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Plant-Strong to Plant-Wrong: How to Ruin a Perfectly Healthy Meal (PLUS a Giveaway!)

(Don’t do this to your healthy potato!)

You’ve probably joked about people who order a big mac with a diet coke, what’s the point exactly?

But, we see your pinterest boards, and we see folks making a plant-strong meal, completely plant-wrong by adding junk food to an otherwise healthy dish!

Some examples:

A big salad. Healthy, right? Until you add the pure fat, artery clogging, endothelium damaging oil. Pouring a dressing with oil in it, or drizzling olive oil to your salad is like adding crisco to your salad, what is the point? You have made a completely healthy meal into fat with a side of vegetables.

Instead: Use salsa, balsamic vinegar or make your own no added oil salad dressing from Engine 2.

Other pitfalls: Watch the high fat plant-foods like avocado, nuts, seeds and tofu. While a little of these are great as a condiment, your salads should be largely made up of greens, vegetables, beans, whole grains and even fruit.

A baked potato. Healthy, right? Yes, a plain baked potato is a perfectly healthy plant-strong food to eat. However, when you add sour cream (vegan or non vegan), butter (vegan or non vegan), cheese (vegan or non vegan) and bacon bits, all of a sudden you have made a plant-wrong meal.

Instead: top your baked potato with greens, salsa and beans. Sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on top for a more cheesy taste. Because you are skipping the calories from all of those fatty junk foods, you can have 3 baked potatoes with toppings instead of one with all of that heart attack inducing “food” on top!

Oatmeal. For the love of grains, PLEASE don’t ruin your beautiful, healthy oatmeal. Oatmeal is healthy, delicious and filling. However when you add butter (veg/or non veg), sugar, tons of nut butter, extracted sweetener syrups you turn that cholesterol reducing dish into a cholesterol increasing dish.

Instead: Eat your oats with a splash of non-dairy milk, a little ground flax seed and some delicious fresh fruit.

Veggie Burgers: When most people think “veggie burger” they think healthy. However, most veggie burgers sold in stores are junk. Add on top of that, things like veg cheese, mayo or dairy cheese, and you have a plant-weak veggie burger.

Instead: Pick up Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries”. In fact, leave a comment below and tell us why you need this amazing DVD and we will pick a winner tomorrow!

You can also check out our guide to making plant-strong burgers.

Stir Fry: We have a theory: Anything that is left in the fridge can be turned into a stir-fry. We have put everything in our stir-fry. Vegetables, lettuce, apples, tofu, beans, whole grains, you name it, if we are clearing out the fridge, we throw it in.

However, if you throw in things like oil, lots of soy sauce, sauces with fat and sodium, you turn that delicious hearth healthy dish into a heart clogging mess.

Instead: Use water or low sodium vegetable broth to cook your stir-fry. Be cautious with sauces! Use low sodium alternatives and even then, use sparingly. Use salt-free spices like curry to add flavor instead.

Whatever the dish you are making is, be sure to keep it plant-strong and watch what you add to it, so you don’t fall into the “plant-wrong” trap.

Don’t forget to enter our “Burger and Fries” giveaway!

About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.
  • Kirsten Walker

    Thanks for these great reminders. Avocado is my downfall…I need to focus on eating less of it!

  • http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/ Kristi

    I need it for myself and I need it to try to find ways to incorporate more plant strong food in to my non plant strong husband’s diet.

  • Andy Levy-Stevenson

    I’d LOVE a copy of Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers & Fries”! I’ve been transitioning towards a plant-strong diet for a couple of years, and in the last few months crossed over permanently. But it’s taking a little longer to get the rest of my family to make the switch, particularly some of our kids.

    Here in Israel, where I live, we have fewer choices of tasty plant-strong burgers in our local groceries, so some recipes to tempt my kids would be fantastic!

    • http://www.TriumphWellness.com Emily Segal

      Andy, I sent you a FB message but wanted to tell you to try the Teva Deli burgers. They are really good and pretty healthy as these things go. You can get them in most supermarkets – best price is in Hetzi Hinam. :-)

  • Karen

    I need it because my husband is on blood pressure medicine and has cholesterol of 290! Would like to make him healthy,delicious food.

  • http://www.JoynessSparkles.blogspot.com Joyness Sparkles

    You do need to be careful not to exclude all fat…I was surprised when a recent blood test let me know my HDL (the good cholesterol that helps prevent heart disease) was only 34, this is not good for a woman, it should be up towards 50. So…while the olive oil may not be good for some, it is helping to get me back on track (in moderation) along with the nuts, etc. :)

    • Engine 2 Team

      Joyness – you can keep some nuts, but remember that ALL oil is going to cause damage to your endothelium. You might want to pick up the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” for more information. Raising your good cholesterol should not mean eating heart damaging foods, sadly that is a myth that has been perpetuated by a lot of people who should know better in the medical field.

      • Marcia

        YES! Please don’t fall into that trap Joy!
        My doctor told me I needed to add some good oil, I did, it even looked like it was working for a few months, well after thinking I was in the clear, I don’t get tested for a few months, kept everything the same and my cholesterol jumps through the roof and I was getting heavy heart beats. I learned from Jeff Novick that we get all the healthy fat we need in the food we are eating, stopped doing the small amount of oil, and things are back on track now. The way to raise HDL is to move more, never smoke, drink less, stay away from juices, at least that is what I learned from Dr.Esselstyn.

        • Eric Hoyer

          Interesting read. My HDL also tested 34 recently. The nurse got it right though and told me to exercise more. The key message for non-vegans should be that a Vegan diet can be very healthy and is not a diet of deprivation. Focus on natural foods with minimal cooking and avoid highly processed factory substitues.

  • http://www.miamivalleyhypnosis.com Barbara

    Wow! We just started doing a Plant based diet about a month ago. Getting very good results weight wise so far. But in reading the Blog this morning, it came to my attention that I don’t “know” everything about eating this way. Been making some mistakes by adding in things I thought were good. This DVD would help me make better choices. Please help me out and let me win! Thank you very much!

  • Penny

    I was just saying to my husband this morning that I have gotten into a rut eating the same meals since I am the only one eating an exclusively plant-based diet. In addition to providing recipes that I would definetly eat, my husband and sons would probably try these burger and fries. One problem I am having with following the Engine 2 diet is keeping weight on! Maybe some hearty burgers would help!

  • http://sickcrazycarnivore.blogspot.com Marck

    Oh my! Jeff’s DVD would be so timely for me, my wife, and four kids. My wife was saying just last night that she is getting bored with how we are eating, but does not want to give it up. My four kids (ages 4 to 10) have been such troopers, getting used to eating quinoa and legumes in their tacos instead of beef and cheddar, but they could certainly use something to perk up their interest and put some joy back in meal time!

    Thanks for all you do!

