So, in case you haven’t read any of my previous posts, I’ll let you in on my BIG SECRET. I don’t spend all my days in the kitchen producing the slowest of slow food while wearing heels and single strand of pearls. Mostly my foodie designation means I like to eat. Okay, I sometimes like to cook, but the reality is that most of my days are filled with lots of time-consuming things that take place outside the kitchen. At the end of those days, I still like to eat. Preferably something tasty. Is my foodie card revoked?
Welcome fellow foodie author Heather Thurmeier to the blog. Heather assures me that I can still eat yummy meals even if my kitchen time is limited and she’s brought a tasty recipe to prove it. Don’t forget to check out Heather’s latest release, Pinch of Me, Dash of You.
I’m all about easy food. I wish I could say it was only that way when I’m on deadline and strapped for time, but the truth is, I cook easy meals all the time. Why? Because I’m a terrible cook. Surprised?
I know, I know! I can already hear you asking… How can a self-proclaimed terrible cook write a foodie romance? Let’s just say there’s a reason why Kali—the heroine of Pinch of Me, Dash of You—can’t cook to save her life! She gets her cooking inability from me…
How did I write a book full of food? Easy (LOL!), I watch a ton of cooking shows! I know the lingo and am familiar with how to cook different things, or what items might go well together on a plate. But when it comes to feeding my family, I kinda suck. I need meals that are fast, kid friendly, screw-up proof, and tasty, which is why I LOVE my CROCKPOT!!! There is seriously no better kitchen invention. Well, except maybe my Margarita Machine, because a kitchen without margaritas is like a cookie without chocolate chips. Not cool.
So here’s one of my super quick and easy meals that I like to make on my daughter’s figure skating nights when we’re at the rink for hours and get home without any time to fix a hot meal.
Easy Turkey Meatballs in Mushroom Soup Sauce
Pre-cooked Turkey Meatballs (Or beef if you prefer. But always pre-cooked!)
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons of Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon minced garlic (I use the stuff in water that can sit in the fridge)
½ teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes (fresh minced onion would be great too. Maybe sauté it in a touch of oil before adding.)
Black Pepper to taste
Couscous, Rice, or Pasta as desired for serving
** Please note: I just throw stuff in the crockpot until it looks/smells right. My measurements are estimates! J You’ve been warned.
- In measuring cup or small bowl, combine Water and Chicken Base.
- In crockpot combine: Soup, Water & chicken base mix, Italian seasoning, Garlic, Onion, Black pepper.
- Add meatballs and gently mix to coat.
- Cook on low for 2 hours until meatballs are warmed through.
- Serve over couscous, rice or pasta as prepared according to package directions.
Just because I can’t cook doesn’t mean I can’t have a delicious, quick dinner! Enjoy!!
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she’s not busy taking care of the kids and pets, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website!
Pinch of Me, Dash of You
Kali can’t cook to save her life, but she can write. As a foodie reviewer for both a huge national paper and a successful blog, she’s well on her way to achieving her dreams. When she’s offered a cookbook deal, she thinks she’s finally made it…until her latest review comes out a little harsher than expected and the restaurateur threatens to expose all her secrets.
Mac’s whole life is spent in the kitchen, running a New York City restaurant and a culinary school for underprivileged youth. When donations stop pouring in for Mac’s culinary school after a scathing review of his restaurant, he fears he may have to shut the doors if he can’t find a way to turn things around. Then he meets Kali, the reviewer who admits she has no culinary skills. Now he’s made her an offer she can’t refuse—he’ll teach her to cook over the summer and help her with recipes for the cookbook if she’ll agree to write an insider piece highlighting the strengths of his culinary school.
But when things start heating up in Mac’s kitchen, keeping her hands on the food and off of Mac is proving harder than Kali expected.
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