Updated: Feb 8
Valentines Day is coming up and it’s likely to be a little different this year. Between limited seating capacity, tough financial times, and masks hiding each other’s smiling faces going out just isn’t what it used to be. So I thought I’d share a great Valentine's Day or any date-night-at-home meal that fits the Trim Healthy Mama plan* or most low-carb menus. Plus we picked this up at Aldi for under $20.00
My wife REALLY loves Aldi. I genuinely think it’s her favorite store, except maybe for Dollar Tree. She loves to take her time through the store gathering good things for our family. And there’s the bonus aisle. She’s like a raccoon at a tin foil convention when she hits that aisle. I on the other hand am a hunter. I walk into a store and out in less than five minutes with exactly what I went in for. So one of the key items in our $20.00 Aldi Valentines is shopping at Aldi TOGETHER. So I’m going to walk you all through the trip to Aldi and the recipe in this one.
I like to begin with the end in mind, so let’s talk dessert. One of the things that can be high dollar on Valentine’s Day is chocolate-covered strawberries. I’ve seen them sold for $2.00 or more apiece. So the first stop in Aldi is the fresh produce to pick up a quart of strawberries. For the chocolate, the Moser Roth Dark 85% Cocoa counts as “on-plan” for THM. That will give you the ingredients to make a quart of chocolate-covered strawberries! Note: You can’t actually eat the quart of chocolate-covered strawberries in one sitting and stay “on-plan” you still need to eat these in moderation.
The next stop was vegetables. We picked up French-style green beans for the crunch, baby Bella mushrooms because my wife loves mushrooms, on sale by the way, and Italian-style bagged lettuce. Note we usually have onions on hand, so we didn’t pick up red onions on this trip, which cut just a little off the total.
One of my wife’s favorite things is cheese. Specifically, she REALLY likes Brie. So for us, this item falls into more of an appetizer category to kick things off. Note that there are many different fine varieties of cheese at Aldi. So if Brie isn't to your liking they have many different things to choose from.