Welcome part 5 in a regular series where I find and link the best recipes from around the web….based on this week’s Aldi Super 6. Oh, and strictly vegan too.
Related post: Vegan Aldi Super 6 meal planner 8th – 21st September
If you’ve already read my previous vegan Aldi Super 6 meal planner posts, skip this bit. The recipes for this week are below the onion picture. Feel free to add this to Pinterest, btw!
Veganism and Aldi-ism (if it wasn’t a word before, it is now!) are both ideas whose time has come. It wasn’t long ago that Aldi was some weird discount supermarket frequented only by the most ardent money-savers. Today it’s one of the fastest growing supermarkets in the world, and if the cars parked outside are anything to go by, visited by everyone who loves a bargain, rich, poor or somewhere in between. The Aldi Super 6 offers are a great way of stocking up on a range of fruit and veg at a fraction of the cost of the big 4 supermarkets.
Veganism is something relatively new to our family. We’ve been veggie for a long time but my husband has discovered that cutting out animal fats from his diet entirely helps with his hearing problems. As an extra boost, we all feel so much better and have loads more energy.
Saying that, vegan cooking can be a challenge. At times we find ourselves getting stuck in food ruts and eating the same thing again and again. Vegan cooking is often associated with unusual ingredients and substitutions too and so it can sometimes seem harder than it needs to be to cook up delicious, heathy and cheap meals – especially if you have a limited tolerance for beans!
Aldi Super 6 offers a great range of fruit and veg at low prices. These offers last for two weeks. Aldi Super 6 offers are only available in store, not for delivery.
Aldi Super 6 offers September 22nd – October 5th
This fortnight’s offers, all priced at 59p each are:
- Charlotte potatoes (1kg)
- 4 pack large red onions
- Twin-pack of Romaine lettuce
- 5 pack of fun size pears
- 3-4 pack of figs
- 5+ pack of Royal Gala apples
All the recipes below are sourced from other websites which I have linked to. It is not my intention to take credit for another’s work, just to pull together a list of meals based on these super-frugal offerings. Enjoy!
I absolutely love Charlotte potatoes so I’m delighted to see them available so cheaply. Obviously the options for Charlotte potatoes as a vegan side dish are plentiful but the lovely recipe for garlicky fondant potatoes from BBC Good Food caught my eye. I also think of thyme as a warming autumnal herb so these are really appealing.
Charlotte potatoes also lend themselves to curries and, of course, the options for vegan curry is wide, interesting and varied. This Thai-inspired chickpea curry with potatoes, coriander and coconut milk will certainly appeal to the carb-lover (that’ll be me then).
As a main meal, that isn’t curry, you can’t go far wrong with this vegan potato casserole with a macadamia nut and breadcrumb topping – I’m not a fan of ‘pretend food’ such as vegan cheese so having a proper, well thought out topping on this dish makes it really tempting.
If you fancy trying these Charlotte Potatoes for dessert you could give this potato pudding a whirl. I must admit the idea of sweetened potatoes is, er, intriguing but I’m willing to give it a go if you will. Reading the comments below the recipe makes me think it might be okay – afterall anything containing allspice and cinnamon can’t go too far wrong!
Large red onions
As well as the potatoes this is another great staple in this week’s Aldi Super 6. We use onions as part of the base in most of our home cooking, use does everyone else I’m sure.
This vegan onion soup is quick and easy to prepare, although the cooking itself takes 2 hours. Easy to do if you’re at home anyway, otherwise might be one for the weekend batch cooking session.
This red onion tart from the Vegan Society looks great although it contains asparagus which is now out of season. Maybe replace it with mangetout or even green beans.
Yes, we know we can use lettuce for salad and as filling in burgers and wraps and for presentation….but what about outside of these traditional parameters? Is there anything that uses lettuce that’s a bit more unusual?
Well, luckily for us, yes there is. This lettuce soup look delicious (who ever thought those words would appear together!) as does this grilled lettuce dish. Okay, it’s technically still a salad but grilled lettuce? Yum!
As a side dish, you could try this braised peas with spring onions and lettuce – not a vegan recipe but very easily veganisable. For an Eastern-inspired meal, this stir-fried garlic lettuce looks great.
Of course, no meal planning post of mine would be complete without a link to a vegan curry, so here it is: vegan lettuce curry. Serve it with pita breads and rice. I can feel my arteries clearing as I type.
Fun sized pears
Pears have just come into season so it’s no surprise to find them in this fortnight’s Aldi Super 6 offering. Lovely and versatile, pears tend to pair (!) themselves with sweet autumnal spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg and I love nothing more than filling the house with these gorgeous flavours.
Cooked pears tend to be found in muffins and cakes, an area where the egg-subsitute looms large. Don’t get me wrong, if people want to replace non-vegan foods with vegan-friendly substitutes, that’s their call. For myself however, I find these replacements expensive and I’m never quite sure what they even are. For this reason, I prefer to find different ways of achieving whatever outcome it is I’m looking for using different, easy to find real food options. For this reason, I haven’t included any recipes here that use egg substitute but they’re quick to find online if that’s easier for you.
This pear cake meets my needs for warming spice and all-natural ingredients as does this pear and almond tart. This recipe calls for almond butter and, I’m afraid to say, I don’t actually know what this is. Just replace with your usual vegan hard fat I say.
To start your day in a pear-y fashion, how about this bowl of caramelised pear steel cut oats. Just like the almond butter, I can’t honestly say I’m sure what steel cut oats are so I’m gonna go for Aldi’s own. Can’t go too far wrong.
For a savoury use of the pears, try this potato and pear stew – add the pears right at the end so they don’t go mushy. If you’re still clinging onto summer you could make this pear and spinach salad for a delicious light lunch and to frugalise it further you could substitute the spinach for Romaine lettuce. As a side dish, this mixture of roasted butternut squash with pears looks delicious (if you ignore the slab of dead pig next to it) and could be used as an accompaniment to a main meal alongside roasted Charlotte potatoes.
Royal Gala Apples
Ah, lovely apples. They never actually go out of season really do they but it’s nice to see a wider range of varieties coming into the shops, not to mention that lovely sight of apple trees about ready to release their harvest. These honey and cinnamon stewed apples make a lovely frugal pudding – just substitute the honey for a muscavado sugar or even maple syrup.
These vegan apple crisps look as though they’d be good in a lunch box – makes a change from a packet of crisps and probably much better for you.
I love these baked apple chips. They look so pretty and will keep for ages, great if you’ve got a bit of an apple glut.
And finally, no list of apple recipes would be complete without a vegan apple pie. For the pastry I use either my usual vegan margarine or Trex. I love the way the author of this recipe has been so careful to make the pie look so pretty.
My favourite fig recipe is really simple. Slice a cross into the top of each fig (ie, open it but don’t cut right through it) sprinkle the insides with a generous quantity of dark or muscavado sugar and bake for about 20 mins on about 180 or until the sugar has become a gooey mess. Devour.
Slightly more refined fig recipes are included in this fabulous list provided by One Green Planet. It includes recipes for vegan pizza, fig cupcakes and peanut butter fig bars .
This raw fresh figs with cashew cream looks seriously indulgent (in a really healthy way!) and anything with dark chocolate shavings is always a winner in my book.
And so there we have it….
Absolutely loads of vegan recipes based on this week’s Aldi Super 6 fruit and veg offer.
Not vegan? No worries. All of these recipes can be used alongside a meat dish and the puddings will all work well with custard, cream or ice-cream.