Teri Turner: What’s Cooking?
Everyday foods made with love, inspiration, and packed with health-enhancing goodness.
A scoop of love, a dash of seasoning, and a whole lot of creativity — those are Terri Turner’s favorite ingredients. She adds this heartfelt concoction to every one of her thousands of recipes, like cheesy tomato chickpea pasta, Greek lemon chicken, and sizzling shrimp lettuce wraps. There is no doubt that Turner is a woman about her food.
As a food and lifestyle blogger and creator of No Crumbs Left, a blog featuring healthy recipes and products, she is one of those few people who manages to make a living doing what they love the most. Turner is known for her healthy, everyday recipes. She believes good food brings people together. “I live for the moments when people realize all they need is food that’s good for them and actually tastes good,” she said.
Turner cooks from the bottom of her heart and her more than 800,000 social media fans appreciate it. “I try to give people the best food options,” she said. Those options can be found in her recently published a book, No Crumbs Left: Whole30 Endorsed, Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous, to showcase the beauty and versatility of good, healthy food. Whole30 is a diet that encourages people to eliminate inflammatory foods like sugars, processed food, and junk food. With Turner’s recipes, eating healthy never tasted so good. Her book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, IndieBound, and Books-a-Million.
Turner’s fans love her not only for her extraordinary cooking skills, but also for her fun personality and enthusiasm. She encourages people to trust her through her honesty and genuine passion for cooking.
Turner says that she can make any dish from scratch, earning her the title “Kitchen Goddess” from friends and family members. She feels the food, shares the love, and makes magical recipes come to life, whether it’s an appetizer, entrée, or dessert.
One of her favorite recipes to cook is a rustic Mediterranean chicken stew, a savory meal with olives, bay leaves, and flavorful chicken thighs. You can watch her cook some of her favorite recipes on her YouTube channel. Her authenticity not only inspires people to eat healthy, it inspires them to do what they love to do. “People always tell me that I remind them of their mom,” she says. “And then I tell them to go eat their vegetables,” she laughs.
Turner found her passion for cooking in the 1980s. She was motivated to follow this tasty career path after watching Martha Stewart and Ina Garten combine cooking and entertainment. Aside from celebrities, her most prolific inspiration is Roy – her partner. “Roy is a wonderful cook who I get the chance to observe every day.”
Much of Turner’s cooking is centered on love. Interestingly, Turner’s mother did not like to cook. But her mother was devoted to music. Her mother’s passion for music made Turner want to pursue something with as much heart as her mother had. Turner’s mother encouraged her to follow her dreams, and soon Teri was baking, broiling, stewing, and cooking up a storm.
Language of Love
Today, Turner considers healthy cooking as a healing mechanism for the creator and the eater, and she’s proud to call cooking her love language. For her, being in the kitchen and having full control of the ingredients and their taste is extremely empowering. “I find it inspiring to be able to create this art from scratch, to invent and constantly discover new foods and recipes. But most of all, I like to share what I find and show my followers that healthy food is delicious, and anyone can learn to cook it.”
Turner debunks the myth that healthy food has to taste dull. She brings vibrancy to every meal by offering delicious ways to cook food for all kinds of diets including paleo, Whole30, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free among others. She also has what she calls her “magic elixirs,” which can enhance any recipe. They are special marinades and sauces like red onions soaked in red wine and oregano, or her Green Goddess dressing made with anchovies, basil, and other exotic flavors that take people’s taste buds to the next level.
Dinner is Served
Turner loves when the meal is finished, and her friends and family can get a mouthful. “The reactions, and the quiet “mmm” sounds are worth all the time and effort I put into the whole process,” she says. “It is the most rewarding part of the process.”
Turner currently cooks in Chicago and Northern California. She stays in Chicago during the winter and in Northern California the remainder of the year. She likes to eat everything her hands touch but understands that people have food and diet restrictions. “My son is vegan, and I know that a porterhouse doesn’t sound appetizing to him, but that doesn’t mean he should miss out on delicious food,” she says. That’s why she makes sure her recipes aren’t one-size-fits-all but are designed to bring the magic of food to everyone. For more information visit www.nocrumbsleft.net.