Well Fed YOU


I’ve known Paleo chef and cookbook author Melissa Joulwan for a number of years now, but I’m trying to remember exactly how we our friendship blossomed. It was online first — I stumbled across her fabulous food-n-life blog, The Clothes Make the Girlthrough mutual friends, and I recall instantly appreciating her wit, sass (she’s a former rollergirl, so sass comes with the territory) and know-how.

Woman is on fire.

I made sure she made it into the pages of Experience Life while I was there (she’s now a community ambassador), and eventually we decided to meet up in person with our respective Daves (we are each married to one) when she was in the Twin Cities for a press check for her first cookbook, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat.

She is even lovelier — and livelier — in person, so we’ve since made meeting up a regular thing, and we have now worked together on a number of occasions. When she needed someone who could pull off both fitness model and shoot producer for one of her other books, Living Paleo for Dummies, for instance, she called me.

If you happen to pick up a copy, oh, haaaaaaaay!

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So, when Mel announced she was coming out with Well Fed 2, I immediately, shamelessly took advantage of our friendship by sweet-talking her into sharing a recipe on my website.

What she did is far, far beyond a recipe, however. What she did is create an easy-plan for stocking your fridge with an entire week’s worth of meals in about two hours.

During a season filled with last-minute shopping trips, social obligations out the wazoo, and plenty of culinary temptations, this is exactly the kind of simple strategy that allows you to eat food that makes you feel good…both when you eat it, and afterward.

I’ve been cooking out of Well Fed 2 for a couple of months now, and I can honestly say that all of her recipes are like that — absolutely delicious, totally healthy…even if you don’t give two poos about Paleo eating. (Her Moroccan Meatballs showed up at our family Thanksgiving, and even my not-even-close-to-Paleo relatives snapped them up.)

If you are seeking out a new cookbook or looking for gift ideas, I highly recommend you pick up a copy. I, for one, bought several as gifts. (Don’t read this, Mom!)

Ask any questions you have for Mel in the comments section, and check the bottom of the post for details on a pretty swell giveaway that’s happening this Friday! I’ll let her take it from here….



As I type this, I’m sipping Rooibos earl grey tea from a Santa mug and listening to Christmas music. These words just grabbed me by the shoulders and made me pay attention: comfort and joy.

What a lovely thought!

Comfort and joy.

It can be a challenge to retain a sense of equilibrium during this festive — but potentially stressful — holiday season. I would argue that one of the easiest ways you can achieve a sense of comfort and joy in the next few weeks is by feeding yourself well.

To be clear, that doesn’t mean denying yourself celebratory bubbly and your favorite cookies once in a while. No! Instead, I encourage you to carve out two hours this week to crank out a bunch of healthy, nourishing food to fuel you for merrymaking.

The Cooking Workout

Cooking for me is creative playtime, but I don’t want to spend all my leisure hours clanging pots and pans. To make my time in the kitchen fun and productive when I’d rather be doing something else, I treat my cooking chores like a workout, complete with a time goal and reward at the end.

Warm-up: Prep ingredients and tools
Work session: Make all the dishes
Cash out: Pack it up and make a list
Cool-down: Clean up and relax

The Cooking Workout is based on two components: (1) Hot Plates, which are essentially meat+veg sautés you can make on the fly and (2) Bulk Recipes that make scrumptious dishes in larger quantities so you have leftovers throughout the week. The combination of both means you can fight boredom and have your own personal menu of choices to choose from every day. Your fridge is about to become your favorite restaurant.

The info below lists the recipes I recommend you make for a week’s worth of meals, plus a step-by-step plan for getting it all done in about two hours. 3-2-1… GO!

All About Hot Plates

The basis of cooking in our house is Hot Plates. It’s basically this:

Protein + Veggies + Fat + Spices + Sauce = Meal

With that in mind, I cook a pile of protein and bushels of vegetables to store in the fridge until it’s time to eat. Then I quickly sauté whatever I’m in the mood for and top it with spices and sauces to jazz it up. Easy! Here’s my recommendation for your week:

Ground Beef: 2-3 pounds, browned in a skillet with lots of salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder.

