9 Cooking Hacks We Learned From Chrissy Teigen’s Latest Cookbook

“I can’t believe I made people make their own tortilla chips or use fresh ingredients when you can use dried and it’d be just as good,” Chrissy Teigen told Refinery29 in April. This incredulity about the more involved recipes in her first cookbook Cravings was caused by the fact that she’s now a mother of two and has a lot less free time than before. That’s why Cravings: Hungry For More, Teigen’s new cookbook that dropped yesterday, features plenty of shortcuts, tips, and hacks.

Though the recipes in Cravings 2 still call for love and attention, this time around, Teigen is including tons of time-saving suggestions. “If there were places where we could make things easier for people’s busy schedules, we did that in this book,” she explained. That was evident when we flipped through the over 100 new recipes from the star.

In Cravings: Hungry For More, Teigen never assumes you know what an ingredient is or know how to do something. If one of her recipes calls for a specific thing, she’ll explain where you can find it or what you can use instead if you’re unable to find it. If one of her recipes calls for an ingredient prepared a certain way, she’ll provide her personal favorite tricks for getting the ingredient just right before adding it to your dish. The nine hacks ahead will show you exactly what we mean.

Use an oven if you need to cook “more than just a few slices of bacon.” (pg. 16)

You might think bacon calls for a frying pan, but according to Teigen, a rimmed baking sheet and an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit will save time.

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“Swap in store-bought if you got stuck watching the season finale of Below Deck. ” (pg. 36)

In this case, Teigen is talking about Blackberry Jam for her Fluffy Popovers with Melted Brie, but it applies to additions to many of her recipes. If you have 25 minutes or so to make Blackberry Jam from scratch, great. And, if you’d like to put your time toward something else like Bravo reality shows, no problem.

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“I love a good ‘fridge shit’ dish — some divine recipe made from whatever it is you’ve got stuffed in the crannies of your refrigerator. Granola is the ultimate pantry shit recipe.” (pg. 40)

When you’ve got a lot on your plate, figuratively speaking, you might not have time to go to the grocery store for specific ingredients for a dish. Teigen gets that, which is why she encourages her readers to add whatever they’ve got in their pantry to her granola.

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“Like all the pretty-boy singers these days say: Sometimes simple is beautiful. Sometimes a soup looks better without bacon makeup. Sometimes soup doesn’t even have to try.” (pg. 45)

This is the philosophy that led Teigen to develop her “EASYLICIOUS” Creamy Tomato Soup with Peppery Parmesan Crisps.

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“[Soy sauce] adds a super umami POW.” (pg. 49)

Teigen recommends using an unlikely ingredient, soy sauce, to make her French Onion Soup because it achieves a savory flavor that’s usually only possible to get when you “cook beef broth for eight hours.” Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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Grilling fresh tuna is “almost as laughably easy as opening and draining a can.” (pg. 62)

Though you might think using canned tuna is a good shortcut when making Teigen’s Goat Cheese Niçoise with Crispy Olive Oil Toast, she provides simple instructions that will make you re-think that.

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“Dried herbs are your friends.” (pg. 123)

If you no longer have the time or patience to devote to picking fresh herbs from their stems, Teigen is right there with you, and she’s got the secret to substituting dried herbs for fresh ones in any recipe. “In most cases, you can swap in dried herbs for fresh — just use one-third the number of dried herbs as you would fresh,” she writes.

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“With peas, it’s all about the bag.” (pg. 127)

According to Teigen, frozen peas are just as “sweet” and “perky” as fresh ones so you should never even think about putting your time toward popping them out of their pods one by one.

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Easy recipes can still “taste like your heart and soulllll were poured into it for hours.” (pg. 202)

Teigen passes on this specific piece of post-Luna wisdom in the description of her Spice-Rubbed Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Garlicky Sautéed Spinach, but so many of the recipes in Cravings 2 involve a step or two that will add a lot of love to an otherwise simple dish.

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