This week I’m shopping through my pantry and trying to use up some things we already have on hand. As such, some of these recipes will have ingredients you won’t find at Aldi. Most can be substituted out, with the one exception being toasted sesame oil. That one is pretty unique, so if you didn’t grab some when Aldi had it on sale earlier this year as a special buy, you would need to stop elsewhere for it. You can technically omit it, but it would change the flavor completely.
You won’t be able to get tempeh at Aldi. Assuming you aren’t vegetarian, you can use cooked and cubed chicken in that recipe instead. I haven’t seen Gemelli pasta at Aldi, but per the recipe you can use penne instead — I find that most pastas are fairly interchangeable.
The other two questionable items are chipotle chili powder (sub regular or get a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce over by the Mexican food) and almond flour (finely grind up some whole almonds or just use regular flour instead). Oh, and tamari. You can just use soy sauce for that, which is what I’ll be doing.
The first two recipes are from a new cookbook I got for Christmas, Laura Lea Balanced (affiliate). She’s a Nashville food blogger and holistic chef I’ve started following recently. The first recipe of hers that I’m making isn’t on her blog as far as I can tell, but I highly recommend her cookbook if you’re looking for something to add to your collection.
This week, we’re having:
To download the full menu and complete shopping list, click the images below! All meals planned using Plan To Eat (affiliate).
Meal Plan with Recipes