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs : 2-3 pounds, roasted with lots of salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

Tuna, Sardines, Shrimp: Stock up on cans of tuna (my favorite is Genova Tonno, packed olive oil, no extra ingredients), sardines (my fave are Crown Prince, skinless and boneless), and shrimp (I defrost frozen, wild-caught in the fridge for last-minute meals).

Cooked Vegetables: Cook a bunch of veggies and store in the fridge. All of these (except the spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes), get a basic Steam-Sauté treatment:
Spaghetti Squash
Sweet potatoes
Green beans
Bell Peppers
Greens: kale, collards, spinach, or chard

Raw Vegetables: These are great for salad plates, snacks, and as add-ons alongside a Hot Plate:
Bell Peppers
Snap Peas


Sauces: A drizzle of something luscious turns meat and vegetables into something you really want to eat. These three are very versatile and quick to make:

Sunshine Sauce: Like Asian peanut sauce without the peanuts.

Olive Oil Mayo: So much better than store-bought, and perfect for salad dressings, tuna/chicken salad, or dolloping on top of grilled meat.

Moroccan Dipping Sauce: Fresh, a little spicy, and fast to make; excellent drizzled over Hot Plates and doubles as salad dressing.

Alert! If you make roasted chicken thighs and roasted spaghetti squash and Sunshine Sauce and stock up on snap peas, you have everything you need for Pad Thai.


Recommended Recipes

In addition to Hot Plates, you need some home-cooked comfort foods in the fridge. The great thing about all the recipes I’ve listed below is that they taste better the longer they sit, so you’re guaranteed delicious meals all week long.


Chocolate Chili: This is one of my most popular recipes, and if you double it, you can freeze half to have chili on-demand.

Italian Pork Roast: This yields tender, flavorful pork that’s great on its own and works well in Hot Plates or salads, too.

Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: Soups are one of my favorite ways to get extra vegetables without even really thinking about it. This is a favorite of mine for breakfast, but if that’s too weird for you, just eat a small bowl before lunch or dinner, or as a snack.

Cooking Workout: The Plan

If you want to cook all of the stuff listed above and want to spend the minimum amount of time in the kitchen, there’s a plan below for how you can do it. This should serve 2-4 people for the better part of a week, give or take a meal or two. The recommendations included here are the way I cook for my husband (6′ 5″) and myself (5′ 4″) to keep us going through work days, strength training, walks, and yoga.

NOTE: This is pro-level cooking organization. It requires you to fire up the stove, the oven, and the slow cooker all at the same time. Put on some favorite tunes, get yourself a big glass of water, take a deep breath, and start chopping and stirring.


On The Menu

Here’s the comprehensive list of what you’re making:
Roasted Chicken Thighs
Olive Oil Mayo
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Italian Pork Roast
Chocolate Chili
Sunshine Sauce
Browned Ground Beef
Green Beans
Moroccan Dipping Sauce
Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup

The Warm-Up

1. Sharpen your knife. Break out your cutting board, some baking sheets, and a nonstick skillet. Drag your slow cooker out of the cabinet. Dust off your blender. Fill your water bottle. Turn on your tunes.

2. Take an egg out of the fridge to come to room temperature for the Olive Oil Mayo.

3. Preheat the oven to 400F for the chicken thighs, roasted spaghetti squash, and sweet potatoes.

4. Wash and cut the broccoli and green beans you are going to steam-sauté.

5. Collect an array of storage containers and jars for the finished food.

Work Session

1. Get the Italian Pork Roast going. We’re easing into it with a simple exercise. This takes almost no hands-on time and will yield massive amounts of protein. Season the pork roast and plunk it in the slow cooker. [Recipe: Italian Pork Roast Recipe]

3. Start the Chocolate Chili. Make the chili all the way through to the end of the recipe so it can simmer on the back of the stove while you do the rest of the kitchen work. [Recipe: Chocolate Chili]

4. Get the chicken and veggies in the oven. Place the chicken thighs on a large baking sheet, sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. On another baking sheet, place the cut spaghetti squash and a few whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of water around the squash. Slide both baking sheets into the oven and set a timer for 30 minutes.