  • http://lotsayum.com Cynthia

    I need the Burger & Fries DVD because I make really good veggie burgers, but they also have a zillion ingredients. I know Jeff is famous for “5 ingredients or less” and I could use the tips to simplify. In the meantime, I tried making veggie muffins yesterday – based on the mighty muffin recipe but using black beans, mushrooms, onion, garlic, corn, spinach and chipotle plus oat bran, baking powder and lime juice. They were great and will make a great addition to our lunch salad or a snack in the car. But you see, if I had Jeff’s DVD, I probably could’ve made them simpler and just as delicious… Just saying’

    • Kim hawkins

      Oh, Cynthia! Will you please share that black bean muffin recipe? Sounds fantastic!

      • http://lotsayum.com Cynthia

        Hi Kim,
        I posted the recipe at the end of the replies (I think it’s #405 or something like that) I wish I had thought to post it as a reply to you but just scroll down and you’ll find it. I’m also going to put it on http://lotsayum.com Let me know if you make the muffins and how you change up the recipe to make it more interesting.

  • Terri

    I need that DVD like I need to be plant strong!!

  • Missy

    We need this DVD!!! :) We all love burgers and fries around here and my husband and kids would appreciate seeing these in our diet after all the soups and salads I keep fixing for them! We went plant-strong 3 months ago and are loving it!!

  • Jess

    I’ve been on this path for two months now, and am looking for more ways to eat meals with my (hoping will soon be plant-strong but for the time being) meat strong family. Looks like some of Jack’s “satisfying recipes” might be just the trick!!

  • Aggie

    I would love a copy of the DVD. I tend to make the same things over and over again then get bored, so I am always on the lookout for fast plant strong food.

  • http://outinthemsticks.blogspot.com rebecca

    I need this because I have 3 small kids not yet in school and I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. Like, a shower is a luxury.

  • Dawn

    I’m a HUGE advocate for making my own plant strong items such as salsa, dressings, veggie burgers, sauces… that way I can control the ingredients and not ruin a perfectly good veggie!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kristi

    our family would benefit from this dvd. my husband has been awesome in leading us to a plant strong diet. i have been somewhat hesitant because my kids are so whiney about it. the teenager has been the hardest. but we are trying! and getting closer and closer!

  • Marsha

    I need this DVD because I want to cook burgers and fries with a clear conscience.

  • Tracy

    I need the dvd because my husband loves to buy the frozen veggie burgers and make them on the grill, I would love the dvd to make good fresh veggie burgers instead of frozen processed ones.

  • jan bonnivier

    Why do I need Burgers and Fries? Because I have become a burger fanatic with summer here. I have tried all of Everyday Happy Herbivores (including awesome mayo). I have tried the burgers Jeff has posted also. I can bring these with me to any bbq and join the crowd but eat healthy! I eat them in a bun/salad or just with a fork!

  • http://www.militantginger.com Roland Hulme

    I want that DVD so badly! I am LOVING how I feel on Engine 2, but I will admit that my weakness and craving is a good burger. I make some delicious ones with Boca burgers and the like, but I realize they’re not as plant strong as they could be. I would LOVE the opportunity to learn to make really satisfying, big, tasty, all-American burgers that are plant strong and will help me continue feeling like a lean, green-eating machine!

  • Elizabeth Valente H

    I soooooooo need this DVD. I started living plant strong several months ago and feel great, but I need some new options to spice up my meal planning and to help show my friends how to eat tasty and truly healthy food. I have heard great things about Jeff’s recipes and really want to try them!

  • corey wolff

    I need the Jeff Novick BURGERS AND FRIES DVD! To help expand my PLANT STRONG living.

  • Amanda

    After 22 years as a vegetarian I am finally realizing what a horrible diet I am eating. I am heavier than ever and I’m trying to work hard to lose the weight and bad habits I’ve gained over the ye xars. Thank you for the inspiration and guidance!

    • ciane

      Amanda – It’s the cheese! Really! When I quit eating the vegetarian alternatives and went vegan, the weight just literally dropped off me. I only weigh five pounds more now than I did in high school. I drink water, sometimes with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime added. I squeeze fresh lemon on my salads as well when I feel like a salad dressing. I stir fry veggies without any sauce or oil and sprinkle some seasonings and flax seeds on top. I eat them over black rice pasta and other inventive starches and grains. Morning Star actually has a new vegan burger – Black bean chipolte. No cheese or dairy and a kick to the taste bud. ;}

  • Paula D.

    I really love the ideas on your site. Just remember we eat with our eyes first.. Instead of showing something like a yummy (bad) potato. Show a picture of your version on the side to show it’s just as enticing.. Just sayin’

    Oh and I’d love a copy to hold.. I get most of your recipes from here. ; )
    Brightest Blessings……

    • ciane

      Oh yes! Pictures are always a plus!

  • ali

    I need it for my family. 2 boys that love the store bought veggie burgers. I’d love to have a variety of healthier veggie burger recipes to feed them

  • Debbie Kelt

    I need this DVD because I am just about to embark on my plant-strong journey! I have The Engine 2 Diet and the FOK DVD and I am ready (I think) to take the first step. I would love for my husband and children to go plant-strong with me but I need some amazing vegan recipies to try on them to help convince them that they can live without meat & dairy. My kids and husband all love burgers and fries so I think this would be a great thing to serve them (vegan style) :).

    • ciane

      Is it okay to plug other sites and their recipes? I find punchfork to be great as it has pictures!

  • Harry Plastik

    It has started to amaze me how people can take super healthy foods and kill them with fats, oils and dairy products.

  • http://www.dawngartin.com Dawn Gartin

    Thanks for the reminders. My hubby insists a whole avocado a day… maybe he will reconsider.

    • ciane

      Personally, I think if he is skinny, the fat of an avocado won’t hurt. But, every day? We have seasons for a reason, I think. We need variety and moderation. I love avocado! I am skinny. I will eat avocado along with other foods in my salad. I will chop up an avocado and add it the reheated left-over veggies along with tomato in a wrap. Delicious! I usually only chop up half the avocado for two or three of us and leave the pit on the other half, squeeze some lemon juice on it, and put it in an air-tight baggie for later.

  • http://www.Projectkale.blogspot.com Ali

    GREAT post, thanks! I would love a copy of the DVD because I need to find more hearty, plant-strong foods to help my husband with the transition from meat and cheese to a plant-strong lifestyle. Also, I would share it with my friends and family, to help them with the transition as well!

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Stephanie

    My family and I have adopted a whole food plant-based diet in January after my husband and I watched Forks Over Knives. I’ve lost thirty pounds and my husband and I have never been happier with ourselves. I am starving for more ideas to keep our diets interesting. I’ve been surprisingly successful by adapting vegan recipes to be 100% whole food (no oils, margarine, etc) and almost exclusively eating beans and lentils as our protein source instead of over-processed faux meat. Some new inspiration from this DVD would be wonderful. As a fellow Austinite, help this wife, mom, and grad student out!

  • Joy Jerauld

    This DVD would be great for coming up with some new dinner ideas–especially now that it is summer and there will be lots of barbeques and potlucks to attend.

  • Emily Parana

    The DVD is needed by my family, because it would be awesome to show my husband and kids, because it is very hard for me to stay plant-strong when they just won’t eat anything that I make. I’m so frustrated at dinner time, I need to incorporate more fun and kid-friendly foods.

