There are four ways to make a menu:

You can Make a Menu:

  1. From An Existing Menu

    Make a menu by editing and customizing an already curated menu.

  2. From A Recipe

    Make a menu by finding a recipe you like and building a menu based on that single recipe.

  3. From Scratch

    Make a menu totally from scratch using the “Create a New Menu” Button

  4. From Your Favorites

    Make a menu based on your favorite recipes using your “My Favorites” list.

 

How to Build the BEST Menu:

At Once A Month Meals, we work diligently to help you save time on a daily basis by using freezer cooking. However, we also continue to advocate for your time in the way we build and curate menus.

We do our best to build menus that move you through a cooking day as fast as possible. We do that by strategically choosing meals based on the type of recipe and what appliances they use. You can look at any of our curated, premade menus to see what this looks like. This is also another way we help do the work ahead of time for you!

Why does this matter?

We do this so that your cooking day (the day you make all the meals at once) doesn’t take you literally 24+ active hours to complete.

For example:

  • 7 baked recipes (at 45 minutes per recipe) would take you all day to complete with the varying preheating times, and active oven cooking times.
  • 4 slow cooker recipes, cooked at a minimum of 4 hours each, would take you 16 hours to complete.

Do you see where we’re going?

Our Recommendation:

For a 15 Recipe Menu that Doubles to 30 Meals

Choose at least half Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipes

A well-balanced menu contains at least half easy-to-assemble recipes. Make at least 7-8 recipes (of the 15) dump and go (easy assembly), meaning they are easy and fast to assemble. These will take the least amount of time on your cooking day to put together.

*You can find Easy to Assemble recipes by filtering for “Cooking Day Cook Types” and choosing “Easy Assembly/Dump and Go.”

Choose at least half “Other” Cooking Type Recipes

For the other 7-8 recipes (of the 15), we suggest you use no more than:

  • 3 baked recipes
  • 3 stovetop recipes
  • 2 slow cooker recipes

This is to ensure you complete your menu in a timely manner.

Using this method should allow you to complete your cooking day within 12-16 hours!

*That time is allotted for full  menus of 15 recipes, doubled to 30 meals. Smaller menus will take less time to complete.

Your Menu’s “Cooking Day” should then look similar to this:

  1. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  2. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  3. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  4. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  5. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  6. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  7. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  8. Dump and Go (Easy Assembly) Recipe
  9. Baking Recipe Recipe
  10. Baking Recipe Recipe
  11. Slow Cooker Recipe
  12. Slow Cooker Recipe
  13. Stovetop Recipe
  14. Stovetop Recipe
  15. Stovetop Recipe