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Paleo January 2014 Menu

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For a detailed explanation of why we arrived at this menu please see our 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! If you like this menu you might want to check out all our past paleo menus or in-season menus – January 2013’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.

Breakfasts

Paleo Sausage Kale Soup

Lunches

Dinners

**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.

Pinterest:

Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the January 2014 Paleo 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:

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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!

35 Responses to “Paleo January 2014 Menu”

  1. Lita Bledsoe says:

    I love opening the new menu each month. It’s like getting a present! Ohhh, what did I get this time! I’ve been doing OAM cooking for about 5 months now and it has revolutionized my weeks. As a work from home, homeschool mom, meal time has always been an afterthought and this is the first thing that’s worked for reducing the amount of time we spend eating out. I do have a question and a comment after having done this several times and cooking for a larger family. Many of the recipes don’t list nutritional information that I can see. Am I missing that somewhere? Is there somewhere I can find out calories and/or carb count on these? Doubling things for 7 seven servings often exceeds a “normal” pot size and container size is not listed anywhere that I can see, so it’s tough to gauge sometimes what size pot to use for recipes on cook day. It would be nice to have a time estimate somehow on prep day as well. It seems to have varied greatly for me and has been hard to plan. I’ve started blocking 2 full days (shop/prep and then cook) but it’s run pretty long a couple of times. ;-) Thanks again for all the effort you put into making this do-able. I’m having a blast with the swappable menus!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for the kind words Lita! I’m happy to hear that it’s helped you and your family so much. We only have nutritional information on the diet menu at this time. We’re looking to add to the other menus soon. And as for times and cooking equipment, those too are hopefully going to add that to the documents as well so you can get an estimate on your cooking day! So happy you’re enjoying the swappable as much as we are!

  2. Brandicj says:

    Hi, I have been on and off with OAMM and I want to put my Pro membership through a good cooking trial this month. Last year I cooked more than a few times for 4 people. My children are young and that made for lots of leftovers and each menu lasting way longer than 1 month. If I want to adjust, does setting the servings at “2” and then using fewer containers so that I don’t split each recipe into 2 meals make sense? In other words, 8 recipes cooking for 2 would yield enough for a couple to eat 8 dinners 2 times, or for a family of 4 to eat 8 dinners one time, right?

    • Katie says:

      Yes, you could certainly do it that way. I personally though would still cook for 4 servings to be more efficient and then you could package into 3-4 containers instead of 2. Either way though should work; it just depends on how much you like to keep in your freezer. :)

  3. Christie says:

    Really loved the ideas of the tostado bowls and shepards pie. But most paleo guidelines say no potatoes, butternut or acorn squash. I’m also trying to avoid starch to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Any other ideas?

  4. Chrissy says:

    Is there something on the site that shows me the month of meals on a weekly plan? Something like a schedule of what days to use the portions?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Chrissy, not at this time we do not. We know that each house is different in their meals and plans for the week. But we’re working on a post to show you how to implement a menu throughout the month so stay tuned!

      • Lita Bledsoe says:

        I actually use this site in conjunction with the plantoeat.com site that has the meal planner and shopping function. It is HEAVEN. I am able to import my oamm recipes there and create a total shopping list (not just for the monthly cook day), and just drag and drop the recipes into a menu that I print out each week. That way, I just put each of the dinners in twice and drag them around to whatever night I want to use them and it helps me keep up with what I’ve used and what I haven’t and to spread them out over the course of the month.

  5. Amy says:

    I am not able to create a customized menu. Every time I click on the “Create your own” button it takes me to a page that says browse customizable menus and then the cycle starts over again. Any suggestions?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Amy, can you email us at info at onceamonthmeals.com with what browser you are using and the version? There is something going on with Safari that we are trying to troubleshoot and fix asap. In the meantime, you should be able to use Chrome or Firefox and have no problems. Email us if you continue to have problems in those browsers as well. Sorry for the trouble!

      • Tricia says:

        I’m having the same problem with the Customizable menu loop. I’m using Safari so I guess I’ll have to try one of the other browsers. I just signed up with OAMM today so I’m hoping this is an exception and not the norm and that the Safari issue is fixed quickly!

        • Kelly says:

          Hi Tricia! Yes it is most certainly an exception we’re working very hard to remedy. We aren’t having any issues with Firefox or Chrome so if you have the ability to download one of those browsers in the meantime you should be okay!

  6. Vilate says:

    I too am not able to get to my customizable menu. My internet is slow and I am having trouble downloading another server. Sooo….I will be very glad when you have fixed the Safari glitch.

  7. Cindy says:

    I spent the past weekend doing my first once a month cooking extravaganza. It worked out really well, I shopped Friday, prepped Saturday and cooked Sunday. I was so motivated that I even cleaned out and defrosted the deep freeze on Saturday so I could put my new creations in a shiny clean freezer! It hadn’t been done in ages (won’t even venture to guess how long!) so that was a bonus! Can’t wait to see how this works out for us. Hubby and I both work long hours and every day I’m like “oh, I have to cook supper again today?” LOL! I think this is going to help immensely. Thanks so much!

    • Lisa says:

      Cindy – thank you so much for sharing with us! We absolutely love hearing how your cooking day went and how it continues to bless and your family throughout the month!