    • ciane

      Sometimes kids will eat more healthy choices when they are involved in the decision-making (planning and/or preparation) of a meal. Kids like to help out the environment and make the healthy choices when they feel what they are doing is making a difference.

  • Terri Bradley

    I need it because I have 3 children. My teens will spend their money at burger joints, picking up burgers and fries to and from work and school. It is sad and hurts my heart!

  • Tracy

    My husband and I crossed over to a plant-strong lifestyle 100% in January. We have been working on it since July of last year. I love cooking, it’s one of my favorite things that brings me joy. I’ve been inspired by Jeff’s recipes. I’ve tried so many different “patty” recipes and his are by far the best and easiest to make. Before being plant strong I always thought food needed to be slathered in sauces and gravies, extra fats meant extra flavor. I realized I never truly enjoyed the flavor real food has. It has all changed now. I love the flavors and textures that nutrient dense food has. I crave it now. Thank you for opening my eyes to the truth.

  • Michelle

    I want Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries” as I am working on being plant strong. I have over 100 LBs to loose and I want this DVD to help me make foods I love the healthy way.

  • Chad

    I have been on a vegetarian diet for 3 years and I am glad, it helped me lose 10 lbs alone; since February I have been exercise and lost another 40 lbs. I admit to using veggie burgers, etc. I need this to show me a better way to eat.

  • Sarah

    I made Novick burgers this morning for my husband who has no interest in giving up meat and hates rice. He loved them!!! I got the recipe of the internet, so the dvd would be great. I hope I can keep him interested in being plant strong. Even if he doesn’t know he is:)

  • Sarah

    I am still working through the kinks of being 2-months into eating a vegan diet. Stuggling a bit with a lack of creativity in the kitchen (vegan or non-vegan, I am not a strong cook) and am looking to build a library of great recipies and ideas to try.

    • ciane

      Salads are a great way to mix up variety without cooking. Add different ingredients all the time. Do you like cucumber, olives, red/yellow/green peppers, green/purple/regular onions, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, snow peas, corn. beans, etc.? Mix them up differently with varying greens (spinach. leaf lettuce, cabbage, kale, etc.). Then top them with some fruit (apples, berries, clementines, pomegranites, etc.), nuts, and/or seeds.

  • Corey K

    Gotta keep an eye on my freezer, the wife is bringing home frozen store bought veg burgers all the time but most are not the greatest for us trying to be plant strong, Definitely need Jeff Novick’s Burgers and Fries DVD

  • Juan Sanchez

    I need this DVD to convince my burger addict girlfriend that there are healthier alternatives without losing the good taste

  • http://www.lovehazelsews.blogspot.com Lori

    After recently watching Forks Over Knives, my husband and I were stunned at the information presented and are trying to start living a plant based diet lifestyle. With my family history of heart disease, we have to, and are excited that I don’t have to accept a heart attack as part of my future. This dvd would be great to give us more options and teach us more about how to live this way. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Erica

    Any and every DVD I can get for my in laws to watch to try and get them to understand the lifestyle I and my children live by is crucial. They are die hard meat and potato folks and think we are killing our chikdren with a plant strong diet.

  • http://www.devidoodles.com Devon Morton

    I would love to have this dvd because we love veggie burgers but often fall for junk to top it with when we are having a tough time keeping our diet plant stong. I would love some ideas to keep all meals plant strong.

  • Jean D.

    I’d love to serve my son Jeff Novick’s “burgers and fries.” I’m concerned about his weight and health, and would like to nudge him gently into healthier foods.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • James Smith

    My wife and I have been Plant Strong since the middle of march of this year. we both feel incredible and look forward to creative solutions to each meal. Jeff’s DVD would add to our arsenal greatly. We also have kids ranging in age from a son who is 18 to three daughters 16, 15 and 13 and they have been on board with us pretty good. Our middle daughter is very committed to being plant strong but loves a really good burger. It would be nice to reward her and encourage our other children with Jeff’s recipes. Also it would be great to show off to our non-plant strong in laws and family at summer cook outs!

  • http://www.tuckerstreasures.com Ruthanne

    my husband and i have started eating plant based but hes a real meat and potatoes kinda man but he has heart problems and diabetes in his family i am wouldnt doubt he does to. He gives of all his free time as a firefighter/fire police man and because of Rip he was willing to try this. He has iron over load and i really need to get him away from meat so far all of jeffs meals that i have created are wonderful. i would love to show my husband another way to eat that tastes just as good and he wont have to give up his burger and fries. We have a child with autism and i would love to make some of these burgers and get him to eat healthy too. I hope i can win this it will just mean so much to me and to my family. We are all my son has and we need to be around a long time. God bless

  • Quinn

    I’m a single mom of a 6yo & this dvd would help shed light for both of us. I’ve been slowly cutting out meat & dairy out of my diet, I need something for my child. After doing a full body detox &the diet that went along was raw food only, I started liking it & becoming more aware. I’m also interested since I run & do triathlons (well trying to make it once or twice a yr)

  • Michael

    I could really use the DVD as going plant strong has been tough when thinking about my favorite comfort foods of burgers! It’s just not the same for the ones out in the market as far as price and availability goes. Would be nice to make some myself.

  • Melynda

    I absolutely love veggie burgers! I try to invent my own once a week. I put quinoa, sweet potatoes, you name it I try it. I’m running or out combinations and I’d love to get dime of Jeff’s!

    • Jodie

      I love Jeff’s Burger’s and Fries…at least the recipes he has on his Facebook page. Would love to get the DVD and try more!

  • http://silverbacklife.com Nick

    My wife and I split an avocado at almost every meal. They’re just soooooo delicious. We tend to balance that being highly active.

    I’ve never used traditional dressing on my salads, always homemade salsa or my favorite, habanero sauce. A great way to moderate your dressing intake is not to drench your salad in it, but to dip your fork in it, before you know it, you won’t need it and you can eat your salad naked!
    I actually just ordered the videos but would love an extra copy to donate to my daughter’s school. Eat Strong!

  • Nelson

    I don’t need a copy for myself, but I have some specific people in mind that would probably actually watch it and improve how they “try” to keep on a plant strong diet. Keep up the good advice.

  • Sippi

    My husband and I are both runners. We both want to move towards a plant strong diet because we have read how great the effects are on endurance. I have found it pretty easy to make this move since most of my diet is already plant based. My husband on the other hand… He is a guy who puts sugar on his Grape Nuts, hates whole wheat pasta, always chooses white over brown rice and loves nothing more than a slab of steak! I need all the help I can get to make a plant strong diet literally more appetizing for him.

  • http://www.distinctive-decor.com Marcus

    I am teaching a series of “Plant Strong” cooking classes in my community. I need good recipes to share with those enrolled. I NEED the dvd!

  • Anne Casagrande

    I need this DVD. I have problems eating enough to fuel my active lifestyle. I
    also have found that restaurant and store bought veggie burgers sometimes make me feel bad. I think it’s the oils and now I find out some even have cheese in them so I need to make more at home. Thanks!

  • Sharon Herbitter

    I’m a compulsive cooker — I need new recipes all the time! The endless ways in which I’ve found to cook plant-strong foods is one thing that keeps me motivated!

