I may have gone off the deep end here, writing about this. But alas, as I mentioned in my last post, I yam what I yam, so here I go.
One of our premier local grocery chains is Dierbergs Markets. There’s lots of great stuff at Dierbergs, but it’s not my weekly regular. I love Aldi. However, the deli at Dierbergs sells a chunky pecan and grape chicken salad for $10.49 per pound. It’s delicious.
However, considering I try to talk Dan into buying T-bone steaks at Save-A-Lot when they are on sale for $3.99 per pound, you can probably guess what I think about paying $10.49 for chicken salad.
So, I buy regular chicken salad at Aldi for 3.69 per pound. Then I buy red, seedless grapes. Last time, I paid $0.99 per pound, but that’s on the low end. I take the Aldi chicken salad, add in the grapes and forego the pecans. I could add in a small amount of pecans, but really, it’s the grapes I’m after. It’s perfect! You could say I have champagne tastes and a beer budget, but I don’t drink. So, I guess I have Dierbergs tastes on an Aldi budget. I like that.
With this chicken salad idea, I want to analyze it with regard to cost and calories.
With regards to cost, let’s say, I add in 50% grapes. So, the cost per pound is:
- .50 x 3.69 Aldi chicken salad
- .50 x 1.49 cost of grapes (I went a bit higher.)
- 1.85 + .75 = $2.60 cost per pound – Aldi’s chicken salad with added grapes
With regards to nutrition, the container says there are 280 calories in 1/3 cup of Aldi’s chicken salad. Wow! As a side note, there are five 1/3 cup servings per container.
I haven’t measured, but lets say I use 2/3 cup to make my sandwich.
- 2/3 cup chicken salad – no grapes – 560 calories (plus the bread and maybe a cookie)
- 2/3 cup – 50% is chicken salad and 50% is grapes – 280 + 20 (that’s a guess for the grape calories) = 300 calories (plus the bread and maybe 2 cookies, okay 1 cookie)
So, that is $7.89 (10.49-2.60) savings per pound of chicken salad and approximately 260 calories savings (560-300) savings per sandwich. That $7.89 just about covers 2 one-pound steaks at Save-A-Lot. Come on, Dan, let’s go!
Any way you slice it – not that you have to slice chicken salad – my Aldi’s chicken salad with my Aldi’s red grapes wins hands down every time.
Do you do stuff like this? What kind of concoctions have you come up with for one reason or another? I can’t be the only one, can I?