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Well Fed 2: The Recommendation

Well Fed 2: The Recommendation

I started planning my first cookbook about the same time Melissa Joulwan was planning hers. She shared some of what she was doing to prepare and that convinced me to terminate my project. I was delighted when Well Fed 1 proved to be a truly great cookbook. The world did not need a bound collection of my “easy, healthy whole food recipes” but we did need Melissa’s recipes for people who love to eat. And I think she has surpassed...

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The Six Planks of Tom Denham’s Whole30 Meal Planning Table

Eat one serving of dark, leafy greens every day Eat two servings of fermented foods every day Eat at least three whole eggs every day Eat oily fish three or four times per week Eat beef or lamb five days per week Eat a serving of liver once per week These planks have not been a part of my table from the beginning, but after 3 years of Whole30-style eating and learning, these are the practices that guide my meal planning today. Dark leafy...

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Dover Sole Poached in Marinara Sauce with Yellow Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Sweet Yellow Onion

Dover Sole Poached in Marinara Sauce with Yellow Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Sweet Yellow Onion

Dover Sole Poached in Marinara Sauce with Yellow Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Sweet Yellow Onion (Serves 2-3) The simplest way to cook fish is to poach it in either coconut milk or marinara sauce with some vegetables. Coconut milk adds good fat content to a meal, but marinara sauce does not. I have preferred the taste of marinara sauce lately, so have been adding cashews or olives to get the healthy fats I need when using it as my...

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Cod Poached in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Chard, Onions, and Cashews

Cod Poached in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Chard, Onions, and Cashews

Cod Poached in Spicy Marinara Sauce with Chard, Onions, and Cashews (Serves 2-3) I came home with 4 bottles of marinara pasta sauce from my local health food store recently to see what I could do with them. My first effort was to poach cod in a spicy variety with some veggies and nuts. This tasty, satisfying meal came together quickly and easily. I did not think the sauce was spicy enough straight out of the bottle, so I added crushed red...

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Spicy Stewed Flounder with Stewed Tomatoes, Onions, and Red Bell Pepper

Spicy Stewed Flounder with Stewed Tomatoes, Onions, and Red Bell Pepper

Spicy Stewed Flounder with Stewed Tomatoes, Onions, and Red Bell Pepper (Serves 1-2) I thawed my next to last container of stewed tomatoes from last season. My farmer has tomato plants set out for this season now, so it is time for me to clear my freezer and make room for this year’s crop. In honor of the stewed tomatoes, I made a spicy tomato-based flounder stew that was really good. I could eat this every week! Prep and Cook Time:...

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Cape Capensis in Coconut Milk with Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, and Kale

Cape Capensis in Coconut Milk with Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, and Kale

Cape Capensis in Coconut Milk with Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, and Kale (Serves 2-3) Beef, lamb, and fish are probably the best protein sources we can eat. I buy grass-fed beef in bulk from my friends at DeGraan Farms, so do well eating beef. I don’t do as well eating lamb or fish. I pick up a lamb chop from the grocery store once per week at best, but am terrible about buying and eating fresh fish. I make salmon salad every two or...

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Mahi Mahi in Coconut Milk with Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper

Mahi Mahi in Coconut Milk with Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper

Mahi Mahi in Coconut Milk with Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper (Serves 2-3) This simple dish came together by accident more than design because I just happened to have the ingredients on hand. However, this was so easy to make and so tasty that I would be happy to make it again regularly. The first time I made Mahi Mahi in Coconut Milk with Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper, I ate half of it for supper and warmed up the second half for breakfast...

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Salmon Salad over Salad Cut Hearts of Palm

Salmon Salad over Salad Cut Hearts of Palm

Salmon Salad over Salad Cut Hearts of Palm (Serves 2-3) I’ve been eating salmon salad as often as 3 to 4 meals per week. It is my favorite pairing for the red leaf and butter lettuce I have been getting in my farm basket every Saturday. When I run out of fresh, local, lettuce, I like to eat my salmon salad with hearts of palm. Hearts of palm is new food for me. My mother certainly never served it and I cannot recall encountering it in...

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