Ahead of the first ever Frozen Food Week, TV nutritionist, Lily Soutter has created an ultimate guide for families to help savvy shoppers eat well for less thanks to some simple frozen food swaps, with each family meal costing as little as £1.98 or under 50p, per head, courtesy of products from Aldi.
The Aldi frozen food initiative, which covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a family of four for five full days, has been devised to help shoppers tackle the cost-of-living crisis. This follow reports that around nine in 10 households have felt the impact of rising costs, and 35% of Brits are now cutting back on spending on food shopping and essentials, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)1.
Not only will the plan help families spend less than £29.77 per week, but Harley Street nutritionist Lily Soutter has ensured that each recipe is packed with nourishing yet affordable foods that form a well-balanced diet, and also cut down on food waste.
Meal plan pioneers will enjoy luscious King Prawn Fish Pie, family favourite Spicy Pasta with Meat-Free Meatballs along with Veggie Deluxe Pizza, and not to mention a vibrant array of vitamin-boosting fruity breakfasts and much more.
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Harley Street and TV Nutritionist, Lily Soutter, explains: “From nourishing breakfasts to hearty dinners, our meal plan – created using a range of Aldi’s frozen foods – has breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered for a family of four for five days and is less than £2 per meal. This wonderfully nutritious and versatile plan we’ve created will not only help money go further, but will also make mealtimes simpler and most importantly – affordable.
“We know that families across the country will be feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis, so we’re determined to provide Aldi shoppers with the tips and tools they need to relieve any strain when it comes to putting food on the table. I’m delighted to be working with Aldi to support those looking to cut down on cost without compromising on quality and healthy eating.”
Following an outcry from her 251k followers on Instagram, foodie influencer and mum Ashleigh, aka Cardiff Mum, has also joined forces with Aldi to put the meal plan to the test and review the recipes on her popular channels for Frozen Food Week.
Ashleigh began sharing the experience with her thousands of followers who she admitted had been ‘crying out’ for a frozen food meal plan due to its ease, low cost, and ability to help shoppers to minimise food waste. Cardiff Mum will be sharing her honest review after taking on Lily’s recipes on her social media channels throughout Frozen Food Week.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, says: “Aldi’s ethos is ‘access to good quality food should be a right, not a privilege’ – which is why we aim to provide the best possible quality and value to all our customers.
“The meal plans are designed to provide quick and easy inspiration for families who may be finding mealtimes strenuous on the bank account during the ongoing crisis. These recipes will help people make their money go further whilst being assured their family is getting the nutrition they need. Using frozen food also helps to keep food waste to a minimum.”
Lily’s Top 10 tips for making the most out of the frozen food meal plan:
Frozen fish is a convenient way to incorporate the government-recommended two portions of fish a week into our diet.
Try adding a frozen fish mix to your fish pie or step it up a notch with Aldi’s Jumbo King Prawns. For those essential omega-3 fats, defrost some sea bass or salmon and grill with olive and lemon juice. The key to using frozen fish is to safely defrost by following the instructions on the food label.
Ever tried freezing bread? Simply slice first and freeze to extend the shelf-life. If you’re tired of those mouldy avocado halves in the fridge, simply cube your avocado, and freeze. Frozen avocado provides a lovely cool creamy flavour to smoothies and is a source of fibre and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats! There’s nothing better than enjoying a perfectly chilled beverage with a slice of lemon or lime. Pre-slice and freeze to impress your guests at your next drinks party.
If you’re looking to reduce waste, freezing herbs and spices is a must. Try chopping garlic or onion, add to ice cube trays with a dash of oil, and freeze. Pesto and tomato sauces also freeze well in ice-cube trays and is a great way to portion out just what you need. You can even freeze pizza dough and cheese, which makes pizza night much more convenient.
If you’re short on freezer space, maximise storage by placing your food into freezer bags flat on a table whilst ensuring that excess air is removed. Stack the bags into the freezer flat and aim to leave no water on the outside otherwise they may stick together. Try portioning out your frozen meals and sauces into separate bags rather than one large Tupperware. This means you can use just what you need for each meal, and it’s much quicker to defrost. Use the same method for storing frozen goods such as berries and sweetcorn as it’s much more space efficient than storing goods in one large clump.
There’s a big misconception that frozen fruit is less nourishing than fresh, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Research has illustrated that frozen produce retains vitamins, minerals and even antioxidants, which are beneficial to health. Better yet, they’re often cheaper than their fresh counterparts, particularly when enjoying produce out of season.
The old saying ‘eat your greens’ shouldn’t be ignored. Broccoli, green beans and peas are jam-packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. With just 8% of children and 27% of adults consuming their 5-A-day many of us are simply not eating enough. Having frozen greens with a long shelf life can increase our chances of including them without our diet.
Frozen meat is the perfect solution for a busy household; it’s adaptable as you can defrost and cook it whenever is convenient for you without the pressure of it going off. Meat provides the high-quality protein required for maintaining bone and muscle health, but it can quickly spoil with a short shelf-life. Therefore, having a batch of frozen meat to hand in the freezer can mean fewer trips to the supermarket and less waste.
The hard nature of butternut squash requires patience and some serious work in the kitchen. Opting for Aldi’s frozen butternut squash chunks can eliminate the hassle of chopping and prepping this vegetable. What’s more, there is no compromise on the nutrition profile! Roast the butternut squash from frozen with herbs and oil and try blending it into a delicious soup.
In the busy world we live in today, frozen onion is one of the biggest time savers. Pre-chopped and ready to cook, there’s no faffing with peeling and watery eyes. Simply add a handful of Aldi’s frozen onion to your dish and shave off the minutes of prep time. This frozen veg tastes excellent in a tomato-based sauce for pizza and pasta dishes, in homemade burgers, fish pies, soups, casseroles and stews. The list is endless!
If you find yourself defrosting your evening dinner without knowing what it is or if it’s still even edible, labelling your frozen food will be a game-changer! Using a permanent marker on freezer bags, mark what the item is and the date that it was cooked. Whilst frozen food has a significantly longer shelf-life than fresh, it doesn’t last forever, and labelling can help us prioritise which freezer goods we should consume first.
Whether you’re batch cooking freezer meals or freezing leftovers, your freezer can be your best friend in the kitchen! And there’s nothing more frustrating than precious space being taken up by blocks of ice. Defrosting the freezer is hardly a beloved task for most of us but doing so can help you to reduce food waste and even save energy.
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Aldi halves its Holly Lane Mince Pies to just 55p for a pack of six.
Supermarket Aldi has halved the price of its shopper-favourite Holly Lane Deep Filled Mince Pies (6 pack) from £1.09 to just 55p – that’s only 9p per pie!
From today (Monday 4th December), the delicate shortcrust pasty cases, which are filled with mincemeat and finished with a light sugar dusting, will be half price. But pie-oneers had better be quick to grab this bargain deal as the offer is available for one week only.
What’s more, when shoppers buy a pack of Aldi’s Holly Lane Mince Pies they are in with a chance to get their hands on an abundance of prizes*, which range from a year’s worth of shopping valued at £5,200, to gift cards ranging in value anywhere from £20-£1,000, mince pie lovers will be having a very merry Christmas indeed!
Aldi’s Holly Lane Deep Filled Mince Pies can be found in store and online via Click and Collect now.