How I Feed my Family for Under $2 at Aldi Series: Part 3

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How I Feed my Family for Under $2 at Aldi {Series Part: 3}

If you are new to this series, make sure you check out PART 1 HERE first!

For this part of the series, I will be talking about how to put the majority of your cooking on “auto-pilot” as well as how to save time and money on chopped veggies!

How to Put Your Cooking on “Auto-Pilot”

If you own a slow cooker, I am sure you know how easy it is to use! You literally throw all the ingredients in, turn on the right temperature, set it and forget it! I love my slow cooker so much that I bought another one so now I have two. With having two slow cookers I can actually put a majority of my cooking on “auto pilot”.

 

For example, I can cook 3lbs+ of chicken in my slow cooker, then freeze the shredded cooked chicken in portion bags and voila! I have a bunch of shredded chicken ready to go for meals. I can grab a bag and quickly add taco seasoning, salsa, and sour cream for chicken tacos, or grab another bag, mash some avocado with it and sprinkle on some garlic salt for avocado chicken salad. It is so easy and you don’t just have to use chicken! Here is a list of food items that you can put on “auto-pilot” to cook ahead and throw in your freezer for super fast meals:

  • Veggies that you would normally cook such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.
  • All kinds of meats like beef (even ground! just break it up every once and while), pork, sausage, etc.
  • Sauces
  • Fruit that needs pureeing
  • Potatoes
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Onions to caramelize
  • And so much more! The possibilities are endless 🙂

How to Save Time and Money on Chopped Veggies

I had been buying pre-chopped veggies for years because….well….I’m lazy! However, they are SO much more expensive so it just wasn’t worth it anymore! Chopping veggies seemed to take so much more time though so I ended up making meals that did not call for them and that is just no fun! Luckily I discovered a super cheap and easy solution, an electric veggie chopper!

Basically you just rough chop the veggies you need, throw them into your electric chopper and hit the button! This is perfect for purees, salsa, onions to add to meat, celery for chicken/tuna salad etc. Another bonus is that these choppers are super CHEAP! I found the one I currently use at Walmart for just $8!

There are also a bunch of cheap options on Amazon and if you have a Prime Membership, you can get one shipped to you in just two days! Amazon also gives the option to try Prime for 30 days absolutely free. GO HERE to check that out.

So to break it down here is how to save time and money by chopping your own veggies QUICKLY and putting your cooking on auto-pilot by batch cooking:

    • Batch cook your meals by putting them on auto-pilot with your slow cooker. Cook a large amount at once, then separate portions in freezer bags and stick them in the freezer for super quick meals later.
    • Grab yourself a cheap electric chopper to save time and money on chopping veggies. There is no need to spend more money on pre-chopped veggies to save time with this quick method.
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Watch this video for a demonstration on the veggie chopper:

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