For the busy individual and over-scheduled family, preparing a nightly dinner can be difficult. If you find it hard to put a healthy, wholesome meal on the dining room table every night, odds are, you’re not alone. A dinner swap is the perfect solution!
Reach out to several families in your local community, from family friends to your children’s school, and see if there’s interest in a meal swap.
Once you’ve identified an interested group, take some time and get to know each other. It’s important to discuss family sizes, budgets, special diets and food allergies. Create a monthly plan for the group. To keep things consistent, designate a specific date and time for the swap every month. You could also plan themes ahead of time to make sure there’s some variety.
The overall goal of a dinner swap is to create a large batch of one meal and share it with the other families in the group. Depending on the size of your group, you could have dinners prepared for an entire week! Meals should be pre-cooked, then frozen. Make sure to include instructions on how to reheat and bring copies of your recipe for the group. As you get into the swing of things, be vocal about what’s working and where there is room for improvement. In the meantime, enjoy! You’ll have a few extra days of “me-time” during the week while tasting a wide variety of foods and flavors.
Have you ever participated in a dinner swap? What worked well and what needed improvement?