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Traditional October 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 – October 2009′s, October 2010′s, October 2011′s or October 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 the October 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 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:

  • Maggie Kennedy – I’m a 29-year-old mother to four amazing, spunky kids, aged 1, 4, 7 and 9. I work full-time as an accountant (commuting about 2 hours/day in Denver) and my husband works very long hours, so as you can imagine, I don’t have a whole lot of time to cook dinner during the week (or think, or sleep. :) ) However, I love to cook, and I really value being able to feed my family nutritious, home-cooked meals. Freezer cooking is the solution, and I’m not sure how we ever lived without it! I can come home from work, stick something in the oven, take the kids around to their activities, and come home to a good, hot meal. I love it!!

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!

78 Responses to “Traditional October 2013 Menu”

  1. Annette Rosendahl says:

    So excited to see the new changes … but the links to the actual recipe card/ prep instructions/ etc. is not working. Is it just me?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Annette! I just checked on my side and it worked. Are you signed in? If you are and it doesn’t work, clear the cache in your history and then let me know if it works!

      • Sheri says:

        I, too, am excited about the new changes…but I am having the same problem as Annette. I am logged in and cleared my history as you suggested. It is still not working. When I click on the links, I get an “Oops! Sorry about that, something went wrong” message on the page.

      • Annette Rosendahl says:

        Works now! Thank you so much for your assistance. I can’t wait to try some of these new recipes! :)

  2. Nicholele Williams says:

    Hi. I’m logged in an the links aren’t working for me either. Thanks!

  3. jpaviles says:

    Doesn’t work for me either and I cleared the cache. Does this only work on certain browsers? I’m using IE 10.

  4. Ipodmom says:

    Hi–same thing here–can’t print the recipe cards :-(

  5. Erica Ellis says:

    Same problem, I’m logged in and I’m getting an “Oops, nothing found in menu builder” screen for everything.

  6. Marcie says:

    WOW!!!! This is B E A U T I F U L……..the changes seem to make things so easy and streamlined. I just became a member last month and have yet to do a big cook, but “gearing up”~~LOL!!! The new format is great and am looking forward to saving myself LOTS of time in the future. ONE QUESTION…..I change my servings from 4 to 6 I need to have leftovers for hubby to take in his lunch. I know the instructions say to use 2 8×8 pans, but seems to me things are going to fit better in a 9×13 for 6 servings, should I buy the bigger pans??? Thanks for all the help!! Your menus and new format are AWESOME!!!!!!!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks Marcie! We think it’s beautiful too :) Yes I do the same in that I bump my servings some to cover for extra leftovers. You can most certainly buy the bigger pans and I do that often. It’s just that 8×8 pans typically fit better in smaller freezers and can be cheaper if you buy the foil ones in bulk. But go right ahead! Thanks for your membership!

  7. Patricia Smith says:

    I cleared my cache and it is working for me. I am new to the site and I have to say that the measurement amounts really bother me, why would you list 1.12 cups of something, what is that? why can’t you list things like 1 1/4 cup? is there a way to change the way it is displayed?

  8. Julie Hanson says:

    Do the labels no longer fit on the 2″ x 4″ shipping label size?

  9. Angela Brenneman says:

    In prior months I could download the recipes and then only print the ones I wanted to make (I am big on mixing and matching from various menus). This doesn’t seem to have that capability? I don’t want to print all the recipes if I’m not going to make them–seems like a waste of paper. Is there a way to download? When I try to save it the only options are as a webpage complete or as a webpage HTML doc.

    Maybe I’m missing something? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      There isn’t currently a way to edit the online docs. Once we update to Pro with mix and match, you will be able to select only the recipes you want and have all of the supporting documents respond accordingly. http://onceamonthmeals.com/membership/join/ You can always try printing them as a .pdf to your computer.

