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ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup made easy, in collaboration with ALDI.

I don’t know about you but grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. These are unusual times but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying grocery shopping! Instead of browsing the grocery aisles in person I browse the ALDI website and order online for Curbside Grocery Pickup. I have always loved ALDI for their variety of grocery items and the fact that they made ordering and picking up my groceries so easy makes me love them even more!

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Here’s how it all goes down: You simply visit shop.aldi.us or use the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside. Browse the categories and fill your cart with whatever your heart, and stomach, desires. Set a pickup time and location at checkout before placing your order. Head to the ALDI store and park in the designated ALDI Curbside parking spot, they are bright blue so you can’t miss them! Alert the ALDI employee that you’ve arrived by clicking a button on your mobile phone and the ALDI employee does the rest. They shop for you so your groceries are ready for your arrival and they load the groceries right into your car. The entire process was simple and the curbside pickup felt very safe. Getting out of the house for a grocery pickup has never felt better!

 

When we got home I decided to make a little muffin tin snack tray for Poppy using some grocery items from our ALDI pickup. This little snack tray is so fun to make and it’s even more fun to watch the sparkle in Poppy’s eyes when she’s enjoying it. Here’s what was in her muffin tin snack tray: a sourdough almond butter and raspberry jam sandwich (made with Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter and Simply Nature Organic Raspberry Preserves), organic apple slices, organic blueberries, and Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps. I made sure to fill it up so I could snag a little snack for myself too. I can’t help it, I love these snack choices!


Make sure to checkout shop.aldi.us  or the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers curbside grocery pickup. Curbside at ALDI has made grocery shopping so easy and enjoyable. Happy shopping!


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Lentil Sloppy Joes

Don’t be fooled, I didn’t eat the broccoli. But I did devour both lentil sloppy joe sliders and cauli-potato mash. Maybe next trimester I’ll eat a green vegetable.

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Lentil Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils (or use 1 pack of precooked lentils from Trader Joe’s like I did!)
  • 4 cups water (omit if using precooked lentils)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic powder to taste)
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2-3/4 cup marinara sauce (because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (or tomato paste)
  • 3 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sea salt to taste
  • AWG Bakery Everyday slider buns

Directions:

  • First, cook the lentils if you’re not using precooked: In a medium pot with a lid, add the lentils and water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes or until tender. Drain excess liquid and set aside.
  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion and garlic. Use a few tablespoons of water, or vegetable broth, to saute and prevent burning. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes, using more water as needed.
  • Now add the spices and stir to coat the vegetables for about 1 minute. Add a little water if it’s too dry.
  • Add the marinara sauce, ketchup, mustard, and maple syrup. Stir until completely combined. Add in the cooked lentils and stir. Add more marinara sauce if it’s too dry.
  • Toast your AWG Bakery buns and top with the goods.

Let me know if you try this recipe! Lentils and chickpeas have been a big lifesaver the last month with my aversion to meat. This happened when I was pregnant with Poppy too. Happy eating!


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Enchilada Pasta Bake

I love enchiladas but I don’t always love prepping the tortillas. I have a pretty good technique of softening the tortillas on the stove top in hot water before stuffing them but that still takes a chunk of time that I don’t always have. That’s when the enchilada pasta bake was born!

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I wanted enchiladas last week and throwing pasta on the stove was doable so I combined the two. I’ve never been so happy with a past bake! Joel’s mind was blown and I’m already planning on making it again tomorrow.

Enchilada Pasta Bake:

  • 1 box cooked pasta of choice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup red enchilada sauce (you can make your own but I usually just buy one that’s not super sodium filled from my local grocery store)
  • 1 cup steamed veggies of choice (I used steamed carrots and one fresh diced jalapeño)
  • 1 cup cooked ground meat of choice (I actually used two vegan breakfast sausage patties! Cooked them on the stove top then diced into cubes. You may omit the meat or add black beans!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice (I used white cheddar)
  • Fresh cilantro for topping after baking

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8×8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Mix all of the ingredients, except for the cheese and cilantro, together in a large bowl or the pot you just cooked the pasta in. Pour the pasta mix into the prepped baking dish and evening top with shredded cheese. You can add as much cheese as you’d like!
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pasta bake is heated all the way through.
  • Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro. I served mine over romain lettuce to get some extra veggies in me but you can eat this straight from a bowl. It’s even better the next day as leftovers!

Thoughts on an enchilada bake? I was kinda weirded out when I thought about it but I was completely sold after the first bite!


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Summer Pasta Salad

I’ve probably made pasta salad four, maybe five, times in my life. I’m more of a “hot food” kind of gal but I can totally see myself making this combo for years to come. Poppy sure did love a non-spicy version of this!

