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Whole Foods August 2013 Menu

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First of all, this isn’t for the grocery store Whole Foods, it is a menu for those that want to spend more time making their meals from scratch. For a detailed explanation of what is involved in creating this menu we have a post welcoming you to this menu. 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!

Is your family making the transition to whole foods in 2013? Or maybe you have set a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier in 2013? Or perhaps you find yourself curious about the whole foods/real food lifestyle? Whatever the case may be, you should consider following last year’s year-long journey to help families transition to real food if they so desire through Get Real 2012!

If you like this menu you might want to check out all our past Whole Foods menus or in-season menus – July 2011’s or July 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.

Ginger Yogurt Parfait with Cinnamon Pears



Sauteed Summer Veggies and Quinoa


Add Ons

**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 August 2013 Whole Foods 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.

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!

15 Responses to “Whole Foods August 2013 Menu”

  1. Rebecca Christy says:

    I’m curious as to why, on the spreadsheet, it says that each recipe is meant for one toddler. I know that I can adjust the recipe for more people, but why does it say a “toddler”? Are the portions smaller? Will one recipe be enough for an adult?

  2. Megan says:

    I am looking to buy a years subscription. However, I am not sure if I should choose between the Paleo or Whole foods. Would I be able to switch if I was unsatisfied with one or the other?

  3. Carolyn says:

    Just had my first OMM cooking day yesterday. Messed up and accidentally cooked ALL of the ground beef because I didn’t read all of the recipes thoroughly. So, I ended up making the chili burgers into a casserole using all the same ingredients. Will let you know how that worked out. We just had the Spicy Thai Basil Beef for dinner. It was GREAT! The portions were a little off for us. WAY too much rice left over and not quite enough of the meat/bean mixture. I would probably use 3/4 of the rice and and another lb of beef if I were to make it again. This has been a really great experiment so far!

  4. Michelle says:

    I was interested in signing up, but am a little confused about the menus. What’s posted for each is the menu for the whole month or a sampling? So for the dinners, I only see 6 dinner recipes listed. Am I making each dinner 4 times, so I am offering up the same meals each week for 4 weeks?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Michelle! This post should help to answer some of your questions http://onceamonthmeals.com/ive-got-some-serious-questions-about-this-once-a-month-cooking-thing/ but yes you are making double of each meal eating it twice throughout the month.

      • Michelle says:

        I went to the link and saw that there are 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 15 dinners. How do you come up with these amounts when I only see 3 breakfast recipes, 3 lunch recipes, and 6 dinner recipes listed here on this page. Thanks for your help! I just want to understand what is going on before I purchase the plan :)

        • Kelly says:

          Hi Michelle! The post explains that each recipe card is calculated to yield you TWO meals per card. You are essentially eating each meal twice throughout the month. Does that help? The 15 breakfasts essentially means that the breakfasts tend to last longer since you’re not eating as much, for example muffins or pancakes will yield you more meals because the recipes make more. But I’ll change that wording since you are correct the math isn’t exact.

  5. Tam says:

    Hello! I just joined and I have a question. I believe I read in the “getting to know the plan” info that you are to buy/plan/purchase during the course of the previous month for the upcoming month Wouldn’t that mean that the September menu should be available during the month of August for preparation/planning?

    I appreciate your help. Thanks!!

    • katie says:

      Hi Tam, we plan the menus around the seasonal items for each month. So, when we release the Sept menus on Sept 1st, it will have produce on it that is in season and less expensive during the month of September. You can cook at any point during the month but some people like to shop all month long vs doing a big shopping day. I personally just do a big shopping day but I might miss out on a certain meat being on sale that way. Just a personal preference on how to spend your time. If you are wanting to get started cooking now, you could start with the August menu and just do a big shopping day this month. Then when the September menu comes out, you will be ready to shop all month long for it. Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions!

  6. Susan says:

    Hi. I’m trying this for the first time. I am currently making ground beef in the crockpot and it doesn’t smell very good. I bought the beef yesterday-really nice, organic, grass fed ground beef and I didn’t notice any smell when putting it into the crockpot. However, since the crock became hot it has had a funny smell. Not at all like browning on stove. My crockpot tends to “run hot” with shorter cook times than the recipe calls for.
    Have you noticed a difference in smell with this cooking method?

    • Tricia says:

      I will say it doesn’t smell as good as browning ground beef, but never a real rancid smell. I think it is just a “different” smell then you are use to. Make sure that the meat gets to at least 165 degrees and you should be just fine, especially if your meat was fresh.

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