This recipe is sponsored by ALDI
There are a lot of things I love from ALDI.
Like, could write a novel about it. The quality, affordability, variety, sustainability…
This is not a surprise. I know you know this already because a) I talk about it quite regularly here on POY, and b) you love ALDI, too! My DMs on Instagram are frequently filled with love for ALDI products and requests for more ALDI product recommendations from fellow ALDI fanatics. I mean, ALDI lovers are just a force to be reckoned with.
But in my miles-long list of ALDI favorites, there are a handful of products that end up in my cart week after week after week, or better yet – that I will actively drive out of my way to buy. No shame.
This post is a look at those most-purchased, most-loved, most-consumed ALDI products that are a key part of making our day-to-day lives delicious, wholesome, and affordable.
1: Friendly Farms Original Oatmilk
Why I like it: The oatmilk from ALDI is hands-down my favorite, most-purchased item. We buy multiple cartons every time we place an ALDI Instacart order (and many thanks to our Instacart shoppers who shlep all our oatmilk from the store and up to our house, lol). Admittedly I am a lover of most all oatmilk, but this one is the best I’ve literally ever had. It’s top-notch creamy, and there’s a subtle sweetness to it but no added sugar, making it perfect for cereal, baking, or my personal favorite: supremely delicious iced coffees.
2: Fresh Ginger
Why I like it: Including this on my list of top products because I’m just so happy that you can now buy fresh ginger root at ALDI. The more I can get from one grocery stop, the better! And fresh ginger is something I love to use in various recipes (see, for example, these bowls with that ginger sauce), so having the option to snag this while I’m doing my weekly ALDI order is just very convenient and wonderful. (It’s also always been super fresh every time I’ve gotten it. Fragrant, firm, juicy, and delicious. A+!)
3: Simply Nature Organic Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Why I like it: We keep a full shelf of our pantry storage reserved just for these specific chips. 😂 The texture is just so delicious. They taste like a slightly more interesting version of a regular tortilla chip – not overly healthy, just extra textured and yummy. Flax seeds, brown rice, and sunflower seeds in tortilla chips that we actually love to eat? Add to cart.
4: Earth Grown Vegan Classic Meatless Meatballs
Why I like it: This was a crowd-sourced recommendation! You all introduced me to these meatballs with your insistence that I try them earlier this summer, and I did, and WOW YES they did not disappoint. They are a freezer staple for us! We toss them in jarred marinara or pasta sauce for an easy spaghetti and meatballs option, and when I have slightly more energy, we coat them in this sticky sweet sauce and put them on some rice and pickled veg. Bjork couldn’t believe they were meatless.
5: Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth
Why I like it: Usually I’m just stocking up on this organic chicken broth, but I wanted to mention this as an entire category because ALDI also has amazing stocks and even BONE BROTH that is really, really good. Like, true collagen-rich bone broth. From ALDI. What is life.
6: Simply Nature Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal
Why I like it: In my experience, organic oats can be strangely hard to find, so I will often make an ALDI order specifically to stock up on these organic oatmeal packets. I like this particular variety because it also has flax seeds in it to give the whole thing a little wholesome-ness boost. There is a little bit of added sugar in these so I don’t give this to my baby yet (10 months), but for me and my toddler, it is so perfect and so convenient to just throw a couple of these together in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast that is nutritious, just lightly sweet, and filling. Yay organic oats!
7: Priano Rosso Pesto Sauce
Why I like it: We have discussed this before with this sheet pan shrimp and cauli rice situation, but I really adore this sauce. I keep several little jars on hand at all times because it’s super versatile. I am not always a huge fan of jarred pesto (the green variety), but this is a different thing altogether. It’s made with a tomato base and it has some yummy cheeses in it, which gives it just a bit of creaminess, and it’s one of those little jars of magic that kind of makes everything taste better. Pasta, eggs, baked casserole-type recipes, soups, etc. Can’t go wrong.
8: Simply Nature Organic Frozen Sweet Potatoes (and Other Vegetables)
Why I like it: I rely so heavily on frozen vegetables to make sure we always have some good stuff (read: vegetable stuff) for the girls to eat with their mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, etc. etc. The Simply Nature brand has so many options, many of which aren’t vegetables I usually see in the freezer section of other grocery stores. I love the sweet potatoes in particular because they are awesome to throw in recipes (soup, anyone?), but the squash and broccoli are also favorites for us.
