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Diet January 2012 OAMM Menu (OAMC, Freezer Cooking, Bulk Cooking, Power Cooking)

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Happy New Year!! As 2012 rings in, we are bringing you an all-star menu! January’s recipes are all Once a Month Mom user-voted as the best of 2011!

Egg Casserole Cups make a delicious breakfast!

Winter weather favorites, like chicken tortilla soup and turkey meatloaf made the list, and hopefully they will warm you up as you enjoy them during this cold weather.

Due to the fact that this is a seasonal menu, you may find that some of the produce items are out of season in January. Feel free to make substitutions or to ask us about potential substitutions. We didn’t want to eliminate All Star recipes based on season, after all, you think they are the BEST!

The links below are just so you can see which recipes are included in this month's menu. WE DO THE WORK FOR YOU! To see freezer instructions and adapt recipes to your family size see the RECIPE CARDS below.




**Indicates meals that require NO COOKING on your OAMC BIG DAY!

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Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the January 2012 Diet Menu via Pinterest to see the yummy goodness you will be cooking up on this menu. Not sure what Pinterest is all about, check out what Once A Month Mom has to say about it.

Facebook Fan Party:

OAMM Facebook Fan Page Party – January 15th 2011, 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST – We will be able to chat via video AND messaging during the event through FACEBOOK! How cool is that? We will be talking about the current month’s menus, answer your burning questions about freezer cooking and have fun getting to know one another. You can also see other past recordings from that tab as well.

Instructions for viewing live-stream:

  • Go to the Once A Month Mom Facebook Fan Page.
  • Click on the “FB Fan Night” Tab on the left side margin.
  • Hit “view live recording” – If I am live streaming it will show you what is happening in progress. If I am not live streaming at the time, you will have the option to click through other videos that I have recorded in the past.
  • Enjoy!

Get Started

Are you new to Once A Month Mom or once a month cooking (oamc) in general? If so, you might want to spend a few minutes (or hours) on the Get Started Series. If you are in a real hurry to catch on we have written some simple steps for getting started. Welcome!

What do you think of  DIET January 2012’s menu?

Don’t forget there is always the Traditional January 2012 menu if this one doesn’t suit your whole family, you can always adapt it to make it healthier.

20 Responses to “Diet January 2012 OAMM Menu (OAMC, Freezer Cooking, Bulk Cooking, Power Cooking)”

  1. T. Andersen says:

    Just made the Chicken Tortilla Soup, Nutrient Packed Breakfast Bars, Easy Turkey Meatloaf, and Pork Chops and Rice Oven Dinner. Super easy,and my taste testers (kids and reluctant husband) say it is awesome! Thanks for sharing these with us!!

  2. D says:

    First time using this site – but here’s how it went: Shopped Sunday, cooked all this yesterday, and it took from about 7 AM to 10 PM of non-stop cooking (except where I had to run out for a coffee and more chicken). Plus – since I only have one slow cooker, I did the pork roast overnight the night before. I screwed a few things up and had to call a few audibles at the last minute, but overall I think it all came out pretty good. Everything looks delicious. The only real criticism I would have is with the lunch menu. I like to brown bag lunches at work and a) there just aren’t enough lunches for the whole month of work, and b) they don’t all really translate to being easy to cart to work. The burgers pretty much have to be done at home since I need to fry them up on a stove. I think more salads, wraps and sammies that I can stick in the fridge at my desk would be ideal. Of course, next month I’ll be able to adjust a little better – perhaps increasing the portions on some of the more ideal lunch foods to suit my own needs. Other than that, everything went great – with the exception of the lasagna. Luckily I made most of my mistakes there. I put everything in one pan, forgot the spaghetti sauce at the right times, put all my cottage cheese mix on the bottom layer, absent mindedly mistook shredded ginger for shredded zucchini – what a mess. Anyway, I just want to say that I like your site – and that it’s not just for women! I’m a single guy trying to drop a couple pounds as a New Year’s resolution and this is absolutely perfect! I spend one Saturday morning a month poking around Wegmans for a few hours and an entire Sunday cooking – but the way I see it it’s well worth it to not come home from a long day of work during the week and order in or go out for beers and bar food because I’m too lazy/hungry to cook something healthy! Well, I’m rambling. Great site! Keep up the good work!

  3. Irene says:

    I noticed that the Grilled Ham and Swiss recipe says 2 slices wheat bread (which obviously doesn’t make sense with 16 oz. of ham) so for everyone making this it should probably read 16 slices wheat bread. And THANK YOU so much for this site, I am gearing up for my cooking day this weekend and can’t wait! I did this for the first time last month and it was awesome, I could not believe how much time it saved me every evening when I came home from work and the kids were all over me. Thanks again!

