IATL Review: Slow cooker dump plan

Review: I Am That Lady Aldi Menu Plan: 20 Slow Cooker “Dump” Meals

IATL Review: Slow cooker dump plan

I have been wanting to try an Aldi Menu Plan from I am THAT Lady for a while, and this month I finally did it! I purchased the 20 Slow Cooker Dump Meals Plan and boy am I glad I did!

After I finished my shopping I posted this review on my personal facebook page:

“Normally I would never pay for recipe/meal plan content because there is so much good FREE content out there. But I’ve really been wanting to try one of “I Am That Lady’s” Aldi Menu plans, so I broke down and bought this one. ($3.97)

Worth. Every. Penny! And then some! The shopping list is already prepared for you, the step by step instructions make it easy to get done pretty quickly. (Took me about 3 hours from start to clean up, with interruptions, ahem.)

And, because I already had several of the ingredients, I spent $170 at Aldi, and also got everything else I need for this week, milk, fruit, lunch, breakfast and snacks. That’s almost what I would spend for the week anyway, except now I have practically a month worth of dinners . . . already done!

I put all my pages in sheet protectors in a 3-ring binder. Because I WILL be doing this again!”

But my friends had questions. Lots of questions. Things I hadn’t even thought of and/or couldn’t answer because I hadn’t eaten any of the meals yet. Now that I’ve successfully prepared each of the 10 meals (you repeat each meal once making 20 meals total) here’s my full review. Hopefully this answers all your questions! If you still have more questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!

A few general notes:

  1. As I stated in my facebook review, shopping and prep was a breeze! Easiest menu planning, shopping list prep, and shopping EVER!
  2. Dinner time has been sooooo easy this month! Dinner clean up (my most dreaded chore because I’m uasually so wiped by this point in the day) has also been much easier too!
  3. I loved the variety in this plan! Especially since each meal gets repeated and most of them had enough left over to eat the next day.
  4. I did have to buy some extra side items for these meals, but only because the meat lasted for many more meals than projected. For example. The first time I made Chicken Tacos it lasted for 2 dinners and a lunch. We ate through all of the tortillas, and I had to buy some more for the second time I made tacos, BUT we got 3 meals out of it instead of just one. these 20 meals are on track to last us the entire month, (and then some) with only needing to buy a few extra tortilla shells, buns, rice, sour cream, black beans and chips. So for about $160 I will have fed my family of 4 dinner for an entire month! That’s approximately $5.33 per meal!
  5. At the time of writing this review, we are over half way through the month and we have only eaten out once, and that was because we were on the road! We had gotten into a bad habit of eating out way too much, and this plan has really helped b/c dinner has been so easy to make!
  6. IATL marks on her plan the recipes that need to be adjusted to make them gluten-free.
  7. Maybe my refrigerator runs cold, but these meals did not defrost overnight for me. I recommend putting them in the fridge at least 48 hour before, or pull them out at dinner time the night before and defrost in the sink/counter until bedtime. Then they should defrost the rest of the way overnight in the fridge.
  8. I have found that when cooking chicken in the crockpot, cooking on high for 4 hours yields a better result than cooking on low for 8 hours.
  9. For the Chicken Tacos & Salsa Chicken I also served chips with salsa and Amanda’s Awesome Guac!

Now on to the specifics of each meal.

Chicken Tacos

Morning Prep:  Dump and turn on crock pot

Evening Prep:  Shred chicken, cook rice

Toddler Friendly?: 5 and 2 year old boy approved

Leftovers: One meal lasted for 2 dinners and 1 lunch! (I had to buy extra tortillas & sour cream b/c the meat lasted so long)

Mongolian Beef

Morning Prep:  Dump and turn on crock pot

Evening Prep: Shred beef, make sauce, cook rice

Toddler Friendly?: 5 and 2 year old boy approved

Leftovers:  We got 2 dinners out of this one

Honey Garlic Chicken

Morning Prep: Dump and turn on crock pot

Evening Prep: Shred Chicken and cook rice.

Toddler Friendly?: 5 and 2 year old boy approved

Leftovers:  This lasted for 2 meals.

Meat Sauce With Spaghetti

Morning Prep: Dump and turn on crock pot

Evening Prep: Cook Spaghetti Noodles

Toddler Friendly?:5 and 2 year old boy approved

Leftovers:  None.

Misl: I thought this sauce was okay, but my husband said it was the best spaghetti sauce I’d ever made! My 3 men ate this until there was no more to eat, hence no leftovers. lol. My sauce was not very thick the second time around, so I ended up throwing my UNCOOKED angel hair noodles into the crockpot and cooking for 5 minutes. Turned out great!

Paprika Chicken

Morning Prep: Peel (or not) and chop potatoes, dump and turn on crock pot.

Evening Prep: Mix sour cream with liquid from crock pot to make a sauce.

Toddler Friendly?: Both my boys LOVE chicken legs!

Leftovers:  There was enough for one lunch to send with my husband the next day.

Baby Back Ribs

Morning Prep: Dump and turn on crock pot.

Evening Prep: Steam corn & bake potatoes. (Or however you want to serve your potatoes.) This could be done ahead of time and re-heated. If not, this is a good meal for a day that you will be home at least an hour before dinner time. OR, if you have 2 crock pots, you can make baked or mashed potatoes in your second one!

Toddler Friendly?: Just like the chicken legs, my boys love ribs. I think there’s something about eating meat off the bone that’s appealing to men no matter their age.

Leftovers:  It was ribs. I have 3 men in my house. What do you think?

Ropa Vieja

Morning Prep: Dump and turn on crock pot.

Evening Prep: Shred meat and Cook rice & peas.

Toddler Friendly?: 5 and 2 year old boy approved

Leftovers:  There were NO leftovers, mostly but there were 2nds and 3rds!

So there you have it folks! I wholeheartedly endorse this awesome meal plan!  For more Aldi Friendly recipes, meal plans, & store info check out the Aldi Friendly Section of the blog!

I recently put together my own Aldi Freezer Dump Crock plan! Check it out and let me know what you think:

Aldi Plan 1 Photo

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One Response

  1. Lauren {I am THAT Lady}
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    Thanks so much for the kind review! I am so happy that you wrote it. One of my favorite parts was that because of the plan you haven’t had to eat out. That makes me SO happy, because not only is it meant to keep your grocery bill low, but also the chance of eating out really low! Kudos!!


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