  • Bree

    We need this becuase I can’t afford anymore healthy cooking DVDs or cookbooks! My husband and I were pretty much life long vegetarians and have raised our son (now 3) that way, and in the beginning of the year I decided to go vegan and they just joined me because I’m the one cooking! My husband says that he enjoys food more than he ever has, though, and he doesn’t know why he was so resistent to the change. Plant strong!

  • Shawna

    I need the Burgers and Fries DVD so i can keep busy around the pool this summer. I have many teens and family friends to impress with my new vegan, engine two style eating plan. Wish me luck.
    Shawna

  • Rebecca

    Great tips to bear in mind! I love Jeff Novick’s approach to preparing food simply, and would love to hear the tips he gives on his new DVD. Add to that the fact that I have an omnivore husband who doesn’t see to enjoy many of the plant-strong dishes I prepare for him at all, and I could really use Jeff’s help convincing him! “Burgers and Fries” could be just the thing! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

  • Rachel

    This book would help me get away from my boring throwing together fat-free refried beans into patty form and calling it a burger.

  • Lori Castillo

    We really could use this DVD! We are trying to win over our sons to eat healthy, and it has been difficult. We want them to start young, and they are 22 and 16. We started following Dr. Esselstyn, which led to Engine 2 the day after Easter, April 9, 2012. We were on our way to our inlaw’s house for dinner, and my husband was not looking good. It worried me to a point that the next day I began this journey. The Dr. has been trying to get him to go on blood pressure medicine for 1 1/2 years, and was even given a sample to start about 4 months ago. He couldn’t get past all the side effects after reading about them. It is now reading 123/73 in the morning, where it used to be 145/90 in the morning. We are so excited!! Thank you for listening!!

  • Erica

    I need this DVD because I have been a vegetarian for 25 years and now vegan working my way off transitional foods and have never looked back. My husband and I are raising a vegan family however my husband is only plant based in the house. The more can I educate him and cook tasty healthy filling meals the more I will be able to help him make healthy plant based choices outside the house as well.
    Thanks!

  • Linda McCoskey

    I am fairly new to this way of life…So far, it has been totally awesome!..My husband and I both are now plant strong! Trying to get my son and beautiful daughter inlaw in the correct direction also..She is trying to cook healthy for the two of them, but tendsto use to much of the fake type vegan foods..(like pre-made vegan burgers!) Everytime they come to visit I cook plant strong and have them watch DVDs. They loved Forks over Knifes, Enginge 2 kithchen makeover, and others..Hoping to keep inspiring them! Your Sister in Health! Linda

  • Kate Bruski

    I would LOVE to have a copy of that DVD to show my husband. I’m trying to convince him to improve his diet. Burgers and fries are currently a top choice for him. Ugh.
    Thanks!

  • Susan S

    I’ve been plant strong for about 18 months and love it and rarely miss SAD foods. I make the NYTimes burger recipe and love it but would really appreciate some variety, not just for the taste, but also for the nutrition. Can I please win?????? :)

  • Sue Thorne

    WOW! How exciting! I am still a bit new to the plant based movement and lifestyle and would absolutely LOVE to have Jeff Novick’s DVD! Why? For many of the same reasons that have already been mentioned….the need to have new foods to avoid boredom; incorporate foods that would help my unhealthy husband a believer and improve his ailing gastrointestinal system; to make things I can share with my rescued African Grey Parrots, many of whom have health issues, etc…. I could go on and on. But I think one of the most important things about having Jeff’s video would be the opportunity to expand my own vision of what is possible on a plant based life. It would break those barriers, that seem to be concrete in all of our minds about what we should be eating for optimum health. It would be an honor to own and share the results of the creations in Jeff Novick’s Burgers & Fries!

  • Jenn

    I would love to have a copy of Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries”. I have been trying to be plant strong for a few years now. My biggest downfalls are availability of certain resources (condiments and gluten free products) and that my family has not been willing to switch. Also, they looove to go out to eat. With a husband and two teenage girls in the house, it would be extremely helpful to have more quick and easy ideas that are tasty too for the foods they love most.

  • Autumn Neilson-Herring

    I need this dvd because since going vegan a few years ago I have discovered way to many vegan alternatives to junk,like vegan cheese & vegan mayonnaise.I am now realizing that although these alternatives will always be a better choice compared to the old “real”ones,their not the best choice.

  • Bradley Anderson

    Because I manage a restaurant that specializes in just that, Burgers & Fries. Better yet, CheddarFries. I need to find an alternative way to eat!

  • Jill Matthews

    I NEED that video. cause summer’s here and I need to impress all the meat junkies in my life to a better, healthier, tastier way of eating. I’ve already converted 4 people at work by sharing my plant based lunches and the forks over knifes video. Just think what I can accomplish if I had a plant based cookout for Memorial Day!!

  • Barb

    Would love to win the DVD as I am looking for some new recipes for “burgers” and fries. Currently I only have one or two veggie burger recipes. My baked potatoes are topped with Dr. Esselsyn’s mushroom gravy. Salads are actually tastier without any dressings. You get to taste the flavors of all the veggies you put on the greens. Cooking and sauteing with veggie broth works great. I am having fun trying this new way of cooking and eating! Thanks to all of you who help keep us plant strong.

  • Heather

    I need this DVD because I am totally lost on making a delicious and plant strong burger. I love to cook (and am pretty good) but burgers are my weakness. I have become plant strong for health reasons and trying to get my husband to be more plant strong. His favorite food is a burger and fries and getting this book will for sure help me convert him!!!

    Basically I need this book

  • Maru

    Ok, I must confess…It has been difficult to say goodbye to the olive oil in my salads…I need some inspiration!!

  • Renee Hinkston

    I need the Burgers and Fries DVD so my diabetic husband can see a lifestyle change won’t “hurt”. One whole year of uncontrolled glucose just because “eating right is not yummy”

    • JJ

      Renee, I feel your pain!! Watching my mother and brother do and say the same…just makes me want to cry. It makes me feel like they don’t care if they die, thereby they don’t love themselves or me! I eat plant-strong because I don’t want to live like THAT!!!!

  • http://veganfaery.blogspot.ca/ Vibeke

    Thank you for your post today!

    I need this DVD because after meeting Jeff in Toronto two years ago, I’ve really changed the way I feed my family. I have two of his DVDs already and plant to buy more, mostly to lend out to friends and future clients. At this time I’m trying to feed my three children who pester me constantly for foods that more resemble the foods their friends eat. I have a barbecue that’s coated in dust from neglect and I know that Jeff’s new DVD would help me bring it out of retirement and give my kids the foods they’re hungry for.

  • Christy Savage

    I need the DVD “Burgers & Fries” for myself and my 2 year old daughter. I’m also hoping I can entice my meat eating husband with high blood pressure with some very yummy plant strong healthy meals. Thank you!

  • Annette

    I NEED this as I have a recently converted vegan husband, 2 grown hungry sons, 1 hungry son in law and an almost 16 year old always hungry grandson who loves cheese burgers with lots of bacon! I want to feed them well, and see them eating with a satisfied smile on their face as they proclaim, “this is delicious!”

