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: Pumpkin Bars
Recipe: Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients Pumpkin Base 4 eggs 3 cups pumpkin 3/4 cup oil or applesauce 2 cups sugar 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda Frosting 8 oz cream cheese 1 stick butter 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Mix the eggs, sugar and oil and pumpkin Mix and add:... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Swedish Meatballs
Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef chuck 1 pound ground pork 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 1 1/2 cups whole milk 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 garlic cloves, minced Coarse salt and ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 3 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups canned reduced-sodium beef broth grape or current jelly, cooked... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Gai)
Recipe: Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Gai)

Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Gai) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons ginger; grated 5 teaspoons red curry paste 6 cups chicken broth 3 tablespoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 28 ounces coconut milk 1 pound chicken breasts, cut thin in strips 1/2 pound mushrooms; sliced 1 white onion, sliced 8 oz snow peas 2-3 carrots, sliced ... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Pork Carnitas
Recipe: Pork Carnitas

  These marbled chunks of pork shoulder are first simmered to ensure they become tender, and then browned so they develop a flavorful crust. 6 pounds pork shoulder (butt or picnic roast), bone removed, meat cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons coarse salt 2 1/2 cups water Place cubed pork, salt, and water in a deep, straight-sided 14-inch... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Beef Stew Recipe: Beef Stew

Ingredients 2 lbs stew meat 1 seasoning packet “Beef Stew” 1 cup water 3 cups cubed, raw potatoes 2 cups sliced, raw carrots 1/2 cupt finely chopped onion Salt Pepper Instructions Cook and season to taste 2lbs of stew meat in pan. Don’t drain drippings. Add any “Beef Stew” seasoning packet to 1 cup water, whisk... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: BBQ Baked Beans with Sausage Recipe: BBQ Baked Beans with Sausage

Quick and easy Baked Beans with a slight twist. Most recipes I’ve come across call for bacon and ketchup. I’ve swap those ingredients with sausage and barbecue sauce to give a unique approach on an old favorite. Ingredients 2 tubes of sausage 1/4 cup dried onions 1 (29 ounce) can baked beans 1 (15 ounce) can black beans 1/2 cup bbq... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Cucumber and mango salad with chili-spiced pork
Recipe: Cucumber and mango salad with chili-spiced pork

Ingredients 2 T. plus 1 t. olive oil 2 boneless pork loin chops coarse salt and ground pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 4 t. honey 2 T. fresh lime juice 1 large mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1″ pieces 1 English cucumber, cut into 1″ pieces 1 large head romaine lettuce roughly chopped Instructions In a medium skillet, heat... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Shredded Pork Tacos with Tomatilla Sauce
Recipe: Shredded Pork Tacos with Tomatilla Sauce

Ingredients 1 pork roast 1 package bacon Instructions Slice bacon into pieces. Place pork into crockpot. Top with bacon. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Shred pork. Serve on tortilla with toppings such as cheese, black beans, corn, salsa, rice, avocado, lime, lettuce, tomato, etc. Recipe: Cafe Rio, Creamy Tomatillo Dressing–aka the green... [Read more on this topic]

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