  8. debinkenya says:

    We did our first big cooking day yesterday with the paleo menu. It went fairly smoothly, but I have some feedback and questions. First, the sweet potato spinach burger recipe was not clear. I went to the original recipe and it was also a bit of a mess. “Chunking” the sweet potatoes was not a helpful descriptor (better to say dice? The intent seemed to be that the pieces were smallish to make a patty) and it is most helpful if, for all ingredients but especially meat, it is specified if it is cooked/browned or raw. Being explicit that than relying on the absence of a descriptor to mean uncooked or raw would be more helpful in the hectic full day of cooking when minds may be on overload with all the multitasking (especially for those of us with small children). I also wonder you have a means by which to print the number of labels actually needed for each item. For example, some things need 2 labels, but some things need 8. I don’t want to print the full page of labels 8x when I only need 8 for some of the items. Maybe there is a way and I missed it? Finally, it would be SOOOO awesome if there were measures for how much would go into each freezer container. The recipes say divide evenly, but when there are 8 portions, it gets a little tricky (and messy) to try and measure that out. I also wonder if, on the shopping lists, it would be possible to be a little more descriptive about amounts necessary. For example, we bought a head of cauliflower which was on the shopping list, but only needed 1 cup for the entire set of recipes. It would have been less wasteful to just buy a smaller, already cut up portion in this instance. It was a fairly smooth experience, overall, and we will do it again. I know now, though, that I really need to read through the recipes beforehand. Now to see how the month goes! Thank you for the service.

    • Lisa says:

      Deb – Thank you so much for sharing your big cooking day experience with us. We appreciate the feedback and always research suggestions and comments to give you the most productive cooking day possible! Enjoy your freezer full of meals!

    • amcclain says:

      I agree with this comment. I had similar problems and confusion.

      Also, I did not need all the beer for three sausage bacon wraps. That ingredient didn’t need to be multiplied as much, and it was costly to purchase.

      Overall, great process but sometimes the instructions aren’t as clear as I would like them to be.

      • Katie says:

        Thanks for the feedback Alisa! I will take a closer look at the Sausage Bacon wraps to make sure the ingredients are all correct. We always welcome feedback so next time you run across a recipe where the instructions aren’t clear, please feel free to let us know either here or by email at info at onceamonthmeals.com.

  9. […] consider the complexity of feeding a family while also trying out new and diverse recipes. Eating Paleo? How about a Sausage Kale Soup? Dairy and Gluten-free? How about a Cashew Chicken Stirfry? […]

  10. Misty says:

    I just finished my first cooking day. I am exhausted! My back and feet are killing me. That being said, I now have meals for the whole month for my husband and I, and I don’t have to slave in the kitchen again for another month!! I didn’t do the breakfast menu, but my start to finish including clean up was 9 hours. Not too bad for my first time! Thank you for this awesome site!

    • Lisa says:

      Misty – Thank you so much for sharing! Yes – it is quite an undertaking – but High FIVE! You survived! I totally agree, the fact that you don’t have to stress about wondering what’s for supper is so worth the back aches and feet hurting!

  11. […] sister-in-law Alicia and friend Katie last Friday, and the three of us cooked all day. We used the January Paleo menu from Once A Month Meals. Because we plan on doing this monthly, we bought the membership which […]

  12. caroline says:

    I did my first cooking day and absolutely loved it! I don’t usually enjoy cooking but this felt more like a project than cooking. The payoff of a full freezer was worth every minute! My family has loved having meals every night and I love not having to figure out what we are going to eat a 5:00 pm. I have one suggestion – it would be so helpful if the calories, carbs and fat could be listed by serving for these recipes when possible. Thanks for a this awesome new way to cook for my family!

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for the great feedback Caroline! Glad your cooking day went well. In the future we may be adding nutritional info to all of our menus (right now it’s just on the Diet recipes). Can’t wait to hear how you are enjoying the meals!

  13. Marsha Epps says:

    wow oh wow! So I just started a couple of days ago and for the sake of scheduling and such I started with the Jan meals not the Feb. Shopping day yesterday was almost overwhelming but I took the advice and shopped based on store ads/coupons. I went to my local grocer and saved $27 before I even started to cook and based on my store purchases I was able to get an additional 40 cents off on my gas fuel up for the coming week.

    It is Saturday and I am 1/3 the way through but what I love is the moments in which you can pause. Gave me time to have my darling husband load/unload the dishwasher so I can start again. When all is said and done I should be done in about 3 more hours. Then tonight..a nice dinner out and the tomorrow all my hard work pays off..what a gratification!!!

    Ok, cup of coffee finished..now for round 2!!! :) BTW it is just my hubby and I but I have figured that for all these meals…it is only costing us about $45 a week. That is HUGE for us! So I am anxious to see what this all brings in the coming months

  14. Stephanie says:

    I’ve now cooked most of the recipes and so far they’ve been easy and delicious! However I’m a little confused about the Cheesesteak recipe – am I supposed to just combine all of the ingredients and freeze without cooking?

    • Lisa says:

      Stephanie – yes – the ingredients are combined on your big cooking day. Then on the day you are serving, you will cook on the stovetop until the meat is done.

  15. Thanks so much for including my “Spicy-Sweet Bacon-Wrapped Brat Bites”!! What a yummy round-up! :-)

  16. svospette says:

    Made the sweet potato spinach burgers; I ommitted the rosemary. I really, really like these but they’re very light. I ran these through MyFitnessPal and they come up with something like 160 KCal.

    So: I’ll plan on eating two and using them as a lunch rather than a dinner.

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