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If you’ve ever watched Paula Deen, you are most likely familiar with hearing her say, “From my kitchen to yours,” since it is kind of her tagline. I no longer have cable, and her shows are among the few that I actually miss. I went in her store once while visiting her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, such a beautiful place!
Who knew that I could be more excited for day four of this 31 day challenge than I was for day three?! Today’s challenge is all about doing a meal swap, and I just wrote about this idea a few weeks ago in my post called Have You Discovered the Beauty of a Meal Swap? Be sure to read that before continuing on here, it tells you everything you need to know.
That post lays out the nuts and bolts of why it works along with the advantages of having a meal swap so there is no need for me to reinvent that wheel here, but I will touch on a few additional highlights.
Organizing a meal swap is frugal, time efficient, and fun, but it is also a great way to meet new people. If you have only a couple of friends who are willing to be part of your meal swap, what about if they were to also branch out to some of their friends to recruit more meal swapping chefs? There is something so amazing about the way that cooking brings people together in all kinds of ways, and having a meal swap can be one of them.
Have you ever been to a cookie or ornament exchange around the holidays? A meal swap can work in much the same way. Once everyone has prepared their dishes by the designated day and time, gather someplace where you can have a fun social time as well.
In my previous post about meal swapping, I mentioned meeting at a coffee place, but you could also make a shorter girls night out with it and get more bang for your buck. I don’t know about you, but I need more girls nights out in my life, and this meal swap can be the perfect “excuse” for one.
Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to have a monthly meal swap with ten people involved? That would be ten whole meals that you have in your freezer ready to go. Using this model, you could serve one of these delicious meals to your family at least twice a week! That’s a lot of cooking that you won’t be doing the day of!
Even if the same people can’t participate each month, the group usually continues to grow anyway.
A meal swap can also be a way to meet some neighbors whom you may not already know. What about the people who just moved in a couple of doors down. Maybe you could make them one of your best dishes along with an invite to join your meal swap group.
If you have never tried a meal swap, now is the perfect time to try it out. I promise, you will fall in love with it!
If you are looking for some freezer meal ideas, I have frozen my wet burritos, chicken enchiladas, and pulled pork. I also have a board for freezer cooking on Pinterest. You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking on this link.
A meal swap is truly a beautiful thing, and it’s also a way to spread love from “my kitchen to yours” as the lovely Paula Deen always says! I definitely think she was on to something!