      • Alesia says:

        This is my issue as well I dont do breakfasts and lunches only diners and while this months recipes look pretty good I dont need the breakfast and lunch recipes. I dont mind coming up with my own grocery list but I hate using more printer ink and paper then I have to.

        • Kelly says:

          Again just around the corner, once we update to Pro with mix and match, you will be able to select only the recipes you want and have all of the supporting documents respond accordingly. http://onceamonthmeals.com/membership/join/

        • Melanie Roum says:

          When you print, you should have the option to select specific pages to print. I LOVE the menu AND the new format, thank you!!! This has cut down on the amount of time it takes to do the whole project start to finish. Well worth the money spent, again THANKS!

    • jpaviles says:

      If you save the file as .html on your computer and then open the html file into Microsoft Word you will be able to edit the documents. Word transforms .html files perfectly.

  10. Jen Erhart says:

    I just want to share a freezing trick I use for casseroles or layered dishes (i.e. lasagna or shepherd’s pie): I get disposable steamer tray pans at Sam’s Club (they are roughly the same size as a 9×12 baking dish, but a bit deeper). They come with foil lids. I write the name of the dish, date, and any directions directly on the lid with a permanent marker before freezing. The lids make the pans more easily stackable in the freezer.

  11. Wendy Brunell says:

    These look awesome! Is there a way to download the entire group at once or am I missing it – i.e. the shopping list, recipes, labels, etc. all in one package? I can download each one, of course, but was just checking!

  12. Toni Cremer says:

    LOVE the new changes. So much easier to use now.. Been with you from the beginning and i cant wait for the Mix and Match.. I always pull meals from all the different menu plans and mix and match is going ot be awesome.. :) thank you for all you do! :)

  13. RuthMae Johnson says:

    Is there any way to bake from frozen without thawing the entrees that say ‘thaw in fridge”? I forget to take them out of the freezer ahead of time.

  14. BonnieEbert says:

    Love the new format! Does anyone have a good substitute for pork chops? We are a kosher family. I normally use chicken breasts but was wondering if anyone had any other ideas…..veal? Lamb? Some sort of beef? Hubby is getting a little chickened out,lol, I could eat it everyday. Thanx

    • Katie says:

      Hi Bonnie! I think you could use different cuts of beef depending on which recipe. The sticky honey pork chops could be a good marinade with a beef steak such as sirloin. On the Pork Chops and rice I think chicken is your best bet but maybe lamb could be good? I don’t personally eat lamb so I’m not sure. I’d love to hear others feedback. If you try the steak sub, let me know how it turns out!

  15. Alana Esterman says:

    hi there! love the new set up… maybe im not looking in the right place but i found the sheet with what to serve each meal with as a side useful… where could i find that now? thanks

  16. Diana says:

    I just started using OAMM last month and bought the other labels you recommended a 100 sheet pack was the only one I could find in the specific size you recommended), any chance you can provide that print option so I don’t have to buy more labels? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Oh no! We’re sorry Diana but it’s not an option at this time. Is there a way you can take them back?

      • Diana says:

        Nope. I had asked in a previous post before buying anything how soon it would switch and was told it wasn’t going to be for a while. Pretty big bummer that your site recommends one thing and then changes without any warning. Any way you can post a version of it that I can at least copy/past individually (though that was sort of the point behind paying for this subscription.)

        • Kelly says:

          Diana, again my apologies. We didn’t know the labels would change until last week either it was news to us. Unfortunately with the new system I can’t do that. If you email me at kelly at onceamonthmeals.com we can see what we can do.

  17. Diana says:

    Also, will previous months be converted to this new way of doing documents?

    • Kelly says:

      Yes Diana we’ll be going back and providing the “widget” to those posts as we enter in the data to the system. However the google docs will still be there as well.

  18. Tonie says:

    Love the new format and really looking forward to Pro!