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Pasta Salad (serves 4):

  • 1 box cooked pasta of choice
  • 3/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh chopped basil
  • 1 cup sautéed mushrooms
  • 1/3-1/2 cup diced fresh mozzarella
  • 1-2 tbsp crunchy chili onion crunch
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1-2 diced figs (optional but highly recommended)
  • Balsamic glaze to top (this is not balsamic dressing!)

Toss all the ingredients together in a large bowl and serve! Refrigerate leftovers until you’re hungry again. Do you like pasta salad? If so, what’s your favorite recipe? Leave a comment below so I can be inspired to make more cold pasta dishes like this.


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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Tenderlion

I didn’t really eat pork for a long time. Why? I never knew how to prepare it (besides bacon) and I didn’t know what to look for. Now I’m obsessed with pulled pork tenderloin and there’s no easier way for me to prepare it than the instant pot. I used to make it in a crockpot but those days are long over, instant pot for life!

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Tenderloin:
* 1-2 tsp chili powder
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp smoked paprika
* 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
* 2 tsp sea salt
* Pork tenderloin (I buy mine from Trader Joe’s so the size varies)
* 1/4 cup water
* 3 tbsp EVOO
* You can add any sauce you want as well! I didn’t add any sauce but I’ve added BBQ sauce in the last and it was so good.

Directions:
* Turn instant pot to “sauté” high. Once hot, add the EVOO. Once the EVOO is warm, dear the pork tenderloin so 3 minutes on each side. Add the seasoning to one side when the first side is searing. The goal is to get the tenderloin nicely browned.
* Turn the sauté feature off and the pour water over pork. Cover instant pot with the lid.
* Turn pressure valve to seal, turn instant pot to high pressure, and set timer for 90 minutes. The countdown will start once the pressure is ready.
* When the instant pot beeps, quick release pressure by turning pressure valve to vent.
* Take cover off instant pot. Use 2 forks to shred the remaining pork. It should be fall-off-the-bone, melt in your mouth, and easy to shred. If it’s not, consider pressure cooking for a longer amount of time.
* Use this pork for everything and everything! I topped a salad with sweet potato fries and this pork. There’s no wrong way to use this.


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Baked Ham & Caprese Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

I don’t share savory meals often but when I do they’re usually pretty simple. Simple to make but not simple in taste!

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Keeks from @keeksitsimple had me drooling over her OG ham & swiss baked Hawaiian rolls when I made them a month ago and this time I made a few minor changes. You can really stuff these bad boys with anything and it’ll be a bomb sandwich! The leftovers are great too, just broil for 3-5 minutes to crispy them back up after refrigerating.

Baked Ham & Caprese Hawaiian Sweet Rolls:

  • 1 packet Hawaiian sweet rolls (I get the ones from #TraderJoes)
  • 1 & 1/2 packets of organic uncured ham deli meat
  • 1/2 log of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • One slices heirloom tomato
  • Handful of diced fresh basil
  • Balsamic glaze

Topping for buns:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp poppyseeds or chia seeds
  • 2 tsp onion powder

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a small baking sheet with tinfoil or a reusable baking mat. Set aside.
  • Slice the Hawaiian sweet rolls in half without pulling them apart individually. Combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl and brush a little inside the rolls. Place the filling inside the rolls: ham, sliced tomato, fresh basil, drizzle of balsamic glaze, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top of the rolls on top and brush the melted butter mixture over the top of the rolls.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the tops are nice and crispy.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before slicing between the rolls to serve. ENOY!


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Blackberry Pita Pizza

It’s never too early to chat pizza if you ask me. This pizza makes me happy and I think it’d make your Saturday!

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Blackberry Pita Pizza:

* 1 small organic pita

* Dash of EVOO to brush over the pita before topping

* 2 tbsp fresh blackberry chia seed jam

* 1/4 cup dairy free ricotta cheese

* 1 slices prosciutto

* Small handful of fresh basil

* Red chili flakes (optional)

Directions:

* Heat oven to 425°F and spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

* Plate the pita on the baking sheet, brush with EVOO, spread the blackberry jam all over the top of the pita, dollop on the ricotta cheese, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Or until the pita begins to get golden and crispy.

* Once crisp, remove from oven, top with prosciutto, fresh basil, and red chili flakes if you’d like.

You can switch up pita pizzas so easy! Use a different jam or toss on completely different ingredients. There is no wrong way to pita pizza.


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BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

Poppy wasn’t the only one who was a fan of these bbq lentil sloppy joe’s on gluten free buns last night. We’ve been doing our best to make each part of the day seem a little different while we’re at home. We enjoy breakfast at the counter, lunch in Poppy’s room at her table, and dinner recently has been on the patio! It has been so fun, and much needed, using our little space in so many different way. Very thankful for the sunshine the last two weeks because Poppy and I were getting very stir crazy.

