For a long time, I really disliked cooking. Regardless of what my mood was before I started cooking, it was lousy by the time I was done. I was convinced that I just wasn’t meant to be a cook. Then, one night, I was up late making a meal for a friend on bedrest and, when I was finished, I was still in a good mood. Well, it turns out that I, do in fact, enjoy cooking. What I don’t enjoy is cooking while a two year old is begging for me to do another puzzle with her and a baby is crying to be held. So, I knew that I needed to give freezer cooking a try.
I thought it would be fun to get my friends involved. Maybe we could all get together and cook a few meals at someone’s house. I really wasn’t sure about the logistics but I wanted to try it with others. So, I brought the idea up with my Mom’s group. One of my friends had “subbed” in another meal swap so she grabbed the idea and got us organized!
What is a Meal Swap?
It’s exactly how it sounds! We get together and swap meals! There are six of us in a group and we each pick a meal and make 6. Then, we get together, swap meals, and go home with 6 different meals.
What do you make?Since we didn’t want to come home from the meal swap with 6 different versions of lasagna, we decided to create 6 different categories that we rotate.
*Breakfast for Dinner
When we first started the meal swap, I was a little apprehensive. My original thought was that we would all get together and cook. I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to do all the cooking by myself. How boring! But, because we make just one meal x6, it didn’t take long at all. I was able to do a lot of prep work all together. We’ve only had two meal swaps so far but it has only taken, at most, 3 hours of cooking and preparation. 3 hours, 6 meals, no screaming children…..wonderful!
Get a meal swap started with your own friends! Its a great excuse to get together and a wondeful help to have six meals sitting in the freezer waiting to be tossed in the oven or warmed up on the stove!
Heather, from Spectacular Savings, is a stay at home mom to two little girls. Using coupons, matching them to sales, and finding the best bargains allowed her to become a stay at home mom! Not only does she teach you to save money, but also sees it as an opportunity to give.
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