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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Especially 4 You Especially 4 You

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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: 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: Garlic Rosemary French Bread Pizza Dough
Recipe: Garlic Rosemary French Bread Pizza Dough

From Jessica Bybee 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... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Corn Chowder
Recipe: Corn Chowder

Ingredients 6 potatoes  peeled and cubed 3 carrots  diced 6 tablespoons butter 2 jalapeno seeded and minced 1 red onion chopped 3 cups corn 4 tablespoons flour 4 cups chicken stock 2 ounces Canadian bacon 3 cups half and half 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce salt and pepper to taste Instructions Combine potatoes and... [Read more on this topic]

Recipe: Saffron Rice in Rice Cooker Recipe: Saffron Rice in Rice Cooker

Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon saffron 4 cups water or chicken broth 8 tablespoons butter 4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice or Basmati rice 4 teaspoon salt Instructions Add water/broth and saffron to rice cooker and turn to the rice cooker to warming. In a skillet that can be tightly covered, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the rice... [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: 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: 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 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]

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