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Valentine’s Date Night Mini January 2014 Menu

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It is traditional for couples to flood local restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but have you ever considered a date night in? You may be wondering why anyone would want to cook their own romantic dinner. Here are a few reasons I like eating in sometimes:

  • Save money – The food is cheaper and no you might be able to skip the baby sitter if your kids have an early bed time.
  • More intimate – No busy, noisy restaurant to talk over. You can just cozy up on the couch and chat…or not. :)
  • Health – For one thing, I’m a bit of a germaphobe this time of year, and eating out is top on my ick list. But maybe you or your significant other are trying to stick to a strict diet like Paleo or Gluten Free, and you don’t have a lot of options when eating out.
  • Busy Season – A busy season at work, nursing newborn, new home – whatever it is, staying home can relieve some of the stress. For me, my dear husband was born on Valentine’s Day, and I’m throwing him a big party on the 15th this year, so we probably will skip out traditional B/V-Day date.
  • Bonding over an activity – Cook together! Make it part of the date. Or cook ahead and get two date nights out of it.

So if you’re convinced, how do you make it work? There are two menus in this mini menu, and each contains a main dish, side dish, and dessert. You can pick your favorite for Valentine’s and save the other for your next date night (because let’s be honest: everyone needs more date nights!). As I mentioned you can make the cooking part of the date, or you can do it all ahead of time and surprise your Valentine. Break out your fanciest plates, light some candles, pop open something bubbly, and enjoy your special evening!

What are Mini Menus? Mini menus are a fraction of the meals you would see on a normal menu and can be completed quickly and efficiently in a few short hours, in the evenings when you are preparing the meal for dinner or during small bursts of times like naps. Mini meal plans are designed for the busy family who wants freezer meals in their freezer but doesn’t have time to do a full months worth of meals. 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 (or don’t like) this menu you might want to check out all our past mini menus!

If you like this menu you might want to check out all our past Mini menus.

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.

Flank Steak for Two

Meal One

Meal Two

**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!


Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the Valentine’s Date Night Mini January 2014 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:

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!

3 Responses to “Valentine’s Date Night Mini January 2014 Menu”

  1. Jackie says:

    I’m concerned about 22 tomatoes making 4 cups of diced tomatoes. Is that correct?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Jackie! If you are using the roma tomatoes it calls for, it should be accurate. One roma tomato equals about 0.19 cups of diced tomatoes. If you purchase larger tomatoes, you obviously need less. Hope that helps!

  2. Jackie says:

    Ok, thanks! The Roma tomatoes around here must be enormous. I think we got about a half cup or a little more out of one tomato in the last menu. I’m glad I asked because now I know they come in different sizes! I can’t wait to make this menu. Deeeelish!

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