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Meal Swap: December 2014 Menu & Recipes

December 2014 Menu for Wednesday’s Meal Swap

*All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified. Swappers make the same dish for the whole group at home. Then they get together once a month to swap entrees. It’s such a blessing to go home with a variety of food. No longer struggle with what’s for dinner! *

Your Choice

Kellie – Girl Scout Beef Gumbo


1/4 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
2 lb. hamburger
1/2 cup water
3 cans condensed beef vegetable soup
1/4 lb. velveeta cheese, cubed
bag of corn chips

Prep Day Directions: Brown hamburger with onion and green pepper. Let cool and put in labeled bag (1 of 2). Add soup, water, and velveeta to bag and seal. label corn chips (2 of 2).

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of gumbo. Heat until hot and serve with cornchips!

Sara – Dijon Fish Cakes


36 oz. Tilapia
3/4 c. Mayonnaise
3 eggs
3 Tbsp fresh (1 Tbsp dried) dill
1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/4 c. Panko

Prep Day Directions: Heat oven to 400° F. Place the tilapia on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool and flake into small pieces. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, eggs, dill, and mustard. Fold in the tilapia and panko. Form the mixture into 12 cakes and chill for at least 30 minutes (or flash freeze).

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in refrigerator. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the tilapia cakes until golden, 3 to 5 minutes per side. (Can also be cooked from frozen, add several minutes to cooking time).

North American/European

Katie – Chicken Parmesan Bake


4 cups of shredded, cooked chicken
1 Box Farfalle pasta
1 jar of marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup panko or whole wheat bread crumbs
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, etc)
salt and pepper

Prep Day Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frozen chicken breasts, shred. Boil pasta. Layer the pasta in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish then cover with chicken and marinara sauce. Next, top with cheese until all the chicken is covered. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and a dash of salt and pepper. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs on top.

Serve Day Directions: Let casserole thaw in the fridge overnight. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the sides.


Jenica – Chicken Tortilla Soup


8 servings

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Prep Day Directions: Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours. *I have also let this simmer on the stove for 3-4 hours and its great!

Serve Day Directions: Shred chicken. Enjoy by topping with cooked rice, sour cream, cheese, chips and of course, lime juice!

Bridget – Beef Tamale Pie


1.5lb beef
15oz can of tomatoes diced
Can of corn
1/2 diced onion Cumin
Chili powder
1cup corn meal
Ripe olives

Prep Day Directions: Sautéed onions and garlic Brown beef and drain Add tomatoes corn mad beef mixture together add seasoning and let cool. Add to ziplock bag. 1 cup cornmeal to separate bag and label can of ripe olives and freeze beef mixture.

Serve Day Directions: Pour into baking dish Add 1 cup corn meal to 1cup cold water Boil 3cups water and add the corneal mixture to boiling water and stir until cooked add ripe olives salt and Tb butter to cornmeal mixture Mix with meat ANC bake 400 for 25 mins or until cooked


Leah – Chicken Chow Mien


1-2 lbs Chicken breast (cubed or shredded)
1 can bean sprouts
1 can water chestnuts
1 Cup celery (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1 medium garlic clove (crushed)
1 Cup low sodium chicken broth
1/3 Cup low sodium soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup cornstarch
1/3 Cup cold water Rice
Crispy chow mein noodles

Prep Day Directions: Cook chicken on stovetop or boil until cooked through Chop, combine and mix all the ingredients together (add the water and cornstarch at the very end) Mix the cold water and cornstarch together until it is smooth and all cornstarch has dissolved. Put in crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Prepare rice.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw the night before. Put ingredients from bag #1 in crock pot to cook on low for 6-8 hours. Prepare rice. Top with chow mein noodles. Enjoy!


Nicole – Sausage Peppers and Potatoes


1 pound(s) sweet and/or hot Italian sausage, cut crosswise into thirds (Cut at Everett’s)
1 pound(s) small red potatoes, each cut in half
1 large (about 1 pound) onion, cut into 12 wedges
2 red and/or yellow peppers, cut lengthwise into 8 pieces (used Trader Joe’s tricolor bag)
1 tablespoon(s) olive oil

Prep Day Directions: Cook potatoes. Put cooked potatoes, onions and peppers in one bag. Sausage in another bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in fridge. Heat until meat is cooked and potato/pepper/onion is heated with one tablespoon of olive oil.

Ashley – Chicken Cordon Bleu


3 large chicken breasts, filleted
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
12 slices ham
6 slices swiss cheese
1 – 8oz. package dry stuffing
*1/4 cup butter, melted (you provide)

Prep Day Directions: Combine chicken, milk, and soup in freezer bag and freeze. Put ham and cheese slices in small bag and freeze. Bag stuffing separately and do not freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw both bags. Pour a little of the soup mix just to coat the bottom of your slow cooker. Layer chicken breasts over the sauce. Cover breasts with two slices of ham and one slice of cheese. Pour the remaining soup over the chicken. Sprinkle the stuffing over the top and drizzle butter over the stuffing. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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