I Ate Like Chrissy Teigen for a Week… and Here’s What Happened

Chrissy Teigen is my spirit animal… you know if spirit animals were allowed to be gorgeous former Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. She is unapologetic, insanely funny, knows absolutely nothing about her husband’s career, has a house full of dogs, and is one of the best celebrities to follow on Twitter. And if you are a lucky, smart human who receives daily nuggets of her life via social media you will know that Chrissy isn’t just passionate about food… she LOVES food. She LIVES for food. She crowdsourced brown bananas on Twitter because she needed banana bread THAT badly. She makes mouth watering there-is-no-way-she-is-eating-that meals daily — and eats them!

So when I heard Blue Apron was partnering with one of my favorite celebs for a wildly fun and flavorful partnership, I basically hurled myself on the office floor begging to test it out. Thankfully, Blue Apron said, “someone get that sobbing girl off the floor” and agreed.

If you haven’t heard: Chrissy is partnering with Blue Apron for six weeks of delicious recipes straight from her kitchen and cookbook. You can click here to try it — 50 readers will get $50 off their first two weeks with Blue Apron!

 

 

And just like Chrissy (we’re on a first-name-basis, obviously), Blue Apron is fun, flavorful, and hard not to love. It’s affordable, it’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s easy…what else do you need!? Blue Apron allows you to create delicious, chef-designed meals at home by delivering all the farm-fresh and portion-controlled ingredients you need straight to your door (aka no waste from unused food, and no time at the grocery store means more time for you, or you know, keeping up with Chrissy).

You can choose between multiple options that fit your taste buds and lifestyle, including picking from 8 recipes each week and selecting either the 2-Person Plan (easiest date night ever) or the Family Plan (no more chicken and pasta every night of the week). Think you’ll never be as good a chef as Chrissy Teigen? Well, thanks to Blue Apron, now you can be (for as low as $7.49 per serving!). Check out the upcoming Blue Apron meals straight from her cookbook (like Chinese Chicken Salad and Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita–uh, yum!) or the uhh-mazing Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp I made, below.

 

 

In the meantime, grab a bottle of wine while I walk you through — in 140 characters or less (kidding) — what I learned from eating like Chrissy Teigen for a week.

 

Lesson 1: Chrissy doesn’t actually eat her cookbook recipes for every meal.

WOMP. MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT BUT ALSO A REALITY CHECK AHEAD: Chrissy Teigen doesn’t actually eat whatever the heck she wants, covered in butter for every meal. Her cookbook is called “Cravings” so there’s the first clue if you’re like me and missed it. The self-taught chef and cookbook author loves to indulge, but for her, it’s more about the process of cooking than anything else. If this model is only going to have a few bites, she wants them to knock your socks off with the flavor. Which, spoiler alert, all of her recipes deliver in spades.

Since I wasn’t going to get to spend the week eating Waffle House and transforming into a swimsuit model, I went into deep research mode. The following is what I could find about Chrissy Teigen’s diet on the internet…

  • she eats lots of protein
  • absolutely no carbs in the morning
  • coffee is not her jam
  • lunch is light and leafy (usually a green juice)
  • dinner is her biggest, most extravagant meal of the day
  • sometimes, you’ve got to have a Doritos Locos taco in there somewhere
  • a side of ranch with EVERYTHING

In summary: Chrissy is a major proponent of balance.

Ok, I can get behind that.

 

Lesson 2: Cooking is a wonderful form of therapy.

My mission was simple: follow Chrissy’s guidelines during the day (not berating myself if I messed up and had fries with ranch) and then opt to cook a different meal from Cravings each night that week. I spent the first night poring over the recipes (her cookbook is basically food-porn so go buy it right now) and making my selections. A few pages I bookmarked were…

  • French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes
  • Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto
  • Sriracha Caesar Salad
  • Dump and Done Ramen
  • Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice
  • Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
  • Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Butter
  • Armadillo Cheesy Garlic Bread
  • Skillet-Charred Fish Tacos
  • Cheesy Jalapeño Tuna Casserole with Potato Chip Topping

Are you dying yet?

Each night instead of falling onto my couch in a Hulu binge after work (because Hulu just keeps playing and never asks you if you’re still watching which I appreciate), I rolled up my sleeves, poured an XL glass of rosé, queued up a playlist, and whipped out my cookbook. Some of Chrissy’s recipes are more extensive than others, but I tried to pick based on what I felt like eating that night. The prepping, chopping, tasting, and reading along (repeatedly, 10+ times if you’re me) wasn’t tedious like meal prep Sundays… it was relaxing. Night after night, I felt so proud and invigorated when I pulled my completed meal out of the oven.

