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Meal Swap: November 2014 Menu & Recipes

November 2014 Menu

***All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified.***

North American
Leah-tater tot hot dish


Serving Size: It SAYS it serves 8

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of celery or chicken
1 small onion diced
1.5 cups frozen green beans
1.5 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup milk (but maybe add a little milk when you put it in the crockpot)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
1 bag of tater tots

Prep Day Directions: Brown ground beef in a skillet with onion, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the soups and milk, stir to combine. Fold in green beans to meat mixture. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or use a crock pot bag. Place entire bag of tater tots on the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour the meat mixture over the tots. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Add cheese to top, and unplug slow cooker. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Note: you could also cook tots separately if you wanted.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of mixture. Spray crock pot with cooking spray or use a liner. Put tater tots in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour thawed mixture on top and cook on low for 4 hours.

Bridget-Hawaiian haystack


2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup flour
Onions diced
3 garlic minced
2 cups chicken
2 cups rice
Chowmein noodles

Prep Day Directions: Make sauce with chicken and freeze. Put rice, coconut, pineapple, chowmein in separate bags and label.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw and heat sauce. Make rice. Place chow mein noodles on plate top with rice and sauce. Add coconut, pineapple and other toppings you want I.e. celery, green onions, bell pepper, corn, almonds, oranges, cherries or peas.

Jenica-brown sugar meatloaf


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs

Prep Day Directions: Mix ketchup and brown sugar. Put in freezer container.

In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Wrap for freezing and freeze with sauce container.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw meatloaf on a rimmed pan or rimmed cookie sheet. Spread glaze over and bake 350 for 45 minutes.


Nicole-mango chutney chicken curry


4 chicken breast halves (about 3 lb)
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
1 bag of stir-fry vegetables
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch (you provide if desired)
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 jar (9 oz) mango chutney
4 cups hot cooked rice or couscous (you provide)

Prep Day Directions: Put all ingredients into bag except cornstarch and mango chutney. Freeze. Put chicken in bag before other ingredients.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of ingredients. Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add bag with ingredients, mango chutney and cornstarch to crockpot. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 7 hours or until vegetables are tender and juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (at least 165°F).

Ashley- sweet sour meatballs


30 frozen meatballs
1 can pineapple chunks, with juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp minced garlic

Prep Day Directions: Put all ingredients in freezer bag. Freeze flat.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Put entire contents of freezer bag into crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours.

*optional, add sliced peppers and onions in last hour if desired.

Serve over rice (not provided)




Serving Size: 8

1 loaf frozen pizza dough, thawed (Usually found in packs of 3)
1/8 lb (2 oz) deli salami, thinly sliced
1/8 lb (2 oz) deli ham, thinly sliced
1/8 lb (2 oz) pepperoni, thinly sliced
2.5 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespood dried italian spices (~1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley, thyme)
1 tsp pepper 1 jar pasta sauce
1 egg yolk, beaten – you provide

Prep Day Directions: Thaw dough on the counter for a few hours. When thawed, stray plastic wrap with olive oil cooking spray (like Pam) and wrap up. Then put in fridge overnight. In the morning, take out of fridge and put on counter unwrapped on the oiled plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Once doubled, punch down and lightly stray with olive oil. Roll onto a 15 X 12 rectangle jelly roll pan strayed with olive oil. Arrange the salami, ham, and pepperoni over the rectangle. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasonings and pepper. Roll up rectangle jelly roll style beginning with the long side. Seal seam and ends. Place seam side down. Wrap in the same plastic wrap as before. Wrap again in tin foil and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Remove foil and plastic wrap. Brush top with egg yolk. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving with pasta sauce for dipping.

Your choice

Brittany-shrimp scampi


2 pounds shrimp
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons dry white wine
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons minced parsley leaves
1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)

Prep Day Directions: Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Arrange the shrimp in shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of a disposable foil baking dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread or scatter clumps of the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp. Cover, label and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: To prepare, remove from freezer and allow to thaw. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute.

