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Two Easy Dinners

by Meghann on February 25, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Remember all those groceries I bought at Aldi last weekend? Well, those groceries eventually became meals and those meals were pretty delicious. What were those meals? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here are a couple of recipes from the week.

Asparagus, Ham, and Pesto


This recipe is an adapted version of Aldi’s recipe for Asparagus with Mushroom and Ham. The dish was the cover photo for the Aldi’s fresh catalog, which served as my inspiration for dinner that night.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz of ham
  • 12 ounces Season’s Choice Frozen Asparagus Spears
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon pesto

Start by cutting the asparagus and cherry tomatoes in half. Chop ham in bite size pieces.

In a medium pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add asparagus, ham, and tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes before adding spinach, walnuts, and pesto. Continue cooking until spinach is wilted and everything is hot.



Derek and I had this for dinner last Sunday. We were both craving some greens after a pretty indulgent brunch and this definitely hit the spot. The pesto gave a lot of every flavor and the walnuts gave a nice crunch.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps


  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Fit & Active Sweet Italian Sausages
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Start by chopping the red pepper and garlic clove. Add to a hot pan over medium heat with a little olive oil. Cook until red pepper is soft and garlic is fragrant.


Slice the Italian Sausage down the side and empty into pan.

Cook until sausage is brown. Add spinach.


And tomato sauce.


While the meat is cooking, clean out the mushroom caps and bake for 5 minutes at 350.


Fill each mushroom cap with 1/2 meat mixture and 1/2 parmesan cheese.


Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Served with a side of broccoli.



Another delicious combination. This was a very easy weeknight dish to throw together after work. It’s even better with a glass of red wine on the side. 😉

This post is sponsored by Aldi. As always, all opinions are my own.

1 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Yum! Both of these meals look delicious!
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2 joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Those mushroom caps look yummy! I’ve stuffed small mushrooms with goat cheese mix, but never the larger portobellos as an entree.
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3 Amanda Elizabeth February 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Those stuffed mushroom caps are totally something that I could see myself making! Looks delicious thanks for sharing!
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4 Heather February 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Both recipes sound really good! Going to try the asparagus dish tomorrow.
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5 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Wow both of these recipes look really really delicious! 🙂
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6 Runner Girl Eats February 26, 2014 at 6:28 am

Stuffed mushroom caps are one of my favorite meals. I may have to add this to this week’s menu…
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7 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner February 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

Oh, I can’t wait until asparagus is in season again! Both recipes look delicious.
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8 Sara@RunningInPinkProject February 26, 2014 at 10:12 am

I just might have to make those mushroom caps. Looks delicious!
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9 Beth February 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

These are great recipes! I think I will try them out. Thanks!
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10 Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health February 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Everyone seems to be loving Aldi lately. I love grocery shopping trips, seems like the one closest to me is in DC. I must give it a try 🙂
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11 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} February 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Loving the sound of both dishes but really loving that last dish. I am always looking for new ways to use the caps of mushrooms!

12 emily February 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Both look lovely – but don’t you crave some rice or bread with both? I’m amazed that would fill you – and Derek! – up.

13 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life February 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Yummm, those mushroom caps look amazing! I’m a huge mushroom fan, so this is totally right up my alley! The Asparagus sounds delicious too, but my husband hates being in the same room as asparagus (in his opinion, anything that changes the scent of your pee should not be shunned), so I probably couldn’t get away with it!
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14 Ashley February 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Both the meals look great! But I’m still drooling over that first one, and it seems so easy!

15 Jen @ Pretty Little Grub February 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I love the asparagus meal! Looks so tasty.

16 Ashley February 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Those stuffed mushroom caps look delicious! I love mushrooms!
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17 Courtney February 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Yum! I think I will definitely make the first dish, but sub out mushrooms for the ham. I need to cook asparagus more often!
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18 Dani February 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Yum, love the look of these recipes. I cannot wait to try these tonight! Thanks for sharing.
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19 Jenn@Mark My Mile! March 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

YUMMY! Added these to my weekly meal plan!
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