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Whole Foods February 2014 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 2014? Or maybe you have set a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier in 2014? 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 – February 2012′s or February 2013′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 RECIPE CARDS below.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Breakfasts

Lunches

Dinners

Honey Pork Chops

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!

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.

Pinterest:

Are you a person that likes to see the menus visually? Perhaps you should check out the February 2014 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. Here is a little bit about this month’s test cooks:

  • Jen Freisen – I am a work from home mom to a 6 and 4 year old.  I work hard to feed my family whole real foods and I love having some go to meals in the freezer when I need them! You can check out what I pack for my first grader’s lunches at http://packedmylunch.blogspot.com/
  • Mary Smith - A neighbor once called me a foodie – just because she caught me in the middle of my once a month cooking. But OAMM helps expand my time to enjoy my teaching, golfing, and family time – life outside the kitchen.
  • Kari Romine - I am a stay at home mom of 3, and I love to cook. I strive to feed my family healthy, quick, and inexpensive meals, and once a month cooking allows me to do that with out spending all day every day in the kitchen.

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 February 2014 Menu”

  1. Cindy says:

    Made the bacon cheddar chowder yesterday. It is to die for!

  2. JHL MOM says:

    Do you think that you will be making your whole foods section a little more “from scratch” in the near future? I’m noticing processed items and I guess I was hoping to not have to do my own substitutions and finding recipes for those types of items because I’m also not seasoned in the “whole foods” area, but we’ve been slowly trying to clean out our pantry and get rid of processed and non organic foods. A few examples this month that I’ll be looking to switch out are all purpose flour, vegetable oil, hot sauce, Dijon mustard, and sandwich thins. I’m new this month to OAMM, so I’m just trying to figure out if this is going to be a fit for me because I’m now seeing that I’ll have to add on a separate grocery list, recipes, and cook time for these type items.
    Regardless, I’m hoping this site will help me, but I’m just wondering if this is something that is in the future or could be considered.
    Thanks!

    • Katie says:

      We do try to do more “from scratch” on the whole foods menu- for example, you should see 2-3 add on recipes a month that have you making things like your own tortillas, hamburger buns, etc. However, when doing a full menu, it becomes challenging to make everything from scratch during the same day due to time constraints. You might enjoy doing a “mini” cooking day and stocking up on some basic ingredients in your freezer to be ready for a big cooking day. For example, you could keep chicken broth, yogurt, taco seasoning, hot sauce, etc on hand. Most of those “Add on” recipes are in Menu Builder already so you could create a whole menu just for those. See the recipes here- http://onceamonthmeals.com/oamm_meal_type/add-ons/.

      • JHL MOM says:

        Wonderful! I just briefly reviewed your add-ons link and I think it will be very helpful. I agree, I think a mini cooking day will do the trick! Thank you so much for your help!

  3. JHL MOM says:

    Another question, sorry! We do smoothie’s for breakfast, so I’m not needing as many recipes on menu builder and I know I can swap it out, but I would rather just not have the excess. If I delete a recipe, does it delete it from my database entirely, or just from my saved menu? Basically, I want to make sure I could use it later if I ever wanted, but would rather not have the extra recipes to make when not necessary for the month.
    Thanks for your help!!

    • Katie says:

      Oh, it just deletes it from that particular menu. You still have access to the recipe. Just take care not to delete more recipes than you mean to because there is no way to add slots back. You have to start back over. Not that big of a deal for some but it can be frustrating if you don’t know. :)

  4. Holly says:

    I have never in my life eaten bok choy. Can someone give me an idea of what this tastes like? I have a feeling it’s really similar to cabbage in flavor, but I’m not sure. Since I can’t eat cooked cabbage (I can’t bring myself to eat something that smells that bad), can I get some other suggestions for substitutions or replacements – if, of course, my assumptions about the flavor & scent are correct?

    • Lisa says:

      Holly – You can certainly just omit the bok choy. I was hesitant in the beginning when I first tried as well, I found it was a milder taste that cabbage, but lends a nice texture variance to your other vegetables.

  5. Mitzy says:

    I’m having trouble trying to get this menu to open up in the Menubuilder. I’ve treid starting here and clicking on the “Create My Own Menu…” button; I’ve also tried starting in the Menubuilder and selecting the menu from the Recipe Box. Neither way is working.
    Thanks for any help!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Mitzy, are you using Safari as your browser by chance? We are having trouble with some versions of Safari but are in the process of troubleshooting. If you could upgrade your Safari to the most recent version or try using Menu Builder in Chrome or Firefox, you should be able to access it. If you continue to have trouble, please email me at info at onceamonthmeals.com so we can troubleshoot with you! Sorry for the trouble!

  6. Kimberli says:

    I have printed everything off and ready to start prepping tonight. Just wanted to let you know that the labels did not print 4 to a page though. They printed only 2 to a page. Not sure if I did something wrong.

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for letting us know Kimberli! It seems there is something wrong with labels on a certain browser or printer setting that we are looking into.

  7. Hayley says:

    I have just been informed that bought and have already frozen the Roasted Salmon recipe with smoked salmon instead of whatever salmon I was suppose to get. I have never bought or cooked salmon before, I had no idea I had gotten the wrong thing. Any advise on if I can still prepare the Salmon according to instructions or would I be able to alter in some way? I would really hate to throw it away. Thanks for any help.

    • Katie says:

      Oh, that’s a tough one. Smoked salmon is going to have a different flavor and doesn’t actually need to be cooked. Maybe just allow it to come to room temperature, then remove the salmon from the sauce. You could warm the sauce on the stovetop then serve with the bok choy and mix in the smoked salmon on top. I’m not sure how it will taste but give it a try before you just throw it away.

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