But to be honest — nothing was as enjoyable as that first bite. Holy $&#@! This woman knows food. And okay, I get Chrissy’s “I don’t need to eat the whole pan” philosophy because frankly I was exhausted and a little bit tipsy by the end of my cooking time each night so after the first few bites, I did feel done. It was also selfishly more enjoyable to share with my friends and neighbors and watch their faces light up… followed by repeated exclamations about what an amazing chef I was.

 

 

Lesson 3: Powerful flavors take a lot of work.

After three trips to the grocery store in two days, I started to think maybe Chrissy is so fit because she’s walking the aisles of Whole Foods on repeat. But since she obviously doesn’t go to the grocery store, it at least allowed me to get more than my fair share of steps in and trick my fitbit into thinking I am not a couch human.

When selecting my recipes for the week, I tried to find ones with overlapping ingredients but even planning ahead couldn’t stop the pile up of ingredients in my fridge. Necessities like the carton of heavy cream left over from making Chrissy’s “Pull-Apart Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy” (yes, they will, in fact, change your life) just stared at me, threatening to expire.

I was ecstatic when my Blue Apron box finally arrived because (a) all of the ingredients were perfectly portioned and (b) I didn’t have to go back to the freaking store. Sorry Chrissy, I needed a break. Having everything ready for me to start dicing and cooking made the experience feel very celebrity (shoutout to my faux assistant Blue Apron who did all the leg work) and so much more enjoyable but with the same amazing flavors. I can honestly say I’ve never had in my life (much less made myself) shrimp as tasty as the ones I made from the Blue Apron x Chrissy Teigen box.

 

 

Lesson 4: Don’t ever be intimidated by cooking.

I cook for myself every week, but like many others, I’m often in a rut of preparing the same meals over and over (and over) again. It only took me 28 years, but I am basically an expert at mediocre taco salad and scrambled eggs.

After a week of cooking like Chrissy, I found that my skills were far greater than I was giving them credit for. Following Chrissy’s recipes each night made me try things in the kitchen that I was uncomfortable with or never would have paid attention to before. Things like kneading dough, cooking shrimp, using multiple kinds of peppers in a single dish, learning which type of potato was better for what dish (rather than just picking the prettiest ones), or going to three different grocery stores to locate a green papaya for thai salad. Usually, I would opt for the premade or easier way out, but not for my gal Chrissy.

Before you pat me on the back, know that I still had my culinary limits. I didn’t cook any meals where the fish still had a face (NOT READY NO THANK YOU) and although the Crab & Cream Cheese wontons looked like heaven… I have no time for delicately wrapping each bite of food after a long day of work. But the process wasn’t about being perfect. Did I royally mess some stuff up? Yes. Did it all turn out fine and delicious in the end? Hell yes. It’s a process and you’re never going to get better until you try. Even if you burn something and have to try again.

Each day I started to look forward to my nightly activity more and more. The process was invigorating and sparked my creativity because it wasn’t just preparing dinner… it was a hobby. And it felt so good. If you feel burned out or stressed by your daily activities, stepping away from responsibilities and indulging in a creative hobby will ignite a spark that nothing else can. And if you are short on time and unfortunately not getting paid to act out your weird celebrity fantasies like I am, try Blue Apron because they made feeling like a chef as easy as possible. There were no extra ingredients, clean up was easy, and the blue and brown box arriving at your doorstep forces you to take some time for yourself.

 

 

Lesson 5: Eat whatever you damn well want (as long as it tastes good).

On the final day I forgot to go to the grocery store… okay I was hungover… and I decided to indulge in a Dorito shell taco in true Chrissy Teigen fashion. It was my first time and all I could say for hours after was “I get it.” Frankly, it felt like the perfect ending.

When I started reflecting on my time as a Chrissy Teigen superfan, I realized the biggest lesson I learned was that life is short and we should all take a note from Cravings and have fun with the food we are eating. Yes guys, a model is saying to put your phone away (only bring it back out to proudly snapchat the completed product and make your followers jealous), get in the kitchen, and eat whatever you damn well please. We spend so much time focusing on what we shouldn’t eat or shouldn’t put in our bodies and less time focusing on of all the joyful aspects of food: like the art of cooking and spending time in the kitchen with our loved ones. Which is better than what I thought I would learn at the beginning of this: how to look hot in a swimsuit while eating a diet mainly of cheese.

