It’s been a year since we officially started our Meal Share Plan. I had no idea that it would sustain itself and that we would all be so utterly happy with it for this long! We truly cook so similarly and our tastes are so alike. Since we share the same goals of eating family friendly nutrient-dense wholesome meals, the system works well. I certainly don’t mean to talk it up to benefit me: I truly put this site together because I HOPE it helps a lot of families like us out there: busy people with a taste for varied flavor and a fervor for cooking.
I came back from a trip to India a few weeks ago and found myself as expected in a dusty vacant house, full of suitcases to be unpacked, a fridge to replenish, and a few other “critters” that greeted me upon arrival, MUCH to my dismay. As with any family trip, you come home and it takes a while to get settled, especially after such a long international trip. I found myself so busy getting back in the swing of things that I barely had time to coordinate my regular meal planning.
After three weeks of incredible food in India, both homemade and restaurant dishes, I was really craving some home-cooked food. Especially after a 20-plus hour journey with airplane food. After a meal or two of some missed Tex-Mex take-out and good ole American pizza, we were lucky enough to receive 2 homemade meals, delivered as usual, from my meal share plan partners, who cooked for us despite me not being able to cook for them. I did a makeup eventually (we now have a Google calendar we share to plot out the dates in case of any vacation/travel/other dates that we will miss), but I ate their food with such appreciation and gratitude. I felt the love in the food passed on to my family and I realized I truly missed my friends’ cooking. I used to miss my cooking and my homemade food when we would travel, but now what will be missed is my the cooking of my extended family: my mealshare partners.
Here’s what they made that week. Note that they are well-balanced, nutrient-dense, protein-rich, vegetable-laden. Please try these TESTED recipes on your families–the links are provided:
- Meal One: Moroccan Harissa Chicken Stew; Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Parsnip-fennel-cumin soup, Israeli Couscous
- Meal Two: Caribbean fish (and a tofu version); Cilantro-Lime-Cabbage Slaw, Braised Kale, Coconut Rice. You can also try this coconut rice recipe from Steamy Kitchen
And to answer your question? Yes, everything was delicious. And, all six kids ate everything.
Send us recipes to try please! We are always looking for more….Happy Cooking!