Hi, My Name is Aldi Queen

Any fan of our website, MomAdvice.com, knows that I am obsessed with Aldi Supermarket. My site contains menu planners and information on the store and I never expected the response that we received from these planners. We received thousands and thousands of hits a month searching for this type of information. It was one of those times were I felt like I hit a nail square on the head and I was actually onto something.

The menu planners were very extensive though and took forever to post. There had to be an easier way than posting twenty pages of planners on our site. That is when I came up with the idea to create an online cookbook where you could actually glimpse into the kitchen of an Aldi chef. A cook who prefers the goodness of homecooked foods, but understands the necessity for a budget in a single income family.

Unlike my other blog, The Motherload, I will not be sharing any tips in this dose of bloggy goodness. This will simply be recipes and nutritional information on dishes you can throw together for your family utilizing only Aldi ingredients. I make my disclaimer now that I am not a professional chef or a professional food photographer. If the recipes do not appeal to you, please don’t voice criticism and just hold out for a recipe that will work well for your family.

The only ingredients that I am including that may not be available at Aldi is yeast and basic dried seasonings. Yeast will be an essential part of cooking and can be picked up at any store (most affordably at your warehouse store). While yeast is available around the holiday season at Aldi, it is not available year-round, thus you may need to purchase that one at another store. Dried herbs will be included, as I feel most cooks have those already within their pantry.

I hope that you will enjoy this as much as our other blog. I am excited to be sharing all of my recipes with you!

17 Responses to “Hi, My Name is Aldi Queen”

  1. Megan — February 25, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    Good idea, Amy! I have no excuse anymore because two months ago we moved within 1 mile of an Aldi and drive by it fairly frequently. I try to make that my first grocery stop and I’ll really appreciate recipes made up of all Aldi-found ingredients!

  2. Paula — February 26, 2007 @ 6:26 am

    I am SO glad you’re doing this! Your menu planners and suggestions about Aldi’s are one of my favorite things about your site. I look forward to returning often to read updates.

  3. Nicole — February 26, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    What a great idea Amy! I really enjoy all of your Aldi shopping tips, they made my first trip there a breeze.

  4. Amy F. — February 26, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    I bow down to you, the Aldi Queen! That is the truth. I’m excited about this new blog endeavor of yours. As if you hadn’t already done enough work promoting Aldi…when are you going to get some much-deserved recognition from them? Or have you?

  5. Amy Clark — February 26, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm! I had hoped that this would be a good solution for getting my recipes out to everyone quicker :)

    Amy F- no, I haven’t gotten any recognition yet ;) Here’s hoping an Aldi employee will run across it and report it to a head honcho. You will have to let your friend in corporate know what I am up to now ;)

    I will be loading this blog up as quickly as I can. I still have ideas floating for all that I can do with it.

  6. Gena — February 26, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    I just printed out all of your Aldi recipes the other day! I LOVE Aldi. I try to do the majority of my shopping there and the rest at Sam’s or BJ’s. My best friend also loves Aldi and we have adapted many of our regular recipes to fit the ingredients we can find at the store. Thank you so much for becoming the newly proclaimed Aldi Queen! I will visit your site often.

  7. Gena — February 26, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    P.S. I am making your Creamy Chicken Burritos for tonight’s dinner! They sound delicious.

  8. cathal — March 2, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    does everybody who posts here work for Aldi are are you all just completely ignorant of the extent to which chains like this ruin local markets?

  9. Amy Clark — March 2, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    No one who posts here works for the company. Most people just enjoy eating food that is affordable.

  10. cathal — March 6, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    I think you should reconsider what ‘affordable’ means, when you are paying (when you buy your groceries) to support a company that makes their products affordable by using mass-farming and food processing methods which lowers the quality of the food. You are buying sub-quality food, and it’s not good for your kids! Neither is it good for small businesses and local industry (your neighbors). It is cheaper, and more nourishing, to buy food at local farmers’ markets. Don’t be duped!

  11. Robin — March 7, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    I Amy, I am new to your site and I for one am excited that you have started an Aldi’s recipe site. I think some common sense is in order, local food markets certainly have their place (in the SUMMER,when you live in Iowa) though, we always have a big garden to share with everyone. Whole foods can be found in all grocery stores, chains, local market, and coops etc, I guess that is to our advantage living in this great land, America, and I for one love Aldis, and I certainly don’t find their food inferior in fact many times better, when you read the labels. Keep the recipes coming, this is a great idea. Robin RN

  12. Robin — March 7, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Oops I meant Hi Amy not I Amy. :) Robin

  13. Amy Clark — March 8, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    Thanks for the sweet comments, Robin! I appreciate your enthusiasm for what we are doing here.

  14. Amy T — March 17, 2007 @ 4:13 am

    Hi Amy! I have enjoyed looking through your website & have gleamed alot of helpful info. I wanted to encourage you after reading some of the other posts. A friend of mine & I sit around and talk about how we can stay in our budget & eat quality foods at the same time. Yes, I agree with the lady that said we should shop farmers markets. However the only one in my area is all organic & the prices totally eat up my grocery money. My friend & I try to eat no hormone/antibiotic meat & milk. The rest we try to shop wisely to stay in our budgets. She has found Aldi to help her stay in that tight budget. I appreciate the time & effort you put into your website. You offer great ideas & helpful info. I do wholeheartly believe that we should eat the best we can, however I also believe college for my kids & saving money is a great thing too. Thank you for what your doing!

  15. valerie — March 27, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    Hey Amy – I am a Aldi fanatic too!! I have converted many people and they love Aldi’s as well. :) For those who ‘poo-poo’ Aldi’s – a frugal girl has got to do what she’s gotta do! I am writing about a recipe that is in the make your own mixes article… the third ingredient in the dry italian dressing mix is: 2 T. ground ?? What is the missing ingredient? Thanks for all that you do!!

  16. Lynne Shelton — March 28, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    I’m very new to your site(recently became a stay-at-home mom)How often do you post the menus and shopping list?
    This was my first week on your menu and I usually do weekly shopping at Aldi on Sunday afternoons. Thanks!
    P.S. Had LoMein tonight, was great!
    Tomorrow night will be the meatloaf
    muffins, herb-butter mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

  17. Shake & Bake — May 2, 2007 @ 7:23 am

    Amy… Aldi does know of your blog and they love it.

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