Saturday, January 21, 2012

Today's Once-a-Month Cooking Session!

Today I was up bright and early.  It was assembly day at my cooking partner Jen's house.  With kids, prepped items and a good attitude in tow, we arrived at 9 am.

After setting up and getting a plan of attack in place, assembling commenced at 9:30 am!

Our Cycle 2 menu consisted of:

White Chili
Chicken and Spinach Bake
Ham dinner slices
**Herbed Chicken
Pizza roll-ups
BBQ Pork and Beans
Crockpot Chix and veggies
Sweet and sour chicken
Salsa beef casserole
Crockpot Chicken creole
Enchilada casserole
Upside-down Fettuccini Bake
Italian Sausage and Spinach Pie
Santa Fe Chicken
Chicken Potato Casserole
Smothered Burritos
German dinner
Chicken Pesto Casserole
Pork Chops on Rice
Sesame Glazed Chicken
Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
Chicken Supreme
Freezer Coleslaw with Ham
Apricot-Glazed Pork Roast
French Stew
Ranch Chicken Loaf
*Tator Tot Casserole

*Due to a ground turkey mix-up (needing 2 lbs of raw ground turkey that mistakenly got cooked), we had extra ground turkey left.  Which resulted in a spur of the moment Tator Tot Casserole

** Due to a miscalculation in chicken breasts, this dinner didn't get made.

Sometimes things work out and sometimes there are mistakes.  When you do OAMC, you need to be flexible and be willing to change things up when needed.  Expect the unexpected!!

Our Master Shopping List for Cycle 2 (to make x2 each meal):

Ground turkey-cooked 12lbs 
Ground turkey-raw 2lb
Ham-slices 17 slices
Ham-cubed 8c
Chicken-cooked/chopped 34c
Chicken parts 12lbs
Chicken breasts 9lbs + 12 breasts
Pork Chops 12 chops
Pork roast 7 lbs
Pork meat 2 lb
Beef Stew Meat 6 lbs
Bratwurst 3 lb
Italian sausage 4 lbs
bacon 1 pkg
Eggs 20
Cheddar Cheese 15 cups
Mozzarella Cheese 13c
Ricotta 12 oz
Cottage Cheese 72 oz
Monteray Jack Cheese 7c
Swiss 2c
Parmesean cheese 2c
"Milk" 2 1/2 c
1/2 and 1/2 2c
sour cream 5c
Green Pepper 4 whole + 3.5c chopped
Red Pepper 4 whole + 1.5c chopped
Onion 25 c chopped
Potatoes 8 potatoes
Red skins 2 lb +8 potatoes chopped
garlic 20 cloves
baby carrots 4c
grated carrots 5c
apples 2lb chopped
zucchini 2c chopped
celery 4c chopped
large tomato 2 large chopped
green onions 8 grn onions chopped
shredded cabbage 4lbs
lemon juice 3 tbsp
Turkey meatballs 24oz
pie shells 4 shells
hash browns 11 c
peas 2c
spinach 40 oz
mixed veggies 1BIG BAG
rice 1c
bread dough 2 loaf (Lisa will make)
flour tortilla12
corn tortilla 16 +
Lasagna 16oz
Fettucini 16oz
kidney 30oz
black beans 60oz
pinto 30oz
great northern 2c
refried beans 2c
Cream Mushroom soup 6 (Lisa will make)
Cream Chicken soup4 (Lisa will make)
Beef Broth 4 cans
Chicken Broth 4 cups
Tomato sauce 124 oz
Salsa 60oz +2 jars
Diced tomatoes 192oz
tomato paste 36oz
Enchilada sauce 54 oz
Taco sauce 2c
ketchup 2c
mushrooms 32oz
black olives 8 oz
pesto 6 oz
Alfredo sauce 32oz
apricot preserves 16oz
tapioca 1/2 c
coke/pepsi 2c
orange juice 2c
white wine 2c
tortilla chips 4c
ranch flavored tort. Chips 1.5c
oil 10 tbsp
mayo 1.5c
ranch dressing 4 tbsp
butter 14 tbsp
sesame seeds 4 tsp
brown sugar  2 cup
italian seasoning
chili powder
sugar 2c
dijon mustard
creole or Cajun season.
bay leaf
mustard seed
bread crumbs 1c
celery seed
soy sauce
garlic powder
Apple Cider Vinegar 4tbsp
white vinegar


Total cost:  about $165!

We finished at 6:00 pm and spent the next 1/2 hour cleaning up, and packing up.  

Now to put my feet up and have a nice cup of tea!

To read more about how to do Once-a-Month Cooking and download a free week's menu cycle, please go read Why Once-A-Month Cooking.

Next time:  Hints to help you prep for a smooth 'Assembly Day'!


  1. Sounds Yummy! Do you ship UPS? LOL

    Blessings to you my friend!


    1. Fedex or go home Duke, really. LOL

      And btw...THAT'S A LOT OF FOOD!

  2. Wow! I'm exhusted just from reading your post. Sounds like your family will have lots of yummy meals to eat in their future.

  3. "tips for a smooth assembly day".... lots of coffee and chocolate; don't sit down too long or you won't get back up; a hubby to run to the store for what you forgot. :)