Now, I'll disclose. I know Melissa. She is pretty much a badass in everything she does. She's got this beautiful black shiny hair, one of the most radiant smiles I've ever seen, and she basically just looks like a rockstar. She has always been tremendously gracious and generous to me.
She is wildly famous in the paleo community. And here is one of many reasons why: this girl can COOK.
After engaging in this crazy organization of spices, I reviewed cookbooks all day.
|This was the neurotic ritual I performed before cooking from Mel's book. Uniform spice-jar maintenance is a crazy hobby. I have such a love-hate relationship with it.|
First up, the East African Chicken Stew. I was shocked out of my mind how complex this dish was. I just randomly chose something that looked interesting. When it was done, I literally exclaimed out loud. Oh damn!
As a cook, foodie and lover of new and adventurous flavor, this does not happen often. But with a combination of coriander and sunflower butter, I knew this would be interesting. It was AWESOME. Melissa, round of applause. It was a surprisingly warming dish, which is something my husband had been requesting all week. That was the first thought in my head when I tasted it! It was so comforting, albeit unfamiliar because it was so unique.
In her book, Melissa includes sections called "You know how you could do that?!" in which she makes suggestions on what you should cook with each recipe. I had some collard greens I bought this weekend (since they were beautiful), and they were calling my name. Fortunately, Well Fed 2 had a very simple but decadent recipe for the good greens.
|The crispy sweet collard greens from Well Fed 2|
Well Fed 2's recipes are not only phenomenally delicious, they are Whole30 approved and creative. I highly recommend this cookbook as the one you buy this year.
In the meantime, let's have a giveaway!
Let me know what your FAVORITE PALEO HOLIDAY DISH is. It doesn't have to be from Melissa's book. It doesn't have to be from my blog. Just leave me a comment below telling my what you like or would like to make for the holiday feasts that will NOT derail your healthy lifestyle. I'll get started---
I LOVE winter squash soups with coconut milk.
The contest will end WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 at 12:00 NOON. Leave your favorite holiday dish AND your email address in the comments before then!