This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I got super lucky this past school year with my boys making their own lunches. Sure I would help occasionally with making a sandwich or packing up leftovers from dinner. But for the most part, they were on their own. It made me so very happy. I never knew I could hate making lunch so much. But I totally did. Now that it is summer, I imagine that I'll be playing a bigger part in feeding them their midday meal again. Lucky for me, I found tons of great summer lunch ideas at my local ALDI store that will keep it easy for me.
The ALDI stores are almost too easy to shop in. The sections are clearly marked, the prices are crazy good and they have everything you could want. You can see more about why I love shopping at ALDI and how I was able to put together a fun summer entertaining party with their items for around $60! Thank goodness the prices are so reasonable. They carry tons of items that you'll definitely want to try.
On this trip, I was looking for summer lunch and dinner ideas. There will be days that we'll eat at home and others where we'll be off doing fun activities. That means that I'll need to be prepared to pack lunches to take with us and have fast but delicious dinner ideas on deck for when we return home. I can do all of that with ALDI. I was able to find tons of items that my kids would love to eat for lunch. ALDI has all the basics like bread, tuna, and fresh fruits and veggies (they even have their own line, SimplyNature®, which includes USDA Certified organic and Non-GMO verified items. They have a great selection of fresh, seasonal items in the produce department to ensure that the kids are getting some nutritious options in their summer diets. They also make their own private label lines of products like these Benton's Original Fig Bars and Millville Chewy Dipped Granola Bars. I can keep the fridge and pantry stocked with these items and have plenty of stuff to pack lunches for home or on the go. They also have some interesting stuff for mom. I found this Little Salad Bar Stone Fruit Chicken Salad to make sandwiches with or add to salads for myself. I found this in the refrigerated section where they had other varieties of pre-made salads and lunch ideas that I would love to eat. Their meat department (they have USDA Choice meats) was awesome and I picked up some ground beef to use for other easy meal ideas (we love to make tacos or burritos!). I looked at the price and at first thought it looked like it was a little bit more expensive than I find it at other stores. Then I realized the package was 2 pounds and I was comparing it to my usual 1 pound price. I also grabbed a Stonemill Essentials Natural Spice Grinder for seasoning steaks and chicken for the grill.
And it's not summer without marshmallows. These are Baker's Corner Giant Marshmallows and the kids can't wait to make s'mores with them! I picked up some other treats for the kids too. Summer is the perfect time for delicious snacks. We always take a box of Millville Toaster Tarts on vacation with us (for super easy breakfasts) and Millville Chocolate Chip Granola Bars for snacks no matter where we end up (plus they are easy to carry in my purse when I need to buy a little time somewhere…).I also found all the ingredients I needed to make one of our favorite fast dinners. Tuna and Noodles. I grabbed a 2 pound box of Reggano Elbow Macaroni, which will make several meals, Burman's Real Mayonnaise and Northern Catch Solid White Tuna (I will use one can for sandwiches). These shelf stable or long-lasting items are great to have for last-minute summer meals. Clancy's Corn Chips are the perfect finishing touch for this recipe!
ALDI stores provide high quality products at great prices.
If you are looking for a one stop shopping destination to help you with all your summer lunch ideas and easy dinners, head to ALDI. They have opened 25 stores in Southern California. Find out more about ALDI and where your closest store is by checking out their site.