  19. Diana says:

    Looking forward to big cooking day in about a week!! I was wondering why on the shopping list it tells me I need “XX ounces” of spices – can’t it just say how many teaspoons or tablespoons like it does on the recipe card? Is there a way I can change the measure on the shopping list so it is more user friendly? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      It’s not to make it difficult, it’s simply because it’s easier to buy the spices in ounces than teaspoons when at the grocery. They are converted to tsp and Tbs on the recipe cards however for easy measure.

  20. donahuemom#5 says:

    LOVE the new OAMM thank you thank you thank you, sooooo much better :D

  21. Melanie says:

    WOWIE ZOWIE….Everything is working great for me! I love it. CONGRATULATIONS!

  22. Sarah says:

    I’m having trouble printing the labels, only 2 show up on each page . . . I’ve checked out the Avery site for printing tips, etc but haven’t come up with a solution yet. When I save the file as a .pdf I get the same with only 2 labels per page. Am I missing something? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  23. lmbowman says:

    So everything is HTML now? Nothing prints out on its own page anymore? Is there a way we can vote to go back to excel or pdfs?

    • Kelly says:

      Leslie, I’m not sure what you mean by “prints on it’s own page” all of the resource documents print separately. You can print them to pdf.

      • lmbowman says:

        What we mean is when we printed the documents last time each recipe card was it’s own page….now when you print the document from the html you can have the end of one recipe and the beginning of another on the same page…any suggestions?

        • Katie says:

          Hi Leslie, we are working on correcting that but in the meantime I was also able to adjust the margins in my print preview and get the recipes on the right pages. Looks like you found a solution through word as well.

        • Kelly says:

          Leslie, do you mind emailing me at info @onceamonthmeals.com with what browser you are using so I can see if there is an issue? Some recipes may go longer than one page, but new recipes should always start on a new page. I can’t recreate the error on my end so I’d like to see if there is a bug we need to look at.

  24. Cynthia Scott says:

    I am about 1/2 way through this menu and it’s been great. I don’t see a baking temperature for the rainbow chicken. From the link on the original recipe it says 425 degrees but it’s not on the label.

  25. lmbowman says:

    I ended up copying it from the webpage to a word doc and then going through and putting each one on an individual page..

  26. Amanda T says:

    Just finished my cooking (broken into three days). So excited about everything! We try to incorporate homemade versions as much as possible (homemade BBQ sauce, bisquick and tortillas) I usually pick the whole foods menu, but this one was too good ton pass up. Everything we sample was amazing and we ended up eating the French bread pizza for dinner with company. Love the new style, this was the first time I printed everything.

  27. Melanie MacIntyre says:

    I really like this new format. It has already been a TON easier and all I have done is read over the menus and print out what I needed. The only thing I would love to see changed is the Amount & Measure on the shopping list being compatible with the recipe. For example, the shopping list might ask for 2.3 lbs of ground meat & the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of that meat and another recipe calls for .75 lbs of that meat, etc. If you decide to only cook one of those recipes, you sometimes don’t know how much meat to buy. October looks great! Thanks.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you Melanie! Yes coming soon when mix and match comes available you can pick the recipes you want and not have to guess. :)

  28. Stephanie says:

    I love this new format! I only have one suggestion. I’m currently printing my recipe cards for next month and it’s like printing a book! Is there any way to make them so that each recipe only takes up one sheet of paper like it did before? Otherwise, I’m thrilled! Thanks for the changes :)

    • Katie says:

      Hi Stephanie, we are working on a solution but in the meantime, you could adjust the margins on the print preview page. Or you can change the percentage to 90% and that should help too. Glad to hear you like the new format!

  29. Brooke Baker says:

    I’m new and I was wondering when the November menu comes out? I thought I read somewhere that the menus would come out ahead of time.

  30. Erica Beyea says:

    Love the new look!

  31. Charlotte Helms says:

    Anyway to get it into google docs. I don’t print but the labels and just bring up the doc and read from the iPad, IPhone, or laptop.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Charlotte, it is not available in google docs anymore but you could print to a pdf on your computer if you don’t want to actually print them.

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