and steam, boil, or bake broccoli until you can easily stick a fork in a few pieces.
  4. Assemble on your plate and enjoy!

PRO TIPS:

  • Check out the awesome Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad recipe on the back of the Simply Nature Quinoa package for another amazing side option.
  • Spritz fresh lemon on finished quinoa for a little Vitamin C zing!
  • If you are growing any fresh herbs in your garden or windowsill, add as a flavorful garnish.
  • If you have any seeds in your pantry, try sprinkling them on top of your quinoa for a little crunch and healthy fat.

Meal #3 – All American BBQ Chicken

 

Ingredients:

  • Kirkwood All Natural Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thaw out 4 breasts)
  • 1 bag Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Corn
  • 2 fresh zucchinis (sliced into long ribbons – I used a carrot peeler, but you can also use a mandolin slicer or a knife.)

*Assumes family already has olive oil, BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and other spices in their pantry.

Directions:

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional – add ½  tablespoon brown sugar).
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts, covering them fully, then stir the mixture to coat fully.
  4. Cook the chicken on low for 4-5 hours or until an internal temperature of 165°F.
  5. Shred the chicken with two forks, raking and pulling forks apart over top of the chicken. It should shred very easily and quickly. Stir again to entirely coat chicken in the sauce mixture.
  6. Heat up the corn based on the directions on the back of the bag.
  7. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini ribbons and toss through the oil using tongs, until soft (about 4-5 minutes). 
  8. Add any spices you like – I sprinkled a little salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, but would also be good with basil, parsley, Italian seasoning.
  9. Add each part of this meal to your plate and enjoy!

PRO TIPS

  • Fill half of your plate with non-starchy veggies to keep this a lower calorie meal but also very high in nutrition and satiating fiber

Meal #4 – Grilled Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Kirkwood All Natural Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thaw out 4 breasts)
  • Simply Nature Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 2 yellow squashes (cut into half-moon shapes)

*Assumes family has olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and spices

Directions:

  1. Season thawed out chicken with a light sprinkling of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oil then grill on medium-high heat to an internal temperature of 165°F (about 5-6 minutes per side. Slice chicken when done cooking.)
  2. Cook spaghetti according to the back of the package (only takes about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the yellow squash half-moons and toss through the oil using a spoon, until soft (about 4-5 minutes). 
  4. Add any spices you like – I sprinkled a little salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, but would also be good with basil, parsley, or garlic.
  5. Plate it up like the photo and enjoy!

PRO TIPS:

  • Making half your plate a non-starchy veggie, a fourth of the plate a complex carbohydrate, and the last fourth of the plate a lean protein is the equation for a balanced meal.
  • Add nutrition enhancing lemon juice, extra garlic, or a light drizzle of olive oil to finish off the dish!

Meal #5 – Grilled Chicken Pita

Ingredients:

  • Kirkwood All Natural Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (thaw out 4 breasts)
  • Simply Nature Organic Arugula and Spinach Mix
  • 4 L’oven Fresh Whole Wheat Pita

*Assumes family already has condiments and spices.

Directions:

  1. Season thawed out chicken with a light sprinkling of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oil then grill on medium-high heat to an internal temperature of 165°F (about 5-6 minutes per side. Slice chicken when done cooking.
  2. Cut pitas in half, place a handful of greens in each half, and four slices of chicken.
  3. Add condiments of your choosing such as dijon mustard, greek yogurt, Italian dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, or tzatziki sauce.

PRO TIPS:

  • If you want to add some savory tang, there is a great recipe for tzatziki sauce on the back of the pita package that is a flavor bomb!
  • To switch up the greens, consider using romaine lettuce or mixed baby greens.
  • Consider adding extra veggies like cucumber slices, shredded carrots, onion or tomato.
Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

Author Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

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