Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Turkey Meatball + Everything Soup
It was another cold day in Los Angeles (I can hear my Midwestern family scoffing as I type), so more soup was in order. Started by sauteeing some onions, carrots and mushrooms, added salt, pepper, fresh thyme and a bay leaf, then a couple cups of chicken stock, couple cups of water. Tossed some in some chopped potatos, brought it to a boil then covered and turned down to a simmer. Managed to turn off the OCD part of my brain that irrationally worries about the apartment burning down and left it on the stove while we walked to the store for a loaf of bread. When we came back the potatos were done and it was time to add the frozen Trader Joe's turkey meatballs (if you haven't had these, you should!) and some frozen peas. After a few more minutes and handful of chopped parsley, dinner was on the table.
I'm glad we ended up making soup, because we were this close to ordering take-out. We had lots of holiday cooking projects going in the kitchen and the temptation was high to avoid making more dirty dishes, but I must keep reminding myself that making a yummy weeknight dinner at home need not be complicated or time-consuming (and that it's okay to "cheat" with some prepared items). If you have favorite weeknight recipes that keep you sane, please share in the comments.