Okay, so I know I promised a follow up post about Once A Month Meals and I’ve been woefully behind on this, but quite frankly, it’s taken me some time to recover from my TEN HOURS OF COOKING. I’m just going to start by saying this is
probably definitely not for everyone. At the end of the day my feet hurt, my back hurt, I dropped a large jar of garlic on the ground that bounced and spewed all over me and the kitchen. I still don’t think we’ve gotten all of the garlic cleaned up. I also had several ingredients left over, so either OAMM was wrong about the ingredient list, or I just completely left out some ingredients. I wouldn’t be surprised if the latter were true. At one point I was cursing the recipe because I was convinced they miscalculated the amount of sweet potato that was needed to make the paleo shepherds pie. There just wasn’t enough to cover the entire pan and I was desperately trying to scrape the little bit of sweet potato mash I had over the pan. About an hour later, hidden among the piles of food strewn all over my kitchen, I discovered an unused sweet potato. Sorry OAMM, I guess that was my fault. As it turns out, I never made it to the last meal. I just COULD NOT COOK ONE MORE MEAL. I was ready to cry. Luckily, Jack’s awesome and he cleaned up the wreck that was our kitchen so I could lie in bed moaning about my aching body.
I really can’t blame OAMM, it’s my fault. I tend to jump right in to new things without reading the directions. And in this case, you should really read the directions before you commit to a full day like this. First of all, as I discovered, you are actually supposed to grocery shop one day, do all of your prep work the night before, and then cook the next day. I missed that bit of advice and tried to do it all in one day. Luckily, we use the Harris Teeter online grocery shopping because it would have taken me a full day just to get the groceries otherwise.
That being said, now that I have recovered, I totally love the meals. It has made life so easy having ready-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners – and they’re actually good! I haven’t had a lot of success in the past with pre-made meals. They’re usually soggy and gross, or dry and gross, by the time I heat them up, but these have been really delicious so far. I might try this again. At the very least, I’d definitely do a mini-version.
Here’s what I made for this month. I signed up for the pro-version, which allows you to swap out meals if you don’t like all of them. You can also mix and match from the various types of menus. I used a combination of the Paleo Menu and the Diet Menu. The final menu included 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 8 dinners, each to be served twice. Obviously that ‘s not enough meals for every meal of the month, but I think the understanding is that you will probably eat out some during the month.
- Egg Foo Young-ish
- Southwestern Frittata
- Spinach Ham Omelet Roll-up
- Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa
- Italian Crockpot Chili
- Paleo Shepherds Pie
- Pizza Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Chicen Piccata
- Classic Foil Packets (can be used for camping)
- Hoppin John
- Light Beef Stroganoff
- Paleo Enchiladas
- Skinny Tortilla Casserole (click on link to view recipe)
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes