The Trader Joe’s craze is real, and for good reason, the grocery chain has some pretty incredible items. But I’ve never met a group of people who are more dedicated to shopping at a certain store than Aldi shoppers.
Aldi is a magical place that always has everything you need and everything you didn’t know you needed.
Here’s the thing — you either love Aldi or you hate it. There’s no in-between. I’ve never met a person who was just a passive Aldi fan. You’re either all in and shopping there multiple times a week, or it’s barely on your radar.
But if you love Aldi, you love it unconditionally.
You likely make it a habit to check their “Weekly Ad” section to see what goodies you’ll be able to splurge on during your grocery trip. You can always snag a good bargain because Aldi has some incredibly cute things that do not break the bank. And you can be sure that you’ll always grab your favorite items!
Since people tend to ask me what my favorite items are, I’ve decided to put together a list of items that consistently make their way into my heart and cart!
They have a variety, but you cannot go wrong with the Caramel Sea Salt or Dark Chocolate Sea Salt. One piece is a day is the perfect pick-me-up.
Indulge in crispy tortilla chips — minus the guilt. Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic corn chips are perfect for your favorite dips, spreads, and, of course, guacamole. My favorite ones are the blue corn. I always have these on hand for a quick snack.
Canned wine is the perfect refreshment for a hot summer day, and Aldi’s 4-pack features “notes of strawberry, raspberry, and red currant.” These will be a hit at your next BBQ!
Speaking of alcohol, Aldi has some of the best “bang for your buck” wine. The Winking Owl brand never lets me down, particularly the Merlot. And at $2.99 (prices may vary in your area), that’s practically a steal!
These chips have just the right amount of spice and crunch! Jalapeno lovers, you’ve got to try these!
Nothing screams summer like plopping one of these bad boys on the grill when you’re in a pinch or you’ve run out of dinner ideas. These are only available throughout the summer months, but that’s what makes them so delicious!
This is perfect for when you want a sweet snack without all the fuss. What’s better than a brownie in a mug? A brownie in a mug topped with vanilla ice cream. Thank me later!
I love croissants as much as the next person, but when I’m watching my carb intake, these little mini guys are exactly what I need. You can plop them in a conventional oven to get them warm and crispy, or just grab and go!
Aldi has really upped their game when it comes to meatless offerings, which is great for vegans. While I’m not vegan, I won’t eat any other meatballs! These always hit the spot and add a little zest to any pasta or rice dish!
Bring the flavors of India into your kitchen. The brand carries the “Tikka Masala” and the “Korma” simmer sauces. I love to use these with chicken and basmati rice!
The blend of veggies and noodles allows you to easily make a stir fry with the meat (or tofu) of your choice! Add a little sauce and you’ve got a meal within minutes!
The guilt-free approach to making a quick sammy. Sometimes, you don’t want a full, thick bagel, but these have the taste with only 100 calories! They come in plain too, but I’m an everything bagel kind of gal!
The Starbucks daily coffee run consists of you going to your fridge and pouring yourself a cup of smooth, delicious cold brew. Not only is it quick and convenient but at $4.99 (prices may vary in your area), it’s affordable too!
I’m not a fan of frozen meat, but this “red bag chicken” is incredible! The fully cooked fillet is my go-to for a mock Chick-fil-A sandwich, but it’s also great cut up into a salad. The description notes that it has “no added hormones or steroids.”
These aren’t your average oatmeal cookies. The cranberries give them a sweeter taste, and they’re as soft as they would be fresh out of the oven. When I’m in a hurry or need a little sweet bite at breakfast, I always reach for these!
Peanut butter + pretzels is a winning combo! And they retail for less than they do at TJ’s!
Both the dark chocolate and milk chocolate ones make for a tasty, quick snack!
90-Second Quinoa/Brown Rice or 60-Second Elbow Pasta
Cut down the time you spend in the kitchen! If you’re like me and you don’t like spending a lot of time cooking, you’re going to find the 60-second packets a godsend. The quinoa/brown rice mix has a delicious garlic kick! These ready-to-eat quinoa meals are also a favorite!
