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The $3 Aldi Grocery I’m Stocking in My Freezer All Spring

published Apr 2, 2023
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When was the last time you were in a cooking rut? I’m in one right now. Even those of us who love to cook (or earn a living standing by the stove, like I do) find ourselves devoid of inspiration and exhausted by the steady rhythm of feeding ourselves. As I work my way out of my current culinary slump, I’m making a conscious effort to focus on preparing fresh spring meals that get me excited. 

What’s not on that list? Weekday lunches. Luckily, that’s where Aldi’s freezer section comes in. Aldi’s Whole & Simple Southwestern Style Chicken Quinoa Bowl is my go-to freezer find for this in-between season. Let me tell you why!

Credit: Patty Catalano

What’s So Great About Whole & Simple Southwestern Style Chicken Quinoa Bowl? 

Aldi’s Whole & Simple Southwestern Style Chicken Quinoa Bowl is exactly what I need this spring to transition from tired cook to inspired cook. This freezer meal is generously sized, so that I’m not searching for a second lunch soon after eating. 

Quinoa and brown rice are the foundation of this microwave meal. The bowl is studded with hearty bite-sized pieces of chicken breasts and tender sweet potatoes. Black beans, corn, and bell peppers are scattered throughout the grains and it is all mixed with a bright and spicy chipotle sauce. It’s exactly the type of meal I’d make from scratch, but am grateful that I don’t have to. 

What’s the Best Way to Eat Whole & Simple Southwestern Style Chicken Quinoa Bowl? 

This frozen meal comes with both microwave and oven instructions. I have only prepared it in the microwave and have zero complaints! It’s packed with hearty chunks of chicken and vegetables, and I never feel like I have to supplement with extras unless I have leftovers that need to be used up. The chipotle sauce that flavors the quinoa bowl has a kick, so I do like to add a sliced avocado or a dollop of sour cream to cool things down for my timid tongue. At just $3, I make sure to pick up several boxes at a time and recommend you do the same. 

Find it in stores: Whole & Simple Southwestern Style Chicken Quinoa Bowl, $2.99 for 10.5 ounces 

Do you have a favorite freezer find at Aldi? Tell us about it in the comments below.