5. Make some sauces. Homemade mayo takes about 5 minutes to make. How amazingly great is that?! Ditto for the Sunshine Sauce. [Recipe: Olive Oil Mayo| Recipe: Sunshine Sauce]

6. Brown the ground beef. Crumble the ground beef into a very large skillet — I like nonstick; you do what makes you feel comfortable — season it generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook, breaking up clumps with a wooden spoon, until it’s no longer pink. Remove the meat to a storage container, but keep the pan where it is. Time to steam-sauté those veggies.

Did your 30-minute timer go off yet? Check the chicken and veggies in the oven. The chicken should be golden brown and sizzling. The squash should be tender to the touch. If yes, remove the chicken and squash from the oven, but slide the potatoes back in for another 20 minutes. If no, set the timer for 5-10 minutes and keep the chicken and squash in the oven.

7. Steam-sauté your veggies. Put 1/2 cup water in the hot pan, bring it to a boil, and add the broccoli. Let it steam-sauté for 5-7 minutes, then remove. (While it’s cooking, you can take a quick meditation break. Close your eyes, and do 10 rounds of slow breathing: in for 4 beats, out for 4 beats, completely filling and emptying your lungs. Comfort and joy, right here.) When the broccoli is tender, remove it to a storage container, add another 1/2 cup water to the pan, and cook the green beans. Repeat as necessary. While the veggies are cooking, make the Moroccan Dipping Sauce. [Complete Steam-Sauté Instructions]

Time to check the chicken, squash, and sweet potatoes again. How are they doing?

8. Make the Moroccan Dipping Sauce. While the green beans are steaming, whip up a batch of this sauce that doubles as salad dressing. [Recipe: Moroccan Dipping Sauce]

9. Make the Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup. This is last because by now you might be sick of cooking. If you are, give yourself permission to skip the soup. But if you’ve still got gas in the tank, make the soup and let it simmer while you get ready for your cool-down. [Recipe: Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup]

As your simmered and roasted dishes finish up, place them in BPA-free storage containers (like these) and pop them into the fridge. Remember: Despite what your grandma might have told you, it’s better to put freshly cooked food in the fridge while it’s warm; let it cool slightly on the countertop then get it into the fridge. Your homemade food is safe to eat for about a week; for more on food storage safety, visit TheKitchn and TheDailyMeal.

I also recommend you make a list of all the food you just cooked and make a list to hang on your refrigerator door. It’s an excellent reminder of how completely badass you are — and it makes it easy to review your home menu of deliciousness.


There you go! A week’s worth of food. Wishing you comfort and joy this holiday season!

If you’d like, share your favorite healthy recipe in the comments section below.

Melissa Joulwan is the author of the cookbooks Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat and Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat, and the blog The Clothes Make mjoulwan_headshot_300The Girl, where she writes every day about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, in life.
After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the Paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily, healthily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath, 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 trying to stay ahead of the stopwatch.
Well Fed 2 was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, and she contributed the recipes for the “Meal Map” in the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food. She is also a Community Ambassador for Experience Life magazine and has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods Culinary Center in Austin, Texas.



Author:Jen Sinkler

Fitness writer and editor, workout connoisseur, meditator, proponent of spandex, former rugby player; never, ever without lip gloss.
Comments: 169

169 Responses to “Well Fed YOU”

  1. Heather Verstat
    December 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    The Thai Grapefruit salad is amazing!!! Hands down my favorite cookbook right now. 🙂

  2. Sheena
    December 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm #


    sunshine sauce is life.

  3. Jen N.
    December 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I just made her cranberry turkey meatballs–so good!

  4. Heather V.
    December 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    The Thai grapefruit salad is amazing!!

  5. Jen Worley
    December 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I recently bought BOTH Well Fed books, and even my husband (who has just perfected scrambled eggs) was able to follow the directions to make the most AMAZING Italian Meatballs. Can’t wait to try out the other 17 meatball recipes!

  6. Kyle
    December 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I love her meatza recipe.

  7. Mimi
    December 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Love the olive oil mayo recipe. Have made it many times. Turkey cranberry meatballs are delish also.

  8. Natasha
    December 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    The salmon cakes in Well Fed 2 are incredible, and the recipe is super versatile.

