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Posted on Mar 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Family Meals on a budget with Aldi #CBias

The only kind of shopping I really enjoy is food shopping! I know I must be mad, but I love food so much that it quite excites me, looking for new items and thinking how we would enjoy eating them. I also like the thrill of finding a bargain, especially one that beats the offers that are advertised. I sometimes think that I would make a great personal shopper and maybe should volunteer to do the grocery shopping for the elderly or something.

Fuelling this addiction was the invitation to take part in a shoppertunity around my local Aldi store, in search of a family meal on a budget, bring it on!

I first started to shop in Aldi when my husband was made redundant 4 years ago, he quickly found a new job but the cut in pay meant we needed to adjust our weekly spending. Now with a strict budget I tried to be as creative as I could whilst we tried to enjoy the same standard of living we were used to. By switching the bulk of our weekly shop away from the bigger supermarkets we were able to achieve this, and I have never looked back.

Confident that we could easily meet the brief and knock up a delicious family meal I packed the family off for a shopping trip. Take a look at my Google+ album here to see how we got on.

Click on the picture to view the rest of the album from our trip

Click on the picture to view the rest of the album from our trip

 

Everyone was happy with our choice of Chilli con Carne, nachos and rice followed by apple strudel and custard (we put the sticky toffee pud in the freezer for another day) yet nobody seemed too keen to lend a hand making it so it was left to me!

I let the boys take the puppy out for a long walk in the snow (cooking wasn't such a short straw afterall) whilst I cracked on with making the tea. Luckily it was neither time consuming nor difficult, I browned red onions, garlic and mince in the pan, then drained the fat off. I wouldn't normally use a sachet of seasoning in something like this, but as I usually just add chilli randomly I thought that might be a bit too strong for J. The instructions said to add the mix and then some water – but nobody really uses water do they?

It's not proper cooking if there is no alcohol added!

It's not proper cooking if there is no alcohol added!

 

Then I simply added kidney beans and chopped tomatoes and let it simmer whilst I stuck the rice on to cook.

Once the rest of the family returned I set them to work, first laying the table…

Just don't look how messy my drawers are!

Just don't look how messy my drawers are!

 

Then dishing out the cheese and nachos.

I'm sure more cheese went in his mouth than the bowl!

I'm sure more cheese went in his mouth than the bowl!

 

I don't know how other families manage, but we seldom all get together to eat and spend an evening just enjoying each others company. There are only the 3 of us, but the combination of working full time, my husband's shifts, all of us playing golf and J's tennis, swimming and exciting social life make it hard to organise much. He tends to eat alone and we have a meal once he's in bed. When I said that we were having tea together J was over the moon – “On a Saturday? And we are having lunch together tomorrow? Best weekend ever!”

Once the work was done we sat down, at the rarely used table, and tucked in to a delicious meal, whilst the puppy was barricaded in the kitchen with a chicken carcass!

Come on, we're waiting to eat!

Come on, we're waiting to eat!

When we were all suitably stuffed and the dishwasher loaded, we settled down to do the one thing we all always agree on – watch a Harry Potter film!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® #CBias #SocialFabric. All words, opinions and images are my own.

 

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