Adjusting the menu for YOUR family
Over the course of the last few months I have had many ask if there is a way to adjust our menu for their family situation. I have even heard rumors that we have a closet fan base of single men that are looking to possibly do Once A Month Mom Cooking! That is fantastic. Really. Anyone can do it. It is easy to adjust the procedures for whatever situation you might be in. For now we don’t have an easy way to adjust ingredients or portions but there are ways to make the menu work for you if you aren’t a family of four. Here are some suggestions.
- Instead of getting 1 partner, get 3. If four people went together to make these meals you each would have enough to make 4 individual servings or 2 two-person servings of 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 8 dinners. That would potentially give you 60 or 30 meals for the month. I would suggest 2 person portions so that you could at least invite someone over for dinner or have leftovers the following day for lunch or dinner. When making up 2-person portions I would use loaf pans, quart size freezer bags or small/medium plastic containers.
- Find one other partner and half the grocery list and the menu quantities. If you wold like you could use the advice above for dishing out the meals.
- We do the menu as is with a partner and we are a couple. We just invite other people over or use the leftovers to eat the next day at lunch.
- You could find 3 other partners instead of 1 and follow the instructions above for singles making 2 person portions.
Large Families/Big Eaters
You may have a family that would not be satisfied with portions for 4 adults. You may have a family that has more than 4 eating family members. You may have 1 teenage boy which throws ANY meal plan out of whack! Or any number of other variations.
- You could do the menu as it is and just have less meals for the month. You would have a total of 15 meals that you could use. You would want to portion your menu items in several gallon size freezer bags or in a 13×9 pan instead of 2 8×8′s.
- You could do the menu as it is by yourself. I do not recommend this version as I, personally, think it is better to cook with a partner. However, you may be accustomed to cooking in large quantities and it would not phase you. In this case you would have the 30 meals listed on the menu.
- You could DOUBLE the grocery list and menu items and still do it with a partner. That way you are using your time wisely, still working with a partner, and hopefully creating the best “efficiency” situation.
Those are some of my “quick” adjustment strategies for doing the Once A Month Mom menu plan if you don’t have a standard 4 person household. Any other suggestions that readers might want to suggest?