Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan
Series: Well Fed
Published by Smudge Publishing, LLC on March 2012
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Preparing quality food is among the most caring things we can do for ourselves and the people we love. That's why Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is packed with recipes for food that you can eat every day, along with easy tips to make sure it takes as little time as possible to get healthy, delicious food into your well-deserving mouth. If you count meals and snacks, we feed ourselves about 28 times each week. All of the Well Fed recipes — made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy, or alcohol — were created so you can enjoy your food every time.
The two essential tricks for happy, healthy eating are being prepared and avoiding boredom. Well Fed explains how to get in the habit of a Weekly Cookup so that you have ready-to-go food for snacks and meals every day. It will also show you how to make Hot Plates, a mix-and-match approach to combining basic ingredients with spices and seasonings to take your taste buds on a world tour. The recipes are as simple as possible, without compromising taste, and they've been tested extensively to minimize work and maximize flavor.
With 115+ original recipes and variations, this book will help you see that paleo eating, too often defined by what you give up, is really about what you'll gain: health, vitality, a light heart, and memorable meals to be shared with the people you love.
I mentioned before that my husband wants to go Paleo. I follow a Paleo cooking blog, Perry’s Plate, but I didn’t really find what I needed in order to start to transition from our slightly atypical Western diet considering the amount of time I have available in any given week. So I started checking out (what I call) self-help books and cookbooks from the library. I’ve checked out a lot of cookbooks. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve checked out tons of cookbooks. I have about 9? 10? in my house right now. When I check out cookbooks I always go through the same process: I read the intro and then flip to the recipes. Every. Single. Time. If I don’t like the recipes or I feel they are too similar to the ones I already have (I also gather and create recipes), I take the book back, asap.
Out of all of the cookbooks I’ve checked out so far, Well Fed is the only one I’ve purchased. That says a lot. A LOT.
While I have tried a few of the recipes (Greek Broccoli, Cumin-Roasted Carrots and spaghetti squash), the primary draw for me with this book is the description and instructions for the “weekly cook up” and her “hot plate” meals. The “Weekly Cook Up” is when she and her husband cook numerous plain dishes in preparation for multiple fancier meals for the coming week. Joulwan gives instructions to calculate how much food to buy – which is appreciated! – and she gives a sample of her weekly shopping list. The “hot plate” meals are meals designed around food items already cooked – just add required seasonings. I love everything about this process! Everything. My husband and I are slowly trying to do this and thus far it is such a time saver.