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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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]

Recipe: Apricot Pineapple Chicken Recipe: Apricot Pineapple Chicken

Sweet and tangy chicken made with just four ingredients. Perfect over rice or with potatoes. Ingredients 1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix 1 Cup Russian Dressing (Wishbone makes it) 2 Cup apricot jam 1 large can pineapple 8 pieces of boneless chicken. Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all above ingredient together. Cook for 45 minutes... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Pico de Gallo
Recipe: Pico de Gallo

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups seeded, diced tomatoes 1/4 cup diced red onion 1 tablespoon diced jalapenos 1 tablespoon minced garlic Juice of 2 limes 2 tablespoons cilantro, plus extra for garnish Salt and pepper Instructions In a bowl combine all ingredients. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 3.0/10 (1 vote cast) Read More →

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