The second biggest lesson I learned is that if you die without ever having tasted her French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes, you’ll be really sad.

 

 

Click here to see the upcoming BLUE APRON recipes and get $50 off your first two weeks when you sign up!

 

We are giving away 5 of Chrissy’s cookbooks. To enter, just let us know what recipe you most want to make in the comment below!

 

This post was in partnership with Blue Apron, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

  • Pam Daubert

    They all look amazing but Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs is calling me!

  • Pam Daubert

    They all look amazing but Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs is calling me!

  • Ada Lew

    Mac and Cheese!

  • Dump and Done Ramen sounds awesome – I’ve got some nifty tricks up my sleeve to make instant noodles way more awesome than the package instructions might imply, but maybe her recipe could inspire me to up my game a bit. 🙂

    On The Cusp | https://on-th3-cusp.blogspot.com/

  • Mimi Murphy

    Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

    • Shelley M

      Oh I’ve made this before and it’s amazing!!!

  • Olivia

    I’d love to try making Sh*t on toast (not a euphemism, an actual recipe from the book!)

  • Erica Chow

    I need to know more about Dump & Done Ramen! Elevated ramen is a go-to staple in my kitchen.

    • Hi Erica! You’ve been selected as a cookbook winner. Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl (dot) com with all your information.

      • Erica Chow

        Thank you!!! So excited to see the rest of the recipes!

  • Utah Girl

    Her Mac and Cheese with Cheese Garlic Bread Crumbs sounds amazing!

  • Elizabeth Scherf

    I neeeeed to know more about this Armadillo Garlic Bread????? Sounds amazing!!!!!

  • Kendall Varin

    I’m like you, I usually stick to about a dozen recipes I know from memory, but rarely get out of my comfort zone. I’d really like to try the Skillet-Charred Fish Tacos because I don’t usually cook with fish and I’m curious!

  • Amanda

    ohhhh all the recipes look delicious but i’m thinking that mac and cheese is calling my name! pasta and cheese, what more could a girl want? <3

  • Erin Tenneson

    Have to go with Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs!! I have a REAL mac and cheese addiction. I absolutely love it. So it would be fun to try her take on the classic 🙂

  • alicia curley

    The buttermilk biscuits! Definitely need to make those!

  • Anna Mormont

    Her buttermilk biscuits!! Also the Dump and Done Ramen. I really want to have more modern but guilty pleasure recipes in my arsonal!

    • Hi Anna! You’ve been selected as a cookbook winner. Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl (dot) com with all your information.

  • Jen

    You really sold me on the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes. I definitely think I need to try that!

  • Heidi K

    Everything sounds amazing, but “Done and Dump ramen” has a certain ring to it – I love a recipe where I can just toss things in and be finished, especially with my busy schedule!

  • Jasmine Sarwar

    I need to know what the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes tastes like!! <3

  • Danielle

    I would love to try any recipe of hers but the Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp looks absolutely delicious!

    • Hi Danielle – you’ve been selected as a cookbook winner! Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl.com

  • Kristyn Belote

    Everything sounds amazing!

  • Stefaniarocks

    I’m Italian, so when I read Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto I said “this is the one”, but I love sweets too much not to choose French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes. Also the dutch baby pancake, that I know is in the book, makes me want to cook it right now…in my office 😉

  • Shelley E

    Great article and “Cravings” sounds like a great addition to my cookbook library. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. If I win, the first recipe I’d try would be Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs. Looking at the comments, I can see that I am not alone in being a mac n’ cheese fan!

  • Destinee Dowdy

    Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice? Yes please!

  • Jennifer

    Her French Toast Casserole sounds like the perfect breakfast for my fiancé’s birthday as well as for Christmas morning!

  • Katie Hunt

    I cannot wait to make and try her Sesame Chicken Noodles but my boyfriend has been drooling over John’s Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Butter (or has he been drooling over that bathingsuit pic of her?? — honestly prob both!!)

  • Melanie Smith

    This was hilarious! I was laughing my a** off! I, too, bought the Cravings cookbook, and agree everything is so fattening. But, you gave me a whole new perspective. I might try some recipes this weekend!
    Melanie
    http://www.lavish-lagniappe.com

  • Sarah Gonzales

    holy moly this all look amazing! I have to try the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes….yum!

