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Nutritionist Review: Aldi’s World Kitchen Meals

Get an expert's perspective on the nutrition and quality of Aldi's World Kitchen meals with our nutritionist's review and analysis.
Updated on Dec 21, 2022

In amongst fruit, vegetables and meat, Aldi is home to affordable ski gear, $5 sauvignon blanc and homewares you didn’t know you needed. It’s also home to fresh and frozen convenient meals that have Aldi-lovers raving about.

Curious to know how these meals compare to other supermarket ranges, I’ve tried Aldi’s World Kitchen and delved into their nutrient profile. It’s fair to say, these do rate in the taste department, but I was disappointed in the quality of the ingredients.

Were the World Kitchen meals nutritious?

Aldi World Kitchen Range

The World Kitchen meals are similar to your everyday, pre-made supermarket options. They’re not marketing themselves in the health space, instead, World Kitchen seems to be focusing on tasty meals that you can enjoy with very little effort.


The ingredients of the World Kitchen premade meals are like most of your stock standard supermarket options. All four meals I reviewed contained a number of processed ingredients including modified starch, colours, preservatives, corn syrup, yeast extract and flavours.

Vegetables weren’t overly prominent in the meals which is reflected in the meal’s minimal fibre content. The meals are either predominately rice or wheat pasta based which has impacted the carbohydrate content as you can read more about below.

Aldi World Kitchen Range

I was pleased to see the World Kitchen range used mostly wholefood protein sources like chicken and legumes, however, there isn’t much variation due to the limited number of meals in the range.

The World Kitchen meals contain gluten, wheat, nuts, egg, milk, soy or all of the above, making them not a great allergen-friendly option.

If you’re conscious of the ingredients you’re putting in your body, I would consider other options that have fewer ingredients and focus on purely whole food sources.

Calories and Macronutrients

The World Kitchen meals are available in 350g or 450g portion sizes. The meals range from 477 calories per serving to 626 calories with the lower-calorie meal being the one vegetarian option.

Excluding the vegetarian meal, the World Kitchen has made its range reasonably high in protein. The Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl contains 45g of protein per serve (9.9g per 100g) which is going to make it a filling meal and help you achieve your daily protein target.

Aldi World Kitchen Range

If you’re following a low carbohydrate diet, these aren’t for you with some meals containing up to 75.6g of carbohydrates (16.8g per 100g) – the highest being the Mexican Style Superfood Bowl. This also has the highest sugar content at 14g which is about 3.3 teaspoons!

As with the other macros, the fat content varies between meals the lowest being 2.1g per 100g and the highest 5.9g. When evaluating the fat content, it pays to look beyond the number. Fats coming from whole foods like quality meat and poultry, oily fish, some dairy, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil have a valuable place in the diet. Fats such as vegetable oil, fried foods, baked goods, and processed meats can be inflammatory especially eaten in regular consumption and should be avoided.

Like many supermarket convenient meals, the World Kitchen meals don’t contain quality sources of fats. Generally speaking, these ingredients are more expensive and will increase the calorie content. You’ll also find these fats don’t heat as well either.

Another nutrition factor lacking in these meals is fibre! If you’ve read any of my previous nutrition reviews, you’ll know I’m a big fan of fibre to help keep you feeling full, keep you regulated, balance your blood sugar levels and feed the all-important gut microbiome. It’s pretty uncommon to find high-fibre convenient meals in the supermarket so I’d recommend you boost these meals with veggies, legumes, nuts or seeds.

How was the taste of World Kitchen meals?

The World Kitchen meals were flavoursome. It’s easy to see why Aldi-lovers are eating these meals up and I’m not surprised given the ingredients as there are a lot of spices and flavours.

The textures were enjoyable to eat with nothing mushy or gluggy. There was just enough sauce that didn’t leave the meals dry or too wet.

Were the World Kitchen meals convenient?

Like a lot of Aldi products, you never quite know if your favourite items are going to be on the supermarket shelves so they may not be as convenient as other brands. Having said that, if the World Kitchen meals tick your boxes, you can bulk purchase and freeze them to enjoy later on.

Aldi World Kitchen Range

At $7.99 for a 350-450g meal, the World Kitchen range is reasonably affordable. However, they aren’t the cheapest if budget is your priority. You can also find supermarket convenient meals with superior ingredients and nutritional profiles for less.

World Kitchen have delivered affordable convenient meals that are flavoursome and enjoyable to eat.

Aside from the good amount of protein coming from whole food sources, the meals aren’t kicking many nutrition goals due to the number of refined ingredients used. Having said that, World Kitchen isn’t making big health claims either which is refreshing to see.

If nutritional quality is a big priority for you, I’d reserve the World Kitchen range as a one-off, emergency meal.

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Sarah Appleford
Sarah Appleford
Sarah Appleford is a registered clinical nutritionist who believes achieving optimal health and wellbeing relies on living with intention.

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  1. Asheco

    I tried World Kitchen’s Butter Chicken a few days ago and I am an instant fan! The flavour of the Butter chicken is as good as any of the more expensive Indian restaurants. The portion size was excellent too. I normally keep a stock of chicken and curry pies in the freezer for emergencies. I always eat two for a meal. At $4+ for each pie x 2, the Aldi World Kitchen Range works out cheaper, so I will be stocking my freezer up with these meals from now on.

  2. Roxy

    I’ve tried both the Chicken & Chorizo Paella and the Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles and am impressed with the look and taste of both. Unlike some Frozen meals where the actual product does not look anywhere near as appetising as the photo on the packaging, what you see is what you get. As a single, busy working person they are very handy to have in the freezer and even better value if you get them at a marked down price.

    I don’t eat them every day and when I do I add fibre to my diet by making sure I include fresh produce such as fruit and salads as part of my other meals that day.

    They get a big tick from me!

  3. Derrick Browne
    Derrick Browne

    Special Fried Rice was so salty that even my friend who likes salty things gave it to me and said she would not buy again. I found it edible if eaten with something to take the salty edge away (I didn’t have lettuce, so I had celery with it, then was not too bad)

  4. Ron Toovey
    Ron Toovey

    can you please let me know why Aldi have discontinued your tai green chicken curry ?
    We love it