Well Fed review and giveaway!

A review of the paleo cookbook, Well Fed including the chocolate chili.
 chocolate chili

You guys remember this chocolate chili stuffed squash? Remember how I called myself a cheater since the chili recipe wasn’t mine and I basically gave you a recipe on how to cook squash and a link to the chili recipe and called it a day? Well, cheating was a good idea because Melissa, who created the delicious chili recipe, happened to read that post (see…good things come to those who link to the original source! sorry-huge pet peeve there) and got in touch with me about a potential review & giveaway of her cookbook, Well Fed. Without trying to sound like soooo cool (because I’m not), I get emails every day from companies, PR firms and random other spammy sounding sources constantly trying to get a blogger on the hook to do a review of whatever they’re pushing. My most recent was sunglasses. Because obviously, that’s what this blog is about. Um, delete. So it was nice to finally say “yes!” without hesitation. Well Fed had actually been on my list of cookbooks to buy anyway after hearing rave upon rave review of the paleo recipes in it.

I totally get that this is like the worst giveaway timing. It’s too late to be considered a Christmas present and I’m posting this on the weekend leading up to Christmas when there’s probably all of 3 people reading this while the rest are schlepping through the mall. At least I know the winner will get to keep it for themselves and be a dedicated reader I guess? Ha.

well fed book

If you follow me on instagram then you’ve seen that I’ve made quite a few of the recipes from this book already. I actually took the time to read it from front to back before cooking anything because there’s quite a bit of good information up front before Melissa even gets into the recipes. From basics on the paleo way of eating to guidance on food shopping and meal prep in order to be successful eating this way to paleo pantry essentials and even some basic “hot plate” ideas which aren’t really recipes as much as they are pairing ideas for those nights you don’t want to follow a “recipe” and would rather just throw something together real quick. It’s a great balance between a paleo reference book and a cookbook.

well fed

I’ve made all the recipes in those photographs (as well as others) and I kid you not when I say two of them were life changing (the others were stellar too).

1. Citrus Carnitas. You guys know my very well documented love of carnitas. I think it might actually be my “last meal” dish of choice. So I was psyched to try this version out and even more excited when I realized I had 3.65 pounds of pork butt in my freezer just waiting to be carnita-fied. The method and directions will totally have you second guessing the outcome (she likens the process to watery meat soup and it’s spot on) but in the end all I can say is OMFG. Yes, the F is necessary. They will rock your world. And then you’ll end up eating 3.65 pounds of pork butt in the span of 6 days and be totally disgusted with yourself. It’s fine, it’s worth it. I promise.

2. Mashed Cauliflower. Sounds basic right? It is, but up until this recipe I’ve never been a fan of the faux-potato approach with cauliflower. This is the recipe that changed that. It’s simple, it’s ready in a matter of minutes and it’s got an awesome flavor profile that manages to give mashed cauliflower it’s own identity instead of standing in the shadows of the big bad white potato.

I think a lot of people hear the term “paleo” and think “boring”. Like they’re going to be forced to eat steamed vegetables and lean proteins with no flavor or something for every meal. But it totally doesn’t have to be that way. I love that every recipe in this book is relatively simple but the flavor combinations take whatever the main ingredient is over the top. Whether you eat paleo or not, the recipes are delicious and approachable and everyone can use a cookbook like that on their shelves!

So you want a copy now?


The Giveaway:

US & Canada residents only. The giveaway will be open until Monday, December 24th at midnight (just call me Santa). One winner will be chosen randomly and emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is now closed.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me what paleo food you most want to try.

Additional entries (leave a comment for each):


*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Well Fed for review. The opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Kat says

    I would love to try the cauliflower mash that you talk about. I haven’t been a big fan of the faux potatoes to this point!

  2. Janet says

    To be honest, I don’t really know much about paleo cooking, but I cook healthy food so I think I would like it and want to learn more about it in this cool looking book. I would try the shepherds pie and the cauliflower for sure. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  3. Beth says

    I have been following a pale/primal diet for the last year and I have been following you about the same amount of time. I have been wanting to get this book! i have already made a few recipes out of it and they have been delicious. I would love to try the carnitas, but honestly I am curious about trying bone marrow. I keep hearing how wonderful it is and how healthy it is.

