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Fast Food by Jeff Novick

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I have watched the main recipes on Fast Food by Jeff Novick, and they all appear to be very appetizing, with a variety of different flavors, and all are made within 10 minutes with 5 basic ingredients. It would be a great primer for a person newly committed to plant-based eating, but who has limited cooking experience and and limited time to spend in the kitchen.

I learned a few things myself. I was unaware of the variety of frozen vegetables that you can buy in bags, already cut up. I appreciated that he used LOTS of vegetables in each of his main dishes. I also learned about a brand of tomatoes, Pomi, that you can buy with no salt. They come in a box, and Jeff says they taste closer to fresh tomatoes.

The only kitchen tools required were a can opener and a pair of scissors, a knife and a small measuring spoon. Some of the recipes didn't even require the knife or measuring spoon. The recipes all included beans, but each dish had a different kind of bean.

Jeff cooks without salt, but with spice blends, but the dishes were so flavorful that his young assistants didn't even miss the salt. He uses Edensoy beans (no salt), no salt tomatoes, whole grains, and frozen vegetables. The dishes were generous enough in volume that they could be eaten for dinner one night and taken to school or work for lunch the next day.

Jeff has a very lovable personality, and his assistants, who looked like they were in senior high school, were genuine and very charming.

The recipes for the main dishes are included on a pdf on the CD.

My only reservation was his use of Success brand brown rice, which cooks in 10 minutes--in a bag. I don't like cooking rice in a plastic bag. For the vegetable soup, though, he poured the rice out of the bag and let it cook in the soup directly, so maybe you don't have to leave it in the bag if you don't want to. I would prefer to just make a big batch of brown rice once a week and keep it around for when it is needed.

And it is true that all of his main dishes have a tomato base, so you might not want to make two in a row in a given week, but since this is Volume 1, he may come up with non-tomato-based dishes in subsequent Fast Food DVDs.

All in all, this DVD helped me see ways that I could cook an appetizing, healthy meal in 10 minutes on those days when my big batch cooking is all gone (or after a weekend when I didn't have time to cook). I'm glad that I bought it! I look forward to sharing it with friends as well. It would be especially helpful for a young college student who didn't have a lot of time, but who wanted to eat healthy, delicious food.

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    I just found some Eden beans on sale at Whole Foods for 2 cans for $4, so the price was close to vitacost.com, but I don't go to Whole Foods often because it is not close enough to where I live, so I'd just as soon store them in my house 15 cans at a time for the ones I use the most often.

    I plan to try Jeff's jambalaya next. The vegetable soup and pasta primavera were very good, as well as his salad dressing and chocolate berry parfait.
    2593 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for the great review. I'm going to have to search for his DVD. I already use Eden canned chickpeas everyday in my salads. They are expensive, but worth it because they are the only canned food brand out there that has a BPA free liner. BPA scares me! I'll have to check out the website to see if it's a better deal than my grocery store. Thanks!!
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    2593 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2011 12:03:24 PM
    I wrote to him about that, and that's when he directed me to his FB page (easily clicked from www.jeffnovick.com), where, if you search under Photos, you will find an album labeled Simple Recipes, where he does include some recipes which do not require tomatoes.

    I can eat tomatoes, and consider them healthy, but usually do not want to eat a tomato-based dish more than once a day.

    I think you could apply the basic principle of intact grain topped with vegetables and beans with spice blends and still have a pretty tasty dish. You could substitute homemade no-salt veggie broth (you can make big batches quickly in a pressure cooker), or just water with a no-salt veggie bouillon like Rapunzel, or any of the no-salt multi-veggie spice blends, such as Spike or Mrs. Dash Table Blend. As an aside, I was interested in Jeff's comment that the spice blends actually add more phytochemicals to the dish!

    I will add here what I posted in the forum: vitacost.com has the Eden no-salt beans at a pretty good price, with free shipping for orders over $50 until Feb. 28.
    2601 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/5/2011 8:43:01 AM
    I love the detailed summary you gave of this DVD.

    I too enjoyed Jeff's Fast Food DVD and enjoyed the talks he gave about the spices he used in each recipe. However, it was disappointing to see that every main dish recipe contained tomatoes. I am allergic to tomatoes and citric acid. I have been looking for a suitable substitute for tomatoes, but so far have not had much success.
    2601 days ago
    Jeff Novick also calculated that his dishes would feed a person for $4 a day, even with buying no-salt canned tomatoes and no-salt Edensoy beans. Pretty impressive! He could feed a family of four for a week for $100, he said.
    2604 days ago
    Thank you for this review. I am not a great cook and the idea of getting a meal read in 10 minutes after work sounds almost too good to be true :)
    2604 days ago
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