As you all know, we don’t eat bread or any grains in our house and now and then I really miss a good sandwich. Sometimes I miss it so much all I can smell is bread. I know that is a slippery slope that I need to stay far away from so I’ve stayed strong and avoided gobbling down a sandwich or any bread for that matter.
I was recently at my sister’s house and had a great time eating all kinds of yummy things she was making. She and my brother-in-law have also dropped grains and legumes and are eating healthy whole foods so I know whatever she’s got cookin’ I can eat. While I was there she was trying out a bunch of new recipes from Well Fed 2. I have Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan (as does my sister) but I had not bought Well Fed 2 so this was super fun, all new stuff to me. Long story short, as soon as I got home I ordered Well Fed 2. WOW and YUM!
It was Melissa’s Reuben Rollups that made me order the book as soon as I got my coat off. SO GOOD. I think I told my sister it was the best thing I’ve tasted in 3 years. That might have been an exaggeration but at that moment it was definitely the best thing I had eaten. Lots of flavors I haven’t had in years. The recipe in the cookbook is a little more elaborate than what I threw together, based on the recipe. Next time I make the bread-less reuben I’m going to follow the recipe exactly but for now I’ll give you my fast version.
Actually, before I give you my fast version you have to understand that there is some prep work. The Russian dressing that goes on the Reuben is (of course) homemade. To make the Russian dressing you need homemade olive oil mayo and the Kickass Ketchup (awesome ketchup by the way) from Well Fed 2. You mix those together with horseradish, some coconut aminos, salt and pepper and voilà Russian Dressing. My new favorite thing.
Once you have the Russian dressing you take sliced corned beef and heat it in a skillet, just warm it up a bit. I suppose you can skip the warming but it is tasty warm. While the corned beef is warming, put the sauerkraut in a small skillet and warm that up. I sprinkled my caraway seeds on the sauerkraut and mixed them together as they warmed. Once it’s all warm put the corn beef on a plate, put the sauerkraut on top of the corned beef and top the whole thing off with a spoonful of Russian dressing. Roll it up and enjoy.
There are many, many great and easy recipes in both Well Fed and Well Fed 2. If you are in a rut and need some inspiration I would recommend both cookbooks. They are also Whole 30 approved so if you are diving into the Whole 30 these cookbooks will really help keep your menu fresh and exciting.
I had the Reuben rollups today as a “snack”. I started my “spring” cleanse today but needed a snack (as usual) and these were the perfect thing, tasty and good for me – sauerkraut for gut health and healthy fat to fill me up.
Eat Well, Feel Good, Have Fun!
Amy White MS HNC
I am a holistic nutrition counselor and believe real food is the true path to wellness. If you are interested in learning more about me and how I can help you, please see my story.
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