9: Simply Nature Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
Why I like it: It’s just… five stars. Really good. Creamy, mild, organic whole milk yogurt. Baby eats it plain, toddler eats it with berries and honey, and Bjork and I like it for breakfast with granola. I also use it in a lot of recipes. We also like the Greek yogurt from ALDI but this plain whole milk yogurt is the one I stock up on most often whenever we make an ALDI order.
10: Fresh Atlantic Salmon
Why I like it: I’ve never had a bad piece of salmon from ALDI. We buy it almost weekly and it’s great. It’s affordable, ready to go in the refrigerator section, and I love that ALDI as a company has sustainability values and initiatives that guide their product sourcing for seafood. They have several varieties of salmon, but we usually go for the fresh Atlantic salmon.
11: Fresh Pork Italian Style Meatballs
Why I like it: This is a little random, maybe, but I love these meatballs! We used them for the Harissa Meatballs recipe (I know, it doesn’t make sense, Italian meatballs with harissa sauce and whipped feta), but it was phenomenal. We loved it so much. An awesome shortcut meatball that is a step up from frozen but still saves you the time and energy of making your own.
12: OLIVES! Antipasti, Specifically
Why I like it: I ate so many of these little things when I was pregnant! And… still eating so many of them now, even though I’m not pregnant anymore. Because SALT! BRINE! CHEESE! Omg. They are a salty snack lover’s delight.
13: Pueblo Lindo Queso Fresco
Why I like it: ALDI is famous for its great cheese selection, but I’ve been really happy to see cheeses that can otherwise be hard to find – specifically queso fresco! (I also love and frequently use the Emporium Selection Swiss & Gruyere Shreds that is pictured just below my hand in this photo, so this is a sneaky two-for-one. Remember this egg and croissant brunch bake?)
14: Simply Nature Organic Mac and Puppies
Why I like it: I don’t know if this really needs explanation because… mac and puppies, but my daughter absolutely loves this and talks about “the puppies” nonstop. I like that it’s organic and guess what else I like? It tastes really good. 😂 Welcome to my food blog where I eat mac and puppies.
15: Simply Nature Cauliflower Crackers, Cheddar
Why I like it: We buy these every time we go to ALDI! Kid favorite, mom favorite, dad favorite, everyone favorite! When I was nursing my daughter and had to be dairy-free for a while, these were singlehandedly the only snack that tasted like actual cheese to me (without real cheese). Vegan snacks for the win!
16: Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach
Why I like it: It’s “just spinach,” but it’s in my cart every time we go to ALDI. It’s fresh, it’s organic, it’s a nice sized package that’s not too big or too small because these are the important things in life!
17: Little Salad Bar Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit
Why I like it: This came recommended to me with rave reviews, and it did not disappoint. Greens with edamame, sunflower seeds, and sweet onion vinaigrette. Add a piece of grilled chicken, roasted sweet potato, or some extra nuts (SEE BELOW) and it is meal-time ready. Love it.
18: Southern Grove Chili Lime Cashews
Why I like it: I buy these for two reasons: 1) to eat, and 2) to make this cashew crunch salad. ALDI has so many delicious variations of nuts that I use constantly in recipes and in snackage. Other favorites have been the salt and pepper cashews and the fall-only pumpkin spice almonds. (!!)
19: Simply Nature Organic Quinoa
Why I like it: This quinoa is an affordable, organic pantry staple for us! I keep us stocked up so we are recipe-ready with quinoa at all times.
20: Clancy’s Cheese Curls
Why I like it: I’m sorry to follow quinoa with cheese curls, but also, not really. These are some of my very favorite of all the cheesy snacks I’ve ever had. Awesome late-night snack, treat yoself, yolo munchie for when the moment strikes.
21: Moser Roth Chocolate Bars
Why I like it: And finally, these chocolate bars! SO, SO GOOD. My favorite thing about them is that they’re so much less sweet than a traditional chocolate bar and I used to use these as my go-to chocolate snack when I was doing a sugar-free challenge and trying to cut back on sugar (but still, um, enjoy a little chocolate).
There we go! 21 things you should absolutely be buying at ALDI!
Are you in agreement? What are the items that you consider a MUST-BUY from ALDI?
My original list was about a mile long, so this is only just scratching the surface of my love for ALDI! ♡
Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this post!