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!