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Paleo October 2013 Menu (Whole30 Compliant)

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For a detailed explanation of why we arrived at this menu please see our post explaining what we mean.  This menu is also Whole30 compliant.  If you want to follow Tricia’s Whole30 journey, you can read the posts here 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 October 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.

  • Candice Storm: I am a work outside the home mom of 2 active boys, who are 8 and 7. We are a family on the go with sports, outdoor activities, friends, and family. I have a long commute so being able to have something ready for those busy nights is a lifesaver.

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!

85 Responses to “Paleo October 2013 Menu (Whole30 Compliant)”

  1. Karen Apfeldorf says:

    Is there a way to get the new documents as PDFs? Instead of URLs? I like not using google docs, but these new files don’t seem like they are downloadable to my computer and that I will have to print out lots of paper. Am I missing something? Thanks.

  2. Amanda says:

    Just wondering how long after I pay for membership that I view the documents? I still get the ‘buy menbership’ page when I click on recipe cards, instructions, etc.

    • Kelly says:

      Amanda, try logging out, clearing your cache in your browser and logging back in. Access should be immediate. If you continue to have trouble please email me at info at onceamonthmeals.com

  3. Tara Sotelo says:

    I love the new format! I can print it from work now. :) It’s also in a very friendly font, lol.

  4. Julie Vaughan Kent says:

    just checking–when I look at the bacon acorn squash patties it says 4 cups of cooked and diced bacon? That seems like a lot even for a double recipe?

  5. Alexis Kastner says:

    I love the new layout! It is so much easier to read. I’m not seeing PDF as an option when I go to print or save, it only gives me the option to save as a complete webpage or HTML. Is there a way to save as PDF?

  6. Christina says:

    Does this really need 4 cups of almond flour per serving? Seems a bit extreme.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Christina, yes you’re correct I just adjusted it down. The original recipe called for 4 cups of whole almonds and to make it easier on cooking day we changed it to almond flour, but the quantity did not get adjusted. It should be correct now. Thanks!

  7. Grace Gouge says:

    I’m excited to be finally planning my monthly cooking. One question though. We don’t have the capability to use a slow cooker, since our power comes from the sun, and slow cookers use a lot of electricity. Any other options to do the same things with these recipes?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Grace! Anything that goes in the slow cooker could also be baked or cooked on the stovetop depending on what recipe it is. Soups obviously on the stovetop, meat is usually better in the oven. Does that help?

  8. jpaviles says:

    Are the green chili turkey burgers spicy? I didn’t try the green chili burgers from August because I don’t like spicy so thought I would ask this time before I skip it. Thanks for an awesome menu.

    • Kelly says:

      I personally don’t think they’re too spicy. My boys eat them up! I just will use the mild chiles though just in case.

    • Robin Peterson says:

      Hi JP, I love spicy foods but my DH does not. So to resolve the conflict, like when I make these burgers, I will use half of the green chiles for me, and half the same amount in bell peppers for him. And then just label them for each of us. If your whole recipe needs to be toned down (but not completely heatless like bell peppers will do), you can use a milder chile, like a cubanelle or a poblano. :)

  9. Emily says:

    Okay, just so I’m clear (this is my first time doing this!), on recipes like the salmon on this October Paleo menu, we just come up with a side dish to serve with it? Make a salad or something?

  10. Jill Dull says:

    It appears that the ** in the meal listing are missing. If I’m reading the instructions correctly, lots of meals are throw and go this month which excites me. I’m starting to plan for my 2nd OAMM cooking day and having a lot of throw and go meals should make it a lot easier.

    Here is what looks like throw and go to me at quick look: Veggie bfast prep, broiled salmon, chicken on spicy side, crispy nut fried chicken, turkey burgers, pot roast, pork chops, london broil and meatza.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes sorry we missed that and I have added them now! Have fun!

      • Jill Dull says:

        Turkey burgers and meatza don’t seem to require any OAMC Big Day cooking either. This is a very simple month! I’m wondering how long it will take most people to complete.

  11. Deirdra says:

    Hi – On the London Broil recipe your instructions read to freeze the marinade first and then to also put the marinade over the London Broil – which I can’t do if it is already frozen or separated – I usually marinade my meat before freezing – I’m guessing that is a typo? Thanks!
    Excited to try this menu out – looks delish!

  12. Megan Nelson says:

    Where does it list the temperatures for cooking the meals? I am not seeing it on the thaw sheet?

