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Gluten Free Dairy Free October 2013 Menu

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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!

If you like this menu you might want to check out all our past Gluten Free Dairy Free menus or in-season menus – October 2011‘s 0r October 2012‘s menus if you are looking for something different!


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.




**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!

Document Update

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 above labels will print four to a page and line up with Avery 8168/5168 labels or equivalent.


Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the October 2013 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 Meals 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.

Get Started

Are you new to Once A Month Meals 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!


33 Responses to “Gluten Free Dairy Free October 2013 Menu”

  1. Jenny says:

    The recipe for Santa Fe Quinoa says to add all ingredients -including fresh tomatoes – and freeze. Will the fresh tomatoes taste OK? Or is it better to add the fresh tomatoes after you’ve thawed it and you’re ready to serve?

  2. Deanna says:

    I’m new and wondering, since many ingredients are listed by the ounce, for example, do you recommend using a kitchen scale? If so, do you recommend any one in particular? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Deanna, most items are listed in ounces on the grocery list for easier purchasing while at the grocery store. However the recipe cards should convert to measurements you know. But there will be some instances like canned goods where it will be ounces.

  3. Deanna says:

    Hello, do you have any recommendation for kitchen scales? I am new and notice the measurements are often in very small units like 0.06 ounces. What’s the best way to measure this both in the kitchen and at the grocery store? Do you work with a kitchen scale and if so, is there one you particularly like? Thank you!

  4. Kerry says:

    When will the metric measurements be available? I’m *REALLY* looking forward to that because having to do the conversions for everything here in Canada is pretty time consuming.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Kerry, sadly metric didn’t make this update but we’re working hard behind the scenes to bring it to you very soon. Sorry I can’t give you a date just yet!

  5. kaye says:

    im new to oamm and didn’t realize there are many ‘meals’ on each type of menu where its really just meat. is there something im not getting as to how to make it into a full meal? we dont just eat meat or just meat and rice for dinner, but always with at least 1-2 vegetables. i thought that when it came to making dinner, i could just thaw out something, heat up, and it would essentially be done. please point me in the right direction on how to include more vegetables, side dishes, etc into this equation. im confused. thanks!

  6. Talia Wiacek says:

    The “Sweet and Sour Chicken Packets” directions are a little confusing; it states to lay foil square out but not how big or how many. Is this a foil pouch per meal or per person? Also, there is no sweet and sour sauce! BBQ instead, which I love! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes they are packets. I make mine roughly 12″ by 12″ if that helps. And yes thanks for catching that I have it changed to Sweet and Sour sauce now.

  7. Jenny Faletto says:

    I love the new menu formats….like, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. The new format will already make my life so much easier, thank you!! PS – this menu looks great, I’m so excited to try it. It will be my second time trying out a menu. Thank you, thank you!!

  8. Amber Berenz says:

    I think I am a little confused with this new format. Where are the serving day instructions? For example, with the Lemon Thyme Chicken, the thaw sheet tells me to bake it oven for 31 minutes, but I can’t seem to find mention of what temperature anywhere. I admit, I did really like having one page with the recipe and all the instructions and am a little bummed I have to refer to multiple documents to make one dish.

    Also, this might just be a bug with my computer or the new format, but when I click on the links above it does not always take me to the correct place (for example, I clicked on cooking day instructions and got the recipes again; I had to try some links a second and third time before I got the correct document).

    Finally, is there an option for saving these recipes as documents anymore (I don’t like to print recipes and tend to use my computer or tablet for instructions)?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Amber, yes the serving day instructions and temp should be on the labels. Yes we have had some feedback on including it on the recipe cards and are looking into it. There is not an option to save at this time, however you can through most browsers go to print and then choose pdf and save that way.

  9. Amber Berenz says:

    Thank you very much!

  10. Abagael says:

    a few questions…

    1. how do I save these as documents like last month? I really liked that I could download—I’m more of a eco-friendly paper-less person.

    2. is there a different way to print the recipe cards. Out of all the documents I like printing these, but they are regular sheet size format…any way to print them recipe card size?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Abagael, We have moved away from Google Documents in preparation for our next feature mix and match! You can save to your computer as a pdf by going to print and then print/save to pdf file. And the size of the cards is fixed for now but we can definitely think about adjusting size at a later date.

  11. Julie Johnson says:

    I just have to say that I love this new format. It is so much easier to use and basically it is click and print! Thank you so much for all your time and work on putting this together and making a lot of people’s life just a little bit simpler in this crazy and fun world.

  12. Matt Gower says:

    Each of the six buttons seem to open the wrong document. After clicking on each one, I ended up with all of the documents open but it was trial and error to find the one that I really wanted. Not a big deal, but thought I would pass it along for someone to look into.

  13. Crystal Miller says:

    just noticed that Feta cheese is on my shopping list. This however, is not casein free.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Crystal, yes that’s an optional topping for the balsamic chicken. I will see if we can note that in the list.

  14. shira rothschild says:

    Im confused on why I’m buying a pork tenderloin if we are making pork chops?

  15. Lori B says:

    I had my first cooking day two days ago! I do have some experience doing this type of thing though – I have cooked from Once A Month Cooking when it first came out in the 1990s. I didn’t wait for all the instruction emails which I thought were extremely helpful. But I wanted to thank you for all the support you get. What a wonderful idea. I’m already experiencing the peace that comes from easy meals and a cleaner house. We ate the Honey Balsamic Chicken over Rice and the Tomato Basil Soup. They were delicious. Thanks.

    • Katie says:

      Glad to hear you had a successful cooking day! Let us know how you enjoy the meals. And yes, nothing beats knowing that you don’t have to worry about dinner time though I can’t guarantee my house gets cleaner. :)

  16. Dai Manuel says:

    Freaking love this service!!! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you.

  17. Lori B says:

    The BBQ Chicken recipe is out. It says 80 oz bbq sauce. I have WAY, WAY, WAY too much sauce now. I checked out the link and its basically says 1 bottle of sauce (and it mentions Sweet Baby Ray) which is about 453 ml or so. AT the most it should read 32 oz.

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