The secret hack to create and prep meals for a month in less than a day!

Without feeding them crappy convenience food, expensive meal delivery, or lousy dump meals.

Imagine never stressing about what's for dinner.

Any diet
Any skill level
Any size kitchen or fridge

Cook one day a month so you're always a step ahead of whatever life brings!

Do you have dinnertime dread?

mom and baby in kichen

You really do try ...

It seems like as soon as the dishes are cleared from the table they want a snack. It just doesn't end and you're out of ideas. 

Always feeling a step behind ...

You're squeezed for time and energy at the end of the day. It feels impossible trying to get it all done without losing your mind.

Tired of disconnected chaos ...

You wish mealtime could bring your family together at the table, but everyone is distracted by a screen and barely talks. 

Facing the complaints ...

You did it. You found a site with meal plans, recipes, shopping lists ... but your family doesn't like sauces, or crunchy food, or casseroles, or anything that is DIFFERENT. 

Imagine NO MORE ...

  • Struggling to figure out what to eat every night 
  • Stressing over what your kids are eating
  • Overwhelm at the end of the day
  • Wasting money on meal plans that don't fit your needs
  • Expensive delivery service
  • Getting bored with the same convenience foods 

Instead You'll ...

  • Select delicious meals from your own menu 
  • Always have good food choices on-hand
  • Have energy for quality time with family
  • Serve meals customized for your schedule and tastes
  • Save money and reduce packaging waste
  • Explore and experience new flavors whenever you want

The secret to stress-free weeknight meals.

I designed this meal prep system from my own experience of consistently preparing meals for our busy family for more than 20 years.   

This saved me from constantly reaching for convenience foods or grabbing takeout, so we ate much healthier. 

We enjoyed meals with tons of variety and all I had to do is check the menu hanging on the fridge to descide.

Can you imagine knowing what you're doing for dinner before your day begins and not scrambling at the end of it when you're out of ideas and energy?

That was huge for me!

Our own kids, now grown, value healthier food choices, enjoy connection around a meal, and embrace cooking for themselves.

Monthly Meal Prep Saves You Money

in so many ways ...

  • Fewer trips through the drive-thru and eating out ($100-350 mo)
  • Saves you from impulse buying because you are in the grocery store less often ($100+ mo) 
  • Planned meals, including leftovers, means more efficient buying and less wasted food (avg. of $125 mo)
  • Create menus from familiar recipes you already know your family will like. No more memberships. ($20-60 mo)
  • A combined shopping list so you can buy in bulk ($30-50 mo)
  • Relying less on conveniece foods or processed foods ($60-100 mo)

Studies show enormous benefits from meal planning and preparing meals at home.

Cooking Light

Jan 26, 2021

Top 5 Benefits of Meal Planning, According to Dietitians

#1 You're more likely to reach health goals.

#2 It saves you LOTS of money.

#3 It enables variety and gives you control.

#4 It streamlines shopping and decreases food waste.

#5 It prevents decision fatigue.

Science Daily

Nov 7, 2014

Time Preparing Meals at Home Linked to Healthier Diet

"Spending more time at home preparing meals is associated with several indicators of a better diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Conversely, spending less than an hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out."

Family Dinner Project

Massachusetts General

Benefits of Family Dinners

"Over three decades of research have shown that regular family meals offer a wide variety of physical, social-emotional and academic benefits. While some of these benefits can be gained through other activities, eating together is the only single activity that is known to provide all of them at the same time."

Imagine knowing what you're doing for dinner before your day begins instead of scrambling at the end of it when you're out of ideas and energy! 

Here's what others are telling me ...

Wendy S.


I have learned so many helpful tips for preparing meals that will make it so much easier! There's so much I just didn't know—now I feel more prepared to cook.

Diane H. 


Spending less time in the kitchen during the week is golden. The shortcuts and hints are just what I needed!

Nancy C.


I can't believe how much I've learned that will help me cook for my family. The printables are great too!

Why our system is so different ...






