This Mission Monday is a little bit different in that you are mostly doing research this week. On what you ask?? Once A Month Cooking! What is it? Once a month cooking, or freezer cooking as it is sometimes called, is a great way to save you both time over the month and money! What could be better than that, saving you both time and money?? The day you decide to do your OAMC you cook all of your meals in 1 day for the month! Yes, you read that right, all of the meals for the month will be cooked in 1 day! Some of you may be overwhelmed just reading this. It is a lot of work, I won’t lie, but it’s worth it!
September 9, 2010 I did my first OAMC day! Was I scared to death? YES! Was I afraid I would spend a crazy amount of money buying all of the ingredients in Southern California? YES! Did I think I may not make it? YES! But, all of my fears went away because I found a great website, that gave me a step by step plan! You see this website has a monthly menu, and step by step instructions for you and a friend to make meals for 2 families of 4 for a month!
Was it hard? YES!! But, as my husband says, “what’s so bad about hard”. I triumphed, I proved that I could do it, even though it was hard. If I didn’t have a plan I think it would have been impossible! You NEED a PLAN! The site we used gave us a shopping list too, so we didn’t have to multiply the recipes, the work was done for us. We made 20 dinners, 8 lunches, and 6 breakfasts for 2 families of 4 in about 12 hours!!! I will be using the “lunches” as dinners, so that gives me 28 dinners for my family of 4. So, what does that mean for me this month? It means that because I got over sitting on my couch thinking that it’s going to be “hard”, it just got me 28 nights this month FREE! Let me say that again, I won’t have to slave over the stove and come up with meals for 28 NIGHTS THIS MONTH!!!!!!!!!! If you ask me, spending 12 hours to cook, and lets say 2 hours of shopping (we divided our shopping in half to spread the responsibility) will now give me 28 nights FREE!!!! Yeah, I highly recommend that you research Once a Month cooking this week.
Why do I say you should “research” it? Because I found a great website to help me, you need to find a site or book to help you. Find recipes that you like. Ask a friend to join you! This made it fun, and we shared the work. Make it a goal to try this in a couple of weeks, which will give you time to prepare. Decide on your recipes, and start shopping for sale items now! I thought we were going to spend over $500-600 total (so $250-300) each on groceries. We didn’t! Because we shopped for sale items and used some of the things we already had in our pantries (like soy sauce, baking soda, etc..) we only spent about $350 total!! That’s dirt cheap for Los Angeles! Fit Moms we spent $350 to feed 2 families of 4, 34 meals ($150 each for 28 dinners, and 6 breakfasts)!!! I still can’t believe it! I usually spend $150 or more a week!!! This is a huge savings for our family!
So, are you going to give it a try?? If, you are with me, or if you have questions, comment below.
This is the best site I’ve found so far, and the site I used. I made the August menu.
Below is the August menu I made. Why did I make the August menu in September?? Because I wanted to. LOL! It sounded delicious! She has archived menus dating back to 2009. Did I mention you get a menu, grocery list, cooking day step by step instructions, and even printable labels with reheating instructions on them!!! This is a FREE site!! I’ll be interviewing Tricia from Once A Month Mom soon! NOTE: Not all of the recipes are the healthiest, but you can change any recipe to suit your dietary needs, likes/dislikes, etc.. We thought a lot of the recipes had too much cheese, so we just omitted it in some, and put less of it in others. Always remember this journey Fit Mom is about your health and that of your families, you can make anything healthier, it’s up to YOU.