No Plan for Dinner? It’s all Gravy! …and a mighty good giveaway, too!

McCormick gravy

While I do the majority of our cooking from scratch and try to ensure our diet is made up of mostly organic, whole, and real foods, I’ll be the first to admit that doesn’t always happen.  Still, I try to do what’s best for my family food-wise, even in a pinch.

Take last tonight for instance.  I looked at the clock.  It was 5:30pm and I had no plan for dinner.  Am I the only one this happens to???  To make matters worse, I had made our usual go-to “quick” meal — spaghetti — the previous night.  Having a 3 and a 4 year old means I need to get dinner on the table at a fairly consistent time or the kids tend to get moody, and grumpy, and whiny, and then the whole evening falls apart for EVERYONE!  I knew I needed a meal, and quick!

So what did I do?  

Call for take-out?  

We didn’t have TV dinners either.  
Do they even still make those???  

I didn’t start raiding our freezer for pre-cooked meals that would take forever to heat…

and I didn’t even resort to the classic emergency food: macaroni and cheese!


We still had a very real meal that I could probably pass off to you as being from scratch.  No?

This is what we had.  And it was all ready in under 10 minutes!  

Here’s how
I called and asked DH to pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store on his way home from work.  Meanwhile, I heated frozen peas and a frozen rice blend.  I was really looking forward to a nice, relaxing meal with my family after a somewhat rushed day, so I pulled out something special I had planned to save for Thanksgiving to make the meal feel more homemade — McCormick Turkey Gravy.  


I was given three packets of Turkey Gravy to review by McCormick and what better time to try out a product claiming to be easy to prepare and to come out perfectly every time than when you’re in a super pinch.  I like to keep products honest here on In Lieu of Preschool! 🙂  

To take it one step further and be totally forthcoming, I had never ever even made gravy before in my life.  I’ve heard kitchen horror stories about how often homemade gravy turns out to be lumpy, but I’ve never tried it myself.  All I know is that making THIS gravy couldn’t have been quicker or easier.  I even did it in the microwave!  Dump packet contents into container, add water, heat, stir, heat, stir.  Gravy!  It came out the perfect consistency and texture, and it smelled delicious, too.  

While I tend to be wary of many packaged foods, I was happy to note this one is made with natural spices, no artificial flavors or colors, no MSG, and has 0 grams of trans fat!  

The gravy was the star of the meal!  I served it in little sauce cups for the kids since I wasn’t sure what their reaction would be…

…but before us adults could even sit down at the table, our 3 year old had tasted it and decided she wanted it on not just her chicken, but on her rice and peas, too!  

Our 4 year old preferred to dip:

DH and I ate the gravy on our chicken.  I might have had a second helping, but I’ll never tell. 😉  

I just love meals with my family!! 

I will have to restock on gravy now before Thanksgiving as I shared the other two packets with my mom and sister to see what meals they’d come up with, but I think I’ll grab several packets when I’m at the grocery store.  I think it’ll be nice to keep a packet or two stashed away for when I want a regular meal to be a little more special.  It really did the trick for us last night and it was so quick and easy!

Maybe next time if I’m not so rushed, I’ll even play around with the gravy mix.  McCormick suggests adding a pinch of rubbed sage, thyme leaves, or poultry seasoning to personalize it a bit.  Sounds yummy!  You can see more ideas on the McCormick Turkey Gravy Mix Page.

Here’s the good ‘ole Southern meal my mom made using McCormick gravy: meatloaf, green beans, eggplant on one plate, and real mashed potatoes with gravy!  Man, I wish I lived closer to my mama!!

My sister served her gravy over brown rice!!  Yum!!

To learn more, visit:
Turkey Gravy Mix Page
McCormick’s Facebook Page
McCormick’s Pinterest Page


I am thrilled to be hosting a giveaway sponsored by McCormick!  One lucky winner from In Lieu of Preschool will receive a $75 prize pack including a Le Creuset Gravy Boat, a Le Creuset Condiment Ladle, and a $50 Crate & Barrel Giftcard.

The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. age 18 and older.  Entries are tracked via Rafflecoptor.  The giveaway will run for one week.  The winner will be selected randomly and notified within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond with mailing address before a new winner is selected.  Please add inlieuofpreschool (at) gmail (dot) com to your email contacts so that the potential congratulatory email doesn’t go into your SPAM folder.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network.  Mom It Forward and McCormick partnered in support of this campaign.  McCormick compensated me for participation in this campaign.  I only accept and review products on my blog that interest me, my family, and that I think would truly interest and benefit you, my readers. All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions and are not swayed by compensation and/or free products.  

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Mari says:

    Gotta love when you find a meal the family will enjoy! Thx for the opportunity to win! ~mari

  • I’ve never tried McCormick gravy, but your dinner looks delicious!

  • Nessa says:

    Mmm gravy. You dinner looks so good.

  • mama k says:

    Never tried McCormick gravy but I think it would be a great way to liven up leftovers. 🙂

  • covenant mom says:

    My husband and kids LOVE McCormick Gravy!! In fact my Mother in Law makes gravy from scratch each year for Thanksgiving and they wait for the day after when I break out the McCormick’s.

