We women love to swap. Swap babysitting, swap stories of our labor and delivery, swap recipes, ideas for decorating, lessons, birthday parties and child rearing. But of all those, the thing I most love to swap these days is dinner. Every Monday, I make a meal and 4X it for 3 other families besides ours. The moms of those 3 other families are doing the same thing and at 1:30 we meet to SWAP. I now have 4 fully prepared dinners for the week and I only had to cook once, come up with one dinner idea and do major clean up-that's right-once. My kids get to try things they might not have otherwise (and I get to plead innocence) and it frees me up to make a nice salad or homemade rolls (although I get those with dinner at times). It helps that I know and love these women, that our families are generally the same size and that they are all incredible cooks.
So here's my swap for you...dinner ideas from dinner swap:
*BBQ ribs with oven roasted potatoes (sprinkle the dry onion soup mix over peeled and cut potatoes)
*spaghetti with garlic bread pull-aparts
*shredded chicken tostadas with cheese, avocado, cilantro and sour cream
*CPK BBQ chicken salad w/ jicama, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, cheese, chips and ranch dressing/BBQ sauce.