Cold pasta salads? Aldi has the best ones? Both the Caprese and Rotini pasta salads are yummy and convenient, plus, a hit at any party!
Put these bad boys on the grill and enjoy them with a side salad and pasta (and meatless meatballs!) Both the 5-cheese and the garlic ones are worth your while!
Frozen fries can taste just like they do at your favorite restaurant! I love to throw these in the air fryer and eat them with burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more!
The Only Cosmopolitan Recipes You’ll Need
As the days begin to get a little longer, you know that spring — and then summer — are on the horizon.
Of course, this means you can start putting away all your winter drinks (we’re looking at you, Gluhwein) and start busting out the refreshing cocktails.
If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Cosmo recipe that would knock the Louboutin’s off of the Sex & the City women, look no further than these 3 delicious recipes from Ocean Spray, the farmer-owned cranberry co-operative.
You can sip these when you need a little wind down, when your hosting some friends, or for all the romantic holidays coming up!
Created by Ocean Spray
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
- 1 1/2 ounce vodka
- 1 1/2 ounce Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Drink, any flavor, chilled
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- Lime twist, garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain mixture into a chilled stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist.
Created by Ocean Spray
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 50-Calorie Serving
- 3 ounces Diet Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Drink
- 3/4 ounce raspberry Flavored Vodka
- 1 Squeeze of lime
- Lime twist for garnish
- Shake ingredients, except lime twist, until cold, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with lime twist.
Created by Ocean Spray
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier®
- 1/8 lime (juice)
- 2 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
- Orange slice, garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka, Grand Marnier®, juice of 1/8 of a lime, and Cranberry Juice Cocktail. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange slice.
Super Bowl LVI Menu: Try These Winning Recipes on Game Day
The Super Bowl commercials and halftime show are great, but really, we’re there for the food!
If you’d rather veer away from the traditional pizza and wings dishes, we have some dishes that are an absolute touchdown.
These tasty snacks are a must for your gameday lineup!
Macaroni & Cheese Skillet recipe from Grand Lux Cafe
*Serves about 2 people
For the Cheddar Cheese Sauce
|2 Tbl.||All-Purpose Flour|
|1 cup||Whole Milk|
|¼ cup||Heavy Cream|
|2 cups||Medium Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated|
|¼ tsp.||Kosher Salt|
For the Butter-Breadcrumb Mix
|2 Tbl.||Panko Breadcrumbs|
|2 Tbl.||Butter, melted|
For the Macaroni and Cheese
|8 oz.||Macaroni Pasta, Dry/Uncooked (Or try Gemelli Pasta, which is what we use in our restaurants!)|
|1/2 cup||Medium Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated|
|1/2 cup||Monterey Jack Cheese, grated|
For the Cheddar Cheese Sauce
- Heat the butter in a small saucepot set over medium-high heat until the butter is completely melted.
- Add the flour and whisk to incorporate. Cook until the raw flour taste has been cooked away (about 1-1/2 minutes). Do not allow to turn brown. It should remain very light blond in color.
- Slowly add the whole milk a ¼ cup at a time, whisking to prevent lumps. Then, add the heavy cream while continuing to whisk. Allow the sauce to come to a gentle boil.
- Lower the heat. Simmer and stir occasionally to avoid burning (about 1 to 2 minutes).
- Add the grated cheddar cheese and stir to incorporate with a wire whisk until completely melted.
- Season with salt. Remove from the heat*
For the Butter-Breadcrumb Mix
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs and melted butter. Set Aside.
For the Macaroni and Cheese
- Preheat the oven to the “broil” setting (if you do not have a broiler, set your oven to 500°F and leave your oven door slightly cracked open).
- Cook the macaroni pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Place the cooked and drained pasta into the saucepot with the cheddar cheese sauce. Using a rubber spatula, fold to incorporate.
