Recipe ideas for Aldi and everyday
Amy Sheppard, from Chesham, a self-confessed Aldi ‘superfan,’ has had her cookbook titled The Aldi Lovers’ Guide to Cooking published.
The mother-of-two said: “When I became a stay at home mum, the reduction in income meant that I had to be more frugal and imaginative with the way that I shopped and cooked. Aldi was the perfect fit.
“However, the streamlined products meant that I couldn’t always get the ingredients for some of my usual mid weeks meals.
“The Aldi Lovers’ Guide to Cooking came from my desire to change my meals and not my supermarket, by providing simple, healthy meal ideas that don’t cost the earth.
“I’ve never written a recipe book before. I’ve cooked from a young age and I’m obsessed with food, and I became obsessed with Aldi so I combined these things to create the book.”
There are seven chapters including soups and snacks, sides, fish, vegetarian, chicken, beef and pork and sweet treats.
All the recipes are simple, family friendly, mid-week meals, using 100 per cent Aldi ingredients.
Mrs Sheppard said: “It’s all happened so quickly, it’s been really exciting. I started writing the book in October last year. I decided to launch a blog and use social media to publish a few recipes and promote the book. It’s gone from strength to strength over the last few weeks on social media, people are being really positive.”
Mrs Sheppard said one of her favourite things about Aldi is the smaller range of products.
She said: “I love the fact its streamlined products. It takes me half the time to shop in Aldi than other supermarkets, they don’t have the same choose as the bigger supermarkets so you just whip round. Also you realise you don’t need 10 different type of tomato ketchup to choose from, just good quality products at good prices.
“At first I’d do a bit of shopping at other supermarkets to get the ingredients I needed for my regular meals, but then I decided to come up with recipes that use 100 per cent Aldi ingredients. They’re simple, quick healthy recipes that anyone can make.”
Mrs Sheppard said her favourite meal to make is a scone-base pizza.
“You can whip it up quickly and my boys love it. I use goat’s cheese and pistachio nuts as toppings, it goes down very well.”
Mrs Sheppard’s key bit of advice is to plan the week’s meals in advance.
She added: “Meal planning is key and is saves you money wherever you shop, but don’t shop more than a week in advance because it’s too hard to plan. Also try to reduce your waste, if you know you’re going to use half of something for a meal, plan what you’re going to do with the other half. Write a list for seven lunches and seven dinners and do your shopping based on that.
“My other key advice is don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!”
The Aldi Lovers’ Guide to Cooking was launched on Kindle last month. Visit www.thealdiloversguide.co.uk for more information.
Amy Sheppard has written the Aldi Lover’s Guide to Cooking