If you have been doing the Paleo diet for any length of time, you have most likely heard of Mel Joulwan. She is the author of the Well Fed and Well Fed 2 cookbooks. She is basically my hero in the cooking world because she creates some of the most wonderful Paleo recipes. I often direct people to her website and cookbooks when they are just starting out with Paleo and they tell me that they are SOOOO tired of eating the same old thing and that they don’t know what to cook. I started out the same way. My husband and I basically ate chicken, chicken, and more chicken our first month following the Paleo diet. Once I did more research and discovered all of the amazing Paleo resources out there, I finally started to branch out and discovered that eating healthy doesn’t mean that your food isn’t good. On the contrary, eating healthy and following a Paleo diet has made me a better cook and our recipes are anything but bland.
This month I haven’t branched out as much because I have become obsessed with Mel Joulwan’s recipes all over again. Here are some of my favorites from her website and cookbooks.
Recipes I’ve tried and loved:
Paleo Creole Ham and Cauliflower Rice (pictured above): This is a great recipe to use when you are tired of beef and chicken. I had the deli at Whole Foods cut a pound of ham in really thick slices and then diced them for this recipe. Cauliflower rice seems difficult, but it really isn’t if you have a high powered blender or food processor.
Paleo Pad Thai: This recipe is so very good. I love pad thai and don’t get it that often from restaurants because however it is cooked usually ends up messing with my stomach afterwards. This is a go-to meal for me and one of my favorite paleo dishes.
Moroccan Meatballs: These are probably, hands-down, my favorite meatballs. I have only made them with ground lamb, but I bet they would also be good with ground pork or a mixture of ground pork and beef.
Stovetop Pork Carnitas: This recipe is a little more time consuming, but the end product is definitely worth it. These are a little spicy, so cut back on the cayenne pepper if you don’t like a lot of spice.
Chocolate Chili: This chili is delicious and the cocoa powder adds just the right amount of flavor. I like to eat this chili topped with avocado chunks.
Herb Parsnip Fries: I made these for my family a few weeks ago. My 16 month old devoured them and my husband didn’t even realize they weren’t regular potato fries. These are also good if you do a mix of parsnips, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
Mustard Garlic Brussels Sprouts: I typically make my brussels sprouts with bacon and lard, but I wanted to try something a little different. I found these on Mel’s website and absolutely love them.
Coconut-Almond Green Beans: These green beans are another go-to in our house. I’ve found that they taste the best if I use frozen green beans.
These are some of her recipes that are on my list to-try. If you make them, let me know what you think: