Paleo Chocolate Chili

In an experiment to get my husband to try the Paleo lifestyle, I picked up copy of Well Fed and left it on the counter. It sat there for a while, untouched.

So I decided to make a grocery list using recipes from it, and then asked him for help with one of the meals for dinner that night. Surprisingly, that worked, because before I knew it he was flipping through the book, landed on a recipe he liked, and was in the kitchen prepping it in no time.

He’s really the cook in the house, though I tend to drive the choices we make. I would cook. I do cook. But he’s definitely better at it.

I can say that we’ve made our way through about 4 or 5 recipes in there so far, and every one of them has been amazing. I’ll share some pictures of our meals soon, but in the meantime if you’re looking for healthy (or Paleo) recipe options, you can’t go wrong with Well Fed. The author, Melissa, clearly lays out what to prep in advance, what her Paleo kitchen looks like, and how she makes living Paleo as easy as possible. Even if you’re not Paleo, the recipes in here are so delicious that you probably won’t miss the grains, gluten or dairy. Trust me.

Click the image below and head over to Amazon to pick up a copy on Prime. I hope you’re a Prime member. If not you should be – it’s probably the greatest value from any online company I can think of.  Oh, and start with the Pad Thai. You’re welcome.

   Paleo Chocolate Chili

If you’ve followed this site for a while, then you know that I love Austin.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel lots, and lived in some great cities, but Austin is definitely my home! From the eclectic vibe to the local support offered to entrepreneurs, the community aspect, amazing food, great shopping and all the incredible outdoor activities, Austin has all we could ever want. And it’s a pretty darn cool city to raise kids too.

And so it was fate that about 6 months ago I was browsing the bookshelf in one of my favorite shops, People’s Pharmacy, and found a Paleo cookbook called Well Fed. It was visually appealing to me, and when I flipped through the pages I knew instantly I had to buy a copy. I then learned (cue the fate) that the author was based here in Austin, and also a member of a local food bloggers group I’m a member of, the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance .  So I grabbed  a copy, and headed home to figure out which new recipe I was going to tackle that week. Little did I know I would find myself cooking my way through her Paleo cookbook, devoted to her recipes like Julia from that Julia Childs movie. For a brief moment I thought maybe I could pen a screenplay about making my way through Well Fed, but then it passed as quickly as it came when I remembered I already have a million and one things going on.  Well Fed Paleo Cookbook

So when I connected with Melissa to congratulate her on an incredible book, and offer to write a review, she graciously offered a copy of her book up to one lucky reader! Whether you’re new to Paleo cooking, or an old novice, this book will become an instant favorite. Melissa has done a fantastic job of laying out a visually appealing and easy to follow guide to each recipe, and offers alternate ideas and complementary sides or entrees with each dish.

Well Fed Paleo Cookbook
Some of our favorites include Moroccan Meatballs, Cumin Roasted Carrots, Bora Bora Fireballs, Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) and Cauliflower Rice Pilaf. The key to working your way through this book is using her guide to making some of the spice mixtures ahead of time, and she shares some of her favorites including Moroccan spices, a homemade Basil and Walnut Pesto and Sunshine Sauce which she uses with her Pad Thai.

Melissa suggests that you prepare meals ahead of time, using Sunday as her Paleo prep day, and I have to agree that’s the best approach to make sure you don’t find yourself tired and uninspired mid-week and grabbing something un-Paleo, throwing your mojo off track.

Above are some of the delicious recipes you’ll learn to make from Well Fed, and below is the form to use to register for a free copy of her book!

If you can’t wait, head on over to her site here and learn where you can pick up your own copy. Be sure to tell her you heard about her from us!


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