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How To Use Your Once A Month Meals Membership!

How To Use Your Once A Month Meals Membership!

 

 

Let’s explore this amazing membership!

 

Log in to www.onceamonthmeals.com

first let’s check out the menus. Click the menus tab at the top of the page (if you are on your phone it may be in a different location)

Once A Month Meals How To Use Your Membership!

 

Here you will see more than 200 menus that have been compiled for you! What’s really amazing about these is that they have been arranged to be a balanced menu so you don’t have too much to do when you get to cooking your menu!

You can search menus by several menu types. Looking for meals to use your new Instant Pot? There are lots of menus for that!  But, if you need some dietary specific menus, you can filter by that too!

Basically, have fun searching through all of these amazing menus. Course you could always build your own menu. But, I find this to be the best way to start.. and I’ll show you how to customize it!

If this is your first time doing a freezer meal menu, I suggest you start with a mini menu.

For this example I’ve selected this Fall Instant Pot Dump and Go Mini Menu

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Just  a note: That Orange circle at the bottom right corner is OAMM’s live chat! If you have questions during any part of this planning process, They are there to help!

Ok, so you’ll want to select that button that says Add  to my menus.

mini menus have 10 recipes, (These double to make 20 meals)

Now that it’s in your menus we can customize it!

 If there is a recipe you don’t want to make, you can delete it. And if you want to add another recipe to replace it you can select that orange button and go looking for something you do want!

 

Here you will find lots of way you can filter your search and find what you’d like to add to your menu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the filter options and what they mean

CATEGORIES: again this is where you select diet specific recipes.

MEAL TYPE: select breakfast, lunch, dinner,snack, add-on, or side dish recipes.

COOKING DAY COOK TYPE: The method of cooking or preparing your meal BEFORE freezing it.

 

SERVING DAY COOK TYPE: The method of cooking or re-heating your meal AFTER freezing it — to serve and then eat.

 

Once you find one you want to add, you select it and then select Add to my menu at the top of the page!

 

Now let’s go back to our menu!

You can now adjust the serving sizes (We like to do one extra serving, so my husband can take left overs for lunch the next day) and then select Download all resources and we will go through what each one is!

 

first one is your shopping list!

organized and beautiful! 🙂 once a month meals

 

 

 

 

at the end of your shopping list you have a “serving day shopping list”

these items are the things you don’t freeze but will need to add the day you serve. *not all meals have these items.once a month meals

 

I like to go ahead and get the shelf stable items along with my other list, so I don’t forget them later.

 

Next in your resources you’ll find your “Prep List”

Now that you have all of your ingredients this list tells you what needs to be done to them.

 most meat will need to be cut up in one way or another (smaller pieces insures consistent cook time from frozen.)

veggies will be chopped, sliced, diced etc. and it’s all listed here for you!

 

My favorite way to do a freezer cooking day would be to shop for everything (using Sam’s club order and pick up and Walmart Grocery pick up of course), come home with all the ingredients and do this prep list right away.  I usually just store the prepped ingredients in Tupperware or baggies in the fridge.

next day I can start the cooking day instructions

   I love how this is divided up into simple steps!

 

Just start at 1 and before you know it you will have your freezer stocked!!

 

Next, in your resources you’ll find recipe cards

 

with each complete recipe. I find these helpful when I’m going through my cooking day list, if I get confused by any instructions, I can usually understand them once I look over the recipe card!

 

and then we come to the Thaw Sheet

Print this out and hang it on your fridge or put it in your home binder, where ever it can be easy to reference when you are looking to use one of your freezer meals. This tells you how long you need for each meal!

*and if you are prepping meals for your Instant Pot, there is no thawing required!!!

 

and last but not least you have your Labels

 you can print these labels on regular paper and tape them, or print them on label paper and you are all set.

Take note that these labels not only tell you what meal is in each bag or container but also, instructions on how to reheat/cook and serve. AND just recently added the serving day ingredients right on the label!! 🙂

 

I hope this helps you understand how awesome your membership with Once A Month Meals is and how it can really help you with mealtime!

 

Know someone who could really use some help with dinner prep and freezer cooking?  (I mean really who doesn’t, right?) How about a Gift Card for  Once A Month Meals! Membership should be open again first of the year!! A gift card for Once A Month Meals could really mean a great start for someone in 2019!

https://onceamonthmeals.com/gift-card

If you have any questions please comment below,

Happy Freezer, Instant pot cooking to you all,

Deanna Grace

Early Access To Black Friday at Target!

Did you know if you have a Target Red Card, you can get early access to black friday at Target!!!

 

Not only will you get the usual free shipping and extra 5% off but Black Friday Prices will adjust once Items are placed in your cart!!!

 

I’m so excited to start shopping already!

 

here’s what I found instant pot and kitchen related:


early access black friday at target69.95 with red card!

Plus still get 5% off AND

a $10. Gift Card!!

 

 

Mini Keurig

early access for black friday at target

$49.99 price using REDcard plus 5% off

 

 

Ninja Coffee Brewing system 

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$99.99 price using REDcard plus 5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

ninja blender/food processor   

$99.99 REDcard price before every day 5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus SOOOO many more items! * I’m just sticking with Instant pots deals and other kitchen appliances we love for posts this week! Make sure to look around!

