Dinner Trade, Dinner Swap, Dinner Group

It doesn't matter what you call your Dinner Trade. For me, I call it a life changer. It has saved me money, time, and weight gain from eating so much fast food. I'm loving the family time we're getting by sitting down to have dinner each night. My friendship with my neighbors has grown. My kids are experiencing a variety of new foods and recipes, and I can rest assured they're not going to be limited to chicken dinos and hot dogs the rest of their life. Once you start a Dinner Swap Dinner Group, you'll wonder why you didn't start it before.


This site is a work in progress. You can learn more about Dinner Groups by reading the Startup Guide. New recipes will be added each week as well as new tips and experiences from being part of a Dinner Group. You can view my group's meal calendar with links to each recipe. Click the "Print this post" option on the recipes and try them out. Then come back to the site and leave your comment and rating.

Dinner Trade Tips

Too many members in your Dinner Group? Too many members in your Dinner Group?

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5 Tips How to Start and How to Last 5 Tips How to Start and How to Last

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8 No Brainer Guide to Cooking for Many 8 No Brainer Guide to Cooking for Many

First time dinner group members and those contemplating joining a dinner group usually... 

Especially 4 You Especially 4 You

I always smile when I remember my friend Fannie. She was my dorm mate in college.... 

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Dinner Trade Experiences

Interesting Statistics on Family Dinners Interesting Statistics on Family Dinners

Do you think that sitting down and having a family dinner together is important?... 

Bring Your Family Back to the Dinner Table Bring Your Family Back to the Dinner Table

Better than the time and money I save, the greatest thing that has come out of doing... 

Respect At the Dinner Table Respect At the Dinner Table

My sister is an English teacher. She has taught different nationalities, from Africans,... 

Your Children Want You Your Children Want You

My friend grew up in a broken home. She had to shuttle every month or so from one... 

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Dinner Trade Recipes

Recipe: Taco Soup Recipe: Taco Soup

Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. ground beef 1 lg. onion chopped 1 1/2 pkg taco seasoning 29 oz. tomato sauce 15 oz. corn 15 oz. black beans 15 oz. kidney beans 15 oz. pinto beans 3 – 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes 4 1/2 cups water Instructions Brown ground beef with onion. Put all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer 30 minutes. Garnish with crushed... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Lumpia with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Recipe: Lumpia with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Lumpia Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef, cooked/drained 4-6 green onions, chopped 1/3 c. or 1 sm. can water chestnuts, chopped 4 c. shredded cabbage (I buy the packaged cole slaw mix which includes the carrot) 1 large carrot shredded 1/8 c. ground pepper Instructions Mix all of the above in large bowl. Wrap in lumpia/eggroll wrappers (seal with... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Martin Yan’s Firecracker Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe: Martin Yan’s Firecracker Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients Martin Yan’s Firecracker Sweet and Sour Pork 1 cup sweet and sour sauce ¼ cup chicken broth ¾ lb boneless pork, cut into ¾-inch cubes ½ cup cornstarch 2 Tbsp cooking oil ½ cup diced onion ½ cup diced green bell pepper ¾ cup pineapple chunks 6-8 dried chili peppers Instructions Combine the Sweet and Sour Sauce and the chicken... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Spinach and Tomatoes Recipe: Baked Ziti with Spinach and Tomatoes

Ingredients 3/4 pound hot Italian sausages, casings removed 1 medium onion, chopped 3 large garlic cloves, chopped 1 28-ounce can diced peeled tomatoes 1/4 cup purchased pesto sauce 10 ounces ziti or penne pasta (about 3 cups), freshly cooked 8 c. fresh, washed spinach leaves (about 2/3 of 10-ounce pkg) 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed ... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Indian Naan Bread Recipe: Indian Naan Bread

Ingredients 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (There are 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast in a .25 ounce packet.) 1 cup warm water 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons salt 4 1/2 cups bread flour 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional) 1/4 cup butter, melted Instructions In a large bowl, dissolve... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Thai Sesame Noodles Recipe: Thai Sesame Noodles

Ingredients 1 c. Prepared Good Seasons Asian Sesame dressing, divided 1 lb. Chicken breast, cut into strips 2 T. Chunky peanut butter 2 T. Honey ½ tsp. Crushed red pepper 8 oz. Thin spaghetti, cooked and drained ¾ c. Shredded carrot (comes prepackaged) ¾ c. Sliced green onions ¼ c. Chopped cilantro (opt.) Instructions Pour 1/3 c.... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy Vinegar Sauce
Recipe: Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy Vinegar Sauce

From Martha Stewart’s Website Ingredients Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons sugar 1 whole scallion, trimmed and sliced 1 hot green chili, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons water Dumplings 1/2 pound ground turkey, chicken, or pork (if using poultry, add 1 teaspoon peanut oil... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Sausage Bread Stuffing
Recipe: Sausage Bread Stuffing

From Martha Stewart’s Website Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 onion, chopped 3 celery stalks, sliced on the bias 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves, or 1 teaspoon crumbled dried sage 1 cup white wine 1 whole... [Read more on this topic]

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