Sarah- beef sandwiches


1 (3lb) beef chuck roast
4 clove garlic
1 (16 oz.) jar pepperoncini or banana peppers
Provolone Cheese

Prep Day Directions: Make small cuts in roast and insert garlic slices. Place roast and entire jar (including juice) of pepperoncini’s in a freezer bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Put in crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred beef and put on buns with cheese.

SW Latin/latin

Katie-white chicken chili


Recipe To Come…

Posted in - Meal Swap Menus

Meal Swap: November 2014 Menu

November 2014 Menu

North American
Leah-tater tot hot dish


Bridget-Hawaiian haystack


Jenica-brown sugar meatloaf



Nicole-mango chutney chicken curry


Ashley- sweet sour meatballs




Your choice

Brittany-shrimp scampi


Sarah- beef sandwiches


SW Latin/latin

Katie-white chicken chili


Recipes to come in November!

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Meal Swap: Jan. ’14 Menu & Recipes for Wednesday Swappers

Jan. ’14 Menu and Recipes Wednesday Swappers

***All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified.***


Erin: cheese steaks


Adapted from Fix, Freeze, Feast

Makes 3 entrees, 6 servings each

6 lbs. sirloin tip beef or other beef suitable for slow cooking
6 tsp beef bouillon granules
3 cups water
3 large green bell peppers, cut into strips (I used red)
3 large onions, cut into strips
18 slices cheese (I used swiss)
18 bread rolls

Prep Day Directions: Put 2 lbs beef into gallon freezer bag. Into each bag put 2 tsp bouillon and 1 cup water. Divide bell peppers and onions evenly into quart size freezer bags Divide cheese into 6 slice portions, enclose in plastic wrap.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in the refrigerator or cook straight from freezer. Put beef and broth into slow cooker. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, or until the beef is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork. Remove beef from broth and set aside until cool enough to shred. Reserve broth. Preheat oven to 350 Meanwhile, heat 2 tsp vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions and stir-fry until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Slice open rolls. Divide beef and vegetables evenly among the rolls. Place a slice of cheese inside each sandwich; close and wrap in foil. Heat in oven for 10 minutes. Serve with broth for dipping.

Emily: beef stroganoff

2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
1T. parsley
1- 3/4 lb. boneless beef round steak cut into strips
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 envelope dried onion soup mix
Jar of mushroom pieces drained
1/2 cup of sour cream egg noodles

Prep Day Directions: Combine spices, meat, soup, water and soup mix. Place in freezer bag and freeze. Place mushrooms, sour cream and noodles in separate bag

Serve Day Directions: Thaw ingredients and place in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. (Check meat at 6 hour mark.) Stir in mushrooms and sour cream. Cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Serve with noodles.

North American/European –

Jenica: tater tot hot dish


1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 (32 ounce) package tater tots
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 package of mixed veggies
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Prep Day: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef with the onions. Drain excess fat, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the soup, the milk, and veggies into the beef until smooth; pour over tater tot layer. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese evenly over the top. You can put the tots on the top or bottom – either depeding on if you want them crispy or not

Serve Day: thaw beef mixture put into 9×9 pan with tots and cover with cheese Bake at 350 for 30-40minutes

Bridget: scalloped potatoes and ham


1.5 lb ham
6 potatoes
2 cups broccoli
I can cream soup
1.5 cup of water

Prep Day Directions: Cut ham, wash, slice and blanch potatoes. Add all ingredience but cheese to freezer bag

Serve Day Directions: Put in crock pot mad cook low med for 6 hrs or you can put on stove top. Add cheese at the end and enjoy

Italian/Mediterranean –

Ashley B: pizza hot dish


1.5 lbs ground beef
1 small yellow onion chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt dash pepper
2 (10 oz) cans pizza sauce
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c sliced pepperoni
1 c 2% milk
6 oz (1 inch) noodles

