No Time to Cook



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.


Jeff Novick has several DVDs out now.  I just bought Fast Food Volume 2: Burgers and Fries.  I will let you know how that one is.


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