If I could only keep one cook book–if I had to throw the rest away–it would be Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Melissa is not just a cook, she’s a chef. I haven’t made one dish from Well Fed that isn’t delicious. (And yes, there’s a Well Fed 2, and Melissa has a third cookbook coming out soon, Well Fed Weeknights) Melissa’s blog is delicious fun, too.
Last night I made this kitchen sink salad from Everyday Paleo. For extra flavor I pan seared the chicken. I drizzled it with olive oil and sprinkled it with salt and pepper, then seared one side in a pre-heated (medium-high) cast iron frying pan for 5 minutes. I flipped the chicken and let it cook for 2 minutes, then put it into a 400 degree pre-heated oven for another 8 minutes. We had the salad with beets from the pressure cooker as Sarah Fragoso did. I cannot wait for her Everyday Paleo Cookbook to come out – I believe it’s available in March.
Mark Sisson at Marks Daily Apple made a free Reader Created Coconut Cookbook available yesterday, in addition to his other free ebooks that you can get for signing up for his newsletter. You can get them here. And Mark has another cookbook coming out in March – Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals.
We had meals made from two recipes from Everyday Paleo over the weekend and they were both wonderful. It’s the first time I’ve cooked with coconut oil instead of olive oil from the jar of coconut oil that’s been in the pantry since May ’10 – I didn’t know what to do with it!
One of my favorite things about eating Paleo is that I don’t have to go out and buy a ton of ingredients to make a tasty meal. When Jay and I were eating light, I would look up an entree and a couple of side dishes in one of my light cookbooks, and then compile a shopping list that would fill a page and empty my wallet. There’s not a lot of flavor in a low-fat, low-calorie diet, so the addition of lots of spices and a variety of textures helps some.
I find Paleo cooking easier to shop for and prepare, and less expensive (more about that in a future post). All I need is some tasty meat and fresh vegetables along with a little fruit to make a delicious, satisfying Paleo-perfect meal. The fat provides the hearty flavor I crave without pouring on lots of other spices, and the fruit finishes things off with a little something sweet.