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Introduction to the Whole Foods Menu

Welcome to the Whole Foods Once a Month Meals Menu

Pure and simple.  Isn’t that what we all strive for in life? Why shouldn’t it be the same with the food you eat? It’s the fuel for your body and mind, so why complicate it? The Whole Foods Once A Month Meals menu is here to help you achieve just that: simple meals with unprocessed, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients while still keeping your valued time in mind. Whole Foods can take more time to prepare, but they are worth every minute you spend, and you will not be disappointed with the end result.

Types of Food Included

This menu will focus on simple ingredients and as little to no processed foods as possible. The menu will help you to look in more detail at the items you purchase from your local stores.  Simply put, we will strive for no GMO (genetically modified organisms), no HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), and no artificial ingredients in this menu.

We encourage you to get organic and as local as possible produce.  Sometimes we will encourage you to buy natural/organic items instead of making your own due to time, resources, season, etc. but there will be add on items to make yourself.  Again this menu will take longer than the other menus to achieve a month worth of meals.

 

Breakfast Recipes – 3

These breakfast ideas will help everyone start their day off right with a full belly. There will also be a recipe that you can use for those lazy mornings when you want something a little more hearty.

Lunch Recipes – 3

Lunches will be hearty yet light to get you through the peak of the day. They will be as family friendly as possible to keep everyone happy! A majority of the time these meals are geared to be served cold or to have minimal prep on the stovetop or microwave. If they needed heated they will be in readily available means that are quick and easy, for example microwaved. This way, whether you are feeding the family at home or preparing a meal at work, you don’t waste the lunch hour in the kitchen for your food to be prepared.

Dinner Recipes – 6

Dinner will be a good variety for you to choose from. There will be a good blend of meat and meatless variety to keep you and your food budgets feeling good.  There will also be a mix of seasonal produce in each menu.

Once A Month Meals Etiquette

As we move towards having a Once A Month Meals Whole Foods section, please be aware that there are other menu options that DO include processed foods and/or foods that you would not find to be Whole Foods friendly. However, we are one community geared around freezer cooking. So be mindful of others and that their ways may not be yours. Also note that if you subscribe to Once A Month Meals that you will also receive recipes from the other menus and therefore those recipes may not be geared to Whole Foods, feel free to skip pass them or to adapt them to your Whole Foods lifestyle.

Whole Foods Once A Month Meals Format

the menu is formatted in such a way that can be easily customized to the number of persons in your household. Each menu will be originally formatted for ONE person. If you are cooking for one, you’ll love this! Of course, all the recipe ideas will be healthy enough for every member in your family so the menu, grocery list, and recipe cards can be easily formatted for the exact number of people you are cooking for. To adjust the menu, grocery list, and recipe cards for quantity, look for the YELLOW BOX on each document and input the amount of people you’ll be cooking for. For those in your family that require additional calories, you can easily fill them with extra side items and snacks throughout the day.

If you haven’t heard, we are diligently working on a brand new system with updated menu resource documents that are cleaner, easier to understand, and ON-THE-SITE with no more need for Google Docs.  If you aren’t a member yet, now is the time because all current members will get the new upgrades at NO additional cost!

80 Responses to “Introduction to the Whole Foods Menu”

  1. Laura says:

    This is SO EXCITING!!! I was just searching around yesterday, looking for healthy OAMC recipes, and thinking how so many of the supposedly healthy ones are still full of super processed stuff (fat free cream of mushroom soup, anyone?) My CSA starts again in a couple of weeks, and I love finding new ways to use the offerings in my box, but I will love even MORE having things that are pre-prepped or can use up large quantities that we might receive.

    THANKS!!!

  2. Semalee says:

    I’m excited about this! Thanks for all you do!

  3. Nicole says:

    I am so excited about the whole foods menu! Thanks for adding this option. :)

  4. Amber Nish says:

    I can’t tell you how excited I am for this!! I have been wanting to go more whole foods for a little while and with 5 kids, freezer meal cooking is a great way to go!! Love this site, and the newest addition of a Whole Foods section will certainly help in my quest for healthier eating:)

  5. christy says:

    I have followed this site for about a year and used many of the recipes. I have a family of 8 plus my grandmother now lives with us (on hospice) so this has beena life saver.

