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Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less Paperback – November 1, 2016
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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.
Healthy, Takeout-Inspired Meals
You won't mind skipping the drive-through or delivery when you can cook quick meals like Bacon-Jalapeño Burger Balls, Thai Yummy Salad, Dirty Rice, Fried Chicken Meatballs, Pizza Noodles, Sticky Orange Sunflower Chicken, Italian Hoagie Salad, fully-loaded Oven Fries, and more.
You'll love the Mini Cookup with step-by-step instructions for cooking six paleo kitchen staples in under an hour. Cook once, and fancy-up your meals all week long with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, homemade mayo, and more.
Truly Fast & Easy
Every meal is thoroughly tested and easy to make in 45 minutes or less. And there are no extra trips to specialty food stores required—every recipe is made with affordable ingredients you'll find at your regular grocery store.
What People Are Saying
"Mel is one of my favorite authors/chefs in any food genre. She never ceases to impress with her creativity and passion, and Well Fed Weeknights is no exception. Beautifully presented and exceptionally laid out, it's got all the 'need to know' elements and bullet points of a healthy Paleo lifestyle.”
— Mark Sisson, Publisher of Mark's Daily Apple and Founder of Primal Kitchen.
“We're all time poor and we all need to make better choices about what we put into our bodies. This new compendium of easy and fast recipes from Melissa Joulwan is the tastiest way I've seen to get started or continue to be inspired."
—Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, and food writer.
You'll be blown away by how many time-saving resources are packed into this cookbook, and the recipes are the perfect balance of joy-in-my-mouth and hey-that-clean-up-went-fast. So feel free to ask me what I want for dinner tonight, because I've got about 34 pages in Weeknights already bookmarked."
—Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program.
''Mel is one of my favorite authors/chefs in any food genre. She never ceases to impress with her creativity and passion, and Well Fed Weeknights is no exception. Beautifully presented and exceptionally laid out, it's got all the 'need to know' elements and bullet points of a healthy Paleo lifestyle. Be prepared to get your Paleo on every night of the week!''
--Mark Sisson, Publisher of Mark's Daily Apple and Founder of Primal Kitchen
''We're all time poor and we all need to make better choices about what we put into our bodies. This new compendium of easy and fast recipes from Melissa Joulwan is the tastiest way I've seen to get started or continue to be inspired.''
--Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, and food writer
''Melissa's conversational, empathetic style was the partner I needed, and her cookbooks treat food like the treasure and pleasure it is. Her recipes aren't about self-denial or sacrifice. They're about flavor. They teem with it. They're meals I want to cook, not as homework, but as hedonism.''
--Heather Cocks, New York Times bestselling author of The Royal We and the celebrity-fashion website Go Fug Yourself
''I often find the question 'What do you want for dinner?' more stressful than actually prepping and cooking the meal, but thanks to Well Fed Weeknights, the what's-for-dinner game just got crazy fun. You'll be blown away by how many time-saving resources are packed into this cookbook, and the recipes are the perfect balance of joy-in-my-mouth and hey-that-clean-up-went-fast. So feel free to ask me what I want for dinner tonight, because I've got about 34 pages in Weeknights already bookmarked.''
--Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program
''I'm head over heels in love with Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed Weeknights! My spice-loving kitchen sister has created yet another amazing collection of umami-packed meals—and this one is tailor-made for busy folks like me who crave flavorful, nourishing meals whipped up in minutes. Why look anywhere else for culinary inspiration?''
--Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans
About the Author
Melissa Joulwan is the author of the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series and the award-winning blog MelJoulwan.com, where she writes about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life. Her newest cookbook is Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes Or Less.
After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath of the surgery and recovery, she became particularly interested in how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood, and motivation. These days, Melissa's workouts are just as likely to include yoga and meditation as lifting heavy things and sprinting to stay ahead of the stopwatch.
Well Fed 2 was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon.com and was a Washington Post best seller. Her first cookbook Well Fed appeared on the Wall Street Journal best sellers list, and she's the author of the recipes in the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. She writes a column for Paleo Magazine and her recipes have been featured in print in Low Sugar Living, Inspire Health, and Where Women Cook, and online at Buzzfeed.com, FoodNetwork.com, Nylon.com, PopSugar.com, and Men's Journal. She has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods.
Web site: meljoulwan.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Trying to keep the carbs down, I AM IN LOVE WITH the cauliflower-based 'rice' and 'mashed potatoes' substitute recipes that we learned about in Well Fed 2 (page 167). This book uses those ingredients in several dishes such as "Shepherd's Pie" (page 123) and "Dirty Rice" (page 129)...and I literally see no reason to ever eat potatoes or rice ever again! I also really liked the Sticky Orange Sunflower Chicken with Sesame Broccoli (page 173). If you are thinking of doing more low-carb and/or Paleo cooking, I strongly recommend that you check out this book and Well Fed 2 (with Nom Nom Paleo also being pretty good).
Now on the subject of the binding: Yeah, not sure *what* is up with that binding, but it is strange and leaves a lot to be desired. A couple of others are reporting pages falling out. That hasn't happened with ours, but if you leave the book laying open, the cover doesn't return to flat...it kinda sits there all curved around the spine of the book. And is really just funky. I saw a recommendation here by someone to get it spiral bound at an office supply or print store, and this was great advice. I just took it down to Staples, and it was only $5.50 to cut off the old binding and put a plastic spiral binding on the cookbook. It now works *better* than when it was brand new, as it lays truly flat now (see my uploaded image)! I am guessing that at some point the publisher and printer will fix this binding issue, but I'm actually glad that I've made this 'upgrade'...makes using the book much easier.
My wife wants me to tell everyone on Amazon that a great cookbook with a poor binding is still WAY better than the opposite. This way, however, you can have the best of both worlds!
Update 12/14/16: We've made several more things from this cookbook, and I've liked everything except for one recipe that called for ground up anchovy (Sicilian Cauliflower w/ Beef page 73...tried to be 'open' to new flavors...but no thank you). I really liked the Yucatan Green Chile Saute with Cumin-Lime Sauce (page 101) and the Greens with Potatoes & Sausage (page 111). I thought the Chicken Satay Burger was decent as well...I would have it again...but maybe not on my list of absolute favorites from this cookbook. Anyway, we're really enjoying these new meals, and some new recipes that don't take a really long time to make.
She also gives instructions for a "Mini Cookup" using a big batch cooking session that "ensures you have cooked food in your fridge for the week." Yay! Mel went into this generally with the first Well Fed, but this contains explicit instructions, which I need - and want! Right after that comes the "Now What?" section, which offers recipe suggestions for your pre-cooked items. For example, if you have prepped and cooked your chicken ahead of time, there is a list of 12 recipes you can use quickly. Another section called the "Ultimate Salad Bar" offers dozens of ways to create different salads.
All in all, this is the perfect cookbook for someone who wants to eat healthy yet doesn't have much time to cook. You don't even have to eat Paleo to enjoy these recipes. Now I'm off to fix a BLT egg salad! YUM!
With all of that said, these dishes have been delicious! I loved the Morrocan Steak Salad with Fig and Pistachio Dressing, Spicy Nigerian Beef, and the Pork Medallions with Blackberry Compote and Cauliflower Puree. We even liked the simpler dishes we have made. Overall, I would say that if you love to use up your spices and really mix it up, this is for you! I do not cook out of this book 7 nights a week, but 3 nights a week is doable for me. I do not at all regret the purchase as the food is delicious!