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Traditional November 2013 Menu

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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 our 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! If you like this menu you might want to check out all our past Traditional menusor in-season menus – November 2009′s, November 2010′s, November 2011′s or November 2012′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.




**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 theTraditional 2013 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.

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:

  • Christina Niemeyer- I am a part-time from home working mother of 2 (ages 5, 1), volunteer and military wife.  I am a very busy person and LOVE that cooking once a month gives me sooo much extra time and $$ with/for my family!  My blog is Please Don’t Puke On Me: http://pleasedontpukeonme.blogspot.com/
  • Tessa Morris- my name is Tessa Morris. I am a mom of 5 ages 7 and under. My husband works the evening shift and we homeschool during the day.

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 “Traditional November 2013 Menu”

  1. Michelle says:

    I signed up as a member this morning and am SO excited to try this. I used to go to one of the stores here that give you the ingredients and instructions to make several meals at once to freeze and use throughout the month, and I stopped because it was expensive and I couldn’t buy my own (organic, if I wanted to) ingredients. I often thought how awesome it would be if there was a service that provided the recipes, shopping lists, and instructions so I could do it all myself at home. Now, here you are! Hurray!

  2. Marcie says:

    Hi there!! Getting ready for my Nov. big cook day and ran across something I wanted to check out with you all to see if I am missing something. The amt. of flour called for on the shopping list is 16.82 ounces (for a 4 serving menu). I find that the cheesy chicken and broccoli takes 4T, the Chick pot pie soup takes 0.25C, and the Cranberry Orange pancakes take 3C. My math is terrible, but I don’t think this adds up right….can you help and make sure all the other ingreds are correct before I have to run back and forth to the grocery store~~Thanks so much!!!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Marcie! Conversions on cups vs ounces is different with flour than a normal liquid conversion. 16.82 ounces is a little over a pound of flour. I went ahead and double checked that it is accurate for you. Have a great shopping day!

      • Marcie says:

        So i guess I am confused on how to measure then….Do I weigh everything instead of using measuring cups and spoons? I know I have seen a conversion chart somewhere on OAMM, but could not find it today is that what I need to be going by?? OR I guess maybe what you are saying is that 3c plus 0.25c and 4T equals 16.82 ounces if I was to weigh it!!!! Think I got it now….sorry I am a newbie at this :-)

        • Katie says:

          Hi Marcie! I think you got it! We give you the weight because when you go buy flour at the store, it is typically sold in pounds/ounces. So instead of trying to figure out how big of a bag of flour you need for 4 cups, we give you the ounces. Then, when you go to cook you use the cups, tsp, etc since that’s obviously more common to cook with. Hope that helps! :)

  3. Natasha A. says:

    Hey there! Does all the wine cook off in the resling ham recipe? We cannot have alcohol? Thanks

    • Katie says:

      Hi Natasha! Yes, the wine will cook off. However, if you wish, you could use a cooking wine with almost no alcohol content or you could use chicken broth or white grape juice instead. Either of those would work!

  4. Caroline Morris says:

    Is there a way to get prep for just one, two or more of the meals?? How do I use the documents if I DONT want to make all the meals

    • Katie says:

      Hi Caroline! What you are looking for is swappable menus and they are coming soon!! You can read about it here-http://onceamonthmeals.com/membership/join/ Hang on just a little bit longer. :)

  5. Andrew Rondeau says:

    I’m disappointed that the label sizes changed. I finally broke down and bought the previous size labels last weekend (usually I just write on the bsgs), and I used a few sheets for this month meals before the new changes came out. Now I have a nearly full package of labels I can’t use and I gave to buy new ones.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Andrew! I’m sorry- the label change was a surprise to us as well last month when we moved to the new system. One suggestion is you could write on the package of labels you have to finish it up. Not the same or the point I know but it would at least keep from wasting the package.

    • Tracy says:

      Same thing happened to me. Also, I don’t like the size of the new label… seems like a lot of wasted space AND they won’t print correctly. They print high and left, off of the label.

      • Katie says:

        Hi Tracy, yes it seems there is something going on with the alignment of the labels. We are looking into it so we can get it fixed asap.

        • Charisse says:

          Very frustrated that I went and bought these labels and have now wasted almost half of the pack because they still aren’t printing correctly.

        • Katie says:

          I’m so sorry Charisse! Can you email me at info at onceamonthmeals.com with what they are doing? Maybe a picture of how they aren’t lining up? We’ll see what we can do for you. :)

  6. Tracy says:

    Hi, I had problems with the labels lining up properly last month and am having the same issue this time. I have the correct Avery 8168/5168. The information prints too high and left on each label. Suggestions?

    • Katie says:

      Tracy, can you email me with what browser you are using? It sounds like we need to do some adjusting and would like to troubleshoot with you. My email is info at onceamonthmeals.com.

