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  • Members (paying) will see all freezable recipes within the Once A Month Meals database. (Includes over 6,000 freezable recipes).
  • Visitors (non-paying) to the site will see limited quantities of freezable recipes (Under 2,000 freezable recipes).

How to Use Categories:

When you select and click a category, your search will filter all our recipes, and only give you recipes compliant to that category and its meaning (listed below).

You can select multiple categories! If you select multiple categories, it will maintain and filter for all your listed criteria, as well as any keyword you have searched, or type you have filtered by!

Here’s a guide with definitions of the meaning of all our categories and what they filter!

Seasons

  • Fall: Recipes that include in-season ingredients for fall.
  • Winter: Recipes that include in-season ingredients for winter.
  • Spring: Recipes that include in-season ingredients for spring.
  • Summer: Recipes that include in-season ingredients for summer.

Menu Types

  • Traditional: Recipes are easy to prepare, family friendly, and include everyday ingredients. Recipes are from our Traditional Menus. Learn more about our Traditional Menus here.
  • Instant Pot: Recipes that are made in an electric, programmable pressure cooker. These recipes include a variety of dietary types, but all recipes can be cooked from frozen. Recipes are from our Instant Menus.
  • Slow Cooker: Recipes that are made in an electric, programmable slow cooker. Also commonly known as a “Crock-Pot”. These recipes include a variety of dietary types, but all recipes can be cooked in the Slow Cooker. Recipes are from our Slow Cooker Menus.
  • Real Food: Recipes that are made with homemade or real ingredients. Recipes are from our Real Food Menus. Learn more about Real Food/Whole Food Menus here.
  • Paleo: Recipes feature “hunter-gatherer” ingredients such as meat, eggs, seasonal produce, nuts, and natural sweeteners. Recipes do not include: grains, soy, dairy, legumes, sugar, or processed foods. Recipes are from our Paleo Menus. Learn more about our Paleo Menus here.
  • Vegetarian: Recipes that are meatless and include a variety of grains, beans, and seasonal produce, and the occasional meat substitute. Recipes are from our Vegetarian Menus. Learn more about our Vegetarian Menus here.
  • Gluten Free Dairy Free: recipes that follow both the “+gluten-free” and “+dairy-free” tags. Recipes are from our Gluten Free Dairy Free Menus. Learn more about Gluten Free Dairy Free Menus here.
  • Diet: These recipes are reduced fat, count calories, and tally points (Weight Watchers). Whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and vegetables are featured. Recipes are from our Diet Menus. Learn more about our Diet Menus here.
  • Keto: The guidelines for this menu are based on the Ketogenic Diet, a pattern of eating that is designed to promote a state of ketosis in the body. In general, the Keto diet is high in fat, low in carbohydrate, and moderate in protein. Recipes are from our Keto MenuLearn more about our Keto Menus here.
  • Allergen: Recipes are intended for those with food allergies, food sensitivities, or specific medical needs. You will see a variety of Autoimmune Protocol, Low Histamine, GAPS, Whole30, Nut Free, and more compliant recipes. Recipes are from our Allergen Menus. Learn more about our Allergen Menus here. 