    When you added the diet section I was even more excited because I just joined weight watchers. But with that came the awareness that I needed to look more into clean eating. So you can imagine how tickled pink I was to see this. Whole Food eating on one of my favorite blogs? OH YEAH BABY!!!!!

  6. Clara says:

    I am very excited to add to my inventory of freezer friendly, whole foods meals! Thanks for working so hard to bring us variety and healthy options for our families! I was dedicated to Once a Month Cooking for a while, and fell off the wagon after our last move..I know this will help re-energize my monthly cooking and bring back some of the peace to meal times we enjoy when I cook in advance :)!

  7. Lauren says:

    I am so excited for these menus and the gluten free menus. With a kiddo with allergies, we have found our way back to clean whole foods less processed meals. I am searching for a new chest freezer so that I can make a whole menu and not just a few meals at a time. Right now my freezer is packed so full that we can’t make ice, the ice maker has food in it. Off to the Sears outlet to see if we can find a good deal. Really excited about the new menus coming soon!!! Thanks for everyone at OAMM hard work to offer such great options to other moms and families out there.

  8. Jessica says:

    Very excited!

  9. Jackie says:

    This is great! I’m hoping to see lots of vegan meals (or some that can easily be modified to be vegan). Thanks for all you do!

    • Kelly says:

      Jackie, yes some of the Whole Foods items can be adjusted for vegan meals. However stay tuned to OAMM, there will be a vegetarian menu coming soon which I know can be adaptable to vegan!

  10. stephanie says:

    very nice to have this available now that the farmer’s markets and CSA’s are starting back up again. Thanks.

  11. Laura says:

    Is there any idea on ETA? I had already made up my mind that I was going to start eating whole foods when the CSA started (so I can eat down our freezers/pantries, etc first and not waste all of the stuff I have already cooked and stored!) This is PERFECT, but I’m hoping it will come out sometime soon!

    • Tricia says:

      The first Whole Foods menu will be out May 1st! :) And will continue every month from that point forward.

      • Laura says:

        YEAH!!! I’m doing a major Happy Snoopy dance over here, lol. The CSA starts on April 21, so May 1 will be perfect! You don’t need a tester in the meantime, do ya? Do ya? ;)

  12. Shannon says:

    Can’t wait!!

  13. SO excited about this — I’ve been using several of the traditional recipes you share but making my own modifications for a whole food diet. EEEK! Can’t wait to see the first menu.

  14. oh amanda says:

    SO EXCITED about this, Tricia!

  15. Heather says:

    Cannot wait for this menu to start!!! We actually bought 1/2 of a grass fed cow that will be delivered from a local farmer next week for my new deep freeze. Cant wait to start filling it with other great healthy stuff too!!!

  16. vicki says:

    I am so excited to hear this. Like a reader above, I was excited to see the Diet OAMC because of starting WW. Now I really wanted to incorporate clean eating. I have just joined a local harvest group and will be getting fresh veges. Thanks for all you guys do. Keep up the great work.

  17. Laura says:

    I was about to delete you off my google reader. Thank you, I know I will use this menu. Looking forward to May 1st!!

  18. Gretchen says:

    Well, I was planning on doing this myself and offering it to others for free because I pretty much already do Whole Foods Freezer Cooking but you beat me to it. Looking forward to seeing what you have.

  19. Jenny says:

    Can’t wait for the new whole foods menu. I can see us doing a combination of that and the other menus. What a great idea!

  20. Pamela Lopez says:

    I have a whole foods 5 minutes away, and a CSA every 2 weeks. Sounds perfect.

  21. Pamela says:

    I can’t wait! This is how I and my family eat, for the most part, so I’ve had to pick and choose through many of the recipes on here to find dishes that fit my family’s diet. Some recipes I’ve found in both the Traditional and Diet menus are fairly easy to adapt, but it would still be great to have a whole foods focused menu.

    That said, I think my family’s favorite recipe from this site so far was the Chicken Divan from a few months back. With canned cream soups galore, its pretty far from what I would consider whole foods, so I don’t make it for them often. I would love to find a way to put that recipe through a redux!

  22. I’m excited about this, too! Whoo hooo!

  23. Tricia says:

    Oooh, a Whole Foods Menu every month come May? That sounds fantastic! I will be too pregnant to try the entire menu, but I will be picking out a few recipes to try.

    Many thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Congratulations on your little one! There will definitely be some great recipes to stock your freezer before the new arrival!