  7. Deann La Terre says:

    My husband doesn’t like the chipotle sauce. I substituted tomato paste and chili powder. It turned out great. Not spicy all. I couldn’t find a small roast so I used so I bought what they had. 4+lbs. I put all in the crock pot today. Served for dinner. We have leftover and will freeze 1/2 for to reheat later this month.

  8. Deann La Terre says:

    Broccoli is only used in the Cheesy chicken. The shopping list says 8 heads. I bought 4 bunches. I haven’t yet made this but I think one will be enough. I guess I’ll be making some cream of broccoli soup this week.

  9. Deann La Terre says:

    I now see the slow cooker Sesame Chicken has broccoli too. I haven’t yet put that together either. I ran out of time on my coking day.

  10. Katherine Shepard says:

    I’m so glad that swapping has come out! I’m loving it so far. Is there a way to add a couple more recipes to the menu?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Katherine! No, there is not a way to add recipes as we don’t recommend more than 15 recipes in one day. We don’t want newbies getting over excited and then regretting their entire decision to freezer cook. I would know- I tried to do 22 in my first big cooking day and it was WAY overwhelming. I obviously didn’t get finished lol. Glad to hear you are enjoying Swappable!

  11. Jenks.shannon@gmail.com says:

    So I don’t know where else to post this, but I’m a little sad with the new format. I totally love the print to PDF availability, as it is way more user friendly and visually appealing. On the other side, this means that I am unable to download the menus and save them for use in later years. We are just a family of 2 right now, but planning on having kids. This means that I will then have to do all the math myself if I want to come back and use these items that I have purchased for personal use. That is my sadness over this. The Google Docs were slightly cumbersome, but at least I could save them and adjust at a later date. We also may get a nanny, in which case I’ll need to be feeding 3 adults, thus needing to come back and get the menus that I already have again. If I purchase recipes, I want to be able to use them forever and this format doesn’t really allow for that. Just an opinion.

    • Tricia says:

      Shannon, yes, change can be hard, but we believe that when you really dig into the new system you will both enjoy it and realize that some of your current interpretations are incorrect. You can save your menus as a Pro Member. You can save up to three of them now (and possibly more in the future). You can then come back and change the servings for your saved menus. Likewise, even if you are a basic member you can save the pdf’s for future use. I would also like to clarify that you are not purchasing recipes, you are purchasing all of the documents that have calculated your grocery lists, chopping lists, instructions, etc. Our recipes will always be free and can be found here: http://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/. We also do not delete or deny you access to menus past or present with membership. Find a menu you like but aren’t a member currently? Bookmark it and come back later when you are a member. I hope this helps with some clarifications, we always encouraging email us and more questions can be answered here: http://onceamonthmeals.com/membership/faqs/.

  12. Robin Tyson says:

    I love the panini sandwiches. How do you keep the bread from getting mushy when it’s reheated?

  13. Jane Applegate says:

    Many of the recipes I am trying to swap out are incorrect. How do I go about notifying someone of the problem?

  14. Jane Applegate says:

    Is there a way to add 2 of the same recipe when swapping? We really like some recipes and know that we want more of them.

    Also is there a way to omit a recipe all together instead of swapping? I am limited on time and would like to cut out some of the recipes entirely to make for a more manageable cook day.

    My last question is will all the prior menus eventually become swappable? One of our favorites is from last June and would love to swap it.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Jane, right now there isn’t a way to add more than one of the same recipe. It’s not something we’ve considered yet but I do see your point. You could always increase serving size to make more but it would obviously make more of everything. I will add it to the list of things we look at in the future. Pretty soon you will be able to delete a recipe instead of swapping. In the meantime, you could do a mini menu- we have a few that have 6 recipes (most have 5). And yes, we are working behind the scenes to get prior month’s menus and recipes into the system. We already have back to August 2013 in so if it’s the June 2013 you are looking for, it shouldn’t be too much longer.

  15. Christina says:

    Hi! I am a new member to the site and looking forward to my cooking day (this coming Tuesday!). I am not sure where to post general questions, so I thought I would try here… I am curious if some of the “crockpot” recipes could be cooked first and then frozen? Some days I have very little time and would love to just microwave or put in a pot to warm up on the stove. If so, how would I know which would work? I have tried the crockpot before but I am gone from the house for ~10 hours and most recipes can’t cook that long in the crock pot. Thanks for the advice.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Christina! Feel free to always ask questions here, on our FB or by email at info at onceamonthmeals.com. To answer your question, you can cook almost any slow cooker recipe ahead of time and freeze. Obviously it’s hard to do that on a big cooking day if you have 7 or 8 slow cooker recipes but you could spread it out over a weekend. Hope that helps!

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