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A Modern, Romantic Dinner ft. ALDI

This post is sponsored by ALDI, all opinions are my own.

When your husband completes his MBA in Finance and International Business in only two years, while still working full time at his current position, you have nothing but pride and joy for all of his accomplishments. The week he submitted his final paper, I decided I’d make him a special meal!  

We typically eat very healthy and fairly low-carb, so it’s important to me to shop at a grocery store that supports our diet! With that in mind, I headed over to our newly remodeled ALDI to pick up some great items for our meal. I wanted to create a romantic meal, but with a modern twist. ALDI provides a convenient shopping experience focusing on fresh items, including more variety in their organic produce, dairy and bakery sections. My local remodeled store also features a welcoming modern design with open ceilings, natural lighting, and environmentally-friendly materials. I love the modern look! You should try out your local ALDI the next time you need to go grocery shopping! They truly have a great combination of high-quality groceries at amazing low prices!

I decided on the following menu for our modern, romantic dinner: 

  • Grilled Beef Strip Steak
  • Zucchini & Squash Salad
  • Spinach and Pecan Garden Salad
  • Charcuterie board with cheese, crackers, and meat
  • Red Wine – Broken Clouds Pinot Noir
  • Time to prep & cook entire dinner: under 45 minutes

At ALDI, I picked up a variety of items including meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, crackers, and a variety of cheeses! Their store layout is easy to navigate and prices are easy to find. I was in and out of the store quite quickly!



When I arrived home, I started with the grilled beef strip steak and shaved zucchini & squash salad recipes for the main entree plate. 

Grilled Beef Strip Steak (Serves 2-4)

  • USDA Choice Thin Sliced Sirloin Tip Steak
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • Time to complete: About 25 min
  1. The first step to a great steak is to master the grill.  Granted, I would hardly call myself a “master,” but with some practice, it is easy enough to make a great meal.  I started off getting the grill as hot as possible, usually around 550F or so; this is to sear the steak and provide those great looking grill marks and browned color on the outside. Besides the appearance, searing helps lock in some of the juices and keeps the meat nice and tender. Put the meat on the grill and cook the top and bottom for 3 minutes each, then sear each side for about 30 seconds. (Total of about 8 minutes on the grill).
  2. After searing, place the meat onto a dish and into the oven (400F) to finish cooking through indirect heat for about 15 minutes.  The indirect heat has the advantage of a very controlled temperature setting, so you won’t have to worry about balancing the burners of the grill to get a consistent temperature.  
  3. When the meat is close to your liking, remove and allow it to sit for a few minutes (remember, the meat will continue to cook, even after it is removed from the heat).  
  4. Cut into strips, season with a little salt and pepper, and your main course is ready!


Shaved Zucchini & Squash Salad  (Serves 2-4)

  • 1 Zucchini 
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 4-5 Thinly Sliced Radishes
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Dill
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar 
  • A Sprinkle of Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Time to complete: About 5-10 minutes
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the zucchini and yellow squash into strips 
  2. Combine zucchini, squash, radishes, and remaining ingredients in a bowl, toss gently to coat
  3. Serve immediately & enjoy



While the meat was cooking in the oven, I quickly finished the Spinach and Pecan Garden Salad and the Charcuterie Board.

Spinach and Pecan Garden Salad  (Serves 2-4)

  • Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach
  • Southern Grove Pecan Halves
  • 1 Large Cucumber, sliced
  • Priano Parmesan Cheese Wedge (optional)
  • Time to complete: 5 minutes
  1. Simply place the spinach in a bowl, covered with sliced cucumbers and the rest of the ingredients 
  2. Serve plain or with your favorite balsamic salad dressing 



Charcuterie Board  (Serves 2-6)

  • Savoritz 6 Cracker Assortment
  • Lunch Mate Hard Salami
  • Happy Farms Colby Jack Cheese
  • Happy Farms Preferred Brie Cheese Round
  • Priano Parmesan Cheese Wedge
  • Appleton Farms Prosciutto
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Time to complete: 10 min

This recipe is the easiest, yet! Place crackers, grapes, meat, and cheese on your serving board and you’re ready to enjoy!



Broken Clouds Pinot Noir (Serves 2-6)

To complement the charcuterie board (and the dinner, itself) I opted for Broken Clouds Pinot Noir. I was pleased to find out several ALDI products were voted 2017 Product of the Year winners*, and Broken Clouds Pinot Noir won in the wine category! It’s definitely a great, affordable, wine and paired perfectly with our meal! I highly recommend you give it a try!

