- Chrissy Teigen has two cookbooks: “Cravings” and “Cravings: Hungry For More.”
- I tried out three recipes to see how easy they were to cook and how they tasted.
- I tried a salad, pasta, and dessert. I loved them all.
You know Chrissy Teigen. The 33-year-old is a model, TV host, and cookbook author. Chrissy’s first cookbook, “Cravings,” hit shelves in 2016, becoming an immediate smash hit.
So when Teigen dropped the follow-up to “Cravings” (aptly named “Cravings: Hungry For More”) in the fall of 2018, her fans rejoiced at the prospect of more tasty treats delivered with Chrissy’s signature wit.
Among those fans? Me, a humble food writer who’s great at ordering at restaurants (and is proud to be a total Seamless savant), but who’s still figuring her stuff out as a home chef.
After reading a few of Chrissy’s brand-new recipes, I felt bolstered by her laid-back and encouraging tone, and I decided to channel that Chrissy-inspired confidence into an experiment. I’d design a meal using three “Cravings: Hungry For More” recipes, invite an intrepid friend over to share the bountiful feast, and discover whether I have what it takes to cook the Chrissy Teigen way.
How’d I do? Read on to find out.
Recipe 1: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing
Chrissy splits “Cravings: Hungry For More” into nine chapters: Breakfast & Brunch, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Snacks, Potatoes & Their Friends, Thai Mum (recipes inspired by Chrissy’s mother’s home cooking), Supper, and Sweets. In the Salads category, Chrissy includes six hearty veggie dishes designed to complement the larger courses in the book, such as her Butternut Squash Salad with Garlicky Honey-Dijon Dressing. I decided to whip up this salad as the veggie component of my dinner spread.
As I embarked on this cooking adventure, I quickly realised that when putting together three ‘Cravings: Hungry For More’ recipes to make a cohesive meal, timing is everything
The salad requires roasted butternut squash, a time-consuming endeavour on its own, so I started my dinner prep by peeling the squash, chopping it into cubes, and lining a baking sheet with tinfoil.
Find the full recipe here.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not typically a huge fan of squash, but this salad completely changed my mind, because it’s
The roasted squash brings both a gentle sweetness and savoury smoky notes, the arugula adds a peppery kick, the chopped apple (or pomegranate seeds, if you decide to go that way) delivers a nice punch of acid, and the garlic-infused dressing ties it all together (and makes it a great accompaniment for an Italian-American entree rife with garlic).
While an awesome side dish, this salad is filling enough to stand on its own. I plan to make it again with the addition of roast chicken for a delicious and satisfying weekday lunch.
Recipe 2: Simple Skillet Broken Lasagna
As far as comfort food goes, a hot, gooey, cheesy square of fresh-out-of-the-oven lasagna ranks super high on my list of preferences. But if I’m looking for an easy meal to whip up at the end of a long work week, the serious assembly required to make a classic lasagna sometimes doesn’t feel worth the effort. That’s why Chrissy’s “Simple Skillet Broken Lasagna” appealed to me.
In her recipe notes, Chrissy mentions that this recipe delivers “max flavour with minimal effort,” so I felt excited to put it to the test.
Like any other lasagna, this dish’s most labour-intensive aspect is the sauce
Luckily, even though her sauce requires 45 minutes of cooking time, Chrissy’s recipe keeps things appealingly simple.
Find the full recipe here.
Chrissy promises “a lasagna that let itself go…which is obviously the best kind of lasagna, right?”And she delivered.
This dish is perfectly imperfect in appearance, and the flavour more than delivers
The lasagna has a zesty and rich sauce with plenty of garlic and red pepper notes, is topped with melted cheese, and has a wonderful oven-baked crust to provide textural contrast. The next time I’m craving lasagna, I’ll be comforted to know that I can put together a truly delicious version in just 90 minutes.
Recipe 3: Three-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
To be totally honest, this dessert recipe caught my attention more than any other in Chrissy’s book. I adore chocolate mousse, but so many versions require the use of a double-boiler … and I don’t have one of those. Yeah, you can MacGyver one with a pot of boiling water and a glass bowl, but who has time for that? Definitely not me.
But in “Cravings: Hungry For More,” Chrissy gives us a chocolate mousse with only three ingredients that we can make it. In. The. Microwave. This I had to try for myself.
I chose to try my mousse unadorned to truly appreciate the flavour and feel of it, but if you want to add some extra pizzazz, Chrissy suggests a Rice Krispies-hazelnut crumble and an extra dollop of whipped cream on top. Find the full recipe here.
As usual, Chrissy is completely correct about chocolate mousse
There’s no need for any fuss – an excellent, smooth, indulgent, and creamy mousse can be yours in a matter of minutes. The microwave did a great job of evenly melting the chocolate, and the hand-whipped cream thickened the mousse and gave every bite a luxurious silkiness.
I’m no pastry chef, but now that I have this recipe in my arsenal, I’ll never be afraid to prep dessert for a dinner party again.
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