5 refreshing summer recipes straight from Chrissy Teigen’s kitchen

And you can make them in 30 minutes or less!

Chrissy Teigen

Summer is here and the biggest goal I have is to spend more time with my family and less time in the kitchen. No-cook recipes are our jam. I love to cook, but when we've spent so much time indoors, we're seriously craving backyard fun, or honestly anywhere outdoors just to soak up some sunshine.

Chrissy Teigen, in all her down-to-earth charm, shared five recipes that look so delicious we wish we had two mouths. From a caesar salad with crunchy panko crumbs to creamy crab and arugula pasta, we have her list of light dishes the entire family will love.

Here are five summer recipes that you can make under 30 minutes straight from the Cravings cookbook author's kitchen:

1. Scallops with carrot zoodles + butter sauce


Serves: 4

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 3 large carrots (about 1 pound)
  • 1 small bunch scallions (about 8 scallions)
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning the scallops
  • 1 pound jumbo scallops (8 scallops)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds


1. Use a spiralizer to create "noodles" out of the carrots (or use a julienne peeler). Trim the scallions, then cut the greens into 4-inch lengths and thinly slice the whites. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet (not nonstick) over medium heat and cook the garlic and scallion whites until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the carrots, scallion greens, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, tossing with tongs, until softened but still "al dente," 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a plate and cover to keep warm.

2. Wipe out the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high. Just before cooking, pat the scallops dry, then season the tops generously with salt. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet then add the scallops, salted side down, and cook, not moving the scallops, until the underside is browned and a crust has formed, 2 minutes. Pat the tops or the scallops dry, season with salt, flip with tongs, and cook until the underside is browned and a crust has formed, 2 more minutes. Uncover the carrots, arrange the scallops on top of the carrots and recover. Add the wine to the skillet and cook, scraping up the bottom, until half of the wine has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the butter piece by piece until the sauce is lightened and thickened, 1 minute.

3. Uncover, drizzle the sauce over the scallops, and top with the almonds.

2. Caesar salad with crunchy panko crumbs


Serves: 2

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 Little gem lettuce heads or 1 regular romaine lettuce head
  • 2 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved


1. Combine the mayo, lemon juice, fish sauce, and Parm in a blender and blend until creamy, 1 minute, thinning with a drop of water if necessary to achieve a ranch-like consistency.

2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Toss in the bread crumbs and cook, stirring, until golden, 4 minutes. Stir in the salt, remove from heat, and transfer to a plate to cool.

3. If you're using Little Gem lettuce (they're like little baby whole lettuces), halve them, If you're using romaine hearts, quarter them lengthwise. Arrange the lettuce on a plate, top with the tomatoes and radishes, drizzle with the dressing and top with the panko crumbs. (Extra dressing will keep, refrigerated, for up to a week. Panko crumbs will keep sealed in an airtight container for up to 5 days.)

3. Creamy crab + arugula pasta


Serves: 3- 4

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 pound (half a box) bowtie pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for salting pasta water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces lump crab meat
  • Generous handful (1 ½ cups lightly packed) arugula


1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil (the water should taste like the ocean). Cook the pasta until still a bit firm, 1 minute less than the box timing for al dente. Set up a large bowl of ice water. Once the pasta is done, reserve ½ cup pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and drop it into the ice water (this is called shocking) for 30 seconds, then drain again.

2. Melt the butter in a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, shallots and ¼ teaspoon salt and saute until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, add the wine, then return to the heat and reduce the liquid by half, 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to low, then whisk in the cream and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the pasta, crab, and arugula to pan and toss to coat, adding a bit of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen the sauce if you want, then cook until the arugula has just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with more salt to taste and enjoy!

4. Baked green tomatoes


Serves: 2-4

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese-style) breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese (I like to use my Microplane)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Garlic salt, for seasoning
  • 1 pound green tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, slightly drained
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 10 dashes hot sauce (I use Louisiana!)


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment and set aside. Line up 3 shallow bowls. In the first bowl, whisk the flour, cayenne, salt, and pepper.In the second bowl, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.In the third bowl, stir together the panko, parm, and olive oil with a fork until the bread crumbs are coated in the oil.

2. One at a time, coat the tomato slices in the flour and shake off the excess, then dip into the egg, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl. Dip in the panko mix, pressing the breading on all sides to coat generously.

3. Arrange the breaded tomatoes, evenly spaced, on the reserved baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crisp, 14 to 15 minutes.

4. While the tomatoes are baking, make the BBQeautiful Sauce by whisking the mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, horseradish, Old Bay, and hot sauce in a medium bowl.

5. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and dust with garlic salt and pepper right away; cool slightly, or they will completely roast your tongue off.

6. Serve with BBQeautiful Sauce (extra sauce will last in the fridge for about a week).

5. Bocadillo sandwich


Serves: 2

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 2 ripe medium Roma tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 individual-sized baguettes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 5 ounces (15 to 16 thin slices) Prosciutto or Jamon Serrano (Spanish cured ham)
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced Manchego cheese (use a cheese shaver at home)


1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Quarter the tomatoes and blend in a blender or processor with the olive oil and salt until almost smooth.

2. Brush both sides of each baguette with some oil, arrange on a baking sheet and bake until toasted and the tops are browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Remove the toasted bread from the oven and carefully rub both sides with the halved garlic. Spoon some of the tomato sauce on one half of each baguette (you may have a little left over), then arrange half the cheese and ham on each baguette. Close the sandwiches and enjoy while still warm.

14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With fall in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in outside-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Detective set

Plan Toys detective set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


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Tips parents need to know about poor air quality and caring for kids with asthma

There are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

When wildfires struck the West Coast in September 2020, there was a lot for parents to worry about. For parents of children with asthma, though, the danger could be even greater. "There are more than 400 toxins that are present in wildfire smoke. That can activate the immune system in ways that aren't helpful by both causing an inflammatory response and distracting the immune system from fighting infection," says Amy Oro, MD, a pediatrician at Stanford Children's Health. "When smoke enters into the lungs, it causes irritation and muscle spasms of the smooth muscle that is around the small breathing tubes in the lungs. This can lead to difficulty with breathing and wheezing. It's really difficult on the lungs."

With the added concern of COVID-19 and the effect it can have on breathing, many parents feel unsure about how to keep their children protected. The good news is that there are steps parents can take to keep their children as healthy as possible.

Here are tips parents need to know about how to deal with poor air quality when your child has asthma.

Minimize smoke exposure.

Especially when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels, it's best to stay indoors as much as possible. You can find out your area's AQI at An under 50 rating is the safest, but between 100-150 is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma. "If you're being told to stay indoors, listen. If you can, keep the windows and doors closed," Oro says.

Do your best to filter the air.

According to Oro, a HEPA filter is your best bet to effectively clean pollutants from the air. Many homes are equipped with a built-in HEPA filter in their air conditioning systems, but you can also get a canister filter. Oro says her family (her husband and children all suffer from asthma) also made use of a hack from the New York Times and built their own filter by duct taping a HEPA furnace filter to the front of a box fan. "It was pretty disgusting what we accumulated in the first 20 hours in our fan," she says.

Avoid letting your child play outside or overly exert themselves in open air.

"Unfortunately, cloth masks don't do very much [to protect you from the smoke pollution]," Oro says. "You really need an N95 mask, and most of those have been allocated toward essential workers." To keep at-risk children safer, Oro recommends avoiding brisk exercise outdoors. Instead, set up an indoor obstacle course or challenge your family to jumping jacks periodically to keep everyone moving safely.

Know the difference between smoke exposure and COVID-19.

"COVID-19 can have a lot of the same symptoms—dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and chest pain could overlap. But what COVID and other viruses generally cause are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. Those would tell you it's not just smoke exposure," Oro says. When a child has been exposed to smoke, they often complain of a "scrape" in their throat, burning eyes, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing. If the child has asthma, parents should watch for a flare of symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or a tight sensation in their chest.

Unfortunately, not much is known about long-term exposure to wildfire smoke on a healthy or compromised immune system, but elevated levels of air pollution have been associated with increased COVID-19 rates. That's because whenever there's an issue with your immune system, it distracts your immune system from fighting infections and you have a harder time fighting off viruses. Limiting your exposure to wildfire smoke is your best bet to keep immune systems strong.

Have a plan in place if you think your child is suffering from smoke exposure.

Whatever type of medication your child takes for asthma, make sure you have it on-hand and that your child is keeping up with regular doses. Contact your child's pediatrician, especially if your area has a hazardous air quality—they may want to adjust your child's medication schedule or dosage to prevent an attack. Oro also recommends that, if your child has asthma, it might be helpful to have a stethoscope or even a pulse oximeter at home to help diagnose issues with your pediatrician through telehealth.

Most importantly, don't panic.

In some cases, social distancing and distance learning due to COVID may be helping to keep sensitive groups like children with asthma safer. Oro says wildfires in past years have generally resulted in more ER visits for children, but the most recent fires haven't seen the same results. "A lot of what we've seen is that the smoke really adversely affects adults, especially older adults over 65," Oro says. "Children tend to be really resilient."

This article was sponsored by Stanford Children's Health. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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