• Well Fed Review & Giveaway

    September 5, 2012

    I love, love, love this cookbook!

    WellFed

    Last week, I received a free copy of Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, and I’ve been in love ever since. I immediately read through the intro sections, including a forward by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, which is something I never do. I usually go right for the recipes and ignore all the stuff in the beginning, but this cookbook offers so much more, so it was definitely worth reading.

    Hey, I know you guys!

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    Included in the front of the book is a section called “The Paleo Kitchen,” which has all the info you’ll need to “minimize the hassle of grocery shopping, to prep food so you’re well fed all week long, and to make cooking a creative pleasure.” Inside is a “Weekly Cook-up” with a sample shopping list and a “Cooking WOD,” which helps you prepare a week’s worth of food so you can eat clean and build meals for at least 5 days. There’s even a handy equation to estimate how much protein you need to buy for the week, which was super helpful to Mal and me. (We realized we need to buy more!) And, finally, there’s a section called “Your Paleo Pantry” with recommendations for spices, herbs, spice blends, and other pantry essentials (i.e. coconut aminos) as well as suggestions for your freezer (i.e. cooked shrimp, chopped collard greens). It’s perfect for someone just starting out with Paleo.

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    The recipes in Well Fed, however, are perfect for someone just starting out with Paleo or for someone who’s been eating this way for awhile because they’re not the same old recipes you see over and over again. How many times have you seen a Paleo recipe for almond flour pancakes? Yes, they’re delicious, but you don’t want to see this recipe in every single Paleo cookbook you own, right? Well Fed has all sorts of creative recipes as well as a bunch of sauces and seasonings to really mix things up.

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    Here’s a sampling of the “protein” recipes:

    • Cinnamon Beef Stew with Orange Gremolata
    • Moroccan Meatballs
    • Chocolate Chili
    • Mango-Shrimp Rolls
    • Italian Sausage and Eggplant Strata
    • Citrus Carnitas
    • Pad Thai <— recipe on CNC soon!

    And then (can you tell I really love this cookbook?) there are variations for almost every recipe, so a single recipe is actually a whole bunch. So, for example, the Waldorf Tuna Salad recipe can become Mediterranean Tuna Salad, Middle Eastern Tuna Salad, or Tex-Mex Tuna Salad with just a few ingredient swaps and the book lays them out nice and neat. And, finally, important to note, the recipes don’t call for a ton of crazy ingredients or have a million directions. They’re all pretty simple and to the point, which is essential for people like me, who don’t have the patience for complicated recipes.

    Ok, now that I’ve sung the praises of Well Fed, here’s your chance to win a copy for yourself!

    To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about why you’d like to win a copy of Well Fed. Earn an extra entry by tweeting or posting on Facebook: “I want to win a copy of the #Paleo cookbook Well Feed from @carrotsncake!” Just be sure to leave a second comment with your tweet or post.

    I’ll randomly pick THREE (3) winners tomorrow morning.

    Good luck!

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    Shaunna@mamas13minutemile September 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I am getting really interested in trying paleo and this would be great :)

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    Kristen September 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I have heard so many good things about Paleo, would love to get more into it!

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    Stephanie September 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Would love to win. I am just starting this paleo transition, so I could use all the help I can get

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    Kristina September 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Paleo is something I’ve been looking into lately and would love to get my hands on this cookbook to get me started!

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    Jen September 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I would love to win this book as I have always been into health and fitness, and love cooking clean versions of my favorite foods. I would love to learn how to cook paleo versions as well!

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    Nicole September 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Since I started reading your blog I’ve been trying a lot of the Paleo recipes you post and would love to have the recipes, lists for shopping and guidelines for prepping the foods. I already cook in batches and love that it’s all figured out for me in the book.

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    Barbara Hudson September 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to win a copy of ‘Well Fed” Paleo cookbook from
    @carrotsncake I’m trying to learn to eat healthier. My Husband is a Diabetic
    so need to make better and healthier choices.

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    Jenny September 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Brand new to paleo and some great recipes would go a long way to making this new way of eating more sustainable!

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    Bonnie September 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I have been drooling over this cookbook for a couple months now; I’d love to get my hands on a copy! One can never have too many cookbooks – and this would make the perfect addition to my collection!

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    Bonnie September 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    Kay Dorsey September 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Tina, I would love to win this cookbook. I am currently reading It All Starts with Food and am very interested in this way of eating. I do have health issues that I will feel will be made better by this new way of whole, clean eating. I am begining my Whole 30 days tomorrow.
    Thank you for this chance to win. I do enjoy your emails. I look forward to them daily – they have helped me along my journey to wellness.
    Kay

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    kristle September 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    wow, just saw this post. melissa joulwan wrote the first roller derby book i ever read! i forgot i read this article a while back when i was still skating. http://www.derbylife.com/articles/2011/12/melissa_melicious_joulwan_takes_athlete_gruel_new_heights

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    Katie September 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I would absolutely love to win this cookbook – the recipes listed sound delicious and would get me to try some new things!!

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    Theresa J September 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I would love to start making some of these fabulous recipes

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    Theresa J September 7, 2012 at 1:09 am
    LAURA September 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Would love to win! Looks very interesting!

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    STUFT Mama September 20, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I would LOVE to win this book!!! :) I actually have it in my Amazon cart right now, but haven’t clicked the “purchase” button. That pad thai looks amazing that you made!!!!

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    Karen October 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Would love this cookbook and the timing is perfect! My doctor recommended the Paleo diet based on my recent blood work which revealed heavy toxins. I have done a ton of homework recently and this would help!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Jessy October 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve been eating primal-heavy for the past few months and I feel like this book would help me a lot with this transition.

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    Mark January 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    As a couple that is always trying to re-invent our healthy eating, we have come to love spagetti squash as an alternative to pasta (tough being an Italian these days). I stumbled on your website as I was looking for sqagetti squash recipes and as we love Thai dishes, the spagetti squash Pad Thai recipe was very appealing and we will give it a try. We would love to receive a copy of the Well Fed Cookbook to further our exploration journey into healtier food eating. Thank you.

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    shirley lawrence February 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Would love to win your cookbook. Trying to better my health thru food, I think this could really help me start my journey.

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