Customize menus, recipes, & servings

Accommodates individual tastes

Minimal ingredient & packaging waste

Use ANY recipe, even your own

Complete control over recipes and menus

ALL your recipes in one place

NO ongoing subscription costs

Monthly Cooking Meal Prep Online Course

Use our Quick Start Menu so you're ready to shop and cook within a few key strokes.

Serving your family dinner every night has never been easier.

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

FREE MasterCook SOFTWARE ($140 Value)
You get a free recipe management tool I've used for 25 years! 
  • Easily use on PC or Mac with Windows 8 or newer
  • Mobile app included for 1 year
  • ALL your recipe from ANYWHERE in one place, including importing from other tools like Big Oven or Paprika
  • Recipe scaling, nutrition & cost analysis
  • Share recipes with friends and family
  • Create custom family cookbooks and more
  • THIS is an awesome tool we think you'll love, BUT the course is designed to be used with ANY recipe management tool you choose, including binders!
($149 Value)

You'll have guidance every step of the way through easy to follow tutoritals and lifetime access!

Organized so it is all self-paced so you can skip to (or review) exactly what you need.


You can dive right into organizing your own recipes or use our Quick Start Menu to set up your cooking day even faster!

Once you download the software, simply import our menu and shopping list of 7 preset recipes for 10-12 meals and a cooking day outline.

You'll have have delicious meals in your freezer in less than a day!

Course Highlights

Sneak peek!


Recipe Collection & Management

Outline and detailed video tutorials of how to collect, edit, store, and manage recipes manually or digitally.


Menu Planning

Step-by-step monthly and weekly menu planning around cooking one day a month to stock your freezer with a variety of meals so you're always a step ahead of what life brings.


Shopping List Guide & Management

Combine recipes and ingredients to streamline the once a month cooking day system so you can be as efficient as possible in the kitchen.


Cooking Day Planner and Guide

Includes cooking day planning and prep, complete set-up guide, as well as appliance and equipment recommendations.


Tips, Guides, and Hacks

This module is all about all the little things that make grocery budgeting, buying, reducing waste, meal prep, defrosting and serving meals that much easier.


Food Storage & Kitchen Organization

A guide to the best food storage products and efficient kitchen organization.


Cooking with a Partner

A practical guide for considering and finding a cooking partner to share the load and foster community.

Cooking Day Quick Start Menu

We’ve put together a quick start menu of 7 preset recipes for 10-12 meals and a cooking day outline for you so you’ll have delicious meals in your freezer in no time!


And there's so much more!


  • Fresh recipe ideas
  • LIVE tutorials
  • Technical help
  • Real-time support

    - Menu Planning Cheat Sheet
    - Monthly Menu Plan Sheet
    - Weekly Meal Planning Guide
    - Weekly Meal Plan Sheet
    - Side Dishes for Weekly Prep
    - Healthy Shopping Guide
    - General Shopping List
    - Measure & Yields Chart
    - Conversions & Yields Chart
    - Common Substitutions



    • Future courses on grilling, make-ahead holidays, low carb, baking, cooking with kids
    • OTHER Expert courses on InstantPot, Airfryer, sourdough baking, etc.

    I know, it's hard to believe you get all that, right?!

    One-time purchase





    Solve the "what's for dinner" dilemma for good!

    includes all this
    • 7 Modules, 16 lessons, 14 videos
    • MasterCook software (Value: $140) 
    • Step-by-Step Video Tutorials (Value: $149) 
    • Quick Start Menu (Value: $25) 
    • Real-time Facebook Support (Value $125)
    • Companion Printables (Value $29)
    • Clean Eating E-Book (Value $17)
    • Priority Discounts (Value $$$)
    • One-time price, no monthly fees
    • Amazing Value OVER $485

    What You'll Experience ...

    Cancel the Complaints

    No longer depend on someone else's menu plans that don't fit your family. Use ANY recipe for your monthly cooking day.

    Feel Like You're a Step Ahead

    Choose delicious meals from your own menu so you can face whatever life throws at you at dinnertime.

    Dinner Every Night

    End the day without stressing over dinner and have more energy for quality family time around the table.

