Save time! Organize a food swap!

A group of friends of mine decided to organize a food swap.  The goal is to try some new foods and stock your freezer with several meals to have as a go-to on those nights you don't have time (or energy) to get dinner on the table. We had 7 people participating total.  Everyone made one meal and made enough for themselves to keep a portion and 6 to give away.  Then we all picked a date and met up at one person's house and swapped meals.

I made baked ziti and here are my 7 ziti's all lined up!

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The seven meals we swapped were:

-Baked Ziti

-Flagrant Beef Curry

-Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna Roll Ups

-Mexican Lasagna

-Breakfast Casserole and Muffins

-Chicken Tikka Masala

-Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas

All the meals were SO good and it was awesome to bring home 7 home cooked meals.  It's been great to pull out one of those meals when I'm too tired to cook or busy or just want to try something new!

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe:


1 lb ground turkey or ground beef

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

1/2 yellow onion

1 cup red wine

1 box ziti pasta

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

½ cup ricotta cheese

1 lb bag of shredded mozzarella (or as much as desired)

Olive oil

You can add any other veggies you’d like as well.  I added a bag of spinach and fresh basil.


Instructions :

Preheat oven to 350

Sautee onions with olive oil on medium heat until they are browned. Then add the ground turkey or beef and saute until cooked through.  Once the meat is browned, add one jar of pasta sauce, one cup of red wine and one tablespoon of olive oil.  While simmering, cook ziti.  Once ziti is cooked, combine meat/sauce and ziti.  Add ½ cup parmesan and ½ cup ricotta cheese and mix.  Put in baking dish, cover with mozzarella and bake until cheese melts and sauce bubbles at 350 degrees.