(Family Features) Warmer weather, longer days and smells of sizzling meat on
the grill can only mean one thing — summer has officially arrived. As you gear up
for the season of backyard barbeques and spontaneous weekend getaways, don’t let
the cost of summer entertaining take a toll on your wallet. Consider stopping at
ALDI, where you can find a variety of fresh produce and high quality cuts of grill-ready
meat for up to 50 percent less* than traditional grocers, so you can spend less
on your grocery bill and more on making summer memories last all year long.
Sizzle into summer with these tasty tips and techniques that will make cookouts,
road trips and impromptu pool parties mouthwatering for less:
Less Flipping, More Grilling: When grilling for that backyard
barbeque, don’t make the mistake of constantly lifting the lid on your grill.
Every time you lift the lid, you lose smoke, which will make your meat less
Make More Time for Fun: Keep recipes simple so you can join
the party and avoid getting stuck in the kitchen. Sometimes all you need for
big flavor is to infuse simple spices into your meals. Whip up a quick dry rub
with common spices like cumin, chili powder, oregano and peppercorns, and use
when grilling meat, fish and even veggies.
Put a Fresh Twist on Comfort Foods: Add a twist to your
barbeque staple foods to make your dish stand out. Stuff your burgers with jalapeño
slices and cheddar cheese or top them off with unique flavors like pineapple,
avocado or kiwi. It’s fun to mix and match different flavor combinations, and
ALDI carries everything from organic grass fed beef to fresh pineapple.
Keep It Cool in the Sun: Have homemade freezer pops in your
freezer for impromptu pool parties and neighborhood slip and slides. Mix up
this traditional summer treat by combining a classic fruit flavor with an exotic
one. Coconut flakes, cilantro or honey will add a unique spin on a classic snack.
Bring Adventure Home: Travel to a new city without going
further than your local ALDI. Just switch up your go-to recipes with some regional
flavors like Texas BBQ ribs or Chicago deep dish pizza. Follow the ALDI Summer
Starts Here virtual road trip series for regional recipes, tips and tricks on
the ALDI Simply Smarter Living Blog.
Hand-Held Snacks: Keep your road trip simple and pack finger food snacks that can easily be taken
on the go. Quesadillas are quick to make for grab and go meals, and taste great
with a combination of sweet and savory flavors.
Experiment with fun flavors like ricotta cheese and strawberries; sweet potatoes
and black beans; or blueberries and cream cheese.
Make batches ahead of time and have on-hand for when the kids get hungry.
Just heat and serve for a simple snack.
Incorporate fresh spices and produce to keep variations fun and unique all
Looking for more inspiration? These easy-to-make recipes will help you get ready
for summer. Visit www.aldi.us for
more seasonal ideas.
*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national
retail grocery stores.
Lemon Pesto Mason Jar Pasta Salad
Description: $3.61 per serving at ALDI - Recipe Courtesy of Chef Scott, ALDI
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup Little Salad Bar Flat Leaf Spinach
1/4 cup grated Priano Asiago Cheese Wedge
1/4 cup Carlini Pure Olive Oil
6 tablespoons Southern Grove Cashew Halves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Stonemill Essentials Minced Garlic in Olive Oil
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, to taste
Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup SimplyNature Organic Diced Tomatoes
1/4 cup Tuscan Garden Large Pitted Ripe Olives, chopped
For the Pesto: In a food possessor, combine parsley, spinach, 1/4 cup Asiago
cheese, olive oil, cashews and garlic. Pulse until fully incorporated. Add lemon
juice and zest, season with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble: Pour pesto into the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar, add tomatoes,
olives, mushrooms and chicken. Top with pasta, and remaining cheese.
Yields: Two 16 ounce Mason jars Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cook Time:
5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Description $0.75 per serving at ALDI Recipe Courtesy of Chef Stacey, ALDI
1 tablespoon Carlini Pure Olive Oil
1 zucchini, halved and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
7 mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Carlini Canola Cooking Spray
6 Pueblo Lindo Flour Tortillas
3 cups Happy Farms Shredded Cheddar Cheese
In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add zucchini, mushrooms
and onion. Cook until soft, stirring often. Drain any liquid.
Coat six squares of foil with cooking spray, lay one tortilla on each.
Place 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 vegetable mixture on one half of the tortilla; fold
in half. Seal the foil around the quesadilla. Keep chilled for any camping trip!
To cook each quesadilla, place foil packet on the outside of the campfire or
on grill grates. Cook for 3 minutes per side. Allow to cool slightly before opening