Time for Recipes!

Hello!  Here is your friendly reminder to please submit your recipe to the blog by this Friday evening!  And we can never say too often a big thank you to  Sara for pulling all of the recipes together each month in the master document…. Thank you, Sara!

This month the swap is full at 12 participants, so please prep 12 and bring 11 entrees to the swap.  We are gifting meals to my friend Liz and her family, who continue to adjust to her husband’s sudden paralysis and subsequent super fragile health.  If gifting an extra meal works for you this month, you’ll prep 13 entrees and bring 12 to the swap (or pull an extra out of the freezer that your family hasn’t had opportunity to enjoy yet).

We have 2 open spots for the March swap, so let me know if there’s anyone you know who might want to jump in and give the swap a try, or just be a sub for that month.

Thanks!  Happy meal prepping and I’ll see many of you next Monday evening at 8 p.m at my house!

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

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Time for Posting!

If you haven’t already, please post your recipe to the blog by tomorrow (Friday) evening so that Sara has the time she needs to assemble our master recipe document.  Thanks! And happy weekend!

Quick Update

Happy new year, meal swap friends!  Just a quick update to let you know that there are 10 families participating in the January swap… Kelly will be stepping in as a sub for the month and prepping Turkey Pesto meatloaf (that could also be reshaped into burgers or meat balls, per your family’s preference when you are preparing it at home). So please prep 10 entrees and bring 9 to the swap, leaving one at home for your family to enjoy. We also have the opportunity to gift meals to Polly’s friend Liz, whose husband was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. They are a family of 4, so if it’s the right thing for you this month, please feel free to send along an extra meal for their family.

I’ll send out another reminder to post to the blog mid next-week…. and I’ll see many of you in a little over a week on Monday, January 14th at 8 pm!

Heather

Early Check In

Hi, Everyone –
These days are zooming by, and our next meal swap is already next Monday, December 10th! There are 11 families participating in the swap this month, so please prep 11 and bring 10 to the swap, leaving one at home for your family to enjoy.

Chrystine contacted us recently about a family in her church who would be thankful for the gift of meals… This summer a woman from their church was in a serious car accident, and ended up in a coma for 2 months. Traginically, she died in October, leaving behind her husband and two young kids, ages 2 1/2 and 9 months. The husband has now returned to work, so help with meals would be one way to offer support during this heartbreaking time. Chrystine suggested that because the kids are so small, even sending a 1/2 portion of an entree might be helpful. If it’s the right thing for you this month, please bring along an extra meal for this family. Chrystine will collect any meals for them at next week’s swap and deliver them.

While I’m thinking of it, I also wanted to make a quick note about MSG… the family who had an MSG allergy is no longer part of the meal swap, so the need to be “MSG-free” is no longer as urgent. However, I’m guessing we all agree that in general MSG isn’t the greatest for us, so when we have a choice, let’s continue to chose ingredients that don’t include MSG.

Please submit your recipes to the blog by this Friday evening so that Sara has ample time to compile our master document. It’s super helpful to have these in on time, so thanks in advance for your help with that!

I think that’s it for now… happy meal prepping, and I look forward to seeing many of you next Monday at 8 pm at my house!

Heather

Time for Recipes!

The November swap is next Monday already, so please submit your recipe to the blog by tomorrow (Friday) evening.  Very big and heartfelt thanks to Sara for her capable and cheerful compilation of all of our recipes each month into the master document!

There are 10 families swapping this month, so please prep 10 and bring 9 to the swap, unless you’re gifting a meal to Sylvia and her family, in which case you’ll prep 11 and bring 10 to the swap.  Sylvia is a 7 year old little girl presently receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

A friendly reminder to please choose good quality freezer bags and double bag anything that will be spending time in the freezer.  Thanks for all of the work that’s gone into (or will go this weekend!) the November meals, and I look forward to seeing many of you next Monday evening at 8 PM at my house!

 

October Recipes Needed!

Hi, everyone –

Here is your friendly reminder to please submit your recipe to the blog by tomorrow (Friday) evening.  Sara has an especially busy weekend and really needs all recipes submitted by Friday evening in order to get the master recipe list created before we meet for the swap on Monday.   Thanks in advance for your help with that!

We have 11 swappers this month,  so prep 11 and bring 10 to the swap,  unless you are gifting a meal to the friends of Emily who she told us about at the last swap, in which case you’d prep 12 and bring 11 to the swap.  Any meals gifted – whether one you’ve prepped this month or still have in your freezer from a prior month – would be greatly appreciated. Also be thinking of anyone you know who we might want to do meals for in the coming months….

That’s all for now!  See you next Monday at 8 pm at my house!

Heather

 

Pre-Swap Recipe Reminder

Hi there!

Here is your friendly reminder to please submit your recipe to the blog by this Friday evening so that Sara can compile our master PDF recipe document.  Thanks for your timeliness in getting those in!

This month there will be 9 swappers, so please plan to prep 9 and bring 8 to the swap with you.  We are gifting meals this month to Maria’s cousin and her family – Maria’s cousin is battling breast cancer and would be grateful for the gift of any meals we’d like to send.  If this is right for you this month, you’ll prep 10 and bring 9 with you to the swap.

A couple of other things to highlight – we talked at last month’s swap about trying to make some shifts away from carb-y sides (i.e. noodles and rice, in particular) to more vegetable-y sides.  This, of course, is when it’s reasonable – for example, it makes sense to send noodles with a Beef Stroganoff entrée!  So when there is option and it seems like a natural substitution, we’d like to move more toward veggies and away from carbs.

We also wanted to review the recommended serving amounts for meats.  In that there are several families in the swap who regularly feed 6 with each entrée, it’s important that portion sizes be adequate to feed 6.  As a rule of thumb, if the entrée is primarily just meat, for both chicken and pork, 3 pounds of meat should be included.  For beef, because the price is generally higher, aim for 2 pounds.  If the recipe includes other components that are costly, the amounts of meat will decrease.  When making burgers, please prepare 8.

We continue to use a general rule of thumb that each entrée should cost around $10 to prepare.  There will be some months that it might be a little more, depending on your category or the recipe you’ve selected, but know and trust that the other swap members will also have months where they will spend a bit more than the budgeted $10.  If your entrée is coming in at less than $10, consider either adding more protein, or supplementing with a side or two.

Fall is also a good time to put out a reminder that all entrée components that go in the freezer should be double-bagged in good quality freezer bags.  Using good quality freezer bags is important in maintaining food integrity and safety. For any entrée components that just need to be refrigerated, double bagging is not as important.  When using disposable aluminum pans, please also use a matching fitted top, or be sure to use several layers of aluminum foil so that the entrée stays well protected and free from punctures while in the freezer.  Numbering each of the components of the meal (not items in the Ziploc bags, but each Ziploc bag and any accompanying free-standing items) is also so helpful in ensuring that all parts of the meal can be located when it’s time to prepare it.

Thanks for sticking with this lengthy post, and for your work in planning and preparing such tasty meals!  Please let either Sara or me know if you have any particular questions… happy prepping to those of you (like me!) who have yet to do that, and we’ll see many of you next Monday at 8 pm at my house!

Heather