Recipes for A New Year

I made this recipe last week, which was delicious! I wanted to share it because it is definitely one I will make again. Here is the recipe:

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

It was super easy and did not take very long to make. I used small frozen shrimp and fresh linguine. The fresh pasta was much better than the regular.

The only thing omitted was fresh parsley on top.

I had started this post last week and then all hell broke out in our country and…everything just kinda stopped. But I have another recipe from this week! Also shrimp. I am working through Chrissy Teigan’s book and I made this recipe:

The recipe was awesome! One critique: a tad on the salty side. But next time I will just dilute the soy sauce marinade a little bit and I think it will be ok.

I cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us. I made rice in the instant pot and here is the sauce (made in the magic bullet):

The sauce was excellent! SPICY!!! At first I thought it might be too spicy but after that initial bite, it wasn’t too bad. We both liked the sauce a lot.

I very much recommend this recipe (and the book!). Both recipes, in fact, were awesome. If you are looking for a lower calorie but filling dinner, shrimp with pasta or rice is always a quick and easy one.

Chrissy Teigen’s Cookbook

I finally broke down and bought “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen. I’ve followed her on Twitter for years and have liked her and I kept seeing other people tagging her in the recipes of hers they’d make and they’d look so good! It was on sale on Amazon recently and I just did it.

The book is nice. I flagged the recipes I wanted to try. There are a lot of them! Some of the recipes are pretty “simple” and not necessarily recipes (like a caprese salad isn’t really a recipe to me) but I think the easy stuff is supposed to appeal to people that maybe aren’t used to cooking maybe?

The first recipe I tried was a salad.

I made the Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad.

It sounded really good and I had all the ingredients on hand. Or so I thought! I went to go start and was out of orzo. And then I remembered that I donated the bag of orzo at the beginning of the pandemic to some neighbors so….I had to improvise. I decided to use some Barley and honestly? It was awesome! I’m sure it’s great with orzo, and I will definitely make it again with orzo, but the Barley was a great and super filling addition to a salad.

I would use a little bit less of the olive oil on the cauliflower next time.

I used baby spinach and a little bit of arugula.

Honestly, the salad was pretty darn good. Michael, who said he is not a fan of cauliflower in most forms, even said it was awesome! It was hearty and delicious and had good flavor. I’d give it a solid A. Here is a link to the recipe from another blogger who tried it, too.

The second recipe I tried was the Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe:

I made this with the leftover linguine I had from a recent recipe. Overall, we enjoyed this. We don’t eat pasta very often (before I was doing keto, maybe half a dozen times a year) but this was a nice treat.

So I am not quite sure if I did something wrong, the recipe was kind of over the top spicy. Now we like spicy food but the red pepper flakes were overpowering. It had me wondering if I didn’t pay attention and put the wrong amount of measured pepper flakes in the recipe? I will have to do the recipe again to find out.

That’s the only complaint we both have about the recipe. The lemon flavor was nice. The elements together were nice. It was just spicy as hell. So I MUST have put the wrong amount in there…I will report back once I make this again.

I also made her Sriracha Caesar’s Salad. It was excellent. I mean, it’s a Caesar’s Salad, she’s not reinventing the wheel, but I liked her twist on it. The Sriracha in the dressing was very good. I also liked that the dressing was mayo based instead of raw egg. I like both Caesar dressings when they are homemade, but I feel like this one will be able to stay in the fridge longer, which I like.

Not the best photo, sorry. Tomatoes from our garden. We used some keto bread to toast with the garlic olive oil topping instead of baguette and it was disappointing (lol) so I’d use real croutons next time.

We also added blackened chicken to the recipe, which was a great addition, very filling. All in all, the recipe was great and I’d make it again. I liked her dressing a lot and would make it again to have on hand in the fridge.

So I’ve made three recipes out of the book so far and I’m happy. I’m glad I bought it, I will try the recipes I’ve made again and I am looking forward to trying the rest!

QUESTION: Have you tried the recipes in this book?