The process was as such -
Decide on an invite list, being sure to include folks that would take it and run with it, but don't let the invite list get too big. Everyone has to bring enough food to send home with each person/family participating, so a party of 12 families would end up being a ton of work for everyone. This task fell to Nadia, as it was her party, but I was sure to get some names in there of cool people that I hang out with too.
Explain the party in detail to everyone coming. I think it would have been greatly embarrassing to have someone show up with no food to share, and would have been awkward to figure out for everyone in the end! Be open to questions, as there will be some since a lot of folks have not heard of such a party before!
Well, Rob, what IS the detail? That's the fun part! Each person/unit plans out a meal that they prepare or organize that can be stashed in the freezer and brought out on a night that you don't want to have to cook fully! Then they cook or prepare it. There are whole websites dedicated to "Freezer Meals" and the like, but it is amazing how many things you already make that you could double when you have time and freeze some of for later! We did a crock-pot meal (recipe below), dished it into a freezer bag and included tortillas and cheese for a whole meal. Everyone must label their bag with reheating instructions, and the recipe is optional but nice!
Once all of the RSVP's have come in, or the RSVP date has passed, let everyone know how many meals they are bringing. If six families are coming, each family needs to bring five of their dish to share - one for each other family. (For the one we went to, the number six was passed around, so most folks had an extra of their own to take home, too!)
So, for a total of about 30 minutes of work on my part - deciding the meal, preparing it, overnight in the crock pot and assembling for the freezer - we got
The meals we got were:
A Red Chicken with Cous Cous (I missed the name!)
The meal that we took was one that we have adapted from a kidney-friendly blog. It calls for pork, but we had chicken and used that. So, here is our recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Green Chili Stew:
Serving size: 3/4 cup stew, 1 tortilla
* 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour
* 1 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 pound chicken, cut into bit size cubes
* 1 4-ounce cans green chili peppers, rinsed, and diced
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* one 14-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
* 6 flour tortillas, burrito size
* 6 tablespoons sour cream
* 3/4 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
* 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Preparation and Serving
1. Place chicken, flour, pepper, peppers, garlic and broth into a slow cooker.
2. Cook for 10 hours on low heat.
3. Place 3/4 cup of stew on a tortilla and roll burrito style.
4. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream, lettuce and cilantro.