Prepare & Share @ CTS
Healthy Meal Sharing Program
The goal of this program is for you to prepare a dish and swap portions with everyone in your group, so you have a variety of home-cooked meals to enjoy throughout the week. This program will give you the opportunity to try out new recipes, share food with friends, and cook less often while still enjoying home-cooked meals.
Note: We suggest meeting with your group to swap dishes, but not necessarily to eat together – although your group may choose to dine together if you wish!
Here’s How It Works
- Provide us with your name, contact info, your dietary preferences, and availability for meal swapping. To sign up, click here.
- Await your group assignments.
- We will compile the info from all those who’ve signed up and assign groups based on eating preferences and availability
- Ideally, we are aiming for 3-6 people per group
- Attend the orientation. The next one will take place on Monday, February 10, @ 4:30pm in the NRH kitchen. We will send out an invite!
- Enjoy snacks and beverages, meet your group-mates and discuss the details of your meal swap.
- HSHC will provide a questionnaire to help ensure you’ve thought everything through.
- For example: the day/time your swap will occur, location of swap, ideal form of communication, is there a group leader?, number of portions, containers and utensils required and who will bring them, dietary preferences, and any other recipe-related considerations you’d like your group to observe.
- Start cooking!
- In preparation for your first meal swap, you’ll make the agreed upon number of portions.
- Bring your prepared dish to the swap, along with serving utensils and spare container(s)
- Swap and enjoy!
- Establish ongoing group communication
- This will allow your group to share favorite recipes, feedback, and plans for the next week’s swaps.
Additional Things To Consider
- Items should be appropriate for lunch or dinner, unless otherwise agreed upon by all group members. (If the group wants to change it up, consider doing one week of baked goods or healthy snacks!)
- If a group would like nutritional insight or help with recipe ideas, please let Karen and Ashley know. They’re happy to share information and help brainstorm!
- Be prepared to let your group-mates know what you’re making ahead of time. This will ensure that there are no duplicate meals and that people know what containers to bring.
- Regarding portions, here is an example:
- If 4 people are in a group, and the pre-determined amount of servings is 2 per person, then each person’s dish should feed 8 people total.
- The preparer keeps 2 portions and divvies up the remaining 6 among the 3 other group members.
- Once groups are formed, the members will decide whatever works for them. As long as everyone is in agreement and everyone receives equal food, a group can determine the what, when, where, how, and how much for their own swap.
- Don’t be afraid to be generous in the amounts that you prepare. Consider doubling what you would normally make to ensure there is a meal-size portion for everyone in the group.
- Consider discussing budgets with your group. This may or may not be a noteworthy to group members, so we encourage open dialogue about how to respect everyone’s wallets and time.
- We all know life happens! If the group is at risk of falling apart as the term progresses, but one or some of your group still want to be active, please let Karen and Ashley know so they can potentially plug active participants into a new group.
Is transportation for grocery shopping an issue for you or do you need to borrow cooking equipment?
HSHC would like to help. Contact us and we will look to connect you with others in the CTS community.
Would you like to learn more about our activities around CTS or have some ideas that would contribute to the overall health of the seminary community? Contact Karen Webster by e-mail, phone/text (470) 228-1682, swing by our office (#207 Richards Center), and/or set up a time to meet with us. We would love to speak with you!