Recipes

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?

Chicken a la King

Is Chicken a la King a popular thing? I have no idea. It’s something I’ve honestly never heard of until recently and then it felt like every TV show I watched mentioned it somehow. The most recent TV show was the show “Barry”. Which, if you have seen you need to watch immediately, is hilarious and dark and really well written. But Henry Winkler is in it and he’s an aged movie star (kind of a washed up has been) and he goes to the same Hollywood-old school era restaurant with dark lighting and red curtains and every time he orders Chicken a la King.

So I googled it. I’d heard it so many times now I was like, what is this dish?! Basically it seems like it’s a chicken pot pie without the pot pie part?

I had most of the ingredients on hand. I had to buy some pasta because we don’t really have that in abundance (keto and all that). I used some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which were nice. I am not a mushroom fan at all but I did not hate them in this dish!

I used this recipe. It was a pretty good recipe, no weird ingredients, straight forward and easy to follow. Here it is:

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp. butter

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. milk

1 c. low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 (4-oz.) jar pimentos, drained and chopped

1/2 c. frozen peas

2 c. cooked and cubed chicken

Cooked pasta, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add flour and stir to coat mushrooms, then add milk and broth slowly and whisk until no lumps remain. Simmer until sauce is thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
  2. Add pimentos, peas, and chicken and cook until warmed through, 5 minutes.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.

I topped the pasta dish with a little parmesan cheese. Overall it was very good. We both liked it all. Next time I would add more garlic than just the 2 cloves. Always double it. πŸ˜€

Having not had pasta much in a long time (years), this was very good. According to the recipe you can have it with rice or pasta. I bet you can easily make it keto/low carb and use cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash and it would be delicious too.

P.S. We had the leftovers the next day over cauliflower rice and it was excellent!