- Place the macaroni and cheese into a small cast iron skillet or other oven-safe ramekin or small casserole dish. Then, sprinkle the butter-breadcrumb mixture evenly over the macaroni and cheese.
- Place your macaroni and cheese skillet into the oven until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Be careful not to burn the breadcrumbs.
- Remove the macaroni and cheese from the oven. Serve and enjoy!
*Notes: Cheddar cheese sauce can be made ahead of time and reheated.
Superbowl Breakfast Bagel from Bagel+ Slice
Buffalo Chicken Sausage
1 lb ground chicken
3 Tbs Bagel+Slice Buffalo Toss at room temperature (recipe below)
1 Tbs chopped fresh Italian parsley
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
½ tsp rubbed dry sage
1/8 tsp ground bay leaf
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
½ tsp ground black pepper
Add ingredients to the mixing bowl. Mix to combine. Do not over mix.
Bagel+Slice Buffalo Toss
2 garlic cloves 1/8” diced
3 Tbs butter
1 ½ Tbs Franks Red Hot
1 ½ Tbs Vodka
Add garlic and butter to a nonreactive saucepan. Cook on medium heat until butter and garlic begins to brown. Add the Franks Red Hot sauce and vodka and cook to reduce by one third. Cool and reserve for later use.
2 egg yolks
1 tsp cider vinegar
¼ tsp Dijon mustard
6 drops Tabasco
¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 oz melted butter
1 tsp chopped fresh chives
½ tsp chopped fresh dill
¼ tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp chopped fresh basil
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Juice from ¼ of a lemon
Water as needed
Place egg yolks, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in stainless mixing bowl over a pot of lightly simmering water. Whisk this mixture until it thickens then remove from heat. Whisk in the melted butter little-by-little to for a creamy emulsion. Whisk in the fresh herbs and pepper. Adjust the consistency with fresh lemon juice and water. Adjust seasoning as needed with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Reserve over a pan of warm water.
1 bagel, toasted
1 patty of the Buffalo chicken sausage, well browned in butter
1 fried egg
Franks Red Hot (to taste)
Hollandaise Ranch (to desired amount)
1/8 cup sauteed spinach
Toast bagel. Add the sauteed spinach to the bottom half of the bagel. Top the spinach with the browned Buffalo chicken sausage, fried egg, Franks Red Hot and Hollandaise Ranch sauce. Eat the shit out of this!
Pink Grapefruit Shandy
1-12 oz wheat beer
6 oz pink grapefruit juice
1 oz simple syrup (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and enjoy with your Superbowl Breakfast Bagel!
Champagne Pizza from Bagel+ Slice
Rose Champagne Syrup
1 750ml bottle rose champagne
1 cup granulated white sugar
½ tsp dry rose petals (food grade)
Add ingredients to a non-reactive saucepan. Cook on medium high heat to reduce to 1 1/8 cup. Careful cooking over gas flame as alcohol can catch fire…which can add more excitement to your evening but can be dangerous. You will know when the syrup has reduced sufficiently as the bubbles on the top will become a bit larger. Do not over reduce or it will caramelize. Strain out the rose petals and store refrigerated until ready to use. Syrup can be thinned with water or reduced further to thicken.
8 oz mascarpone
1 ½ Tbs granulated white sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Do not over mix. Store refrigerated until ready to use.
1 bag frozen raspberries
Defrost raspberries overnight in the refrigerator. Place raspberries in a fine mesh strainer. Push the raspberry puree through the strainer, capturing the seeds in the strainer. Reserve the puree in the refrigerator until ready to use.
1 Tbs crushed raw pistachios
1 tsp dry rose petals (food grade)
¼ cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 tsp chopped dark chocolate
1 Tbs cut fresh mint
2 ea pizza dough balls 150-200g
2 Tbs Turbinado sugar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup semolina flour for dusting
Preheat the oven to its highest setting at least 45 minutes before your big night with pizza with a pizza stone or oven still on the lowest rack if you don’t have convection or the highest rack if you do have convection heat. Remove one dough ball for yourself (one more if you have someone to share with). Set some dusting flour on a pizza peel and coat the pizza dough so it is no longer sticky. Stretch the dough into a 10” circle.
