I know it’s January and everybody’s trying to get healthy. I am too. But y’all. Sometimes you just feel like having something a little more interesting than usual. Here’s your permission to throw caution and boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the wind, just for a meal every now and then. Two that don’t disappoint (Amazon affiliate links follow):
See the theme there?
At first, when I saw the hype, I didn’t take Cravings seriously. Chrissy Teigen’s the funny, popular celebrity everybody loves, so of course anything she puts out is going to sell millions of copies and everybody’s going to let their love for her color their judgment of the book, right? That might have happened anyway, but it didn’t have to because this book is amazing.
I think I’ve made almost everything in it. I may or may not have frozen two weeks’ worth of Cheesy Jalepeno Tuna Casserole with Potato Chip Topping after eating more of it. She made tuna casserole something I would want to freeze tons of and save for later…and then actually eat instead of forgetting about it. In my defense, I “healthified” it a little. But only a little.
And those Sausage Gravy and Pull-Apart Buttermilk Biscuits I made for my husband’s birthday (though they took forever to make) made him want to propose and marry me all over again. She should nickname them Engagement Biscuits, like that Engagement Chicken recipe I saw floating around in women’s magazines years ago (not Chrissy’s recipe). They don’t look like much in my photo, but wow.
Nothing in this book has disappointed me in any way, other than the fact that after using it for about a month straight, my pants no longer fit the way they should. Moderation, folks. I’m not good at it, but I recommend it and I’m working on it. Now I only make the occasional recipe from the book. I kind of want to make the Chicken Pot Pie Soup again soon.
It’s also an enjoyable read. I admit I didn’t even follow Chrissy on social media because I thought she was just some overhyped celebrity people fawned over just because she showed she was a real human like the rest of us. After reading the cookbook commentary, I went to follow her. I want to be her friend. She’s hilarious and yes, real.
Of the two, this is the healthier one. I wouldn’t want to go too nuts making the recipes here, either, because they still fall into “comfort food” category and can be high in calories. I don’t really count calories, so I can’t say for sure, but again, judging by how my clothes fit when I was diving into the recipes in this book pretty hard, I’d recommend pacing yourself at first.
That said, I probably went straight for the foods that were highest in calories. I’m looking back over the index now and thinking about which things I made. Did I make Roasted Squash and Beet Salad? NO (but why the heck not because that sounds awesome!?!?), I made the Cuban Burger. Totally worth it. So were the Strawberry Shortcake Waffles. I wanted to make tons of those and share them with the whole world.
I do really love the idea that my favorite things can be turned into Paleo/primal meals, though. Though I don’t strictly adhere to Paleo (or primal) rules, I do best when I follow the guidelines at least 80 percent. Some of the food I love (pancakes, biscuits, muffins, yes, but even chili) can set me back for days between the bloating, brain fog, fatigue, and moodiness. This lets me enjoy foods I’d normally have to give up or suffer the consequences of. If you have food sensitivities, eat Paleo, or felt a lot better during the Whole30, this book could be the perfect middle ground between your old way of eating and the way you want to eat for the rest of your life (or at least the near future).