{How-To} Host a Meal Exchange


I have had a ton of people ask me for healthy crockpot meal recipes, but another awesome way to try new crockpot recipes without making them all yourself is to do a Meal Exchange!

What is a Meal Exchange?

It is where you get 8-12 ladies together and swap meals! So fun and so wonderful especially through the HOLIDAY SEASON!


First thing to do is send an email out to 12 of your friends that looks a bit like this:
Hi everyone!

I’m so excited for our next meal exchange at my house on (DATE and TIME). Please don’t be late in case anyone needs to grab their meals and go.

A few important details:
1. If you are not going to do the exchange please let all of us know by this (DATE) so it gives everyone time to prepare the meals and buy the appropriate amount of groceries.
2. Be sure to bring an ice chest to take your meals home in and a large laundry basket to place in your number spot with all of us to grab a meal from. Think of it sort of like a “trunk or treat”… you bring your meals in the basket and drag your ice chest along with you to each of our baskets, picking up a meal along the way until you have all your meals.
3. Below is the list of those who are joining. Be sure to label all your meals with your number listed next to your name. For example I’m #1 so “#1” will be written on all my meals.
4. Include a 3×5 card in a zip lock bag in every meal with cooking directions on one side and the recipe on the back. Put it in the zip lock bag so it can go in the freezer with the meal.
5. All meals need to be freezable.
6. The meals need to be crockpot ready or oven ready. (It can also be something super fast to cook on the stove top – 10 minutes or less)
7. When you know what you are going to make, please reply to all so we can all see what meals are being prepared. We don’t want to end up with 10 chicken soups :/
8. All dinners need to serve AT LEAST 6 people.

We are limiting this Meal Exchange to no more than 12 people so if you know of someone who wants to do it, have them email me soon.

1. Bobbi
2. Jane
3. Sarah
4. Cassie


EASY RIGHT?! Then you will have 8-12 meals in your freezer to pull out and enjoy in a flash! Yes, the one day of prep to make 12 meals for everyone else takes some time, but you are making the same thing so just make an assembly line and it will go by fast!

This time around I made Pumpkin Coconut Curry! The best thing to do is to go Pinterest and find some really yummy crockpot meals.

Picture from Table for Two.
We have had everything from chicken enchilada soup to BBQ chicken pizzas and you don’t have to do crockpot meals… You can do meals that can be frozen and reheated.
Question: Name your favorite crockpot recipe? 


7 responses to “{How-To} Host a Meal Exchange”

  1. Jennifer Avatar

    Thanks!! I’ve been waiting for this. Super simple but I’m so excited to hopefully start a tradition with all my friends!

  2. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this so much! I might try to do this with my mom group!

  4. Love this! A great excuse to hang out with friends with the benefit of stocking up your freezer. My fav crockpot meal is Veggie Chili and I usually make a batch of cornbread to go on the side.

  5. I love this idea! My favorite crock pot recipe is sweet potato & black bean chili! 🙂

  6. Great post! I love how easy you made this for me to pick up and host my own. 🙂

  7. fyi your recipe tab seems to be down