  • Vicki S

    I would love the DVD; I am entirely too reliant on store-bought, frozen veggie burgers. Watching someone make them would be much more helpful to me than recipes alone. Sometimes, the recipes look more daunting than they actually are, so visually seeing it done could make a huge change in our veggie burger life.

  • Jenny

    great reminders on what NOT to add to your plant-strong foods. Jeff’s DVD would be a great help to my kitchen … i make his burgers once a week, and try to change them up with my own creativity, but it turns out i’m not so creative! my burgers are tasteless and i can’t figure out how to “cook” them so they hold together, get hot, and don’t stick!!! anyway, always eager to learn how to make easy, delicious meals with as little ingredients as possible! :-) thanks, Jeff, for helping us out!

  • Jennifer

    I need this DVD to help convert my vegan boyfriend to eat healthier. He hates all vegetables and is a vegan junk foodie!!!!

  • Rosanne

    My family is relatively new to Plant Strong living, starting just last month, but we are committed 100%. Our three kids, ages 12 to 16, are definitely on board, but the typical hamburgers and fries are certainly something that they miss. I would just LOVE this opportunity to learn new and different ways to make this American diet staple!! :)

  • Erick Freligh

    I’m a “recovering” meatatarian and already finding I can dispel myths and fond some very tasty plant strong nutrition. The more reminders and creative ideas I can put in front of me, the better prepared I can be to make a lasting lifestyle change for myself and my family.

  • Greg Hassler

    Getting my kids to eat healthy is a battle that is waged not only in my household, but in many countless households.

    I would like to say that having my 5 year old declaring himself a vegetarian is one of my small victories, but he was simply born that way.

    I recently was able to get my daughter to gladly eat a whole bowl of vegetables by disguising them as chili.

    I need all the help I can get to help lead my kids down a healthy path of a plant strong diet. That is why I need Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries”.

  • Ramona Kennon

    Burgers are a real issue at my house. I am living the plant strong lifestyle, but my husband is not convinced. I have not found a recipe for burgers and fries that will satisfy us both, and yet he will eat beans and rice almost any day. I need a quick easy solution that is better for us both than Boca burgers and frozen steak fries, plus I want to set a good example for my grandchildren. My 5 year old loves to help in the kitchen, and watching Jeff’s video would be a great way to engage them in plant strong cooking. Help!

  • Rachelle Lozano

    I have been vegetarian for the past 5 months- all because of the forks and knives doc. I have made the vegan switch this week actually. The transition has been smooth, so I thought. I am coming across articles and websites that have enlightened me on things I thought were good or right. I really need more information and would love to learn more from a copy of “burgers and fries”!

  • je_nni_fe_r

    I am doing my best at being oil free, but my biggest problem is that I get in a rut. I make the same 5 meals over and over, and when I get bored the cravings begin. Any additional tips, recipes, etc. would really help me out!

  • Stan

    I would love to learn how to make burgers that work. The DVD would help. Plant Strong for 30 days

  • Debbie

    Great post! I’m entering to win the DVD because I need to learn how to make SIMPLE meals that my husband will actually like.

  • Grandude

    It’s spring in the mountains of North Carolina and the deck, patio and grill are being spruced up for outside dining at our “Bistro”. The grill is hard-wired gas and has been great, especially since we started out as meat-eaters when we built this house. In our 3-year veggie adventure, we need more and better recipes for outdoor cooking. This DVD could put us over the top! Keep us going
    Jeff, Rip and all the people who have guided us in this adventure.

  • Shelly Vincent

    I just went Plant-Strong in January and really need more ideas on cooking and eating the right things! Also, my four year old son has autism and needs a casein-free, gluten-free diet. Help!

    • Ninufar

      Hi, in addition to the recipes here, take a look at the ones offered by Susan at the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen (do a search to find her blog — usually GF or modifiable) or by the Happy Herbivore. Best wishes!

      May I also enter the giveaway with a reply comment? Hope so. I’ve been experimenting w/beans, starches, & my trusty potato masher, but I have not come out with anything satisfying in the veggie burger dept, and summer’s coming…

  • chickpeafreak

    Summer’s coming, and I would love to be able to make some of Jeff’s tried-and-true tasty burgers for those non-believers! =)

  • Rich

    Didn’t know that about tofu. Thought tofu was more of an anytime food.

    • Natala (Engine 2)

      It has 40% fat, so we try not to use it a ton.

  • Kriste May

    We are 3 months into going plant strong and making a good base of “go-to” meals for home and to bring to work (my husband is a firefighter and moving/leaning his San Diego City station in the right direction). I have been doing all the chopping and cooking at home as I noticed many of the “vegan” products in stores are highly processed! Looking all over of new ideas to keep it fresh and new. Thank you for all your posts. We follow you on every social media site!

  • Laura Knowlton

    I need this DVD because I want to eat the best plant strong meals possible! I love making these recipes for my family and friends to inspire them to eat plant strong as well!

  • Judi

    I am new (4 months) to eating plant strong….so this new DVD would be great to have so I can learn more as I try to lose weight and become healthier……..and, in turn, I would be helping my family become more aware of how to improve their eating.

  • Kurt

    I would really appreciate winning this DVD. As well as all above, I’m not a cook. I’ve tried being on the engine 2 diet before this past Christmas it works and I felt great, But the lack of knowledge in the kitchen really has made me struggle with ideas. I am a single father raising two boys on my own, full time and I can see where this DVD would really help me in making quick fast healthy meals. On top of all this I am diabetic so another reason why I really need to take things very seriously. Thanks for your time and I hope to be winning this DVD thank you. ~Kurt

  • Jennifer D.

    As a busy homeschooling mom who’s family has recently gone plant strong, I need this DVD to help me to plan so we can have all on hand for easy healthy plant strong fast foods!

  • Alyssa

    Burgers and fries are my weakness. We used to have them at least every weekend before going plant strong in Feb. this year. I’ve tried a few veggie burgers off the web, but none were that great and basically really bland. I would love, love, LOVE having my burgers and fries back.

  • Julie Montemarano

    As a hypoglycemic, I’ve been a vegetarian in the past but I think I fell into the trap of eating mostly carbs, causing weight gain and my insulin resistance/hypoglycemia to get worse. I have recently been studying up on plant strong and am gradually making the change again (I’ve always lived a super healthy, clean eating lifestyle anyway), cautiously this time as to monitor my blood sugar so I don’t go on the crash/binge cycle again. I would LOVE to have the use of this DVD to help me get there! I need some creative ideas on nutrient dense foods that help regulate and this would be perfect to help finish my transformation to plant strong!

  • Michael Serrano

    Thanks for this article. I need Jeff’s new DVD so I can continue my plant strong journey. I’ve been a vegetarian for the last year and a half. Slowing making the transition to completely vegan. I’m about 75% there. Planning on attending the summer immersion in August.

    Thanks Engine 2!

