Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Freezer Meal Swap

I am part of a group at a local church called Mom's carelink, and one of the opportunities I was able to take advantage of there is participating in a freezer meal swap!  I think this is a great idea, and any group of people could do it.  There were five women in my group who each prepared 4 identical meals to give away (plus one for their own family if they wished).  Yesterday we met and swapped meals, going home with 4 different meals to stock our freezer with!  It was also a great way to get to know these women a little better and let our kids play together.  The meal I chose to make was a slow cooker chicken and dumplings.  It was very cost effective, healthy, and delicious!  The meals I came home with were: ham and potato casserole, mini meatloafs, chicken spaghetti, and a ham and bean soup.  If I were to do this again, I think I would not choose a slow cooker recipe because each meal took 4-5 hours to complete, so it really dragged out the cooking process (although it was easy once I got it going).  Other suggestions for freezer recipes that are not casseroles (just to change it up) are: burritos, stromboli or calzones, pizza, or even breakfast items like pancakes and sausage, muffins, french toast, frozen chopped fruit, etc.  I am looking forward to the period of time over the next week or so with no planning meals, cooking, or major cleanup!


  1. lol. yeah! slow cooking is probably NOT the best for this. that part cracked me up. but what a great idea! Glad you are getting to take advantage of this!

  2. That's a great idea! I would like to find a vegetarian group to do this with. I am kind of lazy though. I would probably do 2 meals and then be like, ugh - nevermind. :)