- Oil ½” of the outside perimeter with olive oil and sprinkle half of the turbinado sugar on that perimeter section.
- Spoon about ¼ cup of the raspberry puree into the center of the pizza crust, spreading all the way to the inside edge of the sugared edge.
- Carefully slide the pizza into the oven on the stone or steel and bake until the crust is well browned. If the sauce begins to brown, spoon on a bit more sauce to keep it lovely and red.
- Remove the pizza from the oven when the crust is well browned, and sugar caramelizes. Set on a rack while you finish building.
- Spoon 8-10 small spoonful dollops of the mascarpone and sprinkle with about a teaspoon of the chopped chocolate.
- Add about 8-12 strawberry pieces.
- Drizzle with rose champagne syrup. Garnish with crushed pistachios, dry rose petals and chopped fresh mint.
- Cut or not. Nobody is watching.
Where to Watch and Celebrate Super Bowl LVI in Chicago
The game, the Halftime Show, the food, and the drinks.
Those are the only things that matter during Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl LVI falls on February 13, 2022. If you don’t feel like hosting a game day party at your place, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels in Chicago that would be happy to host you for a watch party!
And did I mention they have delicious food and drink offerings?
Want to be the real winner of the Super Bowl? Check out these unbeatable deals below!
Chef Doug Psaltis and Andros Taverna are changing up takeout on Chicago’s best authentic Greek menu to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl by offering Charcoal Grilled Greek Wings on Sunday, February 13. Chef Doug’s Charcoal Grilled Greek Wings ($18p dozen) are slowly grilled over roasting embers and will come served with spicy yogurt and greek fries. Wings will only be available to pre-order by the dozen a la carte through Tock, GrubHub and ChowNow on Gameday. Chef Doug will also release his Spanakopita and Artichoke Dip ($16), which comes served with pita crisp, his Spreads Party Pack ($39) featuring three Andros spreads along with pita crisps and cruidités of vegetable and Andros’ Olympia Fries ($10), which come topped with hand-cut gyro, tzatziki and cheese.
Bring home the best charcuterie and cheeses in Chicago on Super Bowl Sunday with Lardon’s Charcuterie and Cheese Boards! With three size options available to enjoy from your couch, pre-order yours for weekend pickups. Lardon offers 1-2, 3-4 and 6-8 person Charcuterie and Cheese Boards for your party and the cutoff for ordering will always be 5pm the day before pickup. Orders can be made through Lardon’s Tock.
Is there a better trio than pizza, beer, and football? What better place to celebrate all three than at PB&J’s where large parties are welcome and cheering is encouraged. Reserve your section today with no minimums and no deposit required and come and enjoy the best game of the year with delicious food and drinks flowing all game long. Even though it won’t be the Chicago Bears, PB&J’s in Chicago’s West Loop will be partying all Super Bowl night long.
Recess is the ultimate destination for NFL game days and the streak continues for NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday. Recess offers the Beer Down NFL Promotion throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl Sunday, which features food and drink specials all Game Day long. Football fans can chow down on Slider Towers and a la carte Sliders, wash it down with Daaa Beers import and domestic buckets, as well as slurp specialty Large Format boozy cocktails made for Super Bowl Sunday. Fans can also get a High Life and a shot of Tullamore Dew for $10. Learn more about Recess Game Day specials by visiting www.chicagoinrecess.com.
