3 Unexpected Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes from ALDI

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3 Unexpected Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes from ALDI

Still need to bring something to Thanksgiving but don’t know what?  Try these 3 fun last minute Thanksgiving ideas from ALDI!

I’d like to thank my friends at ALDI for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting companies who support Running in a Skirt.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

Hi everyone,

How is Thanksgiving tomorrow?  I know it seems cliche to talk about time flying by, but this fall has gone by in a blink for me.  Doesn’t it feel like it was just Labor Day?

Regardless, turkey day is coming whether we are ready or not!  I realize by this point your Thanksgiving menu is most likely already set.  But perhaps you are feeling bored with having the same recipes, or you are going to someone else’s house for the big day and they asked you to bring something and you still don’t know what OR you are eating out but haven’t figured out what you are eating for the rest of the day?  All of those slightly long winded foodie issues require some unique solutions and in any of those cases I’ve got you covered.


Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be able to take my last minute Thanksgiving ideas on the road to Charlotte!  I visited the folks at WCNC and Charlotte Today to share some of my favorite last minute Thanksgiving ideas on air.  I got this entire beautiful spread from ALDI.  ALDI has literally everything you need to make Thanksgiving memorable without breaking the bank.  Plus they are open through tonight, Thanksgiving Eve for any last minute shopping you need to do.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

I was in Charlotte because ALDI is in the midst of enhancing the shopping experience in  its Charlotte-area stores!  In fact, just this month, ALDI celebrated the grand reopening of its stores in Lancaster, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Denver and Statesville.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

I promised to get the segment for you to see and here you go…

The first recipe I shared in my segment was a delicious Autumn Kale Salad.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

If you are looking for a healthy and scrumptious way to add more greens to Thanksgiving this is it!  This last minute Thanksgiving idea features ALDI SimplyNature Chopped Kale (which I never walk out of the store without!), Clancy’s Original Apple Chips, Southern Grove Chopped Hazelnuts and Happy Farms Preferred Feta Cheese Crumbles.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

If you aren’t familiar with how ALDI works, they have their own super high quality exclusive brands that are rigorously tested to ensure they taste just as good, if not better than what you get at other stores.  One of my favorite brands at the store is the SimplyNature line which features 200 products that are free of 125 artificial ingredients and are either organic or verified by the Non-GMO project.  ALDI has so many organic products and they get more all of the time.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

For the main course I thought everyone would already have their turkey covered at this point (which you can get at ALDI too!), so I shared these delicious Holiday Sliders.  Can’t you just imagine these disappearing from a holiday spread?

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

The ALDI version has Appleton Farms Sliced Spiral Ham, but with all the other ingredients on them they would be just as delicious omitting it if you are a vegetarian.  The sliders feature my favorite ALDI cheese of all time… Happy Farm Prefered Cranberry White Cheddar.  I’ve served it every year at Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember.  They are also stacked high with green apple slices, red onion and Burman’s Spicy Mustard.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

For dessert I baked some perfectly proportioned Cheesecake Bites. These beauties feature Happy Farms Preferred Whole Milk Ricotta and a unexpected pomegranate garnish.  It’s a unique twist on a Thanksgiving dessert.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

ALDI also has some fabulous wine at some even better prices.  If you are going to a party and don’t know what to bring… wine always works!  ALDI wines are award winning and let you toast for less.  Some of my current favorites are Belletti Prosecco, Coastal Cove Sauvignon Blanc, Copperwood Merlot, Giretto Pinot Grigio and Outlander Cabernet Sauvignon.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

All three of these last minute Thanksgiving ideas would also make a delightful lunch on Thanksgiving day if you are eating out for dinner OR if you want something different to serve guests later in the weekend.  You can find all these delicious recipes plus many more on the ALDI recipes page.  If you make one of these recipes I’d love for you to share it with the hashtag #ALDIlove.

ALDI is also giving back this Thanksgiving!  They’ve teamed up with Venmo and Feeding America to encourage people to add a new tradition of giving to their Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving celebrations.  On Venmo you will see a new Turkey Hand custom-designed emoji in November. Each time you use Venmo and select that emoji ALDI will provide 10 meals through Feeding America, up to one million meals.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI

I’ve gushed over ALDI many times this year and today is no different.  I am constantly blown away by the quality and prices.  Every time I fill up a buggy and walk out I feel like I’ve won the lottery because my grocery bill is so much cheaper.  If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll give them a try this holiday season!