  • Luciana Souza

    Oh My! Jeff’s DVD would be a gift for my family! We’ve been plant-strong since March and only now I’ve been finding the right way to cook for them. It had been really frustrating to introduce them to this new way of eating, but after 2 months I’ve been receiving some compliments on the food and we all have noticed how well we feel now. Some plant-strong burgers and fries would be really welcome! :)

  • Julie O’Donnell

    I would love Jeff’s DVD so I could make meals tha my whole family will eat! Although I eat a plant based diet, I am still trying to get my college-aged son to eat healthier. Being able to make some burgers and fries might entice him to at least give my way of eating a try.

  • Jennifer Peters

    I need it because my boyfriend and I have good says and then bad days where we eat plant based but not plant strong…. Ihave to admit lately it’s been a lot of the plant based… we need to get back on track!

  • JJ

    We could really use Jeff’s DVD to add to our plant-strong library!! We often purchase the FOK and E2 books and DVD’s to share with friends to help them get started on their own road to healthy eating. We also keep several others for them to check out before purchasing their own.

  • Kathy

    I would love a copy of this DVD. I am trying very hard to transition to healthier eating for losing unwanted pounds and a couple of health issues. I began my transition with “Clean Eating” but now I am ready to go further with cutting dairy and eating a true plant based diet…I still have so much to learn. I ordered the Engine 2 diet book today off of Amazon. The more knowledge I have the healthier I will become. The healthier I become the happier I will be ;-) I am 56 years old and want to be the best I can be for me, my husband, children and grandchildren.

  • Amy E.

    I’d love a copy of the DVD! We are new to the plant strong way of eating, and we’ve found it pretty difficult to give up fats – I find myself eating way too many of the “good” fats now, and need to learn how to eat avocado and nuts in moderation. I’d love to see more recipes for burgers and fries that don’t require fats!

  • Karen Webb

    I’ve been plant strong for five months but I’m having trouble teaching my kids (11 & 13). I’m thinking a copy of the DVD to show them would go a long way in helping me educate them on making healthy choices. Family movie night!!

  • http://valleyveganblogspot wina

    I TEACH VEGAN COOKING CLASSES IN MY HOME TOWN EVERY OTHER MONTH ,AND FOR NEXT MONTH I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW THIS DVD TO THIS TRYING TO GO VEGAN GROUP OF WOMEN ,TO INCOURAGE THEM AND MAKE THE BURGERS AND FRIES RECIPES FOR THEM TO SAMPLE ALONG WITH THE DVD .THIS WOULD BE A GREAT PROGRAM FOR THEM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VEGAN COOKING !!!!

  • Jen V.

    I’ve been looking at buying Jeff’s Fast Food DVD, but this Burgers and Fries would be great to have as well! I do fairly well when I have time to plan, but when I’m on the go or didn’t have time to prepare for the week I keep falling back to the SAD way of eating. The worst part is I don’t even feel like eating the stuff, but when I’m in a jam I don’t know what else to do. I know I could do better and would love to have any of Jeff’s DVD’s to show me the way!

  • LC

    I love the E2 black bean & oat burgers (and so does my omnivore husband) – and I love Jeff’s simple recipes and meal ideas. I have a feeling that the DVD is like a perfect hybrid of the two – and I would love to check it out!!

  • Karen

    Wow, what I wake up call. Here it is I thought moving to a plant based diet would do me good, and even though it has, I was wondering why I was not getting the results that others got so quickly and now I know why! What I thought were good choices were actually not! I do need this DVD so I can get on the right track for myself and my family so we do not fall into the trap of the unhealthy Vegan. I had a friend tell me that she would never give up meet because she knows so many Vegans that are over weight and look unhealthy. I need to show people like her they are dead wrong! What better way to show people that adopting a plant based diet is the right one, but by example!

  • Shana Brannon

    Jeff Novick is the “bomb”! (And a mighty fine stand up comedian!) I’m the “ham-burglar” and need this DVD since my attempt at his burger recipe failed last night. The leftovers are getting knocked down to burrito filling today. Now I have extra buns though! With this DVD I can try, try again.

  • Teresa

    i am all about learning more about plant based diet i have tried to go completely raw but keep missing something so i am trying to learn every thing i can about plant based change of life eating plan and i have a husband that still eats sigh McDonalds so i would like to find ways to make the food i eat of interest to him and what better way than from Fireman ……that is why i would love to win the DVD

  • Jenn

    I need Jeff Novick’s DVD because I want to share it with my friends, who wrongly think eating plant strong is labor intensive and expensive. They’re wrong, yo.

  • Deana

    My big mistake was nuts! I was eating an “unprocessed” diet, even bought a cookbook called unprocessed, and I thought I was doing great. Until I stopped losing weight (started gaining) and I went to the Dr. and my blood sugar was higher than ever, so was my cholesterol! All eating vegan, no oil no “sugar”. But I substituted with nuts, dates, dried fruit, and it cost me.
    I’m back to eating Novick style, and things are a lot better!

  • Martha

    I’d love to have Jeff’s DVD so I can share it with my family. Everyone on my mother’s side of the family has died of either heart disease or diabetes. And my in-law’s health is compromised as well. I’ve been widowed twice so am on a limited budget. The DVD would be a huge blessing!

  • Heather

    I am constantly on the go. I work out of a car, and don’t have alot of time @ home to cook up meals to take with me (not to mention cold stuff gets hot pretty quick in the car!) I would love some quick and easy suggestions for good plant strong meals on the go. I usually end up buying g fruit/veges at the grocery store on a daily basis and that is pretty pricey!

  • http://humanityofthemoment.blogspot.com Pamela

    I would love to win a copy of Jeff’s DVD. My interest in healthy cooking has increased exponentially since seeing “Forks Over Knives” and changing to an entirely plant-based diet overnight. I was easily able to persuade my formerly meat-and-dairy-loving partner to change too, and now I am challenged every day to come up with quick, economical plant-based meals. I have the Esselstyns’ books, the McDougalls’ books, the FOK book and many other excellent cookbooks, but Jeff’s video demonstration of his quick and healthy techniques would be immensely helpful to us in maintaining our new, healthier lifestyle.

  • Amanda

    I need this DVD because I want to advocate for a healthy vegan diet, but I suck at cooking! I have bought tons of cookbooks and don’t have the patience or know-how or whatever it takes to make those recipes and make them into something good. So maybe a DVD is the way to go!

  • Eva

    I would LOVE Jeff Novick’s DVD for myself and my family. Most days I am plant based but I am not 100% plant based yet but try every day to make better choices. I am the only vegetarian/almost plant strong vegan in my house. I do all of the cooking and always make 2 meals, one for my husband and 2 boys, ages 10 and 20, and of course, one meal for me. It would be great to make burgers and fries for us all and I think they would be willing. After all, it is ” burgers and fries”!

  • Tamara Engel

    Our family is working toward a plant strong diet. With two young kids, it is sometimes challenging to introduce new recipes- especially when they don’t turn out how you want. I am on the lookout for recipes that can be made quickly, enjoyed by the whole family and are healthy for us. Looking forward to seeing Jeff’s recipes along with ones I’ve tried from this website and other vegan sites. Thanks so much for your efforts!!!