  9. Holly Armstrong
    December 18, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    I surprised myself because I’ve never been a burger girl, but I’m a bit obsessed with the almond butter and preserves [bison] burger. It’s like sweet and salty fireworks in my mouth reminding me to keep the fat little PBJ-obsessed kid inside myself alive.

  10. DA Storey
    December 18, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Thanks Jen, just ordered both books on the back of this article. x

  11. Akhil
    December 18, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    Sunshine sauce is just amazing, and my fav recipe of all : http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/

  12. Rachel
    December 18, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    The Tropical Chopped Salad from her clothesmakethegirl website is amazing. I vary the fruit with whatever I have on hand, but it is always awesome!

  13. December 18, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    I never get to buy cookbooks so this is my first introduction to Well Fed but it has been ages since I had Pad Thai and that sounds incredible. I’ve been wanting some good sauce recipes…looking forward to trying out the sunshine sauce!

  14. Kelli
    December 18, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    The sunshine sauce is amazing!

  15. Meghan Ziegler
    December 18, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I just made Melissa’s Mashed Cauliflower last night – so delish! I dumped some into my bowl of hearty bone broth-veggie-ground beef soup that I had in the freezer for an incredibly quick and filling dinner. I have decided to take the Mashed Cauliflower to my family Christmas dinners and not tell anyone what it is…I want to see if anyone thinks they are mashed potatoes. 🙂

  16. Meghan Ziegler
    December 18, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    oops…forgot the link – http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/11/07/mashed-cauliflower/

  17. December 18, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    I am definately going to have to make and try the Pad Thai! http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/08/paleo-pad-thai/

  18. Holea B
    December 18, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Chocolate chili!

  19. Catherine
    December 18, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    I am looking forward to trying out the Chocolate Chili recipe. Sounds intriguing!

  20. Lisa P.
    December 18, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Unfortunately I don’t have a copy of Well Fed, but here is a recipe I love from Kelly at primallyinspired. http://www.primallyinspired.com/meyer-lemon-proscuitto-and-spinach-smothered-chicken/

  21. Danielle
    December 18, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    So cool! Some interesting recipes and combos I never would have expected. Exciting!

  22. Larysa Santiago
    December 18, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Love the one day prep for several meals!! Great for this busy mom of athletes!!!

  23. Nancy
    December 18, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    I need this book to choose my favorite recipe:) They all look yummy

  24. Nichole
    December 18, 2013 at 7:52 am #


    Not sure if this dish is Paleo but it’s from a great book I’ve used in the past. Just getting started with the Paleo diet and these are definitely books I need! Thank you so much for sharing. AWESOME POST!

  25. Cynthia
    December 18, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Love Mel’s Moroccan Meatballs!!

  26. julie
    December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    i LOVE stirfrying bacon with butternut squash & brussel sprouts – one of my favs! and tastes so good with some cinnamon chipotle sliders!

  27. Jess
    December 18, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Spagetti squash pad thai looks great!

  28. Nicole
    December 18, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    The ginger zucchini soup looks like it could make even my family eat summer squash–will need to try with summer csa!

  29. Michelle
    December 18, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Looking forward to trying the Chocolate Chili!

  30. December 18, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I have not yet tried any of Melissa’s recipes from Well Fed, but would LOVE to as they all sound amazing!! Currently, this is one of my go-to recipes which I make weekly: http://www.health-bent.com/pork/paleo-asian-pork-meatballs-dipping-sauce

  31. Shannon
    December 18, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Would love to make more things like this! Proof that healthy does NOT have to be boring!

  32. Shannon
    December 18, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Forgot to mention that I would love to make Moroccan Meatballs!

  33. Savannah Smith
    December 18, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    SB and J burger BY FAR!!

  34. Kelly
    December 18, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    My fav is the no bake cookie dough balls. I like to be creative and add a little extra – I use lemon grapeseed oil and blueberries! So good!

  35. Heidi G
    December 18, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I love the paleo pad thai recipe!

  36. Utina
    December 18, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    This looks amazing, can’t wait to try this!

  37. December 18, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    The fam loved her turkey & cranberry meatballs for our Thanksgiving meal. So much easier than a giant turkey 🙂

  38. Carlyn J
    December 18, 2013 at 8:52 am #



  39. Sara Lourenço
    December 18, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    This is my favorite healthy meal on the go: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/39832097367/whole30-day-6-asian-meatballs
    <3 Asian Meatballs!