*Results based on a survey of 40,000 American shoppers conducted in the 2017 Product of the Year winners by global research agency Kanter TNS



In total, the dinner took me around 45 minutes from start to finish. Not bad for a modern, romantic dinner! The recipes were very quick and simple, and the fresh and the delicious ingredients from ALDI made the dinner that much better. 

My husband came home and was very surprised and grateful that dinner was ready on the table! I lit the little tea light candles and we proceeded to eat and drink until our hearts were content!

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  • Reply
    Margaret Stuart
    09/14 at 10:28 am

    This dinner sounds delicious! And all of the pictures look amazing too. I love a good cheese board, and honestly everything else about this meal seems right up my alley.

    • Reply
      09/14 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you, Margaret! Everything was really delicious! And my goodness, I LOVE cheese boards SO much!! haha

  • Reply
    Aduke Schulist
    09/14 at 11:42 am

    Oh yum! That charcuterie board looks delicious. Unfortunately, we don’t have an Aldi here, but I could totally recreate this from our local grocery store.

    • Reply
      09/14 at 6:01 pm

      That’s a bummer about ALDI not being by you! And yes, the charcuterie board was so good! It was so fun to put together, too!

  • Reply
    09/14 at 3:27 pm

    So trying your recipes – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      09/14 at 6:04 pm

      You are so welcome! Enjoy!!

  • Reply
    09/14 at 10:41 pm

    This looks so yummy! I will definitely have to check it out.

  • Reply
    09/15 at 3:14 am

    Oh my god this looks so tasty and your photography skills are amazing!

    • Reply
      09/15 at 7:41 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    09/15 at 7:40 am

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      09/15 at 7:40 am

      Thank you, it was so delicious! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ashley Zeal
    09/15 at 10:01 am

    This looks so yummy!

  • Reply
    Rachel Medlock
    09/15 at 10:34 am

    What a spread! I think a wine + cheese plate night needs to happen in my house soon.


  • Reply
    Amanda Maxwell
    09/15 at 3:11 pm

    This spread looks amazing!! My husband and I love fresh easy meals and this one is right up our alley!

  • Reply
    09/15 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats to him! That salad looks delicious!

    Lindsey | http://www.seamlesssea.com

  • Reply
    09/15 at 8:13 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love that it is healthy too!


  • Reply
    09/16 at 1:14 am

    Wow! What a delicious post. What an achievement for your husband! Lovely post. xoxo Cris

  • Reply
    Amanda Faber
    09/16 at 8:40 am

    Aldi is one of my favorite grocery stores to shop at. And this meal look delicious

  • Reply
    09/16 at 4:26 pm

    I have never shopped at Aldi and I have always heard about their amazing prices. May have to go check them out!

  • Reply
    09/16 at 11:03 pm

    omgosh this looks so good! also congrats to him, that isn’t easy! my bf completed his mba in may!


  • Reply
    09/16 at 11:34 pm

    Um Yum! this dinner looks amazing! How nice!

  • Reply
    Laura Bustelo
    09/17 at 7:12 am

    How cute is this setup! Now I want to host a wine and cheese party!

    Laura B.

  • Reply
    Megan @ Lush to Blush
    09/17 at 9:17 am

    This looks delish!! What a beautiful meal!

  • Reply
    09/17 at 11:38 am

    What a great post! I’ve heard wonderful things about Aldi but have never been there. Might have to check it out.

    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  • Reply
    the adventurer
    09/17 at 1:11 pm

    This meal looks so delicious! And congratulations to your husband! That is an amazing accomplishment =o)


  • Reply
    09/17 at 1:13 pm

    I love this so much! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    09/17 at 3:17 pm

    That shaved zucchini dish is the perfect late-summer dish!

  • Reply
    09/17 at 4:53 pm

    Umm wow this set up is so sweet! I would love that dinner!

  • Reply
    09/17 at 5:07 pm

    This looks so amazing! I wish this was my dinner tonight.

  • Reply
    09/17 at 6:47 pm

    That salad sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try it

  • Reply
    09/17 at 7:14 pm

    Loving this post! Congrats to your husband! Such great recipes.

  • Reply
    Sarah K Tripp
    09/17 at 7:55 pm

    Well this all looks so amazing! Going to make!

  • Reply
    Ashley DTKAustin
    09/17 at 8:06 pm

    This all looks and sounds amazing!! I need to try and make some of these!! Wishing this was my meal tonight! 😉

  • Reply
    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    09/17 at 8:21 pm

    You can get such good deals at ALDI!

  • Reply
    09/19 at 10:03 am

    That dinner looks great! Thanks for sharing. I really need to step up my cooking game now.

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