  • Kim

    Hi, my name is Kim, I’ve been following the boards for a while since I watched FOK with my son. I feel so bad every day that all I want to do is sleep. I have Fibromyalgia and somedays I hurt so bad I can’t move, I know I would feel better if I had some energy and not so tired. Please HELP. I so desperately need to loose weight, and exercise, I know I would feel better. HELP HELP HELP

  • Rosi

    I have been cooking plant strong for my boyfriend and myself for nearly three years. We love most of what I cook but haven’t found a burger we like. This DVD would be so much appreciated!

  • Sharon

    Our family has been on a plant strong path for almost 4 weeks now. The Daily Beet helps me along in planning and implementing our meals. Jeff Novick’s “Burger and Fries” would be so helpful in planning quick, healthy meals when we’re on the run instead of turning to frozen veggie burgers. We would definitely make great use of his video at our home. Thanks

  • Lois

    I am a chemistry teacher. For our end of the year project each student read a chapter of Twinkies, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. Each did a presentation and wrote a quiz for their classmates on the chemistry of one ingredient in Twinkies. I have planned several topics for summer and next year for them to learn more about the chemistry of food. I also hope to go to the weekend in Chicago the end of June. This movie would be a great resource to teach the students more about their food choices.

  • Linda

    My husband and I began a gradual conversion to plant-based eating in Sept 2011; gradual because we had too much stuff in the freezers. In Dec we were tired of the gradual pace and gave away nearly everything in the freezers. However, we are too tied to fast or immediate meals from our former eating habits and get caught in the gap of not knowing what to make that is quick. Sounds like this DVD would be a great solution to quick. Rip, don’t you have an immersion training for handling the transition or conversion to accommodate the quick? Before, I had a repertoire of recipes that I could fall back on. Plant-based is still too new to me and I have not built up the “fall back” recipes. Thanks for your time.

  • Donna Russell

    I need this DVD!! I am 62 yrs old and an ER nurse. Five years ago I had my gallbladder out and have been sick ever since. My cardiologist told me that I would probably never get much better. I am orthostatic all the time and have to sit on the floor most of the time when I go to the store. Two months ago I watched FOK and Engine Two and ordered the books. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! I have been on a plant strong diet for the past two months, I have lost almost twenty pounds, feel better than I have in a long time and I am exercising again!!! I need all the help I can get. Thank you so much for all of your help so far!! Rip’s big bowl is my absolute favorite meal of the day!!
    Donna

  • http://journalthroughlens.blogpsot.com wen

    awesome…I’d like to make my own burger…I want the DVD!!!

  • Santino Cabrales

    Burgers and fries are my absolutely favorite meal. I just recently switched to Veganism and have been trying out different recipes of Vegan Burgers and I’m really anxious to try out the recipes on “Burgers and Fries”. It would be great to win a copy of the DVD!

  • Veronica Lamb

    It seems like it should be simple to follow a plant strong diet, but for some reason it’s not. I think time is a problem for myself. anything that will help me and my family be healthy would be helpful. I have a meat loving family and its a hard habit for some to break!

  • Holly R. Gruver

    I have been plant strong for almost 2 years. I have a 13 year old and an 8 year old who are not eating as healthy as they should be. They love burgers and these recipes will be a great way for me to introduce new flavors and veggies to them in a “non threatening” way! :0)
    Summer is almost here!!!! PICK ME PLEASE!!

  • Michelle S

    I would love a copy of Jeff’s new DVD! My husband and I spend our evenings chasing after our two little girls, so we need some quick easy burger ideas to feed the family!!! :-)

  • Mary Faron

    Hello plant-strong friends! I would love Jeff’s “Burgers & Fries” DVD because he knows how to make people laugh and want to make healthy choices, and after 2-1/2 years of eating plant strong, I still benefit from inspiration, especially after a week of birthday celebration (which includes some animal foods) that lingers into a few weeks.

  • Kathi Sandler

    I need help! Nuff said. : ) And as many ideas as I can collect!

  • Em

    Oooh, definitely need this. My husband has Crohn’s Disease, and I would LOVE it if he would join me in plant-strong eating. Since he’s so limited as to what he can safely eat, I’m always looking for ideas to put veggies comfortably into his diet. This would help SOOOO much!

  • Tricia Griffith

    I have been educating myself on being plant strong since January 14th. I was/am obese and wanting to fix my health and my weight. So far I have lost 50lbs in the last 4 months and am learning new habits every day. This is an amazing journey and I still have a long way to go, but I am well on my way thanks to you guys!

  • Greg

    I have two friend. One weighs 265 pounds and the other is diabetic and has sleep apnea. I’ve tried teaching them healthy eating habits. I send them articles, point out healthy optiopns when we go out to eat, but it just doesn’t seem to be getting through. Perhaps the DVD would show them in a way that they can understand.

  • Sherry

    I do not have any of Jeff’s videos, so would LOVE this to give me the kick in the pants I need to get serious about being Plant Strong on the go-I’m working a lot of overtime, & have fallen into the eat on the go trap.

  • Mark Daniels

    Why do I need the DVD? Because I’m trying to switch to a plant-strong diet, after years of “hating” vegetables and LOVING meat, and I’m clueless about what to eat!

  • Ann

    I went plant perfect last September after seeing “Forks Over Knives”. In August, I had my annual physical. My lipid panel numbers were bad. That lead me to watch “The Last Heart Attack” on CNN which led me to FOK. I was particularly interested in Dr. Esselstyn since I live near the Cleveland area.

    After seeing the movie, I went cold turkey (pun intended), and got rid of all dairy and meat in my frig which left it just about bare. It was pretty overwhelming at first, but with the help of Dr. Esselstyn’s and Rip’s books I started to get the hang of it in a couple weeks.

    In October, I had to see my doctor again for a minor matter. I told him that I had changed my diet and asked him to give me another blood test so I could see my progress. I mentioned Dr. Esselstyn to him and he smiled–he seemed to know who he was. My doctor was so impressed that he called me on a Sunday afternoon to give me my results.

    In six weeks:

    Cholesterol from 231 to 157
    LDL from 129 to 75
    HDL from 75 to 61
    Triglycerides from 167 to 133
    Glucose from 93 to 84

    I was privileged to hear Dr. Esselstyn and Ann speak last month in Rocky River.

    One final note which I’m only adding to encourage others. I’m 63 and have cerebral palsy and use a walker so the a amount of aerobic exercise I can do is limited, so if I can get these results just through diet, anyone can :)

    I’d love to have Jeff Novick’s video to help me continue on my journey.

  • http://phenom-designs.com jared

    I would love to have this DVD. My 7 year old love vegi burgers and Fires (but really who doesn’t love fries) He would enjoy all the variations this DVD has to offer. I would like them as well!

  • Tom

    I have been plant strong for a few months now and I am trying to help my parents and others around me make the transition. This DVD would definitely help with the naysayers.

  • Karen Barnes

    I would love this DVD! I’m slowing persuading my husband to go plant strong and I’m sure he would love these burgers!!

  • http://facebook.com/VeganEats Susan Sharpe

    Plant Wrong! Lol
    Thank you Rip, Jeff and the Engine 2 team for giving us plant strong recipes!!
    I would love to win, it would be a great birthday gift!

