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Dinner Swap

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Author: Maryellen Gollnick

I arranged a dinner swap at my school. There were 3 families per group and I also had a list of "subs." On Sunday I would prepare 3 of the same dinners for the week.

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I arranged a dinner swap at my school. There were 3 families per group and I also had a list of "subs."  On Sunday I would prepare 3 of the same dinners for the week. The dinners could be "ready to go" like BLT wraps, something that just needed to be heated up like meatballs. or something that would take 30-45 min. to cook like a meatloaf. We just provided the main dish and fixings if they were needed for the meal (cheese for tacos, rolls for burgers etc.) On Monday  I would leave work with 2 meals that I didn't have to worry about for the week along with the one at home that I had prepared for the swap. 

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We used "Don't Panic, Dinner is in the Freezer" for many of our recipes. We also utilized online blogs and website for dinner recipes that could be made ahead of time, frozen or partially prepared. We had a "No Casserole" rule.   We completed a questionnaire so we could be clear about likes and dislikes,allergies etc. About 6 weeks after starting everyone had a chance to submit the names of meals that didn't work for their family and dinners that families loved. If a meal was mentioned as a "didn't work" it wouldn't be made again.

How this tip has helped:
Not having to worry about what I was making for dinner took a lot of pressure off of me at the end of a work day. I would schedule my late school days on the days I had a dinner ready to go. This also helped me make the most of my time on those late days because I knew I could stay late and still get dinner on the table for my family. Less guilt:)

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We used subs when someone wasn't able to participate due to illness or busy family weekends.  The subs were people who couldn't commit to doing swap every week but were up for participating from time to time.


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