Showing posts from July, 2015

Grassfed Cheddar - Special Buy $2.99/ 7 oz.

I just spotted this cheddar at ALDI - appreciating that is a grass fed, whole block and not shredded. Product of Australia? I would still love to see that organic block cheddar back - pretty please!

Blueberries are 99 cents per pint @ ALDI

Blueberries are a steal for $.99/pt. at ALDI this week. This is a buy and freeze or can price! I freeze blueberries by rinsing, drying, and transferring into a small freezer bag. That makes it easy to grab a small handful to sprinkle in pancakes, smoothies, parfaits, and muffins. I bought 4 pints and canned 6 pints of blueberry jam that will go on PBJs this school year. (Not all ALDI ingredients, so I can't post the recipe) Now if ALDI could get strawberries down to $.99/pt. so I can make strawberry jam, my kids would be so happy!

Product Review: Cookware Challenge with Crofton Silicone Bakeware

I recently picked up a new cast iron muffin pan at a specialty store and wanted to test it out. I am in love with cast iron cookware and have one skillet from ALDI which was a steal. Just as a fun test, I pulled out my other muffin pans to see how which one produced the best muffin. The batter is the blueberry muffin recipe I posted earlier except I subbed chocolate chips instead of blueberries and used half whole wheat flour and coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

The Contestants:
1. Crofton Silicone Muffin Pan - ALDI purchase
2. Aluminum Muffin Pan - thrift store purchase
3. Lodge Cast Iron Muffin Pan - specialty store purchase
4. Calphalon Non-Stick Muffin Pan - wedding gift

The Results:

1. Crofton Silicone: The muffins baked in the silicon pan popped out clean beautifully. They were cooked through nicely, but the bottoms were slightly blackened by the time the tops were golden. I think I could avoid this by knowing that they will cook a little faster than the regular cooking tim…

Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans and Pears

I am such a fan of spinach salads over iceberg lettuce for the nutrition value alone. ALDI carries either the 8 oz. bag of baby spinach for $1.79 or the 5 oz. box of organic spinach for $2.49. This recipe is for a large salad, but it can easily be made for just one serving. If you want to save some calories, skip candying the pecans.

Ingredients 1 c. pecan halves or pieces 2 T. Butter 2 T. Brown Sugar
2 ripe pears, sliced (do this when you are ready to serve as the pears will brown once cut) 1 bag fresh spinach (8 oz.) 1 small tub of blue cheese crumbles (Feta or Gorgonzola will work too)
Tuscan Garden Poppyseed Dressing or make your own vinaigrette: 1/3 c. oil (I prefer olive) 1/3 c. white or red wine vinegar 1/3 c. sweet (either sugar, stevia, honey, or agave) 1 tsp - 1 T. herbs and spices to what fits your mood - for this salad I might use minced onion or a little garlic salt. *Shake it a leak-proof container and let chill in the fridge.
Directions 1. In a saute pan melt butter ove…

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

I know I always post these things too late for people to put on their holiday menus, but this was our Independence Day breakfast today. These would be awesome for a brunch or a healthy dessert and could be made ahead of time - just leave off the granola until you are ready to serve. I just discovered the SimplyNature Organic Yogurt at ALDI and it is awesome! My 6-year-old asks for it for dessert rather than ice cream!

Ingredients Vanilla Yogurt (I used the Whole Milk Organic Vanilla Yogurt at ALDI) Blueberries Strawberries, trimmed and quartered Granola (I used  homemade from 100 Days of Real Food - just omit the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds if you are shopping at ALDI or buy the prepared granola at ALDI)

Directions 1. In a clear cup or dish, layer blueberries to 1/3 the height of the cup. Next sprinkle granola. 2. For the next layer, spoon in yogurt with a teaspoon being careful not to smear the sides of the glass. Fill to 2/3 the height of the glass.  3. For the top layer, fill…

4th of July Spinach Salad

This is so super simple and is a go-to for BBQs and Potlucks.  The recipe is sized for a potluck or party, but it is easy to adjust for a single serving. (will update picture when I make for this 4th - the one pictured is made with dried cranberries for the fruit since that's what I had on hand). Strawberries and blueberries are a decent deal right now at ALDI.

Ingredients Salad: 1 bag spinach leaves (the big bag at ALDI  or 2 of the organic boxes) 1 c. fresh quartered strawberries 1 c. fresh blueberries 1 c. slivered almonds (in the baking section at ALDI) 1 container crumbled feta
Dressing: *Specialty Selected Gour
met House or Raspberry Vinaigrettes would be nice if you don't want to make your own.
1 T. minced onion
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 c. white wine vinegar (seasonally available in the Priano brand)
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. sugar (or equivalent powdered stevia for baking)

Directions  1. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle strawberries, almonds, and feta on top. …