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Traditional May 2012 Menu

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Spring is officially here and if your family is like mine, we’re busy with projects, tee-ball games, end of school activities, and trips to the park–leaving little time for dinner prep. But thanks to a day or two of freezer cooking each month, the hard work is already done and we can easily eat well and are less tempted to hit the drive thru.

May’s menu features many family-style meals. Maybe one of them will become a new favorite at your house?

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 Mini Menu) and 10th of May (10 Day Mini Menu) 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 RECIPE CARDS below.


Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Cookies



**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!

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 May 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 – May 10th 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 on the left side margin.
  • 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:

  • Lynn Baugh & Kim Wingard 

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 May 2009‘s, May 2010‘s or May 2011‘s menus if you are looking for something different!

29 Responses to “Traditional May 2012 Menu”

  1. Rebekah says:

    I think the potato quantity on the grocery list is incorrect.

  2. Rebekah says:

    I set for 2 and it is showing 2. Must be my error…

  3. amykay says:

    a couple of values appeared to not change on the grocery list when i switched to 3 – bananas and chocolate chips for sure.

    • Tricia says:

      Some values don’t change because we have to write special formulas for recipes that require eggs. It is hard to explain, but it should all work out.

      • amykay says:

        ok thanks! just got nervous :) looks like a GREAT menu and it’s going to save my life (or at least my sanity) in june!

  4. Maria says:

    Thanks for featuring our soup!

  5. Mrs. Gamgee says:


    I just wanted to say thank you for the work you do on these menus. I am just days away from the birth of our second child, and last weekend I made several recipes that I found on your site. I now have a 28 dinners in my freezer so that I won’t have to cook for the first several weeks after baby’s arrival. This site is a life-saver.

    • Kelly says:

      Best of luck with the new baby! We’re happy to help! Come back when you’re up for it or assign someone to do it for you!

  6. Tammy says:

    I am unable to figure out how to change the servings in the Google spreadsheet. Please help!!
    I was motivated to actually try this month to keep to our budget!

  7. Tammy says:

    Now that I’ve found how to work the Google spreadsheets :-) How can I delete a recipe from the menu and it automatically change the grocery list and chopping instructions?

  8. ninabean says:

    hi tricia thanks so much for this site and all the work you put into it! I have a question about the french toast casserole. In the freezing instructions it says to prepare as above. does that mean you bake it then freeze it and when your ready to eat it you bake it again? just want to make sure.
    thanks so much

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks Nina! The directions are a tad confusing, we can fix those. But prepare all the way to sprinkling the pecans on top. Then wrap and freeze as in the freezing directions. Then you are going to thaw it in the fridge the day before you bake and bake as directed. Does that help?

  9. Dana S says:

    I’m having problems with the link for the menu…I’m trying to download as an excel files, like usual, and its not coming up with the file extension, just a long line of tech garbage. Even tried as a csv and the same thing. Any way you can email it to me?

  10. Arlene says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love this site and just started using it last month. You have helped me love cooking which is something I have never done. The meals are good and such a time saver.

  11. Laura says:

    I love your site, but I have soooo many questions. I am VERY new to this. I’m looking at the french toast casserole, chili dog casserole, cocunut chicken with apricot sauce and crab & shrimp delight. They look delish! Do I just make them in large batches and freeze in freezer bags? Do they cool first?

  12. Mykaela says:

    I am slightly confused about the baked croussant sandwiches. Do you freeze them after baking? Or do you pull out of freezer, thaw and then bake?

    • Tricia says:

      For all the recipes on this menu you should see the “printable recipes cards” link where it has directions for making and freezing every recipe. The links are simply there for you to see the original source and to see if they are recipes your family would enjoy.

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