  • Alex Blaney

    Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs ALL DAY EVERYDAY! I love Mac & Cheese…with garlic bread crumbs…ugh, game over.

  • Sarah Emily

    Dump and Done Ramen sounds delicious!

  • Nikyta Polyak

    I am OBSESSED with making the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes. I didn’t even know French Toast could get better!

  • Natalie Gough

    The Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto sounds so tasty!!

  • Emily

    The thought of Sriracha Caesar Salad is making my mouth drool over here… almost time for my lunch break! I also want to try her Chicken Wings with Spicy Honey Butter because I’ve never made homemade chicken wings before! 🙂

  • Amy

    I just signed up for Blue Apron and can’t wait to try Chrissy’s sweet & spicy lettuce cups-thanks for the promo! From the cookbook…you had me at Pull-Apart Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy AND French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes AND Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs…the list goes on and on…clearly I NEED the cook book 🙂

    • Hi Amy – you’ve been selected as a cookbook winner! Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl.com

      • Amy

        THANK YOU so much for the fun news! Can’t wait to receive it and start trying some of the recipes!

  • Jana

    Definitely the french toast casserole with salted frosted flakes!

  • Maggie Amato

    I gave up sweets for the month on a dare (don’t recommend giving into this kind of peer pressure), so the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes is callllllling my name!!

  • Tricia Dunn

    Ramen or mac and cheese – YUM!!

  • Sarah Loops

    Pork Banh Mi! Making my own “quick pickles” scares me a little, but I’ll give it a go if it’s Chrissy’s!!

  • Megan

    Oh man I’ve followed her for years. She used to have a website where she posted recipes and they were so so good. I think I’d try Dump and Done ramen.

  • YS

    armadillo cheesy garlic bread!

  • Sonja W

    The Sriracha Caesar Salad sounds super intriguing, so I’m gonna go with that recipe! Very curious to see how a salad can satisfy a craving…

  • Ishika Upadhye

    Everything sounds perfect, but I think if I had to go with one, I’d go with the Skillet-Charred Fish Tacos!

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE mac & cheese; I always get it if it’s on the menu at a new restaurant. So I definitely wanting to try Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs!

  • Olivia Winner

    The mac and cheese with cheesy garlic bread crumbs sounds heavenly <3

  • Wanga

    Dump and done ramen or the chicken wings with spicy honey butter!

    • Hi Wanga! You’ve been selected as a cookbook winner. Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl (dot) com with all your information.

  • Nik Snacks

    I want to try that pull-apart biscuit with sausage gravy joint!

  • Kiera

    definitely the Sesame Chicken Noodles – they look & sound delicious!

  • Daniela

    Uhh definitely French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes!!

  • Chrissy’s mac and cheese sounds incredible!!

  • Leisha

    I want to try the chicken wings with spicy honey butter WITH the sriracha caesar salad. Man just thinking about it is making my mouth water.

    • Hi Leisha – you’ve been selected as a cookbook winner! Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl.com

  • Lauren Petela

    Wow!!! My mouth was watering reading this. I would love to try making the Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto!

  • Kimberly

    Her Chicken Pot Pie Soup and the Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Butter sound so incredibly amazing I drool just thinking about them

  • Diane

    Oh my goodness, give me that Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto, please!

  • Hkat

    MAC AND CHEESE ALL THE WAY!!!

  • Kelli

    Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto sounds good.

  • vintagemusichistory

    The skillet-charred fish tacos sound amazing and my husband loves fish tacos too so a win for both!

  • Susie Lacocque

    French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes takes the cake for me!

  • Erica Rodriguez

    I would love love love to make the Armadillo Cheesy Garlic Bread and especially her Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto!

  • Erica Rodriguez

    I would love love love to make the Armadillo Cheesy Garlic Bread and especially her Caprese Salad with Crispy Prosciutto!

  • Heather M Flaws

    Dying to try the Dump and Done Ramen recipe!!

    She is by far my favorite and most entertaining celeb.

  • Katie Manasco

    Hands down: French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes! Yum. Wasn’t planning on getting her cookbook, but you changed my mind!

  • Sarah Cooper

    Chicken pot pie soup with crust crackers!

  • HTaylor

    The Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice is the recipe I want to try first!