  24. Heather says:

    I’m SO excited to hear about this Whole Foods Menu and can’t wait until it comes out in May! I have been doing freezer cooking/couponing/meal planning a ton lately to help reduce my grocery budget, but I don’t love cooking with many processed ingredients. I’ve tried to modify some of the recipes in the past, but haven’t always had too much luck! Can’t wait to give the May menu a try! Thanks for all of the hard work that is put into this website. There are so many of us who are very thankful for all that you do!

  25. lara says:

    thank you for adding this option! often times make ahead meals include canned soups and processed gunk.

  26. Teresa says:

    I’m so excited about this! I just found your site last week and my husband is on a huge whole foods kick, we have a big garden planned this summer (our seedlings are doing great) and I plan to take advantage of the local farmer’s markets this year, I can’t wait for May, thank you for providing this…will you also have recipes for preserving harvested foods for the winter when fall comes?

  27. AllieZirkle says:

    This is a great start to the new Whole Foods section. I love how you write, your style is easy to read and just flows. Looking forward to May 1st!

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  29. Wendy says:

    I just found this website and am even more thrilled now to hear about the whole foods menu. This is how I cook and look forward to more recipes. Thanks!

  30. bridget says:

    Thank you so much for doing this!!!!!! I’m happy to test recipes if you need someone. My household is just two people, but I always cook for four and freeze in twice the containers.

  31. Kathy says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am looking forward to OAMC with whole foods!

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  33. Gina says:

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited for this menu – and JUST IN TIME – as baby #3 is due in the next couple weeks so I’m going to be trying theses out ASAP

    • Kelly says:

      Congratulations on the newest addition! And I think Tricia has said that cooking days have been known to help labor along if you need it ;)

  34. nickie says:

    Hello
    i have just found and subscribed. And I am having difficulty figuring out how to insert 4 into the interactive menu plan. it just will not take the number.
    thanks,
    Nickie

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  36. Elizabeth says:

    I have just been exposed to once a month cooking, and was very interested, but like many above have struggled to find healthy and family friendly recipes. I’m VERY excited to begin following your blog :) Thank you for all the planning!

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  41. Courtney says:

    Just started following this week, and gearing up for my first cooking day this Saturday. I’m super excited about this whole concept. My husband farms, and we’re going into the busiest time of year for him. I’m up for anything to keep meal time organized, as I hold down the fort with 3 kids solo. Keep up the great work!

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  43. Tori says:

    I would just like to know if a lot of these meals are microwaved? I’m going through the site and starting to get an understanding. We don’t microwave in our house because I want to keep the nutrients in the food. We already eat whole foods and snacks in our house are berries/nuts so those aren’t hard to prepare, but I love the idea of having some actual new and tasty meals, which my husband (who has been raised on a very American diet) would like as well.

    I eat 5-6 meals throughout the day to keep my metabolism going, and because I am breastfeeding. Are these plans able to be customized for something like that?

    This is a great site and what a lot of work for the people who run it. Kudos!

    • Tricia says:

      If you click over to the printable recipe cards for the month you will find the reheating directions. Several of them do indicate microwaving but even those you can just plan and to thaw ahead and use stovetop or oven.

  44. Keira says:

    I’m new to the site and am very excited to see WHOLE foods not processed cans and boxes of high blood pressure waiting to happen. But, I’m slightly confused by the menu….. I just want to make sure I’m understanding it correctly. There are six total dinner recipes for the entire month?? Am I missing some recipes somewhere or is the expectation that we repeat the meals a few times throughout the month?
    Either way, I look forward to utilizing this website, but a little clarification on how to use it would be helpful. (It could just be that I was up with a screaming baby ALL night last night and can’t think straight :)

    Thanks for the help!!

  45. Sonya says:

    Please help! I have purchased $400 in groceries and used PayPal to become a member. Once a Month Mom won’t let me log in! I am sitting here in my kitchen needing the instructions to get cooking. Thanks!!!
    OAMM site is asking for my password and my username……

    • Tricia says:

      Please send an email to info at onceamonthmom.com with your information and we will help you resolve the problem – be sure to indicate you are cooking soon.

  46. Katie says:

    It says that we should make enough for 2 dinners and that would yield 24 dinners. If there are 6 dinners, as it seems to state above, wouldn’t that yield 12 meals? Does this actually mean the same dinner would be eaten four times per month? Just trying to figure out how this works. I would love to find a way to cut my dinner time prep down. This sounds like it could be a good fit for us! Thanks.