  4. Melissa says:


    I’m new to your site. Just looking over some stuff. Great idea, and its awesome that you offer it to everyone! Quick question: Whats flash freezing??

    I can’t wait to try some to this out soon!

  5. Stacey says:

    This is my first month using your plan. I like the idea of the zip list but after watching your video am confused about how to get the shopping list for the January diet plan over to zip list. Is this an option?

    • Tricia says:

      Not unless you enter it manually or copy and paste it. You can just print the list out though – it is organized by area in the store. And if you save it as your own you can access Google Docs from your phone if you have a smart phone.

  6. Stacey says:

    Hi – This was our first month following the plan – we’re into week one and enjoying the food! Couple things for cooking day – I think the corn was missing on the shopping list I bought both frozen and fresh spinach but the recipes didn’t say which was needed so I ended up using just the frozen. Also a couple recipes had directions that were from another recipe. But overall a great experience and we will do this again. The breakfast bars were awesome – almost like dessert.

    • Tricia says:

      Hmm, I we will have to look into that. There are sometimes things that don’t get caught. I am glad you are enjoying the fruits of your labor though.

  7. Lauren says:

    I am planning on doing this menu with a friend next week. We are adjusting the servings to 7 based on our family sizes. We were a bit confused as to how to cook all three of the slow cooker meals at the same time because based on the volume of the recipes for 7 servings we were thinking we would need like 9 slow cookers to fit it all! Does that sound right?? We will only have 2 slow cookers. Is there an easy way to get around that problem? Also, when looking at this page with the list of the menu items you have asterisks (indicating NO cooking on the big day) next to some of the recipes, but then in the downloadable instructions it says to cook those recipes. Just a bit confused about that. Am I reading that right? Appreciate any help since this seems overwhelming at the moment! We are super excited to try it out though! :) Thanks!!!

    • Tricia says:

      Well, given that this is a Best Of menu it has a few things in it that are out of the ordinary for our usual way of approaching a menu. Sorry about that. For the slow cooker issue, there are a couple solutions: 1) cook the chicken for this soup when you are cooking meats prior to your cooking day, then simply add all ingredients together and place in gallon freezer bags and then place in slow cooker and heat accordingly the day you serve 2) Cook the soup but bag the other 2 recipes and freeze – you will want the apples to be on the bottom of the bag for the roast though so they don’t get brown 3) Bag the other recipes and still cook the roast according to directions 4) any combination of these suggestions. As for the **The recipe cards are always right, the posts sometimes contain human error so when in doubt, go with the recipe cards. Good luck and sorry for the confusion!

  8. Emy says:

    Hi Tricia!!! I have loved your site for over a year now. I’d just like to make a friendly suggestion to consider renaming the “Diet Menu” to “Light Menu”. It’s just a thought! Since healthy eating is a lifetime thing, I’d love to see folks eating that way for the long term instead of just when they are on a “diet”. As a registered dietitian, I almost never use the word diet because it sounds like something we all can’t stick with – me included! Again, love the site and keep up the good work! Looking forward to doing the mini menu soon!

    • Tricia says:

      I actually agree with you, it is more of a “light” or a “healthy” menu rather than a diet but the truth of the matter is, when people search for menus they are searching using the word “diet”, thus we chose that name. If you read the information about that menu you will find it still fits your guidelines and it really is just a title.

      • Emy says:

        Oh, I see – makes sense!

        • Emy says:

          Forgot to say that I realized there’s not a mini menu for the Diet Menu so I made out a grocery list last night to do five of February’s Diet Menu dinners. Going shopping today and I’m excited!

  9. Kristina says:

    Wow! I love this site! I am getting together with a friend to do this on Sunday. I was wondering some things, though. For the Pork Chops and the lasagna that take an hour to cook, I was thinking of putting them into pans since it is for four instead of 1. For example, I was thinking of browning the pork chops & them assembling as it states, but freezing it before the hour cook time. I would thaw the night before and then cook for the hour on the day of serving instead of using the microwave the nuke it. I could place it in the oven & have it ready once I came home from my workout. My husband was wondering if the meat would still keep & if this would be a good way to do it. Being the experienced one, I was wondering if I could get your feedback on that. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing with us!

    • Tricia says:

      Welcome! Yes, this menu is a little wonky in the directions as it uses some of our “older” methodology since it is an all star menu. Your described suggestions would work well, freeze well and still reheat fine.

  10. Kemper says:

    I just discovered this site today. Love it! I already printed everything just fine from February. But I cannot seem to print the recipe cards from January and March. The first page of intructions is the only that pops up. Are they still available? Thanks.

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