  40. Elizabeth M
    December 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Absolute favorite (so far) is her Czech meatballs: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/10/25/paleo-czech-meatballs/ Quick and easy to make and you get to squish your worries away while you mix the ingredients into the pork!

  41. December 18, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Sunshine sauce and chocolate chili!!

  42. Teri
    December 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Chocolate Chili is perfect his time of the year!

  43. Denisse S
    December 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I have loved her blog for so long and when Well Fed 2 came out I decided to go ahead and purchase. OMG ! The recipes are so through yet simple and so far I’ve only been able to make about 3 but they have all been delicious… so far my favorite are the Garlic-Mustard Brussel Sprouts hmmmm soooo delicious I could eat a pound! the BBQ is amazing too just threw some on ground beef for lunch today 🙂 …
    Thanks for this run down too it’ll make meal prep so much easier/quicker/more fun?!?! lol

  44. December 18, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Cinnamon Beef Stew w/ Orange Gremolata

  45. December 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I just added her books to my amazon wish list! My favorite meal? All the ones I make. a ha ha ha. This is one of my faves because its quick and healthy and a ” one pot” meal so to speak – http://www.pineappleandcoconut.com/recipes/oven-roasted-lemon-chicken-thighs/

    Fun giveaway!

  46. Natalie
    December 18, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Don’t have the books yet, but coconut flour gelatin pancakes are my fave Paleo go to!!

  47. Katee L
    December 18, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    The Moroccan Meatballs and the Meatza are our go to favorites, both from the first Well Fed.

  48. Karli S
    December 18, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    So simple, but as a chip addict I am in love with the caramelized coconut chips!

  49. Shannon
    December 18, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    As a fellow Lebanese, I have to say the Moroccan meatballs sing to me!!!! I have not gotten my hands on the books YET, but am super excited for my meal prep Sundays with them!

  50. brandi
    December 18, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    The “belly dancer beet salad” is one of my favs, as well as the Moroccan meatballs. I do not intentionally follow a paleo diet but Melissa makes it easy to eat delicious paleo meals! Love it.

  51. Jeanna B.
    December 18, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    I really like the look of practically all of her meatball recipes because I’m a horrible cook, and meatballs are super easy!

  52. Stephanie
    December 18, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I just got Well Fed for my kindle and have Well Fed 2 on my wanted list of books. I forwarded the email to two friends (one who’s son was recently diagnosed with Celiac) and shared on Facebook. Since I haven’t yet tried any of the recipes from Well Fed I am including a link to Brittany Angell’s website for Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cake. http://brittanyangell.com/cranberry-orange-buttermilk-breakfast-cake-grainglutendairycornsoy-free/
    While it isn’t something we should eat every day it is a healthy grain free treat.

  53. December 18, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    One recipe? Just one? I love sunshine sauce, Bora Bora Fireballs and the chocolate chili!!
    Right, that wasn’t just one. Also – I don’t think this one is in the book but her turkey cranberry meatballs are also amazing!

  54. Chandra
    December 18, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I’m pretty excited to try out the homemade mayo recipe!

  55. Tina
    December 18, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I absolutely LOVE the chocolate chili. Not only is it tasty, but my hubby and kiddo will eat it and ask for more. That’s saying a lot considering the kiddo feels that chili should always have beans and the hubby loves his canned chili.

    Thanks Melissa and Jen for an awesome post and a wonderful giveaway! Happy holidays :0)

  56. December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I just got my WellFed Book (In kindle version) and read through it that same day. I don’t know what to make first I’m so excited, but it will be a stir fry. Anyway to make easy, healthy, good food is a major plus in my world. I love her mayo recipe. I know that’s simple, but it saves my meals sometimes!

  57. December 18, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I’m looking forward to trying some of the WellFed recipes but my go to healthy meal always includes spaghetti squash in some kind of casserole (a tiny bit of pesto is the best)!

  58. Brittany Adams-Hoffman
    December 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #


  59. December 18, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    MMM the chocolate chili or carnitas!

  60. Karla
    December 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    The chocolate chili looks awesome!

  61. December 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make her pad thai. UGH… I just love it. Can I marry it?

