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TRADITIONAL April 2012 Menu

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Pam here! This April menu is exciting for me, as it marks a year of creating Traditional menus for Once a Month Mom.

Staying true to the “traditional”  format, this month’s menu is full of simple family favorites. As spring is officially here, I encourage you to take advantage of the seasonal produce that’s beginning to crop up and serve your pre-prepped freezer meals along fresh sides of steamed broccoli, roasted or grilled asparagus, or a green salad.

The Traditional menu is designed for the “traditional” or “average American family”. It is favorites you would find in a majority of kitchens across the country. If you aren’t the average american family you may wish to try out one of or specialty menus. 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!

**Stay tuned on the 5th (5 Day Menu) and 10th (10 Day Menu) of April as we have accompanying Traditional Mini Menus coming out then that you might enjoy if you are looking for a lighter cooking day or are just getting started with freezer cooking.

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!

Update: This menu is now available in Menu Builder in addition to the Google Docs below!  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 below labels in Menu Builder will print four to a page and line up with Avery 8168/5168 labels or equivalent.

Recipe Cards

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Grocery List

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Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the April 2012 Traditional 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.

Facebook Fan Party:

OAMM Facebook Fan Page Party – April 12 2012, 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST – We will be able to chat via video AND messaging during the event through FACEBOOK! How cool is that? We will be talking about the current month’s menus, answer your burning questions about freezer cooking and have fun getting to know one another. You can also see other past recordings from that tab as well. This is a great way to meet fellow Once A Month Mom’s or get your questions answered as you get started.

Instructions for viewing live-stream:

  • Go to the Once A Month Mom Facebook Fan Page.
  • Click on the “FB Fan Night” Tab.
  • Hit “view live recording” – If I am live streaming it will show you what is happening in progress. If I am not live streaming at the time, you will have the option to click through other videos that I have recorded in the past.
  • Enjoy!

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:

  • Rebecca Riehle -  I am a mom of 4 and wife to 1 who loves to cook, bake, sew and craft. I currently live in southern Arizona with my family. I’m from the South and love my southern heritage.
  • Jen Thomas –  is a SAHM of 4 boys aged 8yo to 7mo in Houston, TX.  She enjoys cooking, but hates cleaning so she loves making freezer meals and only having to clean up one big mess.  Her husband is just glad there’s always food in the house!

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!

Don’t forget you can always go back and use April 2009‘s, April 2010‘s or April 2011‘s menus if you are looking for something different!

28 Responses to “TRADITIONAL April 2012 Menu”

  1. Jessica says:

    Any hints on how to go about cooking 96 ounces of bacon if I am going to be doing the whole menu?

  2. Lora says:

    Thanks! I really would love to start more of a once a month cooking menu plan and I am hoping that pinning this post will inspire me to do just that! :)

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  4. Melanie says:

    Thank you so much for this website! I just printed out what I needed for April and will be going to the store tomorrow! I cannot wait to get started and take the daily pressure of “Whats for dinner?”!!

  5. Lin says:

    Hi! LOVING this site and I can’t wait to get started!

    The instructions have an error. Please advise! :)

    Step 4 says After Bacon Cheddar Biscuits have baked…

    Step 5 says While baking Egg Rolls, prepare Bacon Cheddar Biscuits…

  6. O's Mama says:

    Ok so I have never done this before, sounds like a neat option and want to try it… Thanks for having such an easy access website and it is so easily navigated, but now that I want to find something my brain lapsed and I can’t… Grant it, I have been on a couple of site so it is possible it wasn’t on here, but I think it was… Is there a document for seeing what is already in your pantry to help you in your menu planning/ shopping? Thanks for any help…

  7. Ashley says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love how organized and simple you make all of this. My culinary school trained husband even gives it a thumbs up to help our nights run a little smoother with 3 kids aged 6 and under at home and us both working full time! I am even taking a personal day from work to help us jump start. I am so happy to have found your site!

  8. Tanya M says:

    Just a note. For the egg rolls, the labels that you can print out give the instructions to thaw the egg rolls and then to reheat. In the recipe the directions say to reheat directly from frozen. Unfortunately, I think the discrepancies makes a difference in the outcome of the egg rolls. :(

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  10. Jen says:

    Just did the full menu yesterday for the first time. I’m exhausted! But, everything looks great and I think we will be eating well this month. Thank you!

  11. Megan says:

    Is there any Menus that are chicken free? My hubby is allergic to chicken and it is hard to find easy freeze meal plans that aren’t mainly chicken focused :(

    • Kelly says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Megan! We have a vegetarian menu that is meatless and has some great variety. Is he allergic to all poultry? I would suggest turkey as a substitute maybe?

  12. Kerry says:

    Do you think I could make the ham chowder in the crockpot?

  13. Jennie says:

    I’m confused because I tried to print the printable recipe cards and there were no recipes to print. Do I need to join something? Thanks

  14. Lisa Driscoll says:

    I’m confused. Why is it called once a month cooking, if there are only 8 dinner items on the April menu? Am I missing something?

    • Kelly says:

      Lisa, if you read on the first page of our recipe cards it explains how we do our menus. “The menu is designed for you to enter the NUMBER OF PEOPLE you are cooking for. The menu will yield you approximately 6-10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 14 dinners. Throughout the month you will be eating each entree 2 times. No, this is not enough to feed you for every meal, but it should be enough to get you most of the way, after all, we still do eat out or eat with friends on occasion. If you are willing to eat the same meals up to 4 times each month (lunches and dinners) you can double the number of people that you are cooking for and you will get the quantities needed for each. For example, If I was cooking for my husband, myself and my 2 children, I would enter 4 into the YELLOW box. That would give me what I need to yield 6-10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 14 dinners for EACH of us. If I was willing to eat meals 4 times in one month I would double the number in the YELLOW box to 8 and it would yield me 12-20 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 28 dinners for EACH of us! (That is A LOT of food!)” Does that help?

  15. Tikitacky says:

    Any chance you will create a vegetarian version?

  16. jill says:

    How do I prep the cheesy ranch lasagne for freezing? Any modifications?

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