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Have you ever heard of a meal swap?
You get a group of people together and you swap meals. Each one of the participants will make a set number of the same meal whether it be a dinner dish, a side dish or a dessert. If your meal swap group contains five people than each person would be required to make five of the same dish.
What is the benefit of a meal swap?
Frugally meal swaps are great. They save you time and money. You get to make a dish that you are a custom to make and in return you receive four freshly made dishes and one of your own. If your meal swap group has seven people in it you could end up with a weeks worth of dinner meals made in one night. Dinner for the week, done in one night!
What are the advantages of meal swaps.
Do you have a friend who makes a great casserole or ethnic dish? Do your friends always ask you to make your famous ____ for the neighborhood get together. With a meal swap you can make your famous dish without giving away any of your secret ingredients. You could also end up with your friends great casserole or a great ethnic dish you have never tried to cook.
Meal swaps also bring group friendships together and what better way than to celebrate friendship over food and maybe a glass of wine.
How does a meal swap work?
Meal swaps work similar to cookie exchanges. You set the time, the place and the number of dishes. You also make note of allergies and the ingredients in the dishes so all participants are aware. You may also want to set a dish serving size for each meal prepared.
Each dish should be prepared and delivered in marked containers ensuring you get your casserole container back. Or you can use foil containers or other oven proof buffet, picnic style dish containers. This way there is no returning of dish containers and they can be frozen for later use. Chinese take out style containers work great for meal swap occasions.
Alternatives to meal swapping that still save money and fill the freezer.
If you and a group of friends don’t want to do a meal swap, but still want to fill the freezer you could do a freezer meal preparation night. You could all get together at someone’s house and slice, dice and prepare selected freezer meals. Each one of you leaving with a set number of meals for your freezer or the week ahead.
You may want to put one person in charge of the bulk shopping for the meal preparation night or each one of you may want to bring your own grocery stock. This would need to be set before the meal preparation night.
Meals, recipes and groceries would all need to be selected prior to the group get together. Desserts and wine would be an added bonus.
Once your group is together each person would be in charge of certain preparations. And in the end wonderful meals would be prepared and bagged or put in containers for freezer or fridge storage.
A great site for meal recipe ideas and meal planning would be My Freezeasy. They provide all the menus, meal planning, recipes, grocery shopping lists and more.
Spending time with friends.
What better way to spend time with friends than getting together over good food, conversation and wine or coffee.
Whether you do a meal swap party or a freezer meal preparation party you will end up with money saving meals that fill your freezer or your fridge. Bonus – you don’t have to do meal preparations for a few nights, yeah time to celebrate.
Have an amazing day and have fun swapping meals.
Saving & Simplicity
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