  62. Melissa F
    December 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Can’t wait to try the mango shrimp rolls, yum! Two of my favorite things!

  63. December 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    I love the jicama home fries in Well Fed!

  64. Brianna
    December 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    So many to choose from! Going to go with Paleo Pad Thai, cause it feeds the craving monster inside me.

  65. Lindsay
    December 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, I’ve loved everything I’ve made from Well Fed! Recently I made the best chicken you will every eat and cumin roasted carrots- everyone loved the meal!

  66. Georganna
    December 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    My favorite Quick Turkey Chili


  67. Kristen Starnes
    December 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Chocolate chili is my all time favorite paleo comfort foodz!

  68. Marianne P.
    December 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Sunshine sauce!

  69. Trezlen
    December 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    I love the Scotch Eggs

  70. Ruth
    December 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    My current favourite is the Pina Colada Chicken from Well Fed 2

    But the original Well Fed put me onto the fact you can roast carrots! Who knew carrots could taste *that* good?!?

  71. December 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    I love this list! I have tried the sunshine sauce and it is awesome . I need to try doing this method of prep. Sounds so easy!

  72. Joyce Liu
    December 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    PALEO PAD THAI! could not make it through without it <3 that and moroccan meatballs 🙂

  73. Donna Korytkowski
    December 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I love meatballs and cannot wait to make the Moroccan meatballs!

  74. Vi465
    December 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    The Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Roast sounds amazing!

  75. Gwen
    December 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    I don’t have any social media accounts, but my favorite recipe is probably Mashed Cauliflower: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/11/07/mashed-cauliflower/

  76. Janell Yule
    December 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Loved the Elvis Burger!

  77. Natalie T
    December 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    sunshine sauce is where its at!

  78. Catherine Schmidt
    December 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I haven’t tried any of the Well Fed recipes and can’t wait to! Would love to win and add some paleo recipes to my plan.

  79. sharla
    December 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Paleo Mayo!!!

  80. tbone
    December 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I haven’t tried the Well Fed recipes yet, but this is my favorite Melissa Joulwan recipe EVAR.

  81. December 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Some of my favourite recipes come from the Everyday Paleo cookbook. I would love to try some new recipes from Well Fed!

  82. MadgeMc
    December 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet, but am eager to give it a try. Eating right is pretty much the missing link in my new “get fitter” lifestyle. Also, sounds like her blog has plenty of tempting and simple recipes. I’m taking the plunge!

  83. Britny
    December 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    OMG chocolate chilli makes me so happy!

  84. Frances Park
    December 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Gotta love chocolate chili.

  85. December 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Haven’t tried any well fed recipies but that chocolate chili sounds really interesting! Love all her tips/ suggestions. Thanks to you both!

  86. Wendy
    December 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Bora Bora Fireballs!!!

  87. KMM
    December 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    I want to make these ginger lime shrimp asap! http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/06/09/pa-eating-thai-inspired-grill-out/

  88. Andrea
    December 19, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Love the Sunshine Sauce!!

  89. Patti
    December 19, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    I have not made any of the recipes but I love what I read. First up after the holidays is Italian Pork Roast. It looks delicious!

  90. Tee wee
    December 19, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Love her sesame garlic nori chips!

  91. December 19, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    I love the chocolate chili.

    More than that however, I love the entire WAY Well Fed suggests that we cook. Hot plates have totally changed my life…and I am not even kidding. The WOD for cooking is so perfect for having enough food–different foods– yummy foods–without spending hours and hours cooking.

    I have always cooked, but Well Fed 1 and 2 have taught me how to be a cook. And I am grateful!

  92. Amy in Austin
    December 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Mel’s recipes never steer me wrong, but my absolute favorite is her paleo mayo, which completely rocks my world.

  93. Rebecca B.
    December 19, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    It’s a tough call, but my favorite is chocolate chili!

  94. Marti
    December 19, 2013 at 9:40 am #


    I’m new to the paleo lifestyle. I look forward to feeding my husband and I real delicious food. I can’t wait to get started! It’s amazing how food has such an impact on how we feel.

