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Gluten Free Dairy Free August 2012 Menu


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I know it has been hot, hot, hot and we are only part-way through summer but, believe it or not, school time is just around the corner.  This menu features seasonal produce so you can use all those great summer veggies available right now while helping you prepare meals for your family as we look toward heading back into the busy fall schedule.

Korean Shredded Beef Tacos

The Gluten Free Dairy Free August 2012 Menu contains a month’s worth of delicious, family-pleasing, meals to make ahead so that you’re ready for whatever this month has in store.  The menu takes advantage of the season’s bounty and grocery sales in the month of August.  During August we see a lot of “back-to-school” items on sale, so be sure to stock up early if you can.  For produce, avocados, basil, beans, onions, peaches, raspberries, summer squashes, and tomatillos all are at their peak along with tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.  With two high schoolers and an elementary kiddo, you know that freezer meals are one of my secrets to getting dinner on the table when school starts up.  Cook up a few meals to help you enjoy and relax the rest of summer.  I hope it is a great one!

For a detailed explanation of what is involved in creating the gluten free dairy free menu we have a post explaining it all. 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 RECIPE CARDS below.

Lemon Yogurt Blueberry Bread




**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!

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Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the August 2012 Gluten Free Dairy Free 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.

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:

  • Jessica Francis - I am a work at home single homeschooling mom of a wonderful 8 year old boy. We love once a month cooking because it is the one day we spend every single second together with no other activities – and then the rest of the month we can prepare a variety of healthy yet quick meals for a growing boy and a busy mom. Our homeschooling blog is Montessori Trails - http://montessoritrails.blogspot.com

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!


18 Responses to “Gluten Free Dairy Free August 2012 Menu”

  1. Thanks so much for linking to my Build a Better Breakfast Quiche post! Flourless quiches are my faves. ;-) What a great menu plan you’ve laid out! Coincidentally, your site was just mentioned by a reader on my gfe Facebook page yesterday in response to a soon-to-be new mom who wanted easy freezer meals. :-)


  2. Angela says:

    What would be a good sub for yogurt in the Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Bread? Mst yogurts either have milk, whey or casein. I know there is soy yogurt but we try to avoid soy as much as possible. Any suggestions?

  3. Amy Heath-Carpentier says:

    Just a quick warm THANK YOU! I’ve been so blessed to find these menus. We cooked the June menu and LOVED all of it. I have two kids (4 and 8), and we have to stay away from gluten and soy. Thank you for all you do.

  4. De says:

    This is amazing. My son was recently diagnosed with food allergies. He needs to be on a rotation diet. This will help me so much thank you so much

  5. Tracy says:

    This was my first try at OAM cooking, and I’m so stoked to have a freezer full of food now! One question – in the stuffed pepper recipe, the rice was still crunchy after everything else was cooked. I tried adding a little more liquid and cooking longer, but it just made everything mushy, and the rice still didn’t get done! Anyone else have this problem?

  6. Jessica says:

    Hello! New here :) I already get the Costco bag of frozen chicken breasts/thighs. Do you just thaw them out first? How does it work for the “no cook” meals?
    Thank You!!

    • Tricia says:

      For no cook meals you can just make the marinade or whatever up and stick the frozen breasts in frozen and then put back in freezer. Or you can make and when you go to thaw pull the frozen chicken out and put it in the bag to thaw with the other ingredients.

  7. Claudia says:

    Thanks so much for this site. It is all I was hoping for made easier. I have a question for you. We are dairy free at my house, but we are okay with gluten. So, for the lemon blueberry yogurt bread, do I just substitute the brown rice flour, the potato flour and such with regular flour?

  8. Claudia says:

    I see that you guys stated that the original recipes are linked, but I can’t seen to find them. Sorry if I am being silly and it is my fault that I can’t find them. It has been a long day :/

  9. Claudia says:

    Thanks Tricia,
    I got that printed out already. I thought that “the original” recipes meant the recipes without dairy and gluten intolerance adaptations. I think I was confused. I just wanted to see how to make it only dairy free, but I think I figured it out :)
    I printed all the documents for Augost and just need to go do some shopping. I AM WAY EXCITED!!! You guys rock. Thanks so much :)

  10. Michelle says:

    I’m a teacher who commutes two hours a day. I leave the house at 6am and get home no sooner than 6pm. When I get home, making dinner is the last thing on my mind. This is a LIFESAVER!!! I made the August menu on Saturday in preparation for the school year. My husband already tried one of the meals (Chicken and White Bean Dish) and cleaned his plate! He was raised on meat and potatoes and uses the word ‘vegetable’ as a four-letter word. :) Not to mention that we usually eat two different meals – he won’t eat any of my gluten-free food. You’ve helped me serve my family a well-balanced meal when I didn’t think it was possible. THANK YOU!!

    • angela says:

      You’re welcome! I am so glad you are enjoying the meals so far. Have a wonderful beginning of the school year!

  11. Jessica says:

    I am the test cook for this particular menu – and I just wanted to come back on here to say how much I have loved this menu! My son and I were not all that excited about the balsamic vinegar dish, but we made it into a soup and it is perfect!

    We have also been adapting some of the recipes just a bit when we go to re-do them later on. We CAN have gluten and dairy, but there are certain days for religious reasons we do not have dairy at all; and I am just trying to cut back on the amount of gluten in general. And we always-always-always try to minimize soy (another item that seems to be in everything, meaning it can only bring eventual health problems – we just try to eat *balanced*).

    Long story short: if you are ok with dairy, just use the equivalent dairy item; otherwise, YES the coconut and almond options are also delicious!

    For the flours, just subbing in whole wheat flour when you are ok with gluten is fine; or really just about any grain. Different grains change up the flavor just a bit but that is the fun of cooking :)

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