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Simple Snack Tray Supper

 

Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!

 

 

Snack Tray Supper – A Happy Accident

Our Sunday night snack tray supper tradition started by accident which is usually how all good traditions get started!  We were running low on food since I grocery shop on Monday mornings.  We are on a tight budget at the moment since we are adopting so going out to eat was not an option.

So, I just gathered up all the random leftovers and pantry staples we had on hand and put them on a big tray.  To make it a little more fun, since I wasn’t sure how it would go over, I pulled out a waterproof picnic blanket and we ate our snack tray supper in the living room.

 

 

Love at First Bite

It was love at first bite!  Not only could my kids pick what they wanted to eat off the tray, but we also sat on a picnic cloth in the family room.  From my perspective, I fell short and from their perspective I was genius!  Just goes to show, we can be awfully hard on ourselves as moms!

 

 

A Weekly Tradition

I now write “snack tray supper” for every Sunday on my weekly meal planner (get yours here).   The snack tray is never the same week to week because it’s based on what we have leftover.  Some weeks it’s heavy on the popcorn (because I always have popcorn in the pantry) and other weeks it’s heavy on refrigerated leftovers.    I thought I would share a few ideas to help you get started with your own snack tray supper tradition.

 

 

What to Put on the snack tray?

Nothing is off limits and the options are endless.  Literally, start by pulling out leftovers from your fridge and your pantry.  I try to include lots of different food groups but some weeks the pantry and refrigerator are a little leaner than others.   Here’s a list of popular favorites for our family!

Raw sliced vegetables

Fruit – Dried and fresh cut

Cheeses – string cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, spreadable cheeses

Cured meats – salami, summer sausage, braunschweiger, jerky

Chips 

Crackers

Pita Chips

Pretzels

Popcorn

Dips – Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole, Queso Aldi’s Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip, Aldi’s Frozen Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ranch Dressing, layered dips, yogurt dips

Nuts 

Trail mix

Pickles 

Olives

You can even add in desserts and candy or you could make a separate dessert snack tray!  Now that I say that out loud, my kids are going to want that stat.  The options are endless when it comes to snack trays.  You can be as creative and in as many things as you want.  It’s perfect finger-food and kids love the chance to choose their own adventure when it comes to dinner.

 

Snack Trays Are Not Just for Dinner

Snack trays aren’t just perfect for dinner, they are perfect for lunches and get-togethers too!  Summer is coming, save on the dishes and make up a snack tray and eat on the driveway or outside in the grass.  Avoid sweeping and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing ever!  Take it on the road!  The options are endless.

 

Before you know it, your kids will be making snack tray suppers for their dolls!  How cute is that pint-size snack tray supper?

 

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Aldi Shopping List + Weekly Meal Plan

Aldi has always been my go-to for inexpensive diapers, wipes and guacamole (how about that combo ;)!  I always drove a half hour to stock up.  Now, Aldi has finally opened up a store just 5 minutes from my home and I did a happy dance.  Now, 3 out of 4 weeks a month I go to Aldi for my weekly groceries (the 4th week I still do a Wal-mart pickup)!  I thought I would take you along this week and show you what I got, how much I spent and the 7 meals I plan to make as a result!  Did I mention all 7 meals cost less than $50?

A Few Quick Aldi Tips

Don’t forget your quarter.  One of the ways Aldi keeps their prices low is by having you rent a cart for 25 cents.  You put in a quarter to unlock your quarter and you get the quarterback when you return it.  If you are feeling generous, you could leave your quarter behind and make someone’s day!

Bring your own shopping bags.  Just like Sam’s Club and Costco, Aldi does not provide shopping bags.  The cashier will load all your groceries back into a cart and you bag all your groceries.   The good news is you can sort groceries based on where they go if you want!  Pantry staples in one bag, frozen in another and so on!

Aldi sells mostly off-brand merchandise.  This means that you won’t find too many name brand items but not to fear, the quality is still amazing.  Aldi’s is owned by the same parent company as Trader Joe’s!

Check the specials aisle.  Or don’t ;)!  If you are trying to stay on budget, steer clear of the specials aisle that is full of seasonal items.  I got my kid’s bike helmets at Aldi!  If you see something you like, grab it.  It’s often limited stock so it might not be there when you come back!


 

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Aldi Grocery List and Meal Plan

You know every Friday I love to finish off the week prepping for next week so I can enjoy the weekend with my family knowing I am all ready to go.  You can read more about how I meal plan in this post.

The most important step for meal planning for me is looking at our week first and then planning meals that work with our schedule.  There’s nothing worse than planning a yummy meal and not eating it because you have to eat at the baseball field!

So, after I scheduled our week out, I planned 7 meals and then made my grocery list to match.  Of course, besides the 7 dinners I planned, I also wrote down breakfast, lunch and snack supplies too.