    More than a meal planner, it's a lifestyle!


    Can I use the Monthly Cooking system with a specialty diet?

    Absolutely. You can incorporate any recipe from any specialty diet into your cooking day. For help with a specific recipe, post a question in the Monthly Cooking Facebook group.

    What if I have picky eaters or my family doesn’t like casseroles or dump meals?

    You’re in the right place! My kids didn’t like foods that were all mixed together (casseroles), or sauces, or eating the heads of asparagus … and we were able to navigate all their preferences easily because we could use any recipe in this system.

    How is this different from freezer cooking, Make one & freeze one, or batch cooking?

    Monthly Cooking Meal Prep uses ALL these methods of making meals ahead! You can use our system to incorporate ANY make-ahead method, appliance, or time frame (monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly). Meal planning is easiest when you have control over every part of the planning process. 

    What if I don't have a computer? Can I use this course on my phone or tablet?

    The recipe collection and meal planning system works best with a laptop or PC, but can also be used on a mobile phone or tablet with a current subscription to recipes apps like Paprika, or a free list app like AnyList.

    Do I have to have a printer?

    A printer is important for printing the recipes for your cooking day to avoid damaging laptops or other devices in the messy environment of a kitchen. However, if you feel comfortable viewing and editing recipes from a device and are not concerned about moisture damage, you can be successful without a printer.


    No, you do not have to use MasterCook software or any digital app, though I highly recommend it. There is instruction in the course for doing everything manually, if that is what you are used to. Whatever method of recipe management you choose, our monthly cooking meal prep course helps you cook one day a month so dinner every night is a breeze!

    Can I use mastercook on a mac?

    If you have a Mac, you will need Windows 8 or newer installed onto your Mac computer in order to use the MasterCook software. However, if that is not an option for you, our monthly cooking system also works with apps like Paprika, Big Oven, and more. 

    What if i already use a recipe app like paprika? Can I import my recipes to Mastercook?

    Yes, you can import recipes from other recipe software or apps like Big Oven, Cook'n, Key Gourmet, Living Cookbook, MacGourmet, Meal Master, Micro Cookbook, Now You're Cooking, and Paprika to MasterCook so all your recipes are in one place. 

    Can i share my account with my friend?

    Each purchase and course enrollment is for single use only. However, we value community and are happy to offer super-special friend discounts. Contact us at for more details.

    Do you offer a coupon?

    Who doesn't like a deal? On top of the amazing deal you already get with our course, if you enter 10MORE at checkout, you'll get an even sweeter deal with 10% OFF!

    Do you offer group discounts? my church group would like to establish a meals ministry.

    One of the benefits of always having meals in the freezer is being able to help others who may be ill or recovering from surgery, new moms, or grieving families. We look forward to offering group accounts in the future as the course becomes more refined and we can ensure a smooth experience when that becomes available.

    can I get my money back?

    We are totally committed to helping you bring this course to life in your kitchen to make dinnertime easier. Yet we understand there may be extenuating circumstances so we offer a full refund when requested within 14 days of purchase so long as the MasterCook software has not been downloaded. Because we partner with Valusoft to bring you this impressive software without additional charge, refunds are not available once you have installed the software

    Have a question not answered here?

    Contact us at and we’ll get right on it!

    A personal note from your guide, Judy Purcell

    Hi, I'm Judy. I'm a total foodie, love cooking and gardening, and one of my joys in life is sharing good food with those I care about. I love how food brings us together.

    My mission is to help families connect at the dinner table.

    I want you to have more connection with your family than you've ever had.

    I want you to have more success eating healthy than you've ever known.

    I want you to experience more joy serving your family than you ever thought possible.

    I want you to know what it feels like to see your kids grow in healthy habits that will serve them their whole lives.

    I want you to be empowered to choose and prepare the food that will fuel your personal goals for wellness.

    Connection, healthy eating, and joy all require intentionality.

    What does all that have to do with monthly cooking? 


    Are you ready to break the cycle of unhealthy convenience foods and dinnertime frustration?

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