Recipe ideas for Aldi and ev­ery­day

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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

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