  13. Christine Andrews says:

    Hi Kelly. I like the new formats and printout options. However a couple of suggestions.

    I don’t do the entire cooking day thing. I’ve amended it to fit my needs so would be helpful if thaw instructions were on the recipe cards so that I can see level of difficulty on serving day. I usually gauge which recipes I will use based on serving day instructions.

    Also for printing the labels, it would be great if I could choose which labels to print. I don’t do the entire menu so it would be great to choose which ones I want printed instead of having to print all of them.

    Great update. I tell all my friends about your site.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Christine! Thanks for the feedback. We’ve actually had quite a few people who would like to see the cooking day instructions back on the recipe cards so we are looking into making that happen shortly. :)

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  15. Jill says:

    I had a huge problem printing the new labels. They were all over the place, only printing three or four labels per page leaving lots of wasted labels. I have a mac, so maybe there was a formatting problem. Any way to fix this?

  16. Joanna L says:

    I’m shopping for my big cooking day today and cooking tomorrow. I’m excited!

    • Katie says:

      Yay Joanna! Good luck and let us know how it goes. :) We also love seeing pictures on Facebook if you have time.

      • Joanna L says:

        On a few recipe cards, it’s seems some info is missing? For example, the meetza ole doesn’t describe what kind of pan. I had to go to the source recipe.

        Also, the bacon is split- some cooked, some raw, but the cooking day instructions don’t say which on to use.

        • Katie says:

          Thanks for the feedback Joanna! I fixed the pie pan on the Meatza so now it reads correctly. On the bacon, if the ingredients say cook and diced Bacon, that means the bacon that has already been cooked. If it just lists bacon, that means the raw bacon. We may need a way to call that out more clearly as I can see where in the middle of a cooking day it might get missed.

        • Joanna L says:

          So far everything I’ve served has been awesome! The only change I’ll make for my family is to bake the crispy chicken instead of fry it. I can’t stand the smell of fried food for days after, but I’m thinking it should bake up just fine.

  17. Sharlie says:

    I’m a newbie! Going shopping today! (Can you tell I’m excited?) I have a couple of questions about the grocery list. It says 12 medium onions and then it lists 8 red onions, 2 white onions, and 2 yellow onions. What kind of onions am I buying 12 of?
    Also, is it correct that I’m buying 56 eggs total? Thank you!! :)

    • Katie says:

      Hi Sharlie! Can you let me know how many people you are cooking for so I can verify the numbers for you? If you prefer to email me, send it to info at onceamonthmeals.com. Thanks!

      • Jill says:

        This is the amount of onions listed for serving 4 people. I’m guessing that the 12 medium onions could be yellow?

        • Katie says:

          Hi Jill! On the 12 onions, you can buy any onion you prefer. I usually buy yellow because they are often on sale at my grocery store. I see that it does read confusing- we will work on condensing onion type so it’s easier to read. But yes, all the other quantities are right- I just double checked them for you. :)

  18. Kyllie says:

    This is probably a very silly question, but are these menus supposed to supply you with one dinner a night for an entire month? I’m just doing the math in my head and it seems a little short if that is the case.

  19. Faith says:

    Hi Katie
    I finally joined since there was a Paleo option and we have recently gone Paleo (or are attempting). I have a couple of problems.
    I can’t find the ziplist link on the older recipes, since there were only 3 breakfast recipes (& breakfast is a big issue in our house); I really wanted to put recipes there to do my shopping list and can’t get it to go. Also, I buy our meats from a CSA (really good, grass-pastured, local, no antibiotics, etc.), so I don’t get a choice on what I get; you get what you get, so picking recipes that match the meats we receive is important to me.
    also like Jill, when I print the labels, its only printing 2 recipe labels per page- I mean one label whole 30 breakfast casserole and one veggie breakfast prep label. not 4 copies of each, just one label each. I also have a Mac.
    I really like the new format; thank you. Its much better than the old spreadsheet one.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Faith! The mix and match recipes is coming soon so that will help both your meat option as well as having more breakfasts if you want. We are no longer a ziplist partner as we will have a way to save recipes in our system in the future; however, in the meantime you can use the Ziplist bookmarklet to add any recipe online to their system. http://get.ziplist.com/web-recipe-clipper/ Thanks for the heads up on the labels- we will look into that and see what’s going on. It’s all a work in progress but we are happy people are enjoying the new format!