Instant pot brown rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Every one seems to make their Instant Pot brown Rice a little different. But, this is how I do it and it comes our perfectly fluffy every time!

Start with a cup of water at the bottom of the instant pot and the metal trivet. Instant pot brown rice

 

 

 

 

Next in oven safe bow. ( That fits inside the Instant pot) place your water, rice, and butter.  stir.

 

I love this Pyrex one!

Mine is a 6 cup!  instant pot side dishes

 

 

 

Place bowl on top of trivet inside the Instant Pot. Close lid, make sure valve is set to seal.

 

Set Manual for 19 minutes.

I usually let it Naturally Pressure Release a little bit, mostly because I get busy doing other things. But, if you are in a hurry you can manually release the pressure when it stops cooking.

Fluff with a fork, add salt to taste (and I usually add more butter too!)

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This is how I make our brown rice and it comes out fluffy and delicious every time.
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  • 1 cup water for bottom of Instant Pot
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown rice Uncle Ben's
  • 3 1/3 cups water or you could use chicken broth
  • 1 T Butter plus more for serving
  • Salt to taste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
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  • 1 cup water for bottom of Instant Pot
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown rice Uncle Ben's
  • 3 1/3 cups water or you could use chicken broth
  • 1 T Butter plus more for serving
  • Salt to taste
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  1. Place 1 cup of water in bottom of Instant Pot insert with a metal trivet.
  2. In an oven safe bowl (be sure it fits inside your IP) place the rice, water, butter and mix together. Place bowl on top of trivet inside IP.
  3. Lock lid onto Instant Pot. Set valve to seal. Set on Manual (High Pressure) for 19 minutes
  4. You can let it Naturally pressure release for 5 minutes if you'd like. or if you are in a hurry, go ahead and open it.
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Chicken Parmesan – Instant pot conversion

Chicken Parmesan Instant Pot Conversion Recipe


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Chicken Parmesan - Instant Pot Conversion
In our continued effort to convert all of our favorite recipes to be made in our magic Instant Pot we have Chicken Parmesan Instant pot version
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Cook Time 18 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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  1. Set IP to saute Throw in chopped onion and mushrooms. Saute until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender.
  2. Meanwhile take flour, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and parsley and mix in a gallon size baggie! ( can you tell I hate dishes? but you can always do this in a shallow dish too.)
  3. place the chicken into the baggie and gently shake until chicken is coated.
  4. Now here is where I would like to tell you to just brown the chicken in the Instant Pot.. however when I try to do this, it never ends well.. the coating sticks to the bottom and then begins to burn... I find it's just easier to get a frying pan out and brown the chicken a couple minutes each side.
  5. While chicken is browning on the stove you can start adding the parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, marinara sauce, chicken broth, and red wine to the IP. Mix it up and add just a pinch of pepper and salt, remember you can always add more later.
  6. transfer the chicken to the IP and cover it with the sauce.
  7. secure the lid and make sure the valve is set to seal. Set to manual for 11 minutes. While this comes to pressure (took about 10 minutes) and cooks, you can prepare some noodles and bread.. or whatever you want to serve with it.
  8. When cooking is done, let it Naturally Pressure Release (NPR) for 5 - 10 minutes. Smother it in mozzarella cheese and more Parmesan before serving. Serve with Pasta and bread!
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smothered beef burritos

Smothered Beef Burritos – Instant Pot Conversion

Today I am excited to share with you another family favorite recipe!

Smothered Beef Burritos now converted to the Instant Pot!

instant pot burritos

I’ve been really trying to convert some of our old  crock pot recipes to be prepared in the Instant Pot. We have a lot of crock pot recipes, I use to grab my crock pot 2-3 times a week. and Now thanks to the Instant Pot I haven’t touched a crock pot in about a year and a half!

 

So, we have really been missing this Smothered Beef burritos recipe and I’m so excited that it is now ready in under 30 minutes instead of 4-6 hours!!!

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Smothered Beef Burritos – Instant Pot Conversion

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This is one of our favorite crock pot dinners converted for the beloved Instant Pot! And I'm so excited that now this meal is ready in under 30 minutes!!!!!! If you like "wet" burritos you will love this meal!
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  1. turn your Instant Pot on to Saute and allow to heat up a minute. Add Oil and swish around, add meat. Allow the meat to brown, stirring frequently to brown all sides. Be sure to scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add bullion and enchilada sauce, stir and secure the lid Make sure the valve is set to seal and press pressure cook Adjust time to 12 minutes. This came to pressure in under 10 minutes because the pot is already hot.
  3. Let the meat Naturally Pressure Release for 5-10 minutes. Then release the remaining pressure manually.
  4. Meanwhile, heat up the refried beans (using the microwave or a saucepan on the stove top.)
  5. Place Tortillas on your plates ( I like deep dish plates for all that yummy sauce) Spoon some beans on each tortilla and a spoonful of meat roll up the tortilla.
  6. Pour sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheese. ( If you are making this right away the cheese will melt but if not, you can stick this under the broiler for a minute or two) We love to finish this off with a dollop of sour cream and dip tortilla chips in the sauce!
    Enchilada sauce burritos
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We hope you enjoy this conversion of an old favorite to the amazing Instant pot. If you are new to the Instant Pot please search here on Love and Scribbles for some tips, tricks and learn why we love it so very much! 🙂

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