Whole Foods Once A Month Freezer Cooking
Pure and simple. Isn’t that what we all strive for in life? Why shouldn’t it be the same with the food you eat? It’s the fuel for your body and mind, so why complicate it? The Whole Foods Once A Month Mom menu is here to help you achieve just that: simple meals with unprocessed, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients while still keeping your valued time in mind. Whole Foods can take more time to prepare, but they are worth every minute you spend, and you will not be disappointed with the end result. We will coordinate our OAMC menu to still keep your cooking day within reason, but capable of being easily spread out over a few days if you choose.
Types of Food Included
This menu will focus on simple ingredients and as little to no processed foods as possible. The menu will help you to look in more detail at the items you purchase from your local stores. To quote Michael Pollan, “If it came from a plant eat it, if it’s made in a plant, don’t” and, “If your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize the ingredients, you shouldn’t buy it,” and simply, “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Yes, technically all food is processed in some way, picking from the garden is a process. Simply put, we will strive for no GMO (genetically modified organisms), no HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), and no artificial ingredients in this menu.
We’ll help you to shop outside of the box by encouraging you to find farmers’ markets, participate in a CSA, or even start your own garden! We will include a good blend of meat and meatless dishes. You’ll also find that we will adapt original recipes to add healthier twists and more real food adjustments. We will not use artificial sweeteners or lower fat ingredients, which may come as a shock, but it will help teach moderation! Occasionally, there will be a few additional recipes on making some “convenience” items at home as well.
However, we will sometimes buy natural/organic items instead of making our own due to time, resources, season, etc. (If you have the time or have the homemade version on hand, by all means, use it.) We will be sure to list stores or provide you with links on where to purchase those items. We will do our best to select recipes and provide you with add-ons that will not only be the best choice for your families, but make the most sense in terms of time. Again this menu will take longer than the other menus to achieve a month worth of meals.
Once A Mom Etiquette
As we move towards having a Once A Month Mom Whole Foods section, please be aware that there are other menu options that DO include processed foods and/or foods that you would not find to be Whole Foods friendly. However, we are one community geared around freezer cooking. So be mindful of others and that their ways may not be yours. Also note that if you subscribe to Once A Month Mom that you will also receive recipes from the other menus and therefore those recipes may not be geared to Whole Foods, feel free to skip pass them or to adapt them to your Whole Foods lifestyle.
Similar to the Diet OAMM menus, you can easily customize the recipe cards and grocery list to the number of persons in your household. To adjust, we have come up with some detailed explanations on using these specialized menu cards. Please read this document carefully.
Breakfast Recipes – 3
These breakfast ideas will help everyone start their day off right with a full belly. There will also be a recipe that you can use for those lazy mornings when you want something a little more hearty.
Lunch Recipes – 3
Lunches will be hearty yet light to get you through the peak of the day. They will be as family friendly as possible to keep everyone happy! A majority of the time these meals are geared to be served cold or to have minimal prep on the stovetop or microwave. If they needed heated they will be in readily available means that are quick and easy, for example microwaved. This way, whether you are feeding the family at home or preparing a meal at work, you don’t waste the lunch hour in the kitchen for your food to be prepared.
Dinner Recipes – 6
Dinner will be a good variety for you to choose from. As mentioned before, there will be a good blend of meat and meatless variety to keep you and your food budgets feeling good
Also keep in mind that we will be having you create enough servings for your family to eat each of these recipes twice throughout the month. Therefore you should have an overall yield of 24 meals from this menu. No, it is not enough for every meal every day, but we are confident that you will find that it is more than enough for a month when you figure in dinners with friends, outings, church gatherings, dining out and more.