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I Try The Mashup Mom Aldi Meal Plan - Week One

Remember when I spilled my little secret about The Mashup Mom? I love being able to help other moms with things I’ve picked up along the way. One of my tried-and-true lifehacks is using WalMart Grocery Pickup. Combined, these two tricks lead to some pretty serious savings! BONUS: I don't have to get out of my car and into a grocery store unless I want to.

The best part about this meal plan is the flexibility. Now that I have a recipe for chicken thighs and veggies, it’s easy to improvise with seasonal veggies and whatever meat I have on hand. Some of these recipes whip up so quickly and easily that I even think my husband can do them with very little direction. This week’s menu featured a few batches of chicken thighs - and one recipe in particular used tomatoes and green beans. My sister had just brought me both from her garden, so it was an easy choice to make these puppies on Sunday instead of Monday as Mashup Mom had planned on this week's Aldi Meal Plan.

Who’s Eating?

This recipe serves four adults with at least one lunch as leftovers. Between my husband and I, and the toddler and baby (who is voraciously eating solids, we clean up this dish! I love that it’s so flavorful - I’m introducing my kids to new and interesting tastes. But, it’s not so foreign or out there that they’ll turn their noses up. Also, I can pronounce every ingredient in these dishes - so I know it’s nourishing good stuff. Tonight we’re eating Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken. And it makes the whole house smell amazing!

 

The Ingredients

2.5 pounds of chicken drumsticks

2 Tbsp prepared pesto

1 Tbsp EVOO

Salt & Pepper to taste

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8 ounces green beans, trimmed and halved

1 pint grape tomatoes

8 whole cloves garlic, peeled

2 Tbsp prepared pesto

1 Tbsp EVOO

Salt & Pepper to taste

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1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

How To

Preheat your oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Toss drumsticks in EVOO, salt and pepper, and pesto. Arrange on sheet, bake at 400F for 20 minutes.

Trim & halve green beans. Peel Garlic. Toss veggies in a large bowl with EVOO, salt & pepper, and pesto.

Remove pan from oven, flip drumsticks, and add green beans, tomatoes, and garlic to the sheet. I find they cook best if you do them half and half next to each other.

Roast together another 20 minutes. Toss roasted veggies with drained beans, and serve alongside drumsticks.

Weekly Menu

That’s just one night! The rest of the week includes these family favorites:

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Stir Fried Tacos with Smoky Pan-Roasted Corn on the Cob

Green Pepper Chili

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Naan

Sausage And Pepper Foil Packs

I don’t know about you, but if I don’t do the cooking, it doesn’t happen. Not that I’m complaining - I actually really enjoy making healthy meals for my family to enjoy together! It’s just that - someday it seems as though the division of domestic labor is too far tilted against my favor. I doubt if I have enough spoons to finish a whole meal for my family, let alone clean up afterward. If anything can motivate me to get it together, it’s being able to do dinner and leftover lunches for the whole family for $60 or less per week.

Look, mama. I know it can be hard to even get out of bed some days. The demands of these tiny tyrants that run our lives seem never-ending. But it will get better. And you can do things today to help make it the best it can be - to make you stronger so you can make the most of this crazy ride. Eating simply - and eating well - is good for the body and the soul and will pay you back in so many ways. Cook along with me as I report back on my Mashup Mom adventure every Tuesday.

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