Last week, I asked for some healthy recipes to feature on my blog. I was contacted about the cookbook Well Fed, a cookbook of Paleo Recipes, written by Melissa Joulwan. The cookbook was sent to me to check out, and see if there were any recipes in it that I would like to use on my blog.
I received the cookbook Friday, and immediately started to check it out. I had to grab it from my husband. He opened the package and was looking through it first. His reaction sparked my interest immediately. My husband is not one to look through cookbooks. His first words were “This is not your usual cookbook. It’s set-up differently.” That got my attention. I snatched the book from him, and started looking through the pages myself.
He was correct. It is set-up differently. First, Melissa introduces herself and explains what a Paleo lifestyle is, and how to set-up a Paleo kitchen. Basically, if you eat foods on a Paleo diet, you are eating fresh vegetables, proteins, and fruit. No grains. No dairy. I don’t follow a Paleo diet, but I do eat a lot of vegetables, and very little in grains.
I love the spices that Melissa uses in her recipes. They really make a difference in your meal. I had to do a little shopping to do some of the recipes. I had very little in spices. It was also time to go grocery shopping, so I was out of fresh vegetables. I didn’t go out of my way to buy special things, except the spices. I looked through the cookbook and picked out recipes that featured some of my favorite vegetables, and kicked them up a notch.
My Favorite Well Fed Paleo Recipes
I made Czech Meatballs, Rogan Josh, Spaghetti Squash, Creamy Spice Market Kale, and Cauliflower Rice Pilaf. Tonight I will be making Chocolate Chili. I have a refrigerator full of healthy meals that didn’t take long to make. The favorite of the recipes that I tried was the Czech Meatballs. We used half of them in a meal, and froze the other half. I was worried that they wouldn’t make it to a meal. My husband kept grabbing them out of the refrigerator to snack on. I had to tell him to stop, or he was going to have an all vegetable meal during the week. That got his attention. My husband loves his protein. He hates it when I make a meal without a protein with it.
I also have plenty of ingredients in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to make some more recipes from this cookbook. She has a chicken recipe that I want to try, as well as some dipping sauces. Then there’s a salmon recipe that looks really good, and I have salmon in the freezer. I have a question for the author, Melissa Joulwan. When are you coming out with some more recipes?
Disclosure: I was sent a cookbook for free to review. The opinions in this post are all my own.