Bloody love Aldi! Another gorgeous tea tonight with clean plates!

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jimijack Thu 02-Jan-14 19:04:52

Pasta bake with bacon chucked in & garlic bread. Total cost less than £1 per head.
Plates scraped clean.

Last night it was hunters chicken with rice.

I haven't found anything we haven't liked since I started shopping there.

Saved loads of money and we eat really well.

DustyBaubles Thu 02-Jan-14 19:12:26

Were they ready meals, or made using ingredients from Aldi?

I like most of their stuff, but was horribly disappointed by the spring rolls.

The amazing chocolate cheesecake made up for that though grin.

I'd love to try the 3 bird roast thing they do at Christmas, but I'd be the only one eating it, so it would be a bit big.

nipersvest Thu 02-Jan-14 19:15:38

i've heard mixed reports about the 3 bird roast, my mum loves it but others have said it's tough. we like to 2 in a box, frozen lamb shanks in mint and rosemary gravy.

Fairylea Thu 02-Jan-14 19:16:26

Their pasta bakes are lovely aren't they smile my absolute faves.

Aethelfleda Thu 02-Jan-14 19:18:23

You just have to go with an open mind and try things and see.

Their artichoke antipasti is 1.09 a jar and stirred into pasta is totally lush (esp with grated cheese on top)
Their horse ready-chilled lasagne was lovely.
They do a "specially selected" line (equivalent of Tesco Finest but much cheaper): their caramalised onion quiche is amaaaazing: £1.49 I think?
The Milano Salami is £1.49 a packet (twice that in the other supermarkets). black Forest Smoked parma ham 99p a packet. Very Naice Ham Trimmings £1.79 for 450g (HUGE packet, smoked or unsmoked.)

And they do an entire Free Range Chicken for a fiver (it's not small either).
I wish our nearest Aldi was closer!!!

sonlypuppyfat Thu 02-Jan-14 19:19:57

The chocolate cheesecake I agree is amazing.

JumpingJackSprat Thu 02-Jan-14 19:21:45

I love aldi like you I haven't found anything we don't like. We had their chilled chicken pie with british chicken. We always have a bit of a giggle going round at the rip off looking brands they have in there - Beautifully butterly for one! ! Monthly food shoppingis about half of what we used to spend and don't miss the big brands or multi buys. In and our in less than half an hour with a two week shop.

HandragsNGladbags Thu 02-Jan-14 19:25:36

Frozen lamb shanks are nice, I also get the coleslaw and couscous - tastes the same as M&S for half the price.

jimijack Thu 02-Jan-14 20:23:35

It's the jars I get of pasta bake, hunters chicken and the curry sauces, all lovely.

Never buy ready meals tbh.

The whole chickens get thrown into my slow cooker, makes a Sunday roast and then a chicken pie the next day. I get the ready made pastry from the fridge, chuck a bit of chicken gravy, load of carrots & frozen peas.
2 meals for less than a fiver. Bloody lovely.

everydayaschoolday Fri 03-Jan-14 23:34:39

we had a jar of the pasta bake this week for the first time - was gorgeous. Another new 'find' was their fajita pack (spice mix + salsa + tortilla's) - even DH said it was nicer than our usual Old El Paso.

Our christmas dinner and new years dinner was all courtesy of Aldi and was lovely (frozen turkey crown (£9.99), maris piper potatoes, roast parsnips and carrots, the frozen cauliflower cheese (yip, it's really good), Christmas pudding and the absolutely delicious frozen gammon joint with a honey and muscovado glaze).

I too like the fresh meat: free range chickens for a fiver, frying steaks (for stir fry's and stroganoff), chicken thighs for roasting in the oven etc.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 04-Jan-14 09:08:16

That fajita kit won a taste award last year. It is really good.

EeyoreIsh Sat 04-Jan-14 09:10:29

I wish we had an Aldi near us envy

Rikalaily Wed 08-Jan-14 18:35:15

Same here, switched to aldi and have loved everything we have had up to now, especially the pasta bakes, the turkey crown at Christmas was gorgeous, love their butchers choice sausages, they taste nearly as good as the fresh ones made by a local farm, the lean mince is lovely, only thing I have been disappointed in is the fact that the minced lamb come in 400g and not 500g packs, 400g isn't enough for a family of six.

working3jobs Wed 08-Jan-14 21:52:51

the chicken leg quarters are £1.15 for two. at weekend I bought two packs, mixed with tin of chicken soup (39p?) carrots and sweetcorn and peas.put some frozen puff pastry on and it fed 8 adults with some mash on the side! smile

like the free range medium eggs for 95p too.

ThePinkOcelot Wed 08-Jan-14 21:55:58

I wasn't really impressed with the 3 bird roast tbh. It certainly didn't look like on the box. The only thing I don't buy from there is marg/spread. Really pleased with everything else though.

working3jobs Wed 08-Jan-14 22:03:09

I use their olive spread, can't tell any difference to olivio.

sugar4eva Thu 09-Jan-14 11:28:45

Try the cous cous : 39 p and fab !

sugar4eva Thu 09-Jan-14 11:29:07

Try the cous cous : 39 p and fab !

Moodykat Thu 09-Jan-14 14:08:05

Can we put more things worth buying on here?! I am going for the first time tomorrow night and would value recommendations!

sonlypuppyfat Thu 09-Jan-14 14:11:43

Wanted some soy sauce today I didn't think Aldi would do it so I bought tescos cheapest 99p I then found some in Aldi 59p no wonder shopping is so much cheaper in Aldi than anywhere else.

drivinmecrazy Thu 09-Jan-14 14:24:58

Am also contemplating a first visit tomorrow. How good is the fresh fruit & veg (quality., price and selection)??? Probably more importantly, how is the wine selection???

Is it possible to get everything you need, or is it akin to Lidl where a trip to Tesco is also needed????

The free range chickens are good. Small but good.

Rikalaily Thu 09-Jan-14 14:43:13

I've found that the fresh fruit and veg stays fresh for wayyyy longer than Asda and Tesco.

I get a full shop there, there are a few things I still get from Asda like their own brand 5 in one dishwasher tabs but I only get them because I'm lazy and you don't have to unwrap the individual tablets to use them.

Quenelle Thu 09-Jan-14 14:43:29

I'm sulking with them a bit because the Aldi pigs in blankets and stuffing balls I bought for our Christmas dinner were vile. Just inedible.

I think they can't be beaten for unprocessed foods though.

BananaNotPeelingWell Thu 09-Jan-14 14:48:42

The cheese and ham pasta bake jar bunged over some of their Gnocchi (boil that first) grated cheese on top, some breadcrumbs, chuck in a bit of sweetcorn and/or some peas or maybe a chopped up pepper. Cook in oven till bubbly. Very nicesmile

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