  20. Sarah Barker says:

    I cook for 8, so my results may be different than the average user, but the acorn squash bacon patties didn’t need all 8 eggs. It would have made them soup if I’d used that many. I only used 4 and probably could have gotten away with only 2. There was so much liquid in the squash already (and I pressed/drained it).

    Otherwise, so far so good!

    • Katie says:

      Yes, eggs are so tricky when you multiply recipes. Thanks for the feedback! Glad you hear you are enjoying so far. :)

      • Sarah Barker says:

        It’s been fantastic! The folks at my local grocery store are highly amused when I come through shopping for a month of food for 8 people! I cook for my family of 5, plus leftovers for my daycare (another 4-6 toddlers) so 8 is the perfect number. Thank you so much for this!!

  21. Jill says:

    I’m preparing for my big cooking day and in reviewing the recipe cards I came across a potential error. Crispy Nut…looks like you only need 2 quart size bags not 8. I see that the gallon quantity was updated from the original posting, but not the quart.

    Thanks for fixing the other bag quantity issues.

    Oh, and it would be helpful for the files to have an updated date and maybe a list of updates so that people that print the files early in the month don’t necessarily have to reprint them to get the corrections.

    Thank you! This will be my second OAMM attempt and I hope it goes better than my first. It was a long day, but has proven well worth it!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Jill! I just changed the quarts to reflect 4 instead of 8. It would be hard to get that much flour into just 2 quart bags so you will put two quart bags into each gallon bag. And updated date is a good idea; I’ll look into if we can do that very easily. We are focusing all of our time on mix and match right now so it may take a little bit to see that change. Good luck on your big cooking day!

  22. Ana says:

    Hello- Was wondering if there may be a possibility of creating a Paleo “Side-Dish” Menu? As a newbie Paleo family I have found that the meals are lacking and I am clueless on what to replace all those potato & starch sides we use to eat.


    • Katie says:

      Hi Ana! We don’t have one yet but it is in the works. It seems there are lots of people in your shoes so we are working on it being sooner rather than later! :)

  23. Derek says:

    In the shopping list I see a section called serving day. Is this a list of ingredients in addition to the shopping list? For example it says 18 eggs, is that in addition to the 28 I need for a family of 3? I also see avocados which aren’t listed in the main shopping list. Maybe I’m missing something.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Derek, yes that is in addition to the other ingredients. That way, if you want to wait to purchase the avocado, etc so it doesn’t go bad you can.

  24. kimberlyd says:

    Hi, I cooked the whole menu a couple of weeks ago and it has been great. The only thing that didn’t work out was the sweet potato breakfast egg casserole in the crock pot. The sweet potatoes should be shredded, not diced, and the bacon should be pre-cooked. Or raw ground meat should be substituted for the bacon. Thanks for all your hard work; it has saved me a ton of time in the kitchen.

  25. AzInsuranceLady@gmail.com says:

    Can I find ghee and coconut aminos at my “regular” grocery store? If so, what area(s) should I look in.


    • Katie says:

      Most big stores carry both coconut aminos and ghee now. Generally it can be found in the ethnic aisle. If not the big stores, you could try one of the more natural grocery stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s (or the equivalent of those where you live). If you end up finding it, let us know if it’s somewhere different than the ethnic aisles.

  26. Julia Corbin says:

    Hi – not being able to edit the shopping list on the computer is a real pain. I already have about half of the ingredients – now I have to copy what I need into a separate shopping list instead of just deleting from the Google doc.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Julie! One thing you could try is converting it to a pdf then highlighting what you already have. I promise we are working on other solutions but right now, our number one priority is getting mix and match completed. Hope that helps a little in the meantime.

  27. Brandy Carlson says:

    I am loving this once a month cooking! I do have one suggestion though. On the shopping and prep list, is there a way to put the recipe name out to the side of the item? That way, if I know I am not preparing one of the recipes, I can easily find those ingredients on the list to cross them off without having to refer back to the recipe all the time. Thank you!! We have used all our meals from last month and I am ready to get my freezer full again :)

    • Katie says:

      So glad to hear you are enjoying it! I will certainly add your suggestion to our list. It’s a fine line between being helpful and cluttering it up too much, you know? Keep an eye out because there are new updates coming VERY soon too that will help if you aren’t making one of the recipes. :)

  28. kdlindy says:

    How do I measure .13 teaspoons? 1/8th t?

