Eva Longoria adopts a "no guilt" approach to food in her house

Lauren Del Turco, CPT
·3-min read
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Actress Eva Longoria, 45, has always been a foodie. Take a quick look at her Instagram and you'll find her making orange sorbet, whipping up an aubergine Milanese, or sharing her restaurant-worthy chicken salad crostini.

"I’ve been cooking for 20 years and I may not be a chef, but I’m a really good cook," she tells Women's Health US. And, since Longoria isn’t one for measuring and no food is off the table in her house, you can pretty much sum up her eating philosophy in one word: adventurous.

"No fear," she says. "You see everyone making sourdough bread or croissants these days and I really enjoy challenging myself." For her, cooking — and eating — is all about fun. "Cooking is such a great outlet," she says. "The other day I made Caesar salad — which I’m not a fan of but my husband loves — and I tested out four different dressings to figure out which was the best one."

In order to keep her eats as adventurous as they seem, Longoria sticks to just one rule: "I’m not about guilt," she says. Here’s how a typical day of her kitchen experimentation plays out.

Breakfast

Longoria spends a lot of time in Mexico — and that means her breakfasts have been more delicious than ever. "Breakfast is a big thing in Mexico; bigger than in the United States," she says. "There’s so much variety."

Many mornings she enjoys traditional dishes like chilaquiles (which involves fried tortillas, salsa, and toppings like beans and cheese) and huevos rancheros.

Some days, though, she puts her baking skills to the test on some of her favourite breakfast foods. "I’ll wake up early to get the dough going and make homemade bagels," she says. Or, "My new thing is croissants. I took a MasterClass on making them. The whole process takes about 18 days. It’s fun stuff."

Lunch

After enjoying a hearty, delicious breakfast, Longoria isn’t ready for lunch until later in the day. "In Mexico, like in Europe, lunch is usually a lot later — like four or five in the afternoon," she says.

Whether it's homemade pasta or her go-to chicken tacos with tomatillo salsa, lunch is anything but boring.

Snacks

If Longoria snacks in-between meals, it’s on something salty. "Salty is totally my jam," she says. Usually, she goes for quick eats, like olives or crisps.

Dinner

Since breakfast and lunch are such important meals for her, dinner is usually light. "Usually, we’ve just finished lunch at like six and it’s like 9:30 by the time we eat dinner and we’re going to go to bed soon," she says.

Her go-to late-night meal: soup. "Today I'm making Italian wedding soup," she says. "I found the New York Times recipe and it's so freaking good."

Dessert

Longoria doesn't have much of a sweet tooth. "I make cookies at least twice a week just to have on the counter for my husband and family, but I’m not big into the dessert thing." she says.

Instead, she says she prefers to treat herself with a nice drink. "I get my calories from alcohol. That's my favourite way to unwind at the end of the day," she says. "If I have a choice, I’d rather drink a Stella than eat a dessert."

Photo credit: Stella Artois
Photo credit: Stella Artois

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