 

Aldi Grocery Haul

My daughter and I took our quarter and reusable grocery bags to Aldi and got all our groceries for the week.  We got frozen waffles, English muffins and rice squares cereal for breakfast.  Bread, applesauce pouches, Goldfish and chocolate chip cookies for lunches and found granola bars and peanut butter crackers for snacks.  As well as some other staples like milk, eggs, butter, and garbage bags.

I also love to grab a few extra quick meals to have on hand just in case our schedule changes.  So, I picked up some frozen mini corndogs and a box of macaroni and cheese.

All total I spent $123.10 and our weekly grocery budget is $125. Wahoo!

Weekly Menu Meal Plan

Dinner #1 – Cheese Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

A perfect meal for Meatless Monday.   All you need is a jar of vodka sauce and ravioli.  Each ravioli package has 2.5 servings so I got 2 packages for our family of 5 and we had leftovers.  I paired this simple dish with a french baguette, a salad, and fruit.  It took about 15 minutes to make and serve!

Pasta sauce $2.89

Ravioli $2.98 *1.49 each

French bread $1.69

Salad and fruit on hand

Total for the meal – $6.56

Dinner #2 Pot Roast with Steamed Broccoli

Another perfect meal for a busy night.  Throw the pot roast and sauce packet in the slow cooker in the morning.  Then, right before you serve it steam up some broccoli and slice up some leftover french bread.

Pot roast sauce $2.49

Pot Roast $11.61

French bread (leftover from the night before)

Broccoli $1.19

Total for the meal – $15.29

 

Dinner #3 Sandwiches & Chips

If you are anything like us, generally there’s one night that constitutes fast food.  However, fast food doesn’t have to mean eating out.  I like to plan for sandwiches and this week we will be eating them at the baseball diamond.  The Aldi “pringle-like” chip is perfect because they don’t get crushed while being transported.

Lunchmeat $2.49

Sliced Cheese $1.99

100% Whole Wheat bread $1.49

Chips $0.99

Condiments on hand and served with veggies & fruit

Total for the meal – $6.96

 

Dinner #4 Jambalaya and Corn Bread

A friend made us this meal once and it was so easy, I love it for busy weeknights.  Follow the directions on the Jambalaya package and add in a drained can of kidney beans and sliced up kielbasa sausage.  Serve it with cornbread, fruit and raw veggies!

Jambalaya $1.19

Kidney Beans $0.69

Kielbasa Sausage $2.29

Cornbread $0.47

Total for the meal – $4.64

Dinner #5 Make and Take Pizza & Breadsticks

By Friday night we are ready for pizza and a movie.  Aldi’s take and bake pizzas are extra-large and add in some breadsticks and you have enough for your whole family without breaking the bank.

Pizza $5.99

Breadsticks $3.79

Total for the meal – $9.78

Dinner #6 Breakfast For Dinner

Breakfast for dinner is always a fan favorite and there are so many variations of eggs and meats not to mention sides like hashbrowns or sweet rolls.  This week I had supplies to make Resurrection rolls (recipe here) and I just learned you can bake bacon in the oven on a foil-covered cookie sheet for 20 minutes and then broil for last 2 minutes to crisp!  s

Bacon $3.49

Dozen eggs $1.08

Crescent rolls $1.49

Sometimes, I will add a fruit smoothie with spinach!  Find my smoothie recipes here.

Total for the meal – $6.06

 

Dinner #7 Snacktray Supper

By, Sunday night mom is ready for a break from the kitchen so we gather up all the leftovers and place them on a snack tray and enjoy a family room picnic for dinner.  It’s the whole family’s favorite meal of the week.

Total for the meal – $0

Total spent on 7 meals – $49.29

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Why I love Meal Planning & Shopping at Aldi

7 meals for under $50!  Now, I know that doesn’t include the staples, fruits and raw veggies I use as sides but when we go out as a family of 5 we easily spend that much on one meal.  Meal planning and eating at home really does help save you money and stay on budget.  Check out my meal planner and meal planning course if you want help getting started!

Do you meal plan or shop at Aldi?  What are your favorite Aldi products?  Sound off in the comments, I love a good recommendation!

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Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

My family’s love language is Mexican food and this easy chicken enchiladas recipe is on heavy rotation in our weekly meal plan (check out how I meal plan here).  You know I like to keep it nice and simple around here and it’s no different when it comes to my cooking.

This insanely easy chicken enchiladas recipe not only gets two thumbs up from my Mexican-food loving family but you can also make it ahead.

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So, let’s get cooking, shall we?

Ingredients you will need –

8 oz Fiesta Blend Cheese (reserve 1 cup to top enchiladas)

1 10.5 oz Cream of Chicken Soup

1 10 oz Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles

1 16 oz sour cream

10 Taco Size Flour Tortillas (6-inch tortillas)

4-6 chicken breasts (shredded)

Psst…If you like this, you have to try this EASY crockpot chicken tortilla soup.

It’s Time to Prepare your Chicken Enchiladas

Pro Tip – I always cook large batches of chicken in my crockpot, then shred it and freeze it.  You can always use a rotisserie chicken as well.