Diet Specific

  • Vegan: Recipes that container no animal products, including any form of meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and honey.
  • Gluten Free: Recipes with no ingredients containing gluten, like wheat, wheat products, and soy sauce.
  • Dairy Free: Recipes with no ingredients containing dairy, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Low Carb: Recipes with 20 grams of carbs or less.
  • Low Sodium: Recipes with 500 mg of sodium or less.
  • Kosher: Recipes that do not combine milk and dairy products. Meat is from animals that chew their cud and have split hooves. Shellfish is not included.
  • Allergen: Recipes are intended for those with food allergies, food sensitivities, or specific medical needs. You will see a variety of Autoimmune Protocol, Low Histamine, GAPS, Whole30, Nut Free, and more compliant recipes.
  • Egg Free: Recipes with no ingredients containing egg or egg products, such as eggs, mayonnaise or egg substitutes.
  • Nut Free: Recipes with no ingredients containing nuts or tree nuts, including peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, and coconut.
  • Whole30: Recipes that fit into the guidelines of the Whole30 diet, with a focus on meat and vegetables. Dairy, grains, legumes, added sugar, and paleo-ized versions of treats are not included.
  • Gaps: Recipes that fit into the guidelines of a full GAPS diet, which aims to heal the digestive system.
  • Low FODMAP: Recipes that fit into the guidelines of a low-FODMAP diet, which eliminates difficult to digest sugars found in many types of fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products.
  • AIP: Recipes compliant with the strictest elimination phase of the Autoimmune Protocol, a diet aimed at moderating autoimmune diseases through the consumption of nutrient-dense foods and the elimination of potentially inflammatory ingredients. This is a specialized version of the Paleo diet and does not include ingredients such as eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades.
  • AIP-Friendly: A broader collection of Autoimmune Protocol recipes that may also include key ingredients that can often be reintroduced early on after the strict elimination phase. These ingredients include: grass-fed ghee, legumes with edible pods (green beans, peas, etc.), and fruits and berries that are used as spices (black pepper, allspice, vanilla bean, etc.).
  • Low Histamine: Recipes that are low in ingredients containing histamine, such as cured meats, nuts, vinegars, and fermented foods.
  • Low Histamine-Friendly: Recipes that are low in ingredients containing histamine, such as cured meats, nuts, vinegars, and fermented foods. They may contain one or two high histamine ingredients that can be easily eliminated like black pepper or garlic.
  • Keto: These recipes contain 5% or less calories from net carbohydrate* and 60% or more calories from fat.
  • Keto-Friendly: These recipes contain 5% or less calories from net carbohydrate*. Additional fat can easily be added to adapt these recipes to fit your individual macros.

Trim Healthy Mama:

  • Thm S Meal: Trim Healthy Mama Satisfying Meal; recipes with more than 5 grams of fat and less than 10 carbohydrates.
  • Thm E Meal: Trim Healthy Mama Energizing Meal; recipes with less than 5 grams of fat and between 10 and 45 carbohydrates.
  • Thm Fp Meal: Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Pull Meals; recipes with less than 5 grams of fat and less than 10 carbohydrates.

Weight Watchers:

Weight Watchers Smart Points 0-12: Recipes that are between 0 and 12 Weight Watchers SmartPoints are tagged in the following categories: 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.

  • Wwfreestyle:recipes that have Weight Smart Points calculated under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle0-2:recipes that add are 0-2 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle3-4:recipes that add are 3-4 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle5-6: recipes that add are 5-6 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle7-8: recipes that add are 7-8 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle9-10: recipes that add are 9-10 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwfreestyle11-12: recipes that add are 11-12 Weight Watchers Smart Points under the new FreeStyle Plan
  • Wwsmartpoints: recipes that have Weight Watchers Smart Points under the older SmartPoints Plan

**We are aware of the recent changes to Weight Watchers SmartPoints and update to Weight Watchers Freestyle. We are currently in the process of updating our recipes to reflect those changes. Weight watchers categories with freestyle in the title above have the new point values. Recipes with the category Wwsmartpoints are currently under review and have old SmartPoint values. If you have a question about whether the SmartPoints have been updated on a specific recipe, we can connect you with our Registered Dietitian who will be able to provide you with that information. Simply email us at info@onceamonthmeals.com. We appreciate your patience as we work to make these updates for you!

Other

  • 30 Min Meal: These recipes can be cooked to completion within 30 minutes. They also take 30 minutes or less to prepare and freeze.
  • All In One Meal: These recipes contain at least a serving of a protein and a serving of a vegetables (or a protein, veg and starch).
  • Sheet Pan: These recipes are a whole or all in one meal (at least a protein and substantial veggie) baked on a sheet pan.
  • Kid Friendly: Recipes that are tried and true kid food.
  • Better Than the Freezer Aisle: Our versions of popular freezer aisle meals, but with fewer ingredients, more nutrition, and better taste.
  • Wild Game: Recipes containing hunted meat, including venison, elk, turkey, and fish.
  • Soup/Stew/Chili: Recipes that are typically eaten in a bowl with a spoon.

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