  95. Jamie
    December 19, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    mel’s best recipe, IMO, was the cauliflower “fous cous” with nuts and dried fruit…an AMAZING side dish that I could serve to my non-paleo family members!

  96. Kiersten
    December 19, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Love the mayo! Beats icky storebought crap times infinity!

  97. Shana
    December 19, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Love the Sunshine Sauce!

  98. Shana
    December 19, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Sunshine sauce and paleo pad Thai!!!

  99. Sonya
    December 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Bora Bora Fireballs are a staple in my house!

  100. Susan Taylor
    December 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Chocolate chili is the bomb!!

  101. Mary
    December 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I love the coconut almond green beans.

  102. Joan Noyes
    December 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Sunshine Sauce!

  103. Danielle Busse
    December 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    friend made me the sunshine sauce. I ran home and purchased the cookbook! <3

  104. Ashley
    December 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I LOVED the italian pork roast! Used it mixed with sauteed veggies, and also on a salad!

  105. December 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    With 2 littles in the house – we’re a tad meatball crazy! And well…Mel’s got the BEST BALLS AROUND! Bora bora, Moroccan whatever…

    Oh and scotch eggs…a new holiday tradition in this house cause well…I don’t have to cook breakfast!!! Just pop em in the oven to reheat and sip on my coffee and watch my sweeties.

    (did i fail on the 1 thing?!?)

  106. Angel
    December 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I love making the mayo. I struggled at first, but once I got it down, it became a staple item in our fridge. Also love the scotch eggs and mashed cauliflower. We’ve mixed several of the seasonings too!

  107. lauren
    December 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Sunshine sauce!!! amazing on (almost) everything!

  108. December 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    The Beef Stew Provencal in Well Fed 2 (page 122!) is the best beef stew I’ve had in my life.

  109. Susanna Austin
    December 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    There are quite a few I like, but my fave is the Grilled Chicken Thighs! It is so easy and I never thought chicken could taste so good! Sunshine Sauce is mind-blowing with this!

  110. Carrie
    December 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    The chili recipe is my favorite, but there are so many good ones to choose from!

  111. Karyn Andrew
    December 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Olive Oil Mayo is one of my many favorites!

  112. Michelle P
    December 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Bora Bora Fireballs are amazing!

  113. Dawn
    December 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I am looking forward to making and eating the cranberry turkey meatballs!

  114. December 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    It’s not a meal but I make these spiced nuts ALL THE TIME during the holidays for gifts and parties. Okay, I make them a lot the rest of the year, too. Awesome giveaway, Jen!!


  115. Laura Timbrook
    December 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Paleo Pad Thai is my favorite paleo recipe

  116. Kat L
    December 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    I think I have to now make Sunshine Sauce.. And put it on EVERYTHING!!

  117. Courtney P.
    December 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    The Pad Thai is AMAZING!!

  118. Evelyne
    December 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Best chicken Spa Ever!!!

  119. Kristi
    December 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    the olive oil mayo looks awesome and super simple

  120. Jen
    December 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this!!

  121. December 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    My favorite so far is NomNomPaleo’s mango and avocado salsa on fish. I make it into tacos out of lettuce boats and cook any kind of mild fish, then top with the salsa! Just got WellFed2 and can’t wait to try out some of the recipes! http://nomnompaleo.com/post/56076300574/mango-avocado-salsa-on-pan-seared-salmon

  122. courtney
    December 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    choco chili

  123. Sara
    December 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Love all the recipes in the first Well Fed, but my favorite is Pad Thai! http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/08/paleo-pad-thai/

  124. Tracy
    December 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Sunshine sauce here too!

  125. December 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Love this over spaghetti squash!


  126. December 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    i’m dying to try the velvety butternut squash. i think i’m going to make it for christmas dinner http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/11/17/velvety-butternut-squash/

  127. keri
    December 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I love Mel’s recipes! I really want to try the Chocolate Chili next!

  128. Amy H
    December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    My favorite is Mel’s Grilled Moroccan Salmon…I put that marinade on any meat and grill or bake it for a yummy dinner or salad add-in!!

  129. Rebecca G
    December 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    The sb&j burger, pineapple jerk chicken and pai thai are all favorite staples in my household.