  • Sue Peterson

    The French Toast casserole sounds like heaven.

  • That French toast casserole is sounding really good right about now!

  • Amanda

    Everything, obviously, but the mac and cheese sounds amazing!

  • Courtney Clemmons

    I am always looking for a good Fish Tacos recipe!

  • Andrea Tuggle

    As a breakfast person, I would love to try the French Toast with Salted Frosted Flakes recipe. I’ve tried it before at a restaurant and it was delicious, but I would love to make it for my family☺️.

  • Michelle Stack

    I have always loved biscuits and gravy but have never made them so definitely the pull-Apart Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage gravy.

  • Ashley Lee

    Coconut rice sounds bomb.com!

  • Courtney

    Sriracha Caesar salad!! LOVE CHRISY <3

    • Hi Courtney – you’ve been selected as a cookbook winner! Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl.com

  • Emily Rabbitt

    That French toast casserole with the Frosted Flakes sounds intriguing!

  • Sarahi Cahill

    Her French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes sounds like a brunch game changer

  • Allie

    Cacio e pepe!

  • Breana Smith

    Caprese salad with crispy prociutto….and Mac and cheese for the entree ❤️❤️.

  • Vera Vickrey

    I’d love the French Toast Casserole, AND, her cookbook !!

  • Hailey

    Chicken wings with spicy honey butter?! Sriracha Cesar?! Oh man…my mouth is watering just thinking about it

  • Allison Hagen

    Crab and cream cheese wontons ❤️

  • Kris

    Garlic & Soy-Glazed Shrimp and Mac and Cheese – would be a delicious supper

  • Jackie Martinez

    They all look so great but I love Ramen so I would try the Dump and Done Ramen for sure!

  • Sharon Meagher

    Chicken wings with spicy honey butter

  • Leann Gerfen

    I need to try the Skillet-Charred Fish Tacos and the Armadillo Cheesy Garlic Bread!

  • Andrea

    I would truly love to try the shrimp recipe above as well as the chicken wings with spicy honey butter sauce but I wouldn’t make mine spicy.

  • Alexa

    I would love to try her Mac and Cheese!!!!!

  • Michelle Ryan

    My kids love love love french toast and frosted flakes, if there is a way to approach the two together in their eyes I’d be Mom of the Year!

    • Hi Michelle – you’ve been selected as a cookbook winner! Please email allyson (at) theeverygirl.com

  • justelizabeth

    I’ve always been terrified of making ramen at home so I would love to try the Done and Done ramen recipe!

  • Michele Hancock Attaway

    Definitely the French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes! Sounds scrumptious!!

  • Shannon

    Oh my gosh! Would love to eat like Chrissy! The first recipe I would love to try is the Cheesy Jalapeño Tuna Casserole with Potato Chip Topping!

  • latanya t

    the Crab & Cream Cheese wontons

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • Rachel

    Dump & Done Ramen sounds amazing!

  • Shelley M

    The Sriracha Caesar Salad sounds amazing and easy to create

  • Destiny Karrington

    I am so excited to make the sweet and salty coconut rice! Anything coconut has my heart.

  • Kelly Wright

    I am dying to make the mac and cheese ( like most everyone in these comments :p) I was in a book store the other day and took a picture of the recipe so I could try it O_o

  • Carol Workman

    All sounds so delicious – love love fish, so the Herby, Lemony, Spicy, Garlicky, Roasted Whole Fish sounds amazing. Thank you!

  • China

    I can’t choose between banana bread and the cream cheese breakfast bake!

  • Lele

    I’d like to make Skillet-Charred Fish Tacos <3

  • Keri Y

    Crab and cream cheese wontons

  • Kelley Quigley

    Garlic soy shrimp!!

  • Lisa Sadowski Manderano

    All of them! Lol
    Dump and done ramen sounds like my jam!

  • The mac and cheese is an obvious choice haha! But I think the fish tacos also sound very yummy!

  • Nicole Llewellyn

    I’m drooling for the crab cake benedict

  • bookjunkie007

    I love cooking on its own, and love the process more than just making something quick and being done with it. I can’t cook off the top of my head (need to follow a recipe, or else it’s not going to happen), but everything I make turns out (except when I accidentally burnt the rice that one time). That sweet and salty coconut rice is calling my name!

  • Madison Blevins

    Chrissy’s Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs sounds like the perfect dinner for me! Would love a cookbook to try out 🙂