    • Kelly says:

      Welcome Katie! Each meal in our menu plans is doubled, so you get two meals worth per recipe. So yes, 12 meals but you are eating each recipe twice throughout the month.

  47. Jennifer Ward says:

    From what I’ve seen, most of the recipes here are not “whole foods.” Almost all of them use white flour or some other kind of processed, refined flour or ingredient. I subscribed because I loved the concept, but so far am extremely disappointed that the recipes really do not qualify as “whole food” recipes.

    • Kelly says:

      Jennifer, I’m sorry you feel that way but we do try very hard to keep our whole foods menu as true to form as we can. Yes there are other recipes on the site that use processed ingredients and refined flour, but we do not include them in our whole foods menu. The artisan bread I’m sure you have seen I make with white whole wheat flour that I get from my co-op. Kim has several recipes that she has done this year that include whole wheat flour or alternative flours like almond. I would encourage you to really read through the whole foods menus and check the recipe cards for what we have adapted to fit our readers. We will take this as constructive criticism and utilize it in building our future menus and making our ingredient choices more clear. If you have any further concerns please feel free to email me directly at kelly at onceamonthmom.com”

  48. Julie says:

    I’m interested in trying this, but we are also on a budget. How much $ per month do you estimate these menu’s cost for ingredients?

    • kim says:

      It really depends on where and how you shop. You can save a lot of money on whole foods by shopping sales, using coupons, shopping farmers markets or joining a CSA, and purchasing in bulk. It also depends on the size of your family. But I think most families of 4 spend $250-$350 to cook a menu. Keep in mind you will probably buy other food during the month. Readers, feel free to chime in with actual receipt totals.

  49. Jen McCoy says:

    Quick question…How come only 6 dinners on the Whole foods menu vs. the 8 on the Traditional or GF?

    • Kelly says:

      It’s typically because there are Add On recipes on the Whole Foods menu. These are items that we encourage you to make from scratch and not buy storebought. They in turn take more time to prepare.

  50. Destiny says:

    ok I have a question about the shopping list.. it says shopping list and divides into categories which is fine.. then it goes on to serving day and add ons. Do I purchase all of those items too or just the ones on the shopping list? Why wouldn’t everything needed for all cooking be on just one list so I don’t have to be searching through pages to make sure I get it all and not walk back and forth throughout the store?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Destiny! You actually do need to purchase the items from both places. The reason we have it separated is so if you decide to purchase the add-on (ie chicken broth, taco seasoning, etc) you can just not purchase those ingredients listed without having to do the math on the grocery list. Once you have decided to make the recommended add-ons, you can reorganize the list when printed to have the spices by the spices, produce by the produce, etc. Hopefully that helps!

  51. Ashley Shrider says:

    I’d love some advice I’m a single mother of 4. We ate always on the go and it’s really difficult to come up with new ideas and some recipes that my oldest and picky eater, will actually like/eat..

    He doesn’t like sauce on anything! Nothing can touch if it touches at all he will not eat. He will not touch ground beef, turkey, or chicken..
    He only likes pork chops whole piece, “whole breast” nothing can be shredded and he also likes stake.. plain spaghetti noodles, egg noodles,tuna helper, and that’s basically it. Besides plain meal and salad which is only lettuce, cheese, and ranch.

    I’ve been wanting to pre make freezer meals for those nights I was 12 hour shifts and am just exhausted by the time I get in with them to start dinner.. I’ve been searching and searching for recipes that might be able to help me but I am always finding nothing.. help please any ideas would be great!
    I’ve been looking threw what all is posted and I do not see anything I might be able to use. So I’m not sure if it’s worth the members fee. If I’m there are ones I might be able to use please let me know and I’ll definitely pay for advice.

    • Katie says:

      Hi Ashley! The Pro membership has swappable recipes which means you could change all of the ground beef recipes for chicken breast recipes. You can also search all of our recipes on this page by ingredient which may help some as well- http://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/. As for advice, if it was me, I’d try just one meal per cooking day that is something he doesn’t normally eat. Then you could let him try something just a little out of his comfort zone one day a month. I know freezer cooking as helped me as an adult be less picky because I’ve tried meals I never would have eaten because it was already prepared and in the freezer. Good luck and if you have more detailed questions, you are always welcome to email us at info at onceamonthmeals.com

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