  29. kdlindy says:

    Paleo Pork Chops with Sauteed Pears and Onions

    6 tablespoons! chop Thyme, Fresh

    I had to go to the recipe to get the right quantity.

  30. PAMELA WILSON says:

    I recently switched from a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle to Paleo and you guys just made my life so much easier. Not only do I not have to think about what I can and can’t eat you guys have everything planned out perfectly. Every recipe I have tried for October has been absolutely fabulous and I love that most of the recipes are pretty simple in terms of ingredients. Absolutely loving OAMM! The only thing that threw me off for my first OAMM cooking/prep day was that you had 12 onions listed then you had 8 red, 2 white and 2 yellow (which also equals 12. I thought it was a type or something wrong with the programming, but I actually needed 12 additional onions!

    Also, do you guys have plans on integrating with Cozi.com so I can download my shopping lists in Cozi? I was surprised/disappointed you didn’t do this already since I discovered you guys from their website.

    • Katie says:

      We do not currently have plans to do anything with Cozi but you never know what the future might bring! Thank you so much for the great feedback- I’m glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed the recipes so far.

  31. Joanna L says:

    Did the nut and herb fried chicken twice- first time fried and not a fan. I don’t like the smell of fried food. Tonight, I did them as nuggets and baked for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. Much better!!

  32. vabvive says:

    The Turkey Burgers were a huge hit from this menu – I love these. They’re very easy to cook right from the freezer, too.

    Another favorite that I’ll tweak and continue to use is the slightly spicy crockpot chicken. I’ll dice the chicken thighs next time and may throw in a touch of andouille sausage to give this a more ‘jambalaya’ taste and feel. The family happily gobbled this one up!

  33. Jessica Nichols says:

    Ugh. The breakfast casserole w/ sweet potatoes was an epic fail.

    It said to cook for 4-6 hours in low. I took mine out at 4hr 15 minutes and even removed the crocks from the cookers and put them on cooking racks. But my casseroles were both burnt. The onions all turned grey. It LOOKS disgusting.

    They don’t taste that wonderful either. I tried rescuing some from the middles, but the amount if onion is just overwhelming. For 6 people it gave me 7 1/2 c of onion. That equates to almost 2/3c per serving.

    It was a salty, oniony, grey glop. I threw the whole thing in the trash. Almost $30 worth of ingredients.

    I seriously want to cry.

    • Katie says:

      Oh Jessica! I’m so sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you. I am going to adjust the serving size because I do think it is a little low right now and that’s why it’s giving you so many onions. In regards to the cooking time, that is what the original recipe has you cook at as well- http://www.twochicsandablog.com/paleo-breakfast-casserole-with-sweet-potatoes-in-the-slow-cooker/. I wonder if your crockpot cooks higher than normal. I know I had one for a while that didn’t “slow cook”; my chicken would cook in an hour and it was always dried out so I ended up just getting a new crockpot. Just a thought if it’s something you are having trouble with along the way. I am truly sorry it didn’t work out for you- I hope the other recipes turned out better. :)

      • Jessica Nichols says:

        I did think about wether it was my particular crockpot, but I used two different crock pots to cook it. Since my portions are for a family of 6, it didn’t fit in one crock pot. Both crock pots were burnt. :/

        I’m thinking the ideas is a good one, but like a previous poster, I think the bacon needs to be pre cooked at least partially and and I wish I had read the original blog first, I definitely think the potatoes and onions would have been better if sliced thinner through the food processor rather than diced.

        I also think I’ll make it in the oven next time. I just don’t think eggs need to be cooked for 4 hours.

        Definitely worth another try, but I thought I’d warn anyone else trying the recipe to check doneness BEFORE 4 hrs.

  34. Ugh. The breakfast casserole w/ sweet potatoes was an epic fail.
    It said to cook for 4-6 hours in low. I took mine out at 4hr 15 minutes and even removed the crocks from the cookers and put them on cooking racks.

    • Lisa says:

      I am so sorry this recipe didn’t work for you – I am checking with our test cook data to see if there are adjustments that need made. We certainly appreciate your feedback, as it allows us to better serve you!

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  36. Hi JP, I love spicy foods but my DH does not. So to resolve the conflict, like when I make these burgers, I will use half of the green chiles for me, and half the same amount in bell peppers for him. And then just label them for each of us. If your whole recipe needs to be toned down (but not completely heatless like bell peppers will do), you can use a milder chile, like a cubanelle or a poblano. :)

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