Known for its wood-fired cooking and menu featuring the Midwest’s best meat, freshwater fish and produce, FireLake is a great place to watch the game while enjoying delicious food and fun cocktails. Order shareable items, such as the 2lb pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce or the smoked whole bone-in wings with fried pickles for the first half and endugle in the Taste of FireLake which includes Coffee Rubbed Smoked Brisket, Rotisserie Chicken with Potato Salad, Smoked Ribs, Charred Sweet Corn Skillet Cornbread post halftime. If ribs are the way to your heart, don’t leave without ordering a half or full slab of Calabrian Smoked Pork Ribs with fennel potato salad, skillet corn bread. In addition, a special Superbowl brunch will take place in Upper FireLake for $52 per person and includes mimosas. Make a reservation online or by calling (312) 477-0234.
Make Super Bowl Sunday the ultimate fiesta at home with Old Pueblo Cantina’s catering menu and takeout offerings. Guests can choose from a variety of offerings including Chips and homemade Guacamole, OPC’s famous Cheese Crisps, Taco Platter Kits, and more.
Heading to the suburbs for the big game? Sophia Steak has got you and guests covered with their to-go family style meals. Diners can choose from their choice of an entree which serves up to four guests, two large format salads, appetizers, and sides. Each order comes with 2 oz cocktail kits from the bar.
Famous for their award-winning Southern fried chicken sandwiches, Boxcar Betty’s has Super Bowl grub taken care of with their loaded sandwich boxes. Each box comes with 10 individually wrapped mouthwatering sandwiches for you and your friends to chow down on and root on your team. With sandwich options like the signature Boxcar, Chicken Not So Waffle, Buffalo, The Betty or a build your own option, every base is covered. Plus, add on delicious sides like handcut fries, fried pickles, peach coleslaw and more for the ultimate Super Bowl feast. Orders for carryout are available by placing an order online or calling the Bucktown location.
Known for elevated French fare, The Loyalist is also home to one of Chicago’s best burgers, The Loyalist Original Cheeseburger. The burger, lovingly known as the Dirty Burg, is made with pickled and charred onions and a sesame seed bun. Consistently ranked as one of the top burgers in Chicago, the Dirty Burg is perfect for any Super Bowl get together for those looking to indulge in a hearty and heavenly bite while rooting on their team. Orders for pickup and delivery can be made via Caviar.
Are you the type to prepare a game changing spread for the Super Bowl as opposed to ordering out? El Che Steakhouse & Bar has you covered with its retail market, El Che Meat & Provisions. The indy shop sells USDA premium Black Angus Beef from Creekstone Farms, South American wines, artisanal ingredients and more to help you prepare a game day feast. Grill Kits like the Parrillada Meal for 4 or the Ultimate Steak Box feature signature cuts of meat like short ribs, chorizo links and ribeyes alongside craft ingredients like chimichurri and salsa criolla, making them the perfect pre-assembled option to make for your Super Bowl party. Items are available for purchase online here or directly at the shop located inside the restaurant at 845 W Washington Blvd.
Looking for a delicious and simple local option for game day? Look no further than Hannah’s Bretzel. The local sandwich chain features healthy, natural and organic ingredients in their made-from-scratch sandwiches and has catering options for parties of six or more. Try the Sandwich Tray with your selection of whole baguette sandwiches cut in half served with locally made salt+pepper house chips. Upgrade the tray to include salad and dessert and the package will include a freshly baked dessert box with organic quinoa blondies, triple chocolate brownies and organic chocolate chip cookies and your choice of a freshly prepared side salad. Visit the website or call your nearest location of Hannah’s Bretzel to place your order.
This year the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day fall only one day apart, which means only one thing, it’s time to celebrate both the love for your team and the love in your relationship! Enjoy this rare, unforgettable weekend at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and book the “Romance & Rivalry” package that includes overnight accommodations in the Presidential Suite with free parking and a welcome amenity of champagne and roses. But that’s not all, the one-of-a-kind package also features Valentine’s day dinner for two at FireLake Grill House & Bar with a romantic multiple course dinner in Upper FireLake, a bottle of premium wine and two cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries to go. The next morning begins with a game-day brunch in Upper FireLake where you will load up on your game-day food favorites including two cocktails and unlimited beer and wine.
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