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?

So what do you do if you have too many people who want to join your dinner group?... 

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

We can’t help but emphasize the importance of eating dinner together with your... 

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: 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: Breadmaker Never Fail Wheat Bread
Recipe: Breadmaker Never Fail Wheat Bread

From Jessica Bybee Ingredients 1 1/3 C. Warm Water (hard water works best) 2 T. Oil (Vegetable, Canola, or Light Olive Oil) 3 T. Sugar (Honey or Brown Sugar) 1 1/3 tsp. Salt 4 C. Flour (I usually do 1 C. of white for one of them to make the bread lighter) 1 T. Gluten Flour (heaping T.) 1 T. Yeast Instructions Add ingredients in order on list into... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Stuffed Pasta Shells with Sausage Recipe: Stuffed Pasta Shells with Sausage

Delicious stuffed pasta shells never fail to make a big impression. This is a unique dish that will be a big hit with kids of all ages. Ingredients Pasta: 1 1/2 boxes (about 20 oz.) Jumbo/Super Shells Macaroni 1 1/2 Tbsp. salt 2 Tbsp. oil Cheese Mix: 4 lbs cottage cheese (low fat or non-fat) 3 lbs white cheese (I use half mozzarella and half... [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]

Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

“Tikka” means pieces and “Masala” means both spice and spices. When wet ingredients are added to a spice mixture, such as yogurt or water, it’s called a “wet” masala. As you can see from the ingredient list below, making Indian Curry is a bit complex. For this reason, I like to use a sauce starter, my favorite... [Read more on this topic]

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: Mexican Layer Dip Recipe: Mexican Layer Dip

This is a yummy recipe for a colorful seven layer dip. This recipe is perfect for the side dish of a Mexican style main course. This recipe made enough for the five families in our dinner group. Ingredients 12 oz. Can refried beans 12 oz Dean’s Zesty guacamole dip 2 lg chopped tomatoes 4.25 oz can chopped black olives Sour cream spread:... [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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