Like this post about last minute Thanksgiving ideas?  Pin this to your favorite Pinterest board!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas from ALDI


Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m taking the rest of the weekend off for Thanksgiving but make sure to check out my Thanksgiving THANK YOU to all of you before you check out too. 🙂

Your turn!

Which recipe would you like to make?

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?


I’m linking up my last minute Thanksgiving ideas with: Thinking Out Loud ThursdayMeatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2020-06-02T17:06:20-04:00 November 22nd, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Fun, Holidays / Decor, Salads|29 Comments


  1. […] had the best time last Thursday going to Charlotte to be a guest again on WCNC’s Charlotte Today.  Their lifestyle show is so much fun and I really enjoyed […]

  2. Miz Helen December 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and will be pinned to our Featured Board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  3. Annmarie December 2, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Everything looks amazing – especially that autumn kale salad!

  4. Sarah Grace Spann November 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    These look like great ideas for any time throughout the holidays!

  5. jill conyers November 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Apple chips in the salad is an awesome idea. Sounds so good!

  6. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com November 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    These are all such great ideas! I pinned this so I can use it for Christmas…love the sound of that salad too!

  7. Kalee November 28, 2017 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to try Aldi’s wine! Your Autumn Kale Salad.looks amazing!

  8. Lorie November 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I love the addition of the pomegranate to the cheesecake bites. Aldi is my go to for so many items. Love it!

  9. Christine November 27, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    That kale salad sounds amazing! So perfect for the season. And congrats on being on the show! Looks like you did great!

  10. Sarah November 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    The kale salad looks delicious and I love adding apples or apple chips to salads. I had no clue Aldi had wine or some of these other items. I’ve only been there twice once in the US and once in Ireland. Crazy since there has been one within a couple miles for years.

  11. dixya @food, pleasure, and health November 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    that salad will be great all year long 🙂

  12. Alisa Fleming November 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Holy wow – is ALDI lucky to have you on board! Such a natural on TV and these recipes look fabulous.

  13. Emily November 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    These all look so yummy! Congrats on your appearance!!

  14. Kelly November 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    That kale salad looks delish. I could eat that any time of year!

  15. Rachel November 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Sounds like so much fun!! You look adorbs. Totally back in your element.

  16. Abbey Sharp November 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Love all of these last minute ideas! Also that cranberry cheese looks amazing

  17. Laura November 27, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

    So many good ideas. My favorite is the butternut squash! 🙂

  18. Taylor Kiser November 27, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    So many great selections at ALDI! Love these last minute ideas! Everything looks wonderful!

  19. Kristy from Southern In Law November 26, 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Yummm! All of these recipes look perfect. You are the ALDI queen! Xx

  20. [email protected] November 24, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    How fun to be able to be on Charlotte Today and share your recipes. I am reading this when Thanksgiving is over, but these recipes would be perfect for holiday parties coming up.

  21. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 22, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    This segment is awesome, Julie! You’re so good on camera! I love that venmo partnership, and that wine! 5.99-8.99 a bottle?! I’ll take them all!

  22. Jessica November 22, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Pinned your wonderful ideas!! My grandmother asked me to bring a salad… Unfortunately I think kale is out for everyone in my family. They don’t know what they’re missing!

  23. Emily Swanson November 22, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Wow, they’re all soo pretty. I love that you got to appear on TV to share them with people. Happy Thanksgiving Julie; I’m thankful for your smiling face, your joy in trials, and your ability to see beauty in so many situations.

  24. Lisa Ballanatyne November 22, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Do I have to choose just one favorite? They “all” look amazing! So nice to see your smiling face on the air again! Wishing you, your husband and the beautiful Makena a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  25. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 22, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

    As always, your recipes look amazing! I still haven’t stepped foot in an ALDI…I need to check out their SimplyNature brand! And what a cool TV opportunity!

  26. Katie @ Hungry Runner November 22, 2017 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Such a cool opportunity to work with ALDIi! We finally live near one again and I have been meaning to get there because I used to love shopping there in college 🙂 And I second what Deborah said, that cranberry white cheddar cheese sounds incredible!

  27. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real November 22, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    The cheesecake bites look amazing! If I hadn’t already bought all of the ingredients to make truffles for dessert, I would be making those instead. Maybe for a Christmas party I could make those.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Julie 🙂

  28. Deborah Brooks November 22, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    That cranberry cheese looks yummy! Congrats on the tv segment-fun

  29. Blane Sherer November 22, 2017 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Nice work Julie.
    Happy to see you do so well with
    this opportunity !
    Happy and safe travels for your Thanksgiving.

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