We Ate Like Chrissy Teigen For a Week and This is What Happened
What do you get when you combine an A list celeb with lots of fantastic food? You get Chrissy Teigen, of course. We think everyone could agree that Chrissy’s eating habits are the epitome of indulging in your favorite foods while maintaining a perfect figure. If you follow her on social media, and if you don’t you should, you probably see endless pictures of her handmade dishes, many as flawless as her. Pictures of meat, pasta & pastries, oh my! Nowadays, people are so focused on following a consistent diet that it made us wonder: how she can indulge so often and still look the way she does? So we decided to find out. We wanted to see how we would feel if we ate like Chrissy Teigen for a week. Would you feel more confident? Would you become better in the kitchen? Would you score your very own John Legend? Who knows. These questions wouldn’t get answered unless we dusted off our forks and got to eating…
Feeling ambitious, we decided to start Monday night off in the kitchen. We bought Chrissy’s cookbook, Cravings, and invited friends over for a flavor packed dinner. While scrolling through Chrissy’s Instagram earlier in the day, we noticed that her Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe was a fan favorite. Since hating all things Monday, but love Italian food and carbs, this felt like a good decision. The recipe was relatively easy for a dish of such bold flavor. The al dente pasta, perfectly coated in parmesan, had a tasteful combination tangy lemon and spicy red pepper flakes. In other words, it was fantastic. It made everyone happy and it will make you feel like you know what you’re doing behind the stove, that’s a win-win. If you don’t own Cravings, you can get the recipe from the website in the link below. However, buying this book is highly recommended.
After Monday’s dinner, Tuesday had some big shoes to fill. We thought it would be a good mid-day pick-me-up if we tried one of her creations for lunch. If you whip out Cravings, your new favorite read, you’ll find a lovely Chinese Chicken Salad. Looks easy enough. We threw together the cabbage, carrots, onions and chicken and topped it with the handmade dressing and, of course, crispy wontons. It was a super tasty and fresh way to keep the day going. Your taste buds and waistline will appreciate it.
Check out this video to see how to make it for yourself:
Wednesday is called hump day for a reason. Usually you’re feeling tired and pretty grumpy at this point. This mood calls for one thing: dessert. We remembered seeing Chrissy rave about a carrot cake recipe that she found online on her Instagram. So, driven by an unnaturally large sweet tooth, we decided to make an entire cake. And wow, was it worth it. It had carrot, coconut, and pineapple with a sweet buttermilk glaze and cream cheese frosting. Enough said. Make the cake for a party, a special event, or even yourself with this link posted below.
If you’re like us, you consider Thursday as the start of the weekend. Friends love going out to dinner on Thursday nights, so we really didn’t have the chance to make a Chrissy dinner at home. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a Cravings inspired dinner while out with your friends. We went to an Italian place (surprised?) and ordered a big plate of burrata. Grab a piece of bread and top it with some of the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, trying to replicate Chrissy’s Red and Green Tomato and Burrata Toast. Was this homemade? Not quite. But we do think that Chrissy would approve. The video showing her Burrata toast and a few other creations is in the link below.
Fridays are like John Legend: perfect in every single way. A great night for a gal pal to have a small party at her apartment; what’s better than a night full of friends and booze? A night full of friends, booze, and Chrissy’s Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeño Poppers. We brought them to the party and they were a massive hit. If you love spicy food more than you love most things, so the kick that these little appetizers brought was delectable. These were as fun and bite sized as Chrissy herself. If you want to make these poppers for you and your friends, click on this fun link to her blog.
As Saturday slowly rolls in, we realize not only a slight hangover, but cravings for a satisfying breakfast. Cereal was definitely not going to do it this morning. We found a breakfast sandwich on her blog that was both easy to make and a renowned hangover cure. Not only that, but this sandwich is something that John makes for Chrissy because of her love for McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffins, which is simply adorable. Since my own John, aka Friday, decided to leave for another week, we had to make this for ourselves. The simplicity of it was warming; just a classic sausage, egg and cheese between an english muffin. Who said you need complexity to make something tasty? The link to this delightful sandwich is right below.
Sunday is the end of the weekend but the start of everyone’s favorite meal of the week: BRUNCH. Oh, brunch, the excuse to drink champagne before noon and eat fancy breakfast all day long. We figured Chrissy would share our appreciation for this little weekend treasure, and we soon found out that that she does. She made a stylish Mother’s Day brunch this year of scrambled eggs, chicken and waffles, and roasted bacon. What a perfect way to end this challenge. With good friends, we went out to one of our favorite brunch spots and ordered a waffle with a side of bacon and scrambled eggs. Oh, and a mimosa or two of course. Our inspiration for brunch came form Chrissy’s Instagram post, which you can see thought the link below.
Once the week was over, We not only felt accomplished, but fabulous as well. Using our kitchen to make such wholesome, rich food was definitely a culinary confidence booster. Did we look more like Chrissy by the end of the week? No, but that’s okay. We started to appreciate the art of making yourself and others happy through quality ingredients and a working stove. Using the recipes of a celebrity who shares the same passion for food that we do, was inspiring. We learned how to make things with confidence and how to be confident in what we eat. John and Chrissy have that down to a science. We learned that this couple’s relationship with food is genuine, tasty, and indeed, Legend-ary.