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

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Dinner Trade Experiences

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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: 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: 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: Orange Cream Fruit Salad
Recipe: Orange Cream Fruit Salad

Ingredients 1 large (5.1 oz) box of vanilla instant pudding 1 small (3.4 oz) box of cheese cake instant pudding 1/2 cup sour cream 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate (do not add water) 1/3 cup milk 1 can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits (drain well) 3 cups mixed frozen berries 3 cups sliced strawberries 1 cup apple, pealed and cut into tidbits 1 can (11 oz)... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Breakfast Cake
Recipe: Breakfast Cake

Ingredients 1 ½ c. flour ¾ c. sugar 2 ½ t. baking powder ¾ t. salt ¼ c. shortening ¾ c. milk 1 egg Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease round layer pan 9X 1 ½ inches or square pan, 8X8X2 or 9X9X2 inches. Blend all ingredients for ½ minute. Spread in pan. Topping: 1/3 c. brown sugar packed ¼ c. flour ½ t. cinnamon 3 T firm butter Instructions Place... [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: Crispy Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe: Crispy Cream Cheese Wontons

Cream cheese wontons have a crispy outside and a creamy, delicious inside.  This crispy cream cheese wontons recipe serves 8 to 10 people, with 2 to 3 wontons per person. Ingredients 230 g cream cheese , at room temperature 55 g green onion , finely minced salt 1 wonton wrappers , package sweet & sour dipping sauce 1 wok or large skillet ... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Garlic Rosemary French Bread
Recipe: Garlic Rosemary French Bread

Ingredients 1 ½ C. Warm Water 1 T. Fresh Rosemary, chopped (generous T.) 2. T. Oil 1- 1 ½ T. Garlic (I used the pre-chopped stuff- if yours is fresh you will want to use less) 2 T. Sugar 1 ½ tsp. Salt 4-5 C. White Flour 1 ½ T. Gluten Flour 1 T. Yeast Instructions Put on a large cookie sheet that has been greased/sprayed and has a layer of... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Sarah’s Salad (Lion House Cookbook) Recipe: Sarah’s Salad (Lion House Cookbook)

Ingredients 1 head iceberg lettuce (washed and torn into bite size pieces) 3 strips bacon (fried and diced) 5 oz frozen peas, thawed 1/4 t. Sugar 1/2 t. Salt 1/4 t. Pepper 2 1/2 oz. Swiss cheese slices, cut in strips 2/3 c. Chopped green onin 1/4 c Mayo 1/4 c Miracle Whip Instructions Put lettuce into salad bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, salt, and... [Read more on this topic]

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