On August 21, 2013 by Debbie
Welcome to the Once a Month Meals Traditional Menu
The Traditional Menu is the original Once a Month Meals Menu. It is our longest running menu and often our most popular. The original intent is still the same: that the “traditional” or “average American” family gets to the dinner table together. It is full of family friendly recipes and comfort foods, but this goes way beyond casseroles. We aren’t too fussy about this menu, but we do try to provide you with a wide variety of options while making meal planning simple and convenient. To that end, you will find each menu has 15 recipes – 3 breakfast, 4 lunch, and 8 dinner.
Types of Food Included
This menu will include classics such as lasagna, chicken pot pie, and pancakes. We will also try to spice it up sometimes, but not too much so that everyone can enjoy it! We base all of our menus on seasonal produce and sales so that you can have the best flavor at the best prices. As this menu is for the “average” family, we aim to keep it budget friendly, so you will not see expensive specialty items here. We also value your time, so if there is a convenient store-bought option, we will use that instead of cooking every item from scratch.
Here are some examples of main ingredients you will see on this menu:
- Seasonal produce
- Meats – mainly chicken, beef, and pork, and occasionally seafood
- Pasta, rice, and other hearty grains like oats
- Legumes (we will use canned beans for convenience)
- All purpose flour and white sugar for baked goods
- Pantry staples such as packaged mixes, soups, broth, and sauces
Types of Food NOT Included
We really aren’t too picky when it comes to the Traditional menu. We try to provide healthy, balanced meals, but there really aren’t any restrictions here. If your family has any food restrictions, please take a look at one of the other 8 menus we offer for various health needs.
Tips and Resources for our Traditional Menu
- Pro members can create custom menus based on their preferences. For instance, if you are only interested in cooking dinners or your family simply despises a certain food, you can mix and match recipes until you have the perfect menu.
- If you are used to grocery store convenience foods, check out our healthier and cheaper homemade options in our Better than the Freezer Aisle Series.
- If you are wondering what to serve with your freezer meals, check out all of our Freezer Friendly Side Dishes.
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