No time to cook!! I had this problem. When my husband and I were working long hours, we would get home and be too tired to spend an hour cooking dinner. Now with the 3 little ones, getting uninterrupted time to cook dinner is also challenging.
This is where Jeff Novick comes in. A while ago I was introduced to his DVD, Fast Food Vol 1. Warning, the DVD is a little bit cheezy and has a homemade feel, but the information in the DVD is great. His main message is that it will only take you 10 minutes to prepare a healthy dinner, AND it will not cost you a lot of money.
I use his chili recipe all of the time, and I will outline what I do below. These recipes are very flexible, so you can adjust them as you like.
10 Minute Chili Recipe
2 14.5oz cans no salt added diced tomatoes
1 15oz can no salt added black beans
1 15oz can no salt added kidney beans
1 12oz package frozen bell pepper & onions
Approx 4oz frozen spinach (or collard greens)
Approx 4oz package frozen corn
2 tbsp medium chili powder
1 tbsp chopped garlic (you can use dried garlic chips for even faster preparation)
1 tbsp white vinegar
Instructions: Put all of the ingredients into a large pot. Heat the pot on medium-high and stir every few minutes. When it starts bubbling, reduce the heat to a simmer. It is ready when hot. You can serve this over rice or quinoa. Quinoa only takes about 15 minutes to prepare, so it is a great option if you’re short on time.
Notes: The measurements for this recipe are very flexible. You can add or subtract whatever you want. I will often times use left over vegetables in the chili. It is a great option for those busy nights when you don’t have time to cook. Much better than getting high calorie fast food.