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Diet May 2012 Menu

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Spring temperatures continue to rise and you are likely wanting to start spending more time outdoors.  This month take a day to stock your freezer full of real, healthy meals so you can spend your time outside enjoying spring instead of cooking each day.  We take advantage of seasonal items like beets, strawberries and the arrival of cherries in this menu.  Also, it’s time to start thinking about grilling to avoid keeping the hot oven on for too long this month.

For a detailed explanation of what is meant by “diet” we have a post explaining what we mean. If you are new and not sure how to get started we have a wonderful series starting with 5 easy steps to get you on your way to once a month cooking. Good luck!

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 DOCUMENTS below.

Slow Cooker Apple Cherry Pork Loin


Wake Me Up Coffee Banana Smoothie



**Indicates meals that require NO COOKING on your OAMC BIG DAY aka “throw and go” meals, perfect for the family who needs to adjust to just do the quick meals!

Update: This menu is now available in Menu Builder in addition to the Google Docs below!  As you can see we have a NEW way of getting and printing your monthly menu documents.  As part of that change, we have also changed the type/size of labels we use. The below labels in Menu Builder will print four to a page and line up with Avery 8168/5168 labels or equivalent.


Recipe Cards

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Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the May 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 – May 10th 2012, 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. This is a great way to meet fellow Once A Month Mom’s or get your questions answered as you get started.

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!

Test Cooks

Each month we have some wonderful volunteers who “test” out the menu prior to publication. They do an amazing job of helping to eliminate confusion and mistakes. They may not catch everything but they sure do catch A LOT! If you are interested in test cook, feel free to volunteer. Here is a little bit about this month’s test cooks:

  • Patty Dowd – I’m a middle school math teacher with a great husband (Troy) and a 1-year-old son (Caelum) living in Toledo, OH. I tried once a month cooking when I discovered your blog 3 years ago, but I only did it once or twice. I’ve done it 3 times during this school year because I’d rather use my evenings spending time with my husband and son than having to worry about dinner. This is also my 3rd year as CSA member, so I’m really enjoying your Get Real series this month. I haven’t written on it in 2 years, but my blog address is: http://cricketpe.blogspot.com/. Perhaps this will motivate me to write on it again :)

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!

Don’t forget you can always go back and use Summer 2011’s menu if you are looking for something different!

25 Responses to “Diet May 2012 Menu”

  1. Wow thank you for featuring not one but TWO recipes from my website on your blog! I’m flattered and hope that you all enjoy the Foil Baked Fish and SweetFire Chicken. They are definitely some of our faves! Please stop by my blog and let me know how they turn out for you :).

  2. Tracy says:

    I am not a big fan of beets. Any suggestions on what I may substitute?

    • abbi says:

      If you do not like beets, I would suggest some sort of roasted vegetable combination, perhaps eggplant or zucchini?

    • Lee Ann K says:

      I am not a fan of beets either, BUT! I found that roasting them brings out their sweetness and they are so yummy! Try roasting them then using them in the salad :)

  3. Melinda says:

    I noticed the Eggplant Cannelloni recipe is calling to use 13 shallots for one person’s worth of servings – I think maybe the recipe card is using cup measurements instead of items, or maybe even tablespoons? The original recipe only calls for 4 shallots for 4 servings. :)

    Also, how long do you find your day of cooking usually takes from start to finish? This will be my first time trying this. :)

    • Tricia says:

      I will check that out and get a response to you. We do have these tested but occasionally something falls through. For first timers I usually say 8-12 hours erring towards longer hours. It really depends on your cooking skill level and efficiency too. The KEY is following the night before cutting prep!

  4. ninabean says:

    the pinterest link : may 2012 diet menu via pinterest takes you to may 2012 gluten free menu via pinterest

  5. Kathleen says:

    Hi – going to attempt my first OAMC, so I’m a bit frazzled (and all I’ve done is look at the grocery list!). When I plug in the numbers, the grocery list spreadsheet says I need 252 ounces (nearly 16 lbs!) of boneless skinless chicken for six people – is that a mistake? Because that’s a *whole* lotta chicken!

    • Tricia says:

      Yes, that number is correct. And YES it can be very intimidating on your first go round. You just have to keep in perspective that this amount is going to make A LOT of meals for 6 people. In this case, let’s say that you can get chicken for 2.99/lb (which you could potentially even find it less expensive); that would be $47.09 for 15.75 lbs of chicken. That will then equate to 4 recipes that you make 2x which gives you 8 entrees for 6 people. For the chicken that equates to just $.98 per serving. We know there are other ingredients you have to add to it but in general, if you break it down this way you can see that the $47 in chicken really ends up being quite a bit of savings. Hope that helps. I know I am always anxious when I take my full oamm cart to the check out too.

  6. Amber says:

    Im also kind of nervous. How big are the meals? I don’t eat much but the Mr. Eats a lot each meal. should I double the people?

    • abbi says:

      Most meals that include a protein will give you the approximate size of the serving. For example, those with chicken will be 1 6 ounce chicken breast and the nutritional information includes additional details on the serving size. This should help give you an approximation to the amount that will be made.

    • Ann S says:

      We are the same way and a regular 2 person meal works fine for us. I usually eat less than half and my husband cleans up the rest of the meal.

  7. Chelsey H says:

    I’m confused about the grocery list…there is no way to delete items from the list if I am choosing not to make a certain meal. And what if some of the meals i am doing different quantities than the one I put in the yellow box? Am I missing something for the grocery list?

  8. Kelly Carty says:

    I am new here and am doing this menu as my tester. I Love this idea and my husband and I are excited to see if it works for us. Can you tell me about how long it takes from start to finish? We cook a lot!

    • Kelly says:

      Kelly I don’t have our test cooks report, but typically it takes about 6-8 hours which includes the night before prep.

      • Cassie says:

        Just as a reference, Kelly, I did the entire menu last month for the first time by myself, and it took me 10 hours. I’m also a beginner….and I didn’t do the night before prep! It’s a very tiring day, but it is SO worth it!! Tricia I’m having my last shrimp & orzo tonight….sad that it’s going to be gone. It was my favorite dish!

  9. Raye says:

    I am so excited to have found this website! It is just what I have been looking for, however, I cannot print the recipe cards or the shopping lists. The labels and instructions print fine, but the the links for the recipes and shopping lists come up page cannot be displayed. Is there another way to access these links or any update that my computer would need to access them? Thanks!

    • abbi says:

      We checked the links for the recipe cards and grocery list and they are working fine. Please try to refresh and open them again. It may be your browser.

  10. Lisa O says:

    The recipe card for Fish and Black Beans doesn’t have butter listed as an ingredient. We just noticed the error and went back to the original to get the quantity. Nearly through this menu and loving it!

    • abbi says:

      Thank you for noticing this. We will correct this. I left the butter to reduce calories and fat but did not alter the instructions to accurately reflect the change.

  11. Heather says:

    I noticed that several of the recipes are for the protein only. This probably goes without saying, but is the idea that we prepare a starch and vegetable of our choice on the day we serve that particular recipe?

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