Well Fed Weeknights: On Sale Now!

Bursting with vibrant flavors and foolproof recipes, the third installment in the best-selling Well Fed cookbook series puts 128 complete paleo meals on your table in 45 minutes or less. The recipes were inspired by takeout classics, food trucks, and cuisines from around the world. Basically, it’s stuff I’ve eaten—or read about—and wanted to recreate at home. All of the recipes are free of grains, dairy, legumes, and soy.

Buying info below—keep reading for all the delicious details about the book.


More About the Book

Every complete meal—a healthy serving of protein with plenty of veggies and luscious fats—is thoroughly tested and easy to make, with affordable ingredients you’ll find at your regular grocery store. And all of the recipes include the popular “You Know How You Could Do That?” variations, as well as Cookup Tips to help shorten meal prep time.

I’ve included instructions for a Mini Cookup with step-by-step instructions for cooking six paleo kitchen staples in under an hour. Cook once, and fancy-up your meals all week long with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, homemade mayo, and more.

Debuting in Well Fed Weeknights are fun and flexible Food Court Recipes: blueprints of your favorite dinner themes, like Meat & Potatoes, Burger Night, Velvet Stir-Fry, The Ultimate Salad Bar, and more, all offering basic techniques and creative variations to satisfy your personal cravings.

Well Fed Weeknights is also packed with useful tips and how-to info including:

  • How to eat in restaurants without abandoning good habits
  • How to cook quickly and eat slowly
  • Essential pantry foods for weeknight cooking
  • The best kitchen tools for fast cooking
  • Dozens of sample menus
  • A mobile shopping list for every recipe

What People Are Saying

I sent an advance copy of Well Fed Weeknights to some of my favorite food people, and their reactions were just what I hoped they’d be!


Mel is one of my favorite authors/chefs in any food genre. She never ceases to impress with her creativity and passion, and Well Fed Weeknights is no exception. Beautifully presented and exceptionally laid out, it’s got all the “need to know” elements and bullet points of a healthy Paleo lifestyle. Be prepared to get your Paleo on every night of the week! Mark Sisson, Publisher of Mark’s Daily Apple and Founder of Primal Kitchen

We’re all time poor and we all need to make better choices about what we put into our bodies. This new compendium of easy and fast recipes from Melissa Joulwan is the tastiest way I’ve seen to get started or continue to be inspired.Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, and food writer


I often find the question ‘What do you want for dinner?’ more stressful than actually prepping and cooking the meal, but thanks to Well Fed Weeknights, the what’s-for-dinner game just got crazy fun. You’ll be blown away by how many time-saving resources are packed into this cookbook, and the recipes are the perfect balance of joy-in-my-mouth and hey-that-clean-up-went-fast. So feel free to ask me what I want for dinner tonight, because I’ve got about 34 pages in Weeknights already bookmarked.Melissa Hartwig, Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the Whole30 program

I’m head over heels in love with Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed Weeknights! My spice-loving kitchen sister has created yet another amazing collection of umami-packed meals—and this one is tailor-made for busy folks like me who crave flavorful, nourishing meals whipped up in minutes. Why look anywhere else for culinary inspiration?Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

Recipe Layout & Illustrations

Every recipe is shown alongside a full-color photo with a little story about why I think the recipe is a keeper, and like our previous books, the design includes plenty of whimsical details to make your time in the kitchen as playful as possible. Along with ingredients and detailed directions, each recipe also includes variations—”You Know How You Could To That?”—and Cookup Tips so you can work these recipes into your Weekly Cookup.


My husband Dave (Master of Cartooning, for real) drew ridiculously awesome custom illustrations to make the Food Court Recipes even more fun—and even easier to cook.


Table of Contents

Click for an expanded view of the 128 complete paleo meals you’ll find in Well Fed Weeknights. What you can’t see in the TOC are the eight velvety stir-fries, 16 gourmet hamburger and hot dog ideas, 20 salad dressings and more than 40 salads, and so many more irresistible variations.

You won’t mind skipping the drive-through or delivery to cook at home when you can eat meals like Korean Beef with Kimchi Relish, Crispy Pork Cutlets with Red Cabbage, Dirty Rice, Fried Chicken Meatballs with Collard Greens, Pizza Noodles, Sticky Orange Sunflower Chicken with Sesame Broccoli, Street Fries, and so many more. (Two words: Taco Night.)


These are just a few sample photos to whet your appetite. All of the photos in the book show the real food that results from following the recipes. In fact, my husband Dave and I spent the summer of 2016, cooking, styling, and photographing these dishes—and then eating the leftovers all week.


On Sale Now

You can buy Well Fed Weeknights so many awesome places — I encourage you to support your favorite local bookstore by pre-ordering there—or use the links below to order online.

Amazon | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK | BAM! Books-a-Million | Barnes & Noble | BookPeople

If you need more convincing, you can download a free 70-page sampler that features 18 recipes, including Fried Chicken Meatballs. Get the Well Fed Weeknights sampler now!