  • Rich Morris says:

    it goes with so many recipes and can make the blandest food taste great

  • Anonymous says:

    Just made their gravy this morning for a Friends Feast. Yum! Even cleaned up rather easily when it spilled in the back of the van. 🙂

  • Danielle says:

    Its easy to make and fun to use with everything!

  • kathyluman says:

    I like it because it taste really great.
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  • Anonymous says:

    I like it because it is easy to use.

    aldwedgi at hotmail dot com

  • Anonymous says:

    does it happen to be gluten free, by any chance? *crosses fingers*
    elliot079 at yahoo dot com

  • amanda says:

    I like McCormick gravy because it’s tasty.

  • Jessica says:

    With a baby on the way I’m SURE something quick and easy will be appreciated!

  • Ann Fantom says:

    I like McCormick’s Turkey Gravy because it a quick and easy way to make a great tasting gravy.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous says:

    That would be super cool (and eazy)! Thanks!
    jamielynngarner at yahoo dot com

  • Traumajunky says:

    It’s easy and tastes great.

  • Dickersons says:

    I’ve never tried it but maybe I will!

  • Sue Ellison says:

    I have never tried their turkey gravy but I use their country gravy all the time. It is so easy to make and has a great flavor.

  • pepperqueen says:

    Love it because it’s so easy and tastes like it’s from scratch.

  • I like McCormick Turkey Gravy because it’s great for homemade poutine! Nom.

  • clc408 says:

    I like it because it makes leftovers taste great.

  • naomi c says:

    I havent tried it! I would love to though

  • Betsy says:

    Bc its something the whole family loves

  • I like McCormick gravy because you can put it on almost anything!

  • Never tried McCormick gravy but I think it would be so convenient!

  • It’s so easy to make!!

  • i love gravy and the turkey gravy is the best IMO

  • MANDY83 says:

    I love their gravy because its delicious and makes my food taste better!
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  • Tamra says:

    McCormick makes the best gravy! Their turkey gravy is more flavorful than other brands, in my opinion!

  • Amber says:

    McCormick gravy is easy and quick.

  • rachel says:

    I’ve never tried it but would like to.

  • Kendra says:

    Easy to use and a great flavor!

  • Vicki Lesage says:

    I like McCormick gravy because it’s delicious and SO EASY. I wouldn’t even know how to make gravy from scratch!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love McCormick gravy because it compliments my Thanksgiving turkey beautifully!

    Jill McHale

  • Kimberly says:

    It’s easy to make and tastes great!

  • 1porkchop says:

    I like it because it tastes good, is quick to prepare and is fool proof.

  • costana says:

    Because its GRAVY. Costana78@

  • debijackson says:

    love adding it to drippings for great flavor debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  • Nstef326 says:

    I love it because it is so simple to make which means less time in the kitchen and more time with my family! And it’s pretty tasty too

  • Sherri L says:

    I like it because it is quick and easy…. my 2 requirements when it comes to cooking!

  • Jenni Webb says:

    So easy the kid could make the gravy this year!!

  • ElwoodMe says:

    It tastes good and it’s simple to make!

  • kellyr78 says:

    I like McCormick Turkey Gravy because it is delicious & easy to prepare.

  • Racquel S says:

    It is delicious and so easy to make!

  • Krista says:

    It’s easy to make, and super yummy!

  • Anonymous says:

    it isn’t too salty and the consistency is good! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • Because I like to put it on mashed potatoes.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous says:

    So good on mashed potatoes.
    B. McAlister
    bhm at fpunet dot com

  • Amy Doele says:

    I like it because it’s convenient

  • That gravy looked so good. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  • Mercedes says:

    I like it because it’s super fast to make and taste great!

  • Richelle says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but my husband just asked for it. Funny!

  • Never tried it but I’ve heard great things!

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey

  • Nicole Seay says:

    Gravy rounds out the taste

  • daivabaum says:

    easy to make!
    poniabaum at gmail dot com

  • sheila musselman askins says:

    its easy and it tastes so yummy!

  • Bj Harman says:

    Great in a pinch and tasty!

  • Karen says:

    I love that it’s easy to make.

  • Jane Tebbets says:

    You dinner looks so good

  • Ashley Morrow says:

    I like it because it’s quick, easy and delicious.

  • Analisa says:

    It really is the best tasting gravy.

  • I like it because it tastes good!

  • Laura Jacobson says:

    I love it cause it always tastes great and is so easy to make!

  • Amy says:

    I love it because it is easy!

  • Crystal says:

    I love the ease of McCormick

  • After a long day of work, I love that McCormick is quick and easy.

    Maggie Armstrong
    maggie at pdclarion dot com

  • Lauren says:

    My husband loves gravy! I don’t like it so much, so it’s nice to have an easy way to make it

  • Alycia says:

    I like it because it’s so easy to make!!

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

  • because it is so easy and delicious!

  • I love their gravy because its delicious and easy to make.

  • momof5girls says:

    I’ve never tried it, but I love the idea of being able to make delicious gravy without meat drippings so I can pretend my rotisserie chicken is homemade.

