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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat Paperback – Lay Flat, December 12, 2011
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Melissa Joulwan is the author of the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series and her award-winning paleo blog, where she writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life. Her books have appeared on the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestsellers lists, she's a columnist for Paleo Magazine, and she’s been a featured chef for US Wellness Meats, Lava Lake Lamb, and Whole Foods.
Flavorful Main Dishes
Recipes so delicious, you’ll forget they’re healthy, like Paleo Pad Thai, Chocolate Chili, Rice-Free Sushi, Scotch Eggs, BBQ Pork Fried 'Rice,' Bora Bora Fireballs, and many more.
It’s not a chore to eat your veggies with recipes like Cumin-Roasted Carrots, Creamy Spice Market Kale, Coconut Almond Green Beans, Turkish Chopped Salad, Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, Greek Broccoli, and so many more.
The Weekly Cookup
Learn how to prep a Cookup once a week so you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day. Plus detailed how-to info for mixing and matching basic ingredients with spices and seasonings to take your taste buds on a world tour.
What People Are Saying
"Well Fed is more than just a cookbook—it's the definitive resource for every Paleo chef (and aspiring chef)... This more-than-a-cookbook book has the potential to revolutionize your food-life..."
—Melissa & Dallas Hartwig, creators of the Whole30 program.
''In addition to the beautiful photographs and delicious recipes, this cookbook does something unique in the genre of food preparation - woven throughout the book is the theme of how to put fantastic meals on the table in the least amount of time.'' -- My Athletic Life
''This is a cookbook for people who like to eat. Do you enjoy food? (You do.) Do you enjoy delicious, easy to prepare dishes? (You do.) Then I'd call Well-Fed the only Paleo-oriented cookbook you need.'' -- Three New Leaves
''[S]he turned her system into a cookbook full of mouthwatering recipes. But it's more than just a collection of recipes. It's a guide -- a how-to manual geared at helping the laziest among us run our kitchens and feed our families... Like Melissa, this book has attitude, and the recipes have spunk.'' -- Food Renegade
''Melissa's sassy and fun attitude also comes through in the design and text of the book. I'm not sure I've ever laughed out loud reading a cookbook before.'' -- --Breaking Muscle
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Our first recipe was her "The best chicken you'll ever eat." Boy was it delicious. My significant other who has a cooking background doubted some of her methods, but we decided to stay true to the recipe with some tiny modifications to give it a shot. We ate the chicken with her mayo recipe, which we turned into both her ranch dressing and her creamy Italian dressing and put it all on a bed of salad. Let me tell you, we ate in silence while watching our current favorite show, and when we finished we turned to each other and both agreed that that was freaking delicious meal! To top it all off there were a ton of leftover chicken and the next day it tasted even better.
Our second adventure was her Moroccan meatballs over a bed of Cauliflower rice pilaf (with apricots, raisins, and pine nuts). We used only 1 lb lamb and mixed it with 1 lb ground beef (to help our wallets). The meatballs didn't look like the picture which made me sad, but they did have very good flavor. Plus, the sweetness from the dried fruit in the rice was an amazing touch. Again, like the chicken this dish tasted so much better the second day. However, it was not pretty all mixed together in my lunch container at work. It looked like mush and I had trouble stomaching it until I realized how delicious it was tasting.
Today we decided to go with the Cinnamon Beef stew (we had to forgo the gremolata that was suggested because we forgot to buy the orange). We still had a half portion of unused cauliflower rice from the meatballs so we made that into her alternate confetti rice recipe. Just like the other two recipes we doubted it while we were cooking (when will we learn?). But once you sit down and have everything on a plate in front of you it all works out so well. Our one complaint about this recipe is that the cook time was only 90 minutes for a beef stew! This took almost an hour more than that to get the meat tender. And we did make another small modification of using beef broth instead of water.
All in all, we are very happy with this purchase. So far all 3 entrees, 2 sides, and 3 sauces have come out incredibly well, and we are excited to make are next recipe in a few days. We're looking at the Meatza Pie with her Greek broccoli. The picture doesn't look too appetizing, but she has given me every reason to trust her so far, so we're expecting tasty things from this next dish.
The quality of the book itself is not bad but it's not the greatest. A lot of reviewers were complaining that their book fell apart and while mine is holding together just fine, I would say that it's not the best quality of cover/material but that's minor and not the reason I'm giving it a 4 star.
My big annoyance with this book - which my friend who LOVES the book also agrees - is her prep times: 5 minutes!!! Whatever. The prep times are so off the charts that it's not even funny. Anything that says 5 minutes to prep, set aside a good 30 to 45 minutes IF you have help in the kitchen. And there's no 5 minute clean up with what you need to get these meals ready but the meals are delicious.
We used her spice mix and her sweet potato with pecans (well she uses squash but it's okay to replace it) and one of her meats. I also made the Waldorf Tuna salad today (I added some lemon juice too), it was all very delicious. The recipes ARE delicious, no doubt about it, and super healthy because, well, they are Paleo baby!
There are very few dessert recipes here so if you want to feed your sweet tooth with approved paleo desserts, look elsewhere. Overall, I like how she helps you prepare for your meals in advance, but we have yet to do the whole weekly cook-up.
My blood sugar fasting was averaging 115-120, pre diabetic, and abdominal fat was increasing.
I found the Whole 9 website which led me to this book and way of eating. Organic meat, veggies, and healthy fats. No gluten, dairy, alcohol, processed foods, sugar...see what happens to the body.
I am doing the Whole 30 clean eating. At day 14, fasting blood sugar was 83...and has been there since. I'm on day 20, have lost 11 pounds, and more importantly the fat is beginning to burn off, energy has increased, and I am satiated between 3 healthy meals a day. No points, no counting...just healthy foods and portions. I highly recommend the book...and then taking the action to see what it might do for you.
The print throughout is small but specifically the print size in the recipes "Directions" section is TINY!!! The different fonts and colors don't make it any easier on the eye. I can't imagine having to cook a new recipe while struggling to find my place in the book when referring back to it. Maybe someone should've suggested to omit the huge Notes section on most recipe pages and made the text bigger?
Mind you, I'm 30 years old with great (lasik!) vision. This shouldn't be a problem.
The recipes look great but I wish it were more reader friendly like my 'nom nom paleo' book, picture provided for comparison. I already don't see this being my go-to book.
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Then whats another huge annoyance is that all measurements are in American, cups, F etc etc so i have to keep double checking and it just adds more hassle to cooking a dinner
All the ones we have cooked are really satisfying, and better still, good for you.
Well worth the money.