Once A Month Cooking

OAMC Success

by Gina on November 15, 2009

I was able to tackle the OMAC endeavor I set out to accomplish earlier this month and I am so pleased with the outcome! My freezer is stuffed and we have been eating great!

In fact, this almost makes me want to run out and get a separate chest freezer for our garage! Oh if only I could find a good deal on one of those! I made everything except the chicken marsala (ran out of chicken) and the white chili (ran out of steam). I had to separate the cooking over about 4 evenings because I wasn’t able to get to all of the cooking last weekend like I had originally wanted to. Next time I do this I will shop and prep on Friday evening and cook the whole day Saturday to get everything done in one shot.

This method is wonderful because it is so efficient! I also love that I don’t have to clean up bunches of pans and cooking bowls, etc. every other night. Just pull out something from the freezer, heat it and throw away the pan! The leftovers have also been great for Bryan and I to bring for work lunches.

Here is what we have for the month:

  • 18 breakfast egg/cheese muffins

  • 28 apple struesel muffins
  • 36 pear pancakes
  • 10 lunches worth of red chili
  • 24 corn dog muffins

  • 4 bags of beef stew
  • 4 brocolli & cheese chicken bakes

  • 2 large pans of baked ziti
  • 4 bags beef stroganoff
  • 4 black bean and rice casseroles

  • 4 mexican cornbread casseroles
  • 4 chicken & chili casseroles
  • 6 meals worth of parmesan-paprika porkchops

In fact, I think this is going to last us till mid- December!

Again, credit for all of the recipes, directions, food labels, grocery list, and the whole month’s menu goes to onceamonthmom.com. Check out her site when you get a chance!

By the way, all of the groceries for these meals cost about $400.00. Since this was my first time, I did not do a great job seeking out specific deals on ingredients or use coupons (gasp!), so I know I could have done much better. My goal for next time is to seek out deals for the menu plan in advance, but still $400 for all of that food is not too shabby!

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OAMC endeavor… on hold

by Gina on November 8, 2009

Well I had this grandiose plan that my hubby and I were going to go grocery shopping on Friday night and that I was going to spend all day Saturday cooking! It didn’t work out, though, because Carmax called me on Friday letting me know that the Honda CR-V I asked them to transfer was there. Since I was in need of getting a car soon (RIP my little civic), I knew we should go and look at it that night. Needless to say, we got the Honda, which was great, but no grocery shopping was done; therefore no cooking got done on Saturday while Bryan was at work :-( .

I am a little bummed today about it because now we have no groceries and no meal plan for the week, let alone the rest of the month, and I don’t have time today to do shopping or cooking. I am going to shoot for next weekend, Bryan will be on call so we can’t really plan anything for Saturday anyway. I will keep you posted on how it goes!

By the way, if you haven’t already, check out http://onceamonthmom.com/ and see the amazing job she has done getting the meal plan, recipes, instructions, grocery lists, and even food storage labels together for once a month cooking ideas. She has done all the prep work for us!!! Thanks once a month mom!

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