  130. Sarah L
    December 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Love me some Pad Thai! http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/08/paleo-pad-thai/

  131. Kathleen K
    December 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Love the olive oil mayo recipe!

  132. Ona-lysa k
    December 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Out family loves the Pad Thai!!!

  133. Meaghan
    December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Paleo Chili!!

  134. Jessica
    December 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    We love the Chocolate Chili recipe from Well Fed!

  135. Amber P
    December 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Just posted to pinterest. I do not have the books, I just ordered Well Fed 2 on Amazon. Merry Christmas to me 😉

    My favorite recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl is the Paleo Pad Thai. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/08/paleo-pad-thai/

  136. December 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m hoping to make the Pina Colada chicken from the Well Fed 2 cookbook!

  137. Colleen
    December 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    For a kitchen staple – olive oil mayo, hands down. For the gym Christmas party – Bora Bora Fireballs and Sunshine Sauce (major hit!)

  138. Blake
    December 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Best stir fry sauce ever & chocolate chili!

  139. Billie
    December 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I love the mayo recipes and ketchup recipes!! I even sneak sneak it into restaurants and put on my own sauce!!

  140. December 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Have to add yet another plug for Sunshine Sauce!

  141. Kelly
    December 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm #


    hummus yummmm

  142. Susan
    December 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    I love the eggplant casserole (can’t remember its real name) in Well Fed. So yummy.

  143. December 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Love it! Great way to cook

  144. Lori
    December 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I also loooove the sunshine sauce!

  145. Suzanne Terry
    December 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I’m loving the sound of those sesame cucumber noodles from Well Fed 2!

  146. emily
    December 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    sunshine sauce!!

  147. Brooke osborne
    December 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Salmon cakes

  148. Sarah Hughes
    December 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Meatza! And the deconstructed gyro salad!

  149. December 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I have got to try those Moroccan Meatballs that, I think, you made for Thanksgiving? I’ve never had lamb, but have been wanting to try it. Sounds delish!

  150. Shauna
    December 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Last year around this time she had a post about food gifts to make. The sunshine sauce is yummy and I love the ras el hanout, too. This is one prize I would really love to win!

  151. Heidi
    December 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Hmmm…favorite healthy recipe…I don’t have one currently at the moment from the book – but I do love experimenting with different recipes! Anything that is spicy!

  152. Becky W
    December 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I love the Scotch eggs!

  153. Kimberly Galloway
    December 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    I love all the recipes I’ve tried from Well Fed but I think the basic mayo is my favorite. It tastes like real mayo, rich and creamy and is super easy to make!

  154. Shavonne Davis
    December 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    My favorite recipe is the turkey cranberry meatballs.

  155. Leslie
    December 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Cumin roasted carrots from the first book.

  156. Sabrina
    December 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Def the slow cooker Italian roast pork from well fed

  157. Andrea Leland
    December 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    The mashed cauliflower and homemade mayo 🙂

  158. Jenn
    December 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Kick-ass ketchup!! The name says it all!

  159. December 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Moroccan meatballs! And, she got me hooked on rogan josh… use it on everything.

  160. Beth
    December 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    My favorite is the Deconstructed Gyro.

  161. Christine
    December 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I love love the carnitas. delish.

  162. April Owen
    December 20, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    It is very hard to choose a favorite recipe but the most requested recipe in my home is Rogan Josh.

  163. Susan Kipp
    December 20, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    LOVE the Italian Pork Roast!

  164. Petra
    December 20, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    I love all of the meatballs in Well Fed 1 &2 !

  165. Jackie Gonzales
    December 20, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Piña colada chicken and fried plantains…YUM!!!!!!

  166. Erin
    December 20, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Well Fed 2 saved me from food blahs this pregnancy, so it’s hard to choose a favorite. The Plantain Nachos are definitely among the top few!

  167. Eileen
    December 20, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    The Moroccan meatballs are the best!

  168. Rachel
    December 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Deli Tuna is my personal crack. Especially with jalapeños…. Yum

  169. September 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    Can I ask if your recommendations for quantities in your hot plates (ie: 2-3 pounds ground beef etc…) are for 1 person or 2 people?


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