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Paleo November 2013 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!

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 November 2013 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 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. Here is a little bit about this month’s test cooks:

  • Stacy Whitaker is a military wife and mom to three precious little girls. In her free time she loves trying new recipes, reading, and exploring Alaska with her family.
  • Carmen Thompson- I am a sales manager for a cosmetic manufacture. I attend school full time and I am studying alternative medicine. I have been paleo going on 2 years. I am to always strict and allow cheats but I try to base my weekday menu around paleo 100% strict.

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 “Paleo November 2013 Menu”

  1. Tara Sotelo says:

    Is there a reason why everything on the Paleo shopping list is in ounces? I can do the math (although 0.08, and 6.17 ounces might be tough?), but it will be a lot of work, and I was just wondering if you did it on purpose, lol.

    • Tricia says:

      Yes, we did this on purpose. Everything is in ounces because that is how you purchase it in the store. When you go to the recipe cards, you will see that the system calculates those purchased ounces into the correct measurement (teaspoon, tablespoon, cups, etc) that you need for your cooking. We hope this makes this easier to shop so you don’t have to guess how many cups are in a can or bag or whatever. Does that help?

  2. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE Once a Month Cooking. I have been doing a variety of it for almost 20 years. That being said, Could we see a little more variety. While I understand people are wanting to save money, so they buy more chicken. Our family doesn’t live by chicken alone. Beef is not that much more expensive than chicken sometimes less so if you buy direct from the source. In looking through the archives beef recipes are less than 13% of the total. Paleo has more vegetables than Sweet Potatoes so having more than half of this months recipes using them is a bit much. Food for thought!

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for the feedback Stephanie! We actually have an option coming soon for swappable recipes inside a menu so if you are tired of chicken or find a killer deal on pork, you can cook accordingly. We are also working on building up our Paleo database of recipes as it is the newest menu type and has less than the other menus. We always welcome suggestions of recipes you’d like to see as well- feel free to email us with links if you find something you just love!

  3. Amanda says:

    I can’t eat spaghetti squash. It doesn’t agree with my digestive system one single bit. Can I use rice pasta or something like that in it’s place and be able to freeze it? Or should I just leave it out of the Creamy Pumpkin “Pasta” with Chicken recipe completely?

  4. Malinda says:

    I second what Stephanie said! I know it is November and all, but I don’t want to eat turkey ALL MONTH LONG! I can’t wait to be able to swap recipes around to make menus that my family will love! THanks for all your hard work. September was my first month and my family loved it and I loved knowing that we had food ready for us. One thing I do like about the November menu is there are a lot of “thaw, reheat” recipes, which is great for busy weeknights! It is great to have the paleo menu, too! Thanks again!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Malinda! Swappable menus are coming- just a little bit longer to wait! And yes, I love the thaw and reheat recipes too. Makes dinner time so much easier. :)

      • Malinda says:

        Can you tell me when? Before next week? I am planning my cooking day for the 11th.

        • Katie says:

          I can’t give you an exact date- we’d hate to promise something and then technology fail us that day. I’d keep a close eye out between now and your cooking day though. :)

    • Emily Guffey says:

      If I remember correctly, the menus come out at the beginning of the month and are meant to be cooked at the end of the month. This is so we can take advantage of grocery sales all month long before our cooking day. What better month to have a turkey-centric menu come out than November? There will definitely be sales for turkeys and if you’re like me, you’ll wind up with an extra bird or two from the free-with-purchase offers that abound in November. Now, that does mean that December will have lots of turkey meals but you can keep meals in the freezer for a couple months at least and just spread those meals out more into January.

  5. kdlindy says:

    Can’t wait for the swap function! Love OAMM but am doing the Whole 30 so some of the recipes are not compliant. :)

    • Katie says:

      Just a little bit longer to wait! Is this your first Whole30? Both the May Paleo menu and the Oct Paleo menu are Whole30 compliant as well if you haven’t cook those yet.

  6. Anthea says:

    Thanks for a great menu and wonderful instructions to make it so easy! I have a question about the bacon amounts listed. The shopping list calls for 3.5 lbs. of bacon, but the only recipe including bacon is the turkey sweet potato hash which calls for .58 cups of bacon. Am I missing some bacon from another recipe?

  7. Anthea says:

    Ooops! I have found the missing bacon in the turkey soup. Thanks again for the great website!

  8. Aubrey says:

    Just FYI, the Paleo Turkey and Sweet Potato Patties are nowhere to be found on the Cooking Day Instructions. I didn’t even notice until the end of the day when I was missing a lunch item. As others have already noted, there are several turkey-and-sweet-potato recipes here, so it’s easy to glide over.

