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Turn “Ingredients” Into “Dinner”

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      15 min

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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed

By Melissa Joulwan

Published 2011

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This is not so much a recipe as it is a formula for putting together meals from protein, veggies, and a world of spices and seasonings. We eat these sautés for more than half of our meals every week. With this approach, you can make the transition from “cold ingredients” to “delicious meal” in under 10 minutes, and it’s an easy way to satisfy an “I’m really in the mood for [insert name of ethnic food here]” craving.


    Per person

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 3-6 ounces of cooked protein
  • 2 cups Steam-Sautéed Veggies
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • spices



Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Add coconut oil and allow it to melt. Toss the onion and garlic in the pan and sauté, stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook until crisp-tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the spices to the pan and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the protein and vegetables, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until it’s hot and the vegetables begin to brown, about 5 minutes.


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