When I need to prep my chicken the day of making the enchiladas, I just place 4-6 chicken breasts in my crockpot at breakfast and cook on low for the day.  When I am ready to prep dinner, the chicken is ready to shred.

Once, I shred the chicken breasts, grab a mixing bowl and spatula.  Spoon in the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, diced tomatoes.  Reserve one cup of cheese to top the enchiladas when you are finished and pour the rest into the enchiladas filling.  Then, mix the filling and then fold in the shredded chicken until it is well mixed.

making chicken enchiladas

chicken enchilada tortillas

Prepare your 9×13 baking dish with some cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Then, start to fill your tortillas with the enchilada filling by placing a large spoonful into each tortilla.  Roll each tortilla, then place it in the pan with the edges facing down.

chicken enchilada toppings

chicken enchiladas ready for oven

Make sure to reserve a little of the filling to top the enchiladas when you are finished stuffing the tortillas.  Then, top with the remaining cheese.

You can either top with tin foil and place in the fridge to bake later or you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes.  It will bubble on the sides when cooked.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

We like to eat these easy chicken enchiladas with a side of refried beans, chips, salsa and guacamole.  Garnish it with whatever you prefer!

Psst…My kids love this easy Mexican baked casserole. Check it out here.

Chicken enchiladas recipe card

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner recipes that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought I would share them with you today in case you need a little inspiration as you meal plan and add a few new easy dinner recipes to your line-up!

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Italian Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

This is my go-to for taking a meal to someone.  It’s an easy all-in-one meal to make in a disposable pan.  My kids gobble it up and I love that it can be made ahead.  Find the full recipe here.

Crockpot Pot Roast

My kids love any meat cooked in a crockpot.  This pot roast can be topped with carrots, onions, and potatoes or served shredded on a hoagie roll with a side of au jus. We always love to make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers.  Find the recipe card in this post.

Breakfast for Dinner

My kids request resurrection rolls all year long.  They are perfect with eggs and breakfast sausage.  Some weeks we do pancakes and bacon.  We also love making a simple quiche and serving it alongside fruit and refrigerated cinnamon rolls.  Check out these simple love-inspired breakfast recipes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This slow cooker recipe with just 6 ingredients is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and cook all day.  The soup will be ready to serve with some guacamole, sour cream, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese for dinner.  Find the recipe here.

Mexican Casserole

When we got married, they asked Scott what his favorite meal I made was and he said this recipe.   Funny story, it’s actually his mom’s recipe and I never let him live that down!  Our entire family loves Mexican food.  This makes a great warm appetizer too and we serve it with chips, sour cream, and guacamole.  Check out the recipe here.

Baked Enchiladas

Need a variation to the typical taco dish.  Try this easy baked enchiladas.  You can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze then bake for a yummy weeknight meal.  It’s also perfect for entertaing.  Check out the recipe here.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Some nights just call for a sandwich.  Whether that means we are eating on the sidelines of a game or we need to rush out the door.  Chicken salad is perfect to eat with crackers or made into a sandwich.  I love adding pecans and apples in the fall!  Check out the recipe here.

Walking Tacos & Taco Salads

Cook up some ground beef, season it with taco seasoning and I also add in a can of rinsed black beans and canned carrots to extend the meat and add in some good nutrition.  We buy Doritos chips, crunch them up and layer on the ground beef mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese, and other traditional toppings.  If you never have had a walking taco, you need to try it.  My kids ask for them weekly.   They are great for a crowd too!

Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Veggies

Marinated pork tenderloin is so easy and delicious.  In the summer, butterfly cut it and grill it.  In the winter, pop it in the crockpot for the day. Serve it with a side of seasoned rice or quinoa.  If I am in a hurry, I will buy the microwave rice bags and steam up some frozen veggies as well.

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious and insanely easy recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  It has just 4 ingredients. Serve it up with some bread!  Check out the full recipe here.

Chicken Nugget Parmesean

This is so simple but another fan favorite.  We get the all white meat chicken nuggets and cook them.  Then, we boil some spaghetti and warm up some spaghetti sauce.  I usually add in about a 1/8 cup of sugar to the sauce for a sweeter taste.  I cut up the chicken nuggets and layer on top of the spaghetti and sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.  We usually serve with garlic breadsticks and a side salad!

Chicken Stuffing Bake

This is another great meal to take to others.  You layer in 4-6 chicken breasts in the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 pan, then layer on 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and then place a box of prepared stuffing mix (I mix mine up in the microwave).  Cook for 30-40 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees or until chicken is cooked through.  You can serve over rice or alongside some vegetables.  This is another great meal you can make ahead or make in the crockpot (just cook on low for 8 hours with chicken on bottom).

Simple Meals Make Meal-time Easy

So, there you have it, 10 simple and easy dinner recipes we make on repeat around here.  Do you have any go-to meals that you make repeatedly?  What does your family always request? Hands down we have to have a Mexican dish of some kind every single week!

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