Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are You Well Fed?

This post can also be seen at Highbrow Paleo!

I was so excited to learn last year that Melissa Joulwan was coming out with a cookbook.  Melissa writes the very popular blog The Clothes Make The Girl, which is my go-to resource for fun Whole30 meals, delicious homemade sauces, and paleo-friendly ethnic recipes.  After checking out the handy-dandy free sample though, I saw that this book is so much more!

If you're a paleo-eater, you may find yourself spending a pretty ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen.  I don't have children or a spouse to cook for, yet I often find myself coming home from the gym, and spending upwards of two hours preparing my dinner for that evening, plus my lunch and breakfast for the next day.  I love to cook, and I know this is an investment in my health, but it's still a bit much!  Well, I am happy to say this is now a thing of the past, thanks to Melissa's tips.  Well Fed outlines how to run your kitchen like a restaurant, so you're never more than a few minutes away from a good meal.  Melissa recommends taking a couple of hours each week to cook up a few pounds of meat and partially cook a bunch of veggies (this is the "Weekly Cookup"); these items can be infinitely combined into "Hot Plates" with seasonings and sauces to keep your belly happy over the week.  It makes so much sense, I was kicking myself for not thinking of it before!  I did my first cookup this past Sunday; my self-diagnosed ADD was raging, but I got it done (and unfortunately burned up a batch of bacon) and it was SO worth the effort.  When I got home from work on Monday, I had my dinner on the table within five minutes, ate it, and then had my Tuesday lunch and breakfast packed away fifteen minutes later. Shazaam!

Cookup #1 (with the beggarcat)

Yes, the cookbook has fantastic recipes too!  Melissa's Paleo Pad Thai is a favorite of mine, and I am looking forward to cooking my way through the whole book.  My (non-paleo) sis looked through the book and declared that every single recipe looked like something she would like- not too shabby!  If you only buy one cookbook this year, Well Fed is well worth it.

Ask nicely and your copy can by signed by the Melicious herself!


  1. I'm totally checking this out right now. I, too, am finding myself spending more time than I like day to day in the kitchen (unless I'm having a crock pot day...then I only spend a little bit more time than I like in the kitchen).

  2. Not to be dramatic but... this cookup thing has changed my life!! I saw a cool idea on a mommy-blog that kinda fuses the cookup with crockpot-

  3. Thank you SO much for this amazing review. I really appreciate it -- and I'm SO glad to know that the Cookup is making life a little easier. YAY!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! :) It is helping soo much- so great to have some free time in the evenings!