    This is my first month cooking, and I love the ease of everything being already organized, so I am more than thankful that you ladies do this! I tend to agree with the comments above, I’d love to see a little variety. There are some amazingly creative ways to cook paleo-friendly recipes that involve a plentitude of different veggies and meat. Give me more beef! ;)

    Again, thank you for all your hard work!!

  9. Tiffani says:

    I’m trying to plan my menu. Or when to eat what on the list. I’m not understanding how to do that. I see three breakfast items that serve 2 times to 4 people. Three items times twice means I only have breakfast for 6 days. See I’m confused. I chose the 4 people option to double my cooking and so that really gives me 12 days but there are 30 days in my month (I made a funny lol)This is my second month and I love it so far. last month I didn’t follow the plan or cook all the food so this is the first month really giving it a go. What am I missing? Thanks so much. Loving all the recipes my picky 16 year old doesn’t even realize I’ve swiched us to a Paleo Diet because he loves the food so much. Thank you so much.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Tiffani! Yes it can be confusing at first. You have a few different options. If you wanted, you could cook a full menu of breakfasts using our new Swappable menus (did you see the announcement earlier?!) Or, you could do a Paleo mini breakfast menu to help as well. The challenge is if you cooked enough for 30 breakfasts, lunches and dinners in one day, there’s no way you would get done in one day. So we try to find a balance and put the emphasis on dinner. Hopefully that helps some!

      • Tiffani says:

        Is there a simple formula? I thought this was a menu for the entire month. Is there a simple way to plan it for a whole month of meals breakfast lunch and dinner?

        • Katie says:

          Hi Tiffani! My best recommendation is to actually do the plan one month and see what’s lacking for you. Did you end up with too many lunches and not enough breakfasts? Prefer to do all dinners because the breakfasts lasted longer than you thought? It’s hard to make it simple until you know what doesn’t work about the plan. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

  10. Megan Nelson says:

    I’m having a hard time locating mustard greens for the sweet potato turkey hash. Do you have any suggestions for a replacement? We’ve recently switched to a paleo lifestyle & this is only our 2nd month doing OAMM so I’m not sure what to try.
    P.S. We are loving the swappable menu & the move from google docs!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Megan! SO happy to hear you are enjoying the move away from Google Docs. I think you could sub kale, spinach or collard greens for the mustard greens and it would work great

  11. OOAL Moms says:

    Hi! Thanks for the great service…just cooked my first month’s recipes yesterday with some friends and had a note for you. The Paleo Turkey and Sweet Potato Patties call for cooked ground turkey, and when we assembled them they wouldn’t stick together. Having made similar patties before I know they would have worked much better if the ground turkey was not pre-cooked. (Which would require an update to the recipe and the prep instructions). Rather than scrapping that entire meal, we adapted and used our extra sweet potatoes (we ended up with a ton of extra sweet potatoes) and made a layered casserole out of the patty mix. Looking forward to a month of great food :)

  12. Faith says:

    I am so looking forward to the swappable menus, as we get our meats from a CSA, so I don’t have a choice in what meats I have that month. For that matter, most of my veggies are from a CSA as well, so it makes it interesting. What I have been using is the recipes and then just scaling them up

  13. Megan Nelson says:

    I made most of the menu over the weekend but I’m having trouble finding mustard greens for the sweet potato turkey hash. We have recently switched to a paleo lifestyle so can you recommend a good substitute for the mustard greens?

    This is our 2nd monthly cooking. So much work but so worth it! I agree with the other commenter too on the turkey & sweet potato patties. I couldn’t get them to stick together either and was thinking it would have worked if the turkey wasn’t already cooked? I ended up just leaving it & will probably use as a salad topping or mixed with eggs or something.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Megan, yes it seems like a few people are having a hard time with mustard greens. You could sub kale, spinach or collard greens for the mustard greens. Let us know how it turns out!

      • Malinda says:

        I used a bag of greens I found at Walmart of all places. It was mixed greens- collard, mustard and turnip greens. It turned out great!

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  15. Malynda Green says:

    With the new swappable menus (which I ADORE) is there a better way to make sure I’m swapping paleo dishes in than typing “paleo” in the search? It seems like I’m missing out on a lot of choices that would be paleo but don’t have the word in the title. I’m still learning paleo so having to go ingredient by ingredient through a recipe and figure out if it is ok doesn’t work very well for me.

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