Prep Day Directions: Cook and drain noodles. Brown beef and onions, drain grease. Add seasoning, pizza and tomato sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add cheese, pepperoni, milk and noodles. Mix until cheese is melted and stringy. Top with pepperoni and more grated cheese.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw overnight. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Kirsten: Zuppa Toscana


1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 small diced onion
2 (14oz) cans chicken broth
1/4 c real bacon bits
2 large potatoes, halfed and sliced
4 c water
1 c heavy cream
2 c chopped kale

Prep Day Directions: Brown sausage with onion and garlic. Combine water, broth and potatoes. Simmer until potatoes cook. Add bacon, kale and cream then simmer another 10 minutes. Let cool and pour in ziplock. Freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag completely in fridge (I would put in large Tupperware in case of leaking) Heat up on stove in saucepan.

Asian/Indian –

Nicole: Thai slow cooker pork


2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips (1/2 bag of frozen tricolor frozen Trader Joes’s peppers)
4 (8 ounce) boneless pork loin chops (can use a more inexpensive cut of meat)
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (you provide)
2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped green onions (you provide)
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1 to 2 limes, cut into wedges

Prep Day Directions: Put slow cooker ingredients into freezer bag. Put in freezer. Put topping ingredients into another bag. Put in fridge.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag. Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray. Empty into slow cooler. Cover and cook on low until the pork is very tender, 6 to 8 hours. Can be put on high for 4 hours for faster cooking. If more peanut butter flavor is desired- Once pork is tender, remove the pork from the slow cooker, and whisk in 1/4 cup peanut butter until smooth. Return the pork to the slow cooker, and cook 10 minutes more. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and peanuts to garnish. Decorate with lime wedges to serve.

Southwestern/Latin American-

Kristine: slow cooker SW lasagna


1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb. shredded Colby-Jack cheese
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 jar (24 oz) salsa
1 cup (8 oz) plain yogurt (I also added garlic and onions while browning the beef.)
3/4 cup water

Prep Day Directions: Brown beef. Combine beef, beans, salsa and spices. Bag it. Freeze flat. In a separate bowl, combine yogurt and cheese. Bag it. Freeze flat. Label bags and box of noodles.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw all bags. Put beef mixture into a bowl and stir in 3/4 cup water. Place a small amount of beef mixture in the bottom of a greased slow cooker. Top with three lasagna noodles, breaking if necessary. Continue the layers with cheese, sauce, noodles until you have three layers. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours on high for 3-4 hours. (I did low for 6 hours and it was perfect!) Serve with tortilla chips, corn bread or garlic bread!

Kellie: chicken tamale pie


1-9oz diced cooked chicken (I used 3 rotisserie chickens to make 9 meals)
1-4.5oz chopped green chilies, drained
2 tsp. taco seasoning
1 cup mexican blend cheese (4oz)
1-11oz. whole kernel corn w/ green and red peppers
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bisquick mix
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Prep Day Directions: In a medium bowl, mix chicken, chilies, and taco seasoning together and put in a quart sized bag; set aside. In medium bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, cornmeal, milk, egg, and mexicorn until blended and pour in gallon size bag. Put cup of cheese into small baggie. But all 3 baggies together and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in refrigerator over night. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray 9 inch pie plate with non-stick spray. Pour chicken mixture into pie plate and sprinkle with cheese. Pour corn mixture over the chicken and cheese mixture and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Cut into wedges and serve. Optional: Lettuce, Sour Cream & Salsa

Next Swap: Will be at Kirsten’s house on 2/12/14 at 8:30pm. Please submit your finished recipe to the blog on the Monday before swap. Thanks for your cooperation!

March 2014 Rotation:

Your Choice – Nicole and Ashley K.
North American/European – Kristine and Kellie
Italian/Mediterranean – Emily and Erin
Asian/Indian – Bridget and Jenica
Southwestern/Latin American – Kirsten and Ashley B.