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Vegan BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder to taste (you can use raw garlic but I prefer garlic powder)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan pink salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne peppe

Directions:

  • Add the chopped onions and garlic powder to a heated pan on medium heat with a little nonstick cooking spray and sauté until golden. Using about 1/4 water if the onions begin to stick to the pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the liquid reduces a little.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before adding to a blender to blend until smooth. Store in the fridge for up to one week!

BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joe’s:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2-3/4 cup homemade vegan bbq sauce
  • 2 gluten free buns
  • Pickles, optional but hugely recommended

Directions:

  • Heat the lentils on the stove top with the bbq sauce until warm. Toast your gluten free buns in the oven on broil for a few minutes and stuff with half the bbq lentil sloppy joe mixture and a couple pickles, enjoy!


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Gluten Free and Lactose Free Eggplant Lasagna, in collaboration with Lucini.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how crazy am I for wearing a cream sweater during the entire cooking process of my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna made with Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil? Joel was eyeing me like a hawk the entire time because he was so stressed that I would get some on my sweater. Why didn’t I switch sweaters? I was cozy and it’s new so I HAD TO WEAR IT. Keep reading to see how it ended and for this epic lasagna recipe!

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I’m a big tomato basil fan. That’s why I drooled all over my phone when Lucini reached out to collaborate with their organic rustic tomato basil sauce. I knew exactly what I was going to make too, my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna! This lasagna was one of the first recipes I ever uploaded to whatrobineats.com but this time I’m making it lactose free because that’s my life now.

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Lucini is prepped in small batches using 100% natural ingredients. They work with small regional farmers, celebrated chefs, health and wellness experts to continue to provide customers with an unmatched selection of ingredients, gourmet recipes, quality, assurance, and convenience. This is all a win-win in my book when it comes to choosing a company to collaborate with and feed to my family. In addition to organic sauces, Lucini Italia also offers premium extra virgin olive oil. You can learn more behind the bottle here. 

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Eggplant Lasagna:

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef (can leave out for a vegetarian version or add a meat substitute)
  • 1 + 1/2 cups  Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise into about 6-8 large slices
  • 1/2 cup almond ricotta cheese (can use regular ricotta cheese if you’re not sensitive to dairy)
  • 1/2 cup lactose free cottage cheese (can sub for more ricotta cheese if you’d like but I like this combo best)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese (can use regular)
  • 1/2 cup almond mozzarella cheese shreds (can use regular)

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Cook the grass fed ground beef on a skillet. Break up the beef and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Next add the Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil, basil, and dried oregano. Stir until well combined then turn heat to a simmer.
  • Place sliced eggplant on large baking sheet lightly coated with EVOO. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes to help dry out the eggplant. After eggplant is done cooking, remove the skin. You can also peel the eggplant before slicing if you’d prefer. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the almond ricotta cheese, cottage cheese (or more ricotta), vegan parmesan, and egg until well combined. Remove the beef meat sauce from the heat and add 1/2 cup of meat sauce to the ricotta mixture.
  • To assemble lasagna: spread 1/2 of the beef meat sauce into the bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray or EVOO. Place half of eggplant slices evenly over meat sauce, spread on 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, then sprinkle some almond mozzarella on top. Repeat layers again until all ingredients are used. Cover with foil and bake for 40 min. Remove foil and broil for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly on top. Makes about six servings!

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The Lucini Organic Rustic Tomato Basil sauce really stepped my eggplant lasagna recipe up ten notches. I’m making it again tonight because I need this for the rest of the week! Click here to find Lucini Italia near you! Oh, and I prepped, cooked, shot images, and ate this lasagna without a spec of tomato basil red sauce on my cream sweater. WINNING!


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The most cozy ramen for the most cozy season. In collaboration with Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen Soup.

Noodles weren’t on the menu for a long time. Why? Because I was afraid that they would throw off any “balance” that I had in my life. I had worked so hard to maintain a lifestyle that seemed healthy and I was nervous that eating a bowl of noodles would send everything I had worked so hard for out the window. Those years are long gone and I am happy to say that noodles are on the menu in our home weekly.

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Not just any noodles, but Mike’s Mighty Good ramen noodles. Their noodles are made from scratch daily with fresh flour, water, and salt and they are steamed, not fried. The goodness doesn’t stop there! The broth in Mike’s Mighty Good ramen soup is outta this world and insanely delicious. Made with ingredients you can actually pronounce and they make nine different broth flavors. The flavors range from vegetarian and to spicy beef for the meat lovers. We love their vegetarian kimchi ramen soup! We top it with shrimp, poached egg, and fresh basil but it totally taste great on its own if you are in a rush. The ramen soup takes eight minutes to make from start to finish in the microwave. The greatest mom hack for a quick and warming meal that won’t leave you feeling weighted down.

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Click here to find Mike’s Mighty Good ramen soup near you (Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Jimbo’s to name a few). Don’t forget to use “whatrobineats” for a discount when shopping online!

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