  • Laura R says:

    I love that it is easy to make!

  • Samantha says:

    Definitely love the ease of this.

  • I like it because its quick and convenient to make.
    mummytotwoboys at yahoo dot com

  • Tracy Allen says:

    I love that it is mafe with no MSG

  • Alaine88 says:

    I love that it is easy to make!

  • Cjnedrow says:

    I like it because the taste is like homemade gravy.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  • Denise M says:

    i like that it tastes great

  • Terri Herman says:

    2 reasons ~ it’s easy & it’s yummy! Gravy always makes things taste better!

  • Elena says:

    I like it because it’s delicious and flavorful

  • jzagarjr says:

    I like because it’s simple to make and taste good.

  • Tamar says:

    because mccormick makes it

  • Tabathia says:

    Because it compliments turkey and mashed potatoes and isn’t too thin

  • JC says:

    I like the great flavor and it’s easy to prepare

  • Wendy Kroy says:

    My dog loves a little mixed in with his food. It’s the only way to get him to eat “his” food.

  • Kathy says:

    McCormick products are typically very trustworthy!

  • jolucky1 says:

    Having Bariatric people in our house, there is a lot of mashed potato’s and gravy….and to have it served in style is what we would love! It’s not about the quantity anymore, but it’s about the taste, that is why we are firm believers in the McCormick Gravy mixes. We love it!

  • BethElderton says:

    I love the taste, the consistency, and the ease.
    Mary Beth Elderton
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  • Janice says:

    I like it because its tasty and easy to make. Plus it tastes very close to my Grandmothers gravy

  • I like it because it’s the closest thing to homemade I have found and since my gravy is always lumpy, it’s a must have in my house

  • Sara D. says:

    It’s easy and it tastes good

  • devonne says:

    McCormicks Turkey Gravy is so tasty!

  • Amber P says:

    simple to make

  • marcia goss says:

    I like it because it is so easy to prepare.

  • Ryan says:

    i love it because it is yummy and fast!

  • PAIGE says:

    I like it because it’s easy and tastes as good as home made.

  • I like it because I can never make turkey gravy on my own without messing it up.

  • Susan C says:

    So easy to make, fail-safe and delicious!

  • mtbears819 says:

    I love turkey gravy because its mild

  • Caryn says:

    I like that it’s so easy to just whip up

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

  • llinda29 says:

    like McCormick Turkey Gravy because it tastes good

  • Hanna says:

    I’ve never made gravy any other way. It’s super easy and always tastes good!
    Fantasticafternoon at yahoo dot com

    • Myssi H says:

      I love McCormick packets! Their beef gravy is PERFECT to use when making a Shepherds Pie. I can make a tasty gravy from scratch, but why do that when it’s so much faster to make theirs. We love gravy! Turkey, beef, chicken all of them!

  • Nance Meyer says:

    I like it because it’s easier than homemade, but tastes sooo good!

  • Anonymous says:

    I like McCormick gravy because it is so easy to make and it comes in convenient packets (I’d rather not buy a jar of gravy since I don’t use it as often as other condiments). Also, It is a great addition to turkey.

  • angel320 says:

    I love this gravy mix…’s yummy and easy to prepare

  • carolwegs says:

    I like it because its easy and taste great.

  • Erica C. says:

    We use it because it’s tasty and guests enjoy it.

  • luckyme says:

    My family thinks I made it from scratch, it is so rich and flavorful.

  • Alison says:

    I’ve never tried it, but I’d like to!

  • misses giveaways says:

    its easy and delicious.

  • Sara Wood says:

    I have never had it but it sounds easy.

  • It’s really good with mashed potatoes. It changes it up from having brown or white gravy all the time.

  • skytoucher says:

    My mom used McCormick spices and gravy mixes for years. The gravy is good, and the spices awesome.

  • I’ve never tried the McCormick gravy but it sounds very versatile so I’m sure I’d be able to find a way for everyone in my family to enjoy it.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  • Jody Sisson says:

    I think it Tastes Great and is a good price.

  • MizVickik says:

    Because it’s tasty and not too thin
    Miz Vickik

  • Charlene says:

    I like it because it’s easy to make, always comes out perfect & tastes great 🙂

  • mary gardner says:

    because it tastes great and is quick and easy to make!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  • Hotsnotty2 says:

    I like McCormick gravy because it’s tasty.


  • McCormick gravy has the best true to life flavors and they remind me of when i was a kid.

  • I love it because it is easy to use, reasonably prices and it tastes so good!

  • MichelleS says:

    I like their gravy because it’s timeless, classic, and is one of those “old” things that never get boring tasting.

  • Diane W says:

    McCormick gravy is easy to make, taste great and helps when you are in a crunch for time and want a dinner that your family will love.

  • Lisa Pecora says:

    It makes every softer and tastier

  • says:

    According to my five year old, EVERYTHING is better with gravy!

  • gertieguest says:

    I haven’t tried this but would love to!

  • bev says:

    I love their brown gravy mix with hot hamburgers and french fries. Yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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