  4. says

    Oooh oooh! I’ve had this one on my Christmas list for awhile. With a husband and kid who need to be STRICTly gluten free due to celiac disease, paleo is quickly becoming our best friend. I’ve never tried carnitas (paleo or non), so I’d love to try those. And, you know, every other recipe in the book!

    • Veronica says

      I really want to try Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread but don’t know where to find it. I have come across it in recipes for Paleo French Toast and it sounds like it is a good grain free bread. I am really loving cauliflower rice and make a really yummy Paleo Arroz con Pollo (rice and chicken). I also love Spaghetti Squash in place of pasta and have actually been wanting to make Melissa’s Paleo Pad Thai. I bought all the stuff to make it and just haven’t gotten around to trying it. I will have to make it this weekend!

    • Veronica says

      Don’t know how I managed to post my comment in reply to your post! I guess I am really tired and not use to using my Kindle Fire. Sorry!

  5. says

    I’m proud to say that I’m not one of the mall schleppers! Christmas shopping is all done. I eat a relatively paleo diet, just have to have at least 1/2 cup of beans per day, other than that, I’m primal… But still haven’t had mashed cauliflower… Not even cauliflower pizza! Ah! So, I’d definitely give mashed cauliflower a try if I won this. Heck, I should give it a try regardless.

  6. says

    I am not at all familiar with Paleo recipes or cooking, so I would love to win this book as I would like the knowledge and would find it very interesting. After this post I will do a little studying on this. Thank you for the giveaway, I am so glad I’m not out shopping.

  7. Lauren says

    I have been wanting to try to do something with cauliflower for months! I am a huge broccoli fan but I love its pale cousin, and I have been dying to try something like a cauliflower pizza crust, the mashed cauliflower, or maybe something in the crock pot! I even went as far as to get a head, and then ended up bailing out a friend that had a party and needed some more veggies for dipping. Grr, the trials of having a roommate! I’m also hoping there may be a food processor under the Christmas tree for me this year so the pizza crust would be a more attainable feat! Anyway, love the blog, and love the exercises…please keep it up!

  8. Amity says

    I would love a paleo recipe for some sort of warm porridge for these cold winter mornings (I wonder if you could start with something like nuts and chia seeds and top it with blueberries!).

  9. Stephanie says

    The chocolate chili stuffed squash looks delicious. I’m starting the Paleo journey and am searching for good recipes. This is the ticket!

  10. Yolanda Pasillas says

    I treat to eat as healthy as possible but have yet to try anything Paleo. It interests me very much and I would love to try the carnitas! I think I could feed that to my family and they wouldn’t complain like they do the other healthy things I give them…lol

  11. Sarah says

    My husband and I have considered going paleo– we have seen friends do it with incredible success. But a life without dairy? Or grains?! I love meat and just about anything that grows out of the ground, but am also super skeptical of people who say they don’t miss cheese and bread (I’m Italian! Ack!).
    That being said, the recipes in this book look fabulous! I’m particularly interested in the BBQ Pork Fried Rice (without rice? What sorcery is this?!)

  12. says

    Mashed cauliflower that tastes good? Sign me up!
    Actually, I don’t eat much meat so am very far from paleo, but I have a meat-loving hubby so I’m always on the lookout for recipes for yummy veggies that I can either add meat to for him or serve meat with (or leave meat out of one portion for me!) The carnitas look like something he would love!

  13. Carmen says

    I have been cooking Paleo for my family for months and a new recipe cookbook is always welcome. I would like to try Moroccan meatballs.

  14. says

    I see a photo above of shepherd’s pie–that’d be my go to!

    I followed you on twitter and retweeted your post.

    I liked your FB page and posted the giveaway on FB!

    I also noticed your a FitFluential ambassador, me too. Yay for food and fitness.

  15. says

    Ooo have wanted to check this cookbook out! I can’t pick one paleo thing I want to try….any meat recipe. Not so interested in paleo versions of non-paleo food!

  16. says

    Carnitas? Would like to try that for sure. Sounds very intriguing. I am going to start a 30 day paleo challenge on January 1st so would love to have these recipes! Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. says

    the chili stuffed squash sounds delicious! i’ve had the velvety squash and it is AMAZING. basically, would love to try every recipe in this book!!

  18. Deanna Millhouse says

    I used to have a great mashed cauliflower recipe but lost it through the years. I was intrigued when I saw your blog that day. I haven’t had time to make it yet, but hope the new year will bring better time management to start trying many of the great things you make.

    i also follow you on facebook.

