Busy moms turn to meal swaps

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by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Dinner time can be stressful for busy moms, who sometimes find they’re frantically trying to get food on the table.  That’s why more moms are taking part in freezer meal swaps. 

The idea is for a group of women to get together and swap dinners.  Each woman is responsible for making one freezer-friendly meal for each of the other families in the group.


Angela Russell, a mother of two, says freezer meal swaps have saved her time and money.  For example, she spent about 2 hours and $40 making sweet and sour meatballs for 8 people.  After the swap, she walked away with 8 different meals that will feed her family of four. 
 

“I think this works well because I'm only dealing with one recipe.  I'm only dealing one set of ingredients and preparing one kind of meal,” said Russell.
 

Russell explains because you’re buying ingredients for a large number of people, you can purchase in bulk, which saves money.
 

Russell’s friend, Kellie Westfall, who hosts the swaps, suggests setting guidelines such as making sure there are a variety of meals and no duplicates, avoiding spicy foods and keeping the group small.
 

Westfall enjoys having meals ready to go, not for her family, but for others.
 

“It's one of those things that's nice to have too if you need to bring a meal to somebody to just pull it out of the freezer,” said Westfall.

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