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Stock up time- Butter and Cream Cheese- Low prices at ALDI

This week at ALDI cream cheese is $.89 per block and butter is $1.89/lb. Both of these items freeze well, so buy ahead and save some money down the road!

Pizza with Homemade Sauce

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This recipe is great on a night when I don't have a lot of time to cook a meal, but want to provide my family with something that I feel is a wee bit better than a frozen pizza (Notice the difference between the barbecue chicken plate and the pizza plate). The homemade sauce gives it a great flavor as well. This week the Mom and Dad pizza was pepperoni and red onions and the kids went for the usual pepperoni. Ingredients for Sauce 1 can tomato sauce 1 can tomato paste 2 T grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp basil 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp pepper dash of Italian seasoning
Directions for sauce Stir all ingredients together until mixed well. I honestly don't measure exact and sometimes sprinkle in a little more or less of each ingredient. This makes enough for at least three pizzas, so I am able to freeze some to have on hand. 
Pizza Ingredients 1 package Aldi pizza crust (2 crusts) 1 block mozzarella cheese Pepperoni, red onion, black olives, pineapple, ham, etc.  Directio…

Lazy Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken with Steamed Brussel Sprouts

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On a night when I actually have time to cook, my family's plate looks like this. Remember this photo when you see the pizza plate!  Katie chose to laugh at my variety plate, "It looks like you went to a buffet!" Thanks, Katie!  Ingredients 5 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, etc. I've even made with bone in, skin on.  3/4 can Aldi root beer 1/2 bottle barbecue sauce (about 1 cup) 1 tsp brown sugar (for a little sweeter taste, but not necessary) Directions 1. Place chicken in crock pot. 2. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken. 3. Pour root beer over the sauce. 4. Sprinkle in brown sugar. 5. Cover and cook on low all day or high for 4-5 hours. I put this in the slow cooker at 12:00 and it was ready at 5:00 being cooked on high and the thighs were frozen.

Freezer to Crockpot: Add all ingredients to gallon freezer bag. Press out air, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. The day of cooking empty frozen contents of bag into Crockpot and cook on low all day.


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I got dirt cheap chicken!

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I heard on Facebook that our ALDI got in a pallet of chicken breast that was getting close to its "sell by" date. All these trays were marked half off the sale price, which made it $.90/lb. I went a little overboard and bought over 30 lbs of chicken. I repackaged them into 2 breast packs for the freezer, except for one package that I immediately made into Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets and froze hoping to avoid our typical bag of processed chicken nuggets for awhile. I am also going to make Naked Wings as a substitute for my husband's usual freezer boneless wings.

Cinnamon Rolls

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Carolyn has been telling me forever that I could handle making homemade cinnamon rolls from the back of the yeast package at ALDI. Here are hers packages as gifts at Christmas time:
I have always killed yeast when it wasn't inside my bread machine. These went great for a first attempt. Next time I wouldn't squish nearly so many into one pan so they would have more room to expand. I didn't get the picture taken without half already being eaten. I am reprinting the ALDI recipe here with my notes- hope they won't mind.
Ingredients Dough:
2 packages Active Dry Yeast (seasonally available at ALDI) 1 T. sugar 1 c. warm water 1/2 c. butter, I softened/melted in microwave - not sure if this was right, but seemed to work 1 T. unsalted salt 7 c. flour 1 c. scaled milk 1/2 c. sugar 4 eggs, well beaten

Filling:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Icing:
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk - or more
Directions 1. Dissolve yeast …

Organic Ketchup

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ALDI now has USDA Organic Ketchup! Ingredients list looks pretty decent compared to most ketchup. Good job ALDI!