  19. says

    Thank you for the lovely review — great to know you like my version of Mashed Cauliflower. I think the coconut milk and oil really help with the texture, right?! Anyway… happy cooking! Happy eating! Happy holidays! Happy New Year!

  20. Laura says

    I have been Paleo for about a month, and I am in a rut lately with dinner, so I would like more dinner ideas!!!:-)

  21. Veronica says

    I really want to try Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread but don’t know where to find it. I have come across it in recipes for Paleo French Toast and it sounds like it is a good grain free bread. I am really loving cauliflower rice and make a really yummy Paleo Arroz con Pollo (rice and chicken). I also love Spaghetti Squash in place of pasta and have actually been wanting to make Melissa’s Paleo Pad Thai. I bought all the stuff to make it and just haven’t gotten around to trying it. I will have to make it this weekend!

  22. Nico says

    I’d like to try paleo meatballs! But really I’d love this book to help me transform veggies into something my fiancé will eat!!

  23. Andy says

    I am still waiting to try Mel’s chocolate chili I have had the recipe for a while and am really looking forward to making a double batch and eating some and freezing some. It will be enjoyed for a while.

  24. Lindsay says

    Ooohh, the cauliflower recipe defs caught my attention. I attempted something similar before, but with not-so-good results. Would love to try again!

  25. Marilyn says

    I am honestly quite new to your email list but find it intriguing. This cookbook would the “push” I need to really get going.

  26. Lacy says

    I would love to try the paleo carnitas!!! I currently don’t follow a paleo diet, so this book would get me going in the right direction. Fingers crossed:)

  27. Starr says

    Hands down I would make the mashed cauliflower first. Why? Because it would be totally out of my comfort zone and I’m a believer of practicing what you preach (my sermon : Try it, you may just like it). As for the Citrus Carnitas, I already know I will love every minute I am inhaling that. I mean really, what’s NOT to love .
    BTW-had no idea I could follow you on facebook. This is great since I have been on your email list for quite a while and enjoy your blog immensely.

  28. Katie Z says

    I would love to try the Mashed Cauliflower! I have been really wanting to get into paleo cooking for a while, but it seems a little daunting to me. Well Fed looks to be like a good starting point! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  29. Audrey says

    I haven’t really ventured much into Paleo baking, I want to do more of that. I miss waffles!

    Additional entries done! twitter @bodhihenna. Facebook/aquilejia

  30. Melanee says

    I’ve been avoiding red meat for several years, but after all this hype over the paleo diet, I’ve done my research and would love to try ANYTHING out of this cook book! Im thinking a juicy steak… something that I havn’t had in sooo long!!

  31. grace womack says

    Bacon & spinach breakfast frittata muffins sounds really good.
    i printed the recipe and will try it soon.

  32. Michele Locke says

    Czech MEATBALLS!
    The picture on Mel’s page looks amaz-zing!
    Aaand because picking just one thing is very hard… I’m going to have to also request anything for breakfast!!!

  33. Danielle L says

    I love desserts and breads so I’d really like to try a recipe along those lines. I’ve found an interesting paleo banana bread recipe that I should try soon!

  34. Tasha Hardeman says

    The paleo foods I would like to try are pancakes, waffles, and granola that can also be used as cereal. I miss all of those things. I love my eggs for breafast but need variety.

  35. Emily F says

    I have been thinking about switching to the paleo diet (maybe after the holidays). It just sounds so complicated but these recipes don’t look so bad!!

  36. Stephanie M says

    I’ve tried the cauliflower mash. It was AMAZING! If I win this book, I’d try the Shepherds Pie using cauliflower mash… or maybe switch it out and use sweet potato mash. Now I’m starving. Thanks a lot.

  37. Carilynette says

    I’m excited to see a new Paleo cookbook. I’ve just started cooking Paleo. I want to try the Shephard’s Pie from this delicious-sounding cookbook!

    I have tried your Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies and can’t get enough of them!

  38. Jill says

    Would love to have this book. Love. Unfortunately, I’m not on twitter or FB, so I only have one entry…but better than no entry at all!
    Lots of stuff I’d like to try I think…currently trying out ome paleo banana breads and looking for a low-cal one that is really really good and not too expensive!
    Curious if you eat ONLy organic, etc…the place where I live has ZERO of that stuff and i’m financially strapped. Thoughts?

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