Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 12/4/22


It’s your free ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/4/22, from an easy cheesy weeknight taco pasta to Pokemon-inspired Pokeball pizza burgers!

free aldi meal plan week of 12/4/22: Six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door!

Let’s have fun planning out our dinners this week, moving away from our recent turkey-filled extravaganza to do something completely different! As always, we’re bringing you six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door. Use these weekly menu plans to help bring your family together around home-cooked dinners, and to save time & money in the process.

Meal plans can be an easy starting point, too; just modify your own family’s dinners around what’s in stock (or on sale) in your area, what’s on hand in your pantry, and any dietary needs or preferences.

Free ALDI meal plan week of 12/4/22 – 12/10/22

pokeball pizza burger

Cook along with us and answer the never-ending question: What’s for dinner?

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Before jumping straight into this week’s menu, though, let’s talk briefly about this week’s new ALDI Finds & get a couple more updates.

There’s no place like gnome — ALDI Finds and more

christmas cheese at aldi

ALDI Finds for the week of 11/30/22 include Christmas cheese, the awesome pan, weighted blankets, mini wontons, and more! Plus, new seasonal holiday Finds to check out.

*** All of my favorite ALDI Finds of the week, here. ***

But wait, there’s more…

Do you happen to be in the Chicago area? Check out what I found at the Christkindlmarket in Aurora this past weekend. (They are sponsored by ALDI this year!)

Lastly, new on the Amazon front:

That’s it, so, without further ado, here’s your ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/4/22. *** Be sure to sign up for our weekly emails, so that you never miss a new one.

ALDI Meal Planning week of 12/4/22 – 12/10/22

Pick up everything on the shopping list below, then start cooking on Sunday. As always, six complete dinners for four, $70 out the door.

  • *** Print your meal plan summary + grocery shopping list below this week’s detailed plan, in Word, .rtf, or PDF format. ***
  • I’m assuming that you have on hand some pantry basics like cooking oil, condiments, and spices. Read through the recipes before you shop, to make sure that you have the necessary pantry staples on hand for this week’s ALDI menu plan. *** The printable shopping list includes a separate section of needed basics for the week.

Six easy dinners from ALDI for $70

cheesy taco pasta

ALDI Meal Plan — start cooking 12/4/22





  • Simple white bean soup, topped with a little shredded Parmesan (use chicken broth)
  • Turn the rest of the Italian bread into garlic bread




  • Leftovers, family pizza night (ALDI sells nice big take-and-bake deli pizzas), or order in.

ALDI Shopping List — Shop through 12/3/22

butternut squash

*** Psst — check below this grocery list for easy one-stop Instacart shopping, as well as an easy-print version!

Dairy & refrigerated

8 oz brick Happy Farms cream cheese, $1.69
8 oz Happy Farms sliced mozzarella, $1.99
8 oz Happy Farms block mozzarella, $1.99
8 oz Happy Farms block cheddar, $1.99
5 oz container Emporium Selection shredded Parmesan, $2.49
9 oz Priano refrigerated 3 cheese tortellini, $2.99
Bake House Creations refrigerated pie crust, $1.99


L’Oven Fresh hamburger buns, $.99
L’Oven Fresh Italian bread, $2.09
Can of Tuscan Garden large ripe pitted olives, $1.49
12 oz Reggano tri-color rotini, $.92
2 boxes 32 oz Chef’s Cupboard chicken broth, $1.98
Can Casa Mamita diced tomatoes with green chilies, $.89
2 cans Pueblo Lindo chopped green chiles, $1.58
Packet of Casa Mamita taco seasoning mix, $.49
2 cans Happy Harvest whole kernel corn, $1.04
2 cans 8 oz Happy Harvest tomato sauce, $.82
6 oz can Happy Harvest tomato paste, $.69
Can Happy Harvest diced tomatoes, $.79
3 cans Dakota’s Pride great northern beans, $2.37
2 cans Dakota’s Pride cannellini beans, $1.58


4 lb family pack organic grass-fed ground beef, $19.96
6 oz Mama Cozzi’s sliced pepperoni, $2.49
Parkview Polska kielbasa, $3.49

Produce — Yes, less produce than usual, but I thought I’d mix things up with the organic ground beef this week & things skewed differently. It evens out week-over-week, though. 🙂

2 lb butternut squash, $1.78
3 lbs mandarins, $2.49
2 lbs carrots, $1.89
8 oz bag of spinach, $1.79
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.59
3 heads garlic, $1.29
5 Roma tomatoes, $1.30

That comes to: $70.92

Or, maybe less…! These meals can run even less if you supplement this week’s ALDI purchases with: Clearance meat you already have in your freezer, pantry staples you picked up on sale, produce you already have on hand, and/or sale produce from your local fruit market.

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*** Add this week’s grocery list to your Instacart. ***


  1. You’ll need to check your pantry for staples not included in this Instacart list. See needed pantry staples below.
  2. The list feature doesn’t allow me to add more than one of an item, or to change the weight of items. So: Before adding the list to your cart, change the following
    1. Change the Roma tomatoes quantity to five.
    2. Change the cannellini beans quantity to two, and the great northern beans to three.
    3. Change the tomato sauce quantity to two, the canned corn quantity to two, and the chopped green chiles quantity to two.
  3. Click “add” on any items you want to place in your cart; omit any items you don’t want or already have.
  4. Add anything else you need for the week to your cart, and check out!

Please use the add your list to Instacart feature at your own risk, always double checking your cart against the recipes. It’s a work in progress! Also note that Instacart prices are generally higher than in store, so your total will be higher than shown in the above grocery list.

** Pantry staples to check for before shopping: Olive oil, butter, sugar, parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, basil, oregano, paprika, crushed red pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, thyme, cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, sea salt, black pepper

Printable ALDI meal plan & grocery list

print this week's ALDI meal plan

Print this week’s meal plan:

Edit and add in your own meal ideas, remove items you have on hand, and/or change regional pricing to match your own store. *** Day(s) next to each item in the printable shopping list show which nights use each ingredient, so that you can easily see what to delete if you’re skipping a night or modifying.

Things to know about these meal plans

A couple of notes

  1. I try not to repeat main dish recipes more often than once a month, but you will see favorite easy recipes again in these weekly ALDI meal plans as the same meats and produce items come up again on sale. Part of the fun of meal planning lies in mixing old stand-bys with something new each week.
  2. If one or more of these recipes isn’t to your taste, or if you have other ingredients to use up, adapt the recipes in this ALDI meal plan to your family’s preferences. Or, just use the ideas here to supplement your own meal planning! See: Pantry staples to stock up on and how to modify a meal plan for your family.

** ad markets & dates

This week’s ALDI meal plan reflects prices from the current week’s ad (running 11/27-12/3 in Sunday ad markets, and 11/30-12/6 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices are from my local store in the Chicago suburbs. Prices and produce deals *can vary* by location & region. In either ad market, shop any time through Saturday and start cooking on Sunday 12/4/22.

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Resources for meal planning & ALDI shopping

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Let’s close out our week with some additional resources on meal planning & ALDI shopping:

Lastly: Access your current regional ALDI ad here.

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