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: Chinese ham and egg fried rice
Recipe: Chinese ham and egg fried rice

Ingredients 1/2 c. frozen peas 3 tbsp. vegetable 2 eggs, lightly beaten 3 c. boiled rice 1 tsp. salt 2 oz. boiled ham (1/4″ cubes) 1 scallion Instructions Prepare ahead: Place frozen peas into 4 cups boiling water and cook for 5 minutes until tender (defrost). To cook: Set a 12 inch Wok or 10 inch skillet over high heat for 30 seconds.... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Stuffed Breadsticks Recipe: Stuffed Breadsticks

Ingredients Rhodes Texas Roll Dough, thawed until soft Cream Cheese Budding thin sliced lunch meat Butter Garlic Powder Paprika Instructions Roll one piece of dough into a 3 ½” x 4” rectangle. Place cream cheese down the middle and 3 slices rolled meat overlapped. Roll, pinching sides together. Place on greased sheet and brush 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: 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: Simple Cucumber Salad
Recipe: Simple Cucumber Salad

Summary: Emeril Lagasse Simple Cucumber Salad is light and refreshing and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ingredients 3 large seedless cucumbers (about 1 pound each or 4 pounds regular cucumbers) 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped Instructions Peel the cucumbers and cut... [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: Calzone Recipe: Calzone

Ingredients Filling: Shredded mozzarella cheese Pineapple & ham, cut up Pepperoni Diced onions peppers tomatoes (Any combination or other fillings you like ie. olives, artichokes, sausage, etc.) Dough: 2 pkg (2 Tb.) yeast 2 Tb. sugar 2 cups warm water 5 cups flour 2 tsp. salt Instructions Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water.... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Cranberry Chicken Recipe: Cranberry Chicken

Ingredients 1 large bottle Creamy French Dressing 1 pkg dry onion soup mix 1 can whole cranberries Chicken breasts. Instructions Mix dressing, soup mix, and cranberries Layer chicken breasts in 9×13 pan. Pour mixture over chicken. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting or turning occasionally. Serve over rice or potatoes. ... [Read more on this topic]

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