  • Erica

    Help! I need ideas for healthful ways to feed my and my three teenage daughters. I would like t try all the different recipes and get my family’s eating habits turned around!

  • Diana

    I’m a newby vegan, still researching and learning and trying to decide if vegan is my best option. I need all the research material I can get my hands on!!!

  • Sharon Miller

    I need it to continue to help convince my hubby to stay on the path of being plant strong. He struggles with letting go, but as I get him to watch programs, he get’s more & more convinced. FOK was the clincher to get him 90%, but he waivers at 100%. He is T2 Diabetic & I have heart disease…we are trying to get him off meds and me into reversal of heart disease. Help! :)

  • Vicki

    I would like to see Ann, plant strong at last at age 63, win the DVD!

    • Ann

      Thanks, Vicki.

      I grew up on a dairy farm and was a meat/dairy-aholic all my life. It’s never too late to change your ways and broaden your horizons. :)

  • Karen Stickney

    I have yet to come up with a good, GF veg burger that isn’t so soggy in the middle that I cannot eat it. I am keeping the faith that somehow, one day, I will be able to have one that doesn’t just squish out on all sides with the first bite. In the meantime, I am keeping plant strong and eating as healthfully as I can, albeit with maybe a hint too much agave in my daily oatmeat (also laced with ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon, and blueberries!! Yum!!!).

  • Jenny

    I also fell into the healthy fat trap. I started eat a lot of nut butter, nuts and I also was doing what someone said above, eating tons of dried fruit and dates. It all landed me fatter than I was when I started and devestated. I’ve been off the diet for a few weeks because my Doctor told me I should be eating a little meat and using olive or avocado oil. I am starting to see the error in my ways.
    I didn’t know tofu was an occasional food! Why? I always thought it was the healthiest food!

    • MommyVeggie

      ME TOO JENNY!
      My problem was avacados, juices, smoothies .I can’t eat nuts, but I was eating a lot of foods that should be condiments everyday a few times a day. It is so hard sometimes! I am going to order the other Jeff Novick videos to help.

  • http://www.myplantbasedfamily.wordpress.com Holly @ My Plant Based Family

    This book would be great for us. We follow the above guidelines very closely but I’m starting to get a bit burned out on our favorites and would love to mix things up a bit with some new recipes.

  • Carlotta

    Working at a company that stresses plant-based eating, I have FINALLY gotten the message and changed my hamburger-and-brisket ways. Jeff’s info — as well as Rip’s — has shown me the variety that’s possible. I want to get more of Jeff’s guidance, whether on FB or on DVD!

  • Lori Schneider

    This was an awesome post, and I will force my husband to read it when I get home! He is not being as vigilant as me about the sweeteners and oils!

    We could really use Jeff’s book as we are struggling right now to create really fast, satisfying meals when we rarely get home before 7pm – when I run off to work in the garden all summer and my husband runs off to work on homework all winter(he is a returning student – nursing).

  • Kay

    I would love Jeff’s cookbook to add to my collection of plant strong cookbooks. I only have a couple so far and have room for more after cleaning out the old cookbooks!

  • Shari

    I love Jeff’s lectures and recipes! Would love to have this DVD!

  • Brian Baker

    I need it too! I’m a firefighter in Los Angeles and on our shift together we are eating more plant strong (right from the E2 book) and seeing changes. But, we need options and everybody knows how is firefighters love our burgers!

  • Elizabeth

    It would help me stay focused on plant based diet and keep me from eating the same thing over and over again.

  • Kelly

    I have been following a plant strong diet for about 5 months and im loving it! I feel like im much stronger in my workouts and I can lift heavier than ever. I love to cook and so does my husband but hes not 100% sold on being able to live without meat so I could use some new burger ideas. I have made many but none of them have really blown him away so I need some new fresh ideas.

  • Pat

    Thanks for this great blog today! We’ve been working at this way of eating (I refuse to call it a “diet”) since the beginning of March and are seeing good results already. But I realize that there’s still much for us to learn. We are both in our mid-60′s and while change is sometimes hard for older folks, we are loving this new life. Food is much more interesting and I am enjoying planning and preparing meals for the first time ever! We would definitely benefit from the DVD, as we lead a very busy life and I’m working at finding meals that can be healthy, but still fixed quickly.

  • Sarah Campbell

    I’ve been trying very hard to be plant strong for five months. I feel great but still need reminders not to eat so many nuts and seeds and I need new ideas to keep myself and my husband from getting bored. Thank you!!!

  • Linda Porras

    I am trying to switch to Plant only diet with some resistance from my meat loving husband and son…I would love to use this DVD to bring it on home and help me on my mission to help my family see and know the truth and benefits of living plant strong.
    Thanks so much

  • Jennifer

    I need it because I am trying to have my family and I go plant strong but my husband and kids love hamburgers and I would love to get past that hurdle with great tasting healthy plant based burgers! My husband doesn’t think non meat and dairy food can be good. Thanks for the chance :)

  • Travis

    I would love any dvd that would give me some more plantstrong recipes & tips!!!

  • Kat Klavon

    I would love to be the winner of this book! I can tell you, by all accounts, my blood work appears healthy – but I am 89 pounds over weight. I have been on a plant strong diet for 4 weeks now, tweaking and perfecting my food. I didn’t lose last week at all! Having recipes in the book to follow would make things a lot easier for me to implement.
    Being over weight hurts my 46 year old body!
    Let me share my bloodwork from April 2012 Total Cholesterol 178, Tryglycerides 115, HDL 66, LDL 89, TSH 2.430, Glucose 84, I retested for Lyme, and it came back negative, but I feel a lot of pains. I want to be like Lance Armstrong, except Kat PlantStrong! and I want to transform! Will you help me? ;O) Best Wishes to the winner!

    • Kat Klavon

      I meant to say DVD!

  • Kelsey Chute

    I am a bay vegan and need help before I make bad habits like these!

  • bob bara

    A copy of the DVD would help me break this plateau. LAst year I weighed 265 pounds. I was diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, borderline diabetes. I have multiple sclerosis (I’m on disability) and chronic kidney failure (around 28% function).

    Last year I decided to take my health MY responsibility. Vegan seemed the best way to go and I have now lost 90 pounds. Vegan, as you know, doesn’t mean plant based whole food 100% of the time.

    I need the information and motivation to make the finals changes to my diet/lifestyle.

    By the way – since losing 90 pounds I have started training for triathlons. LOL. I’m 60 years old and disabled but here are my goals.

    Reach 155 pounds with 10% body fat ( 210 pound loss)
    Participate in an Ironman half triathlon September 2013
    Participate in full Ironman triathlon October 2013

    And by participate I mean WIN the 60-64 year old age group and qualify for the Ironman Championships in Kona Hawaii in 2014.

    If the DVD contains information that help me accomplish my goals then, yes I’d appreciate a copy.

  • Mark Addison

    I switched to a plant strong diet a couple of months ago after seeing Forks Over Knives and reading Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease. I started out extremely basic to prove to myself I could survive on the very simplest, but smart, vegan diet and have done just that, not only surviving, but thriving! Since I have given my copies, I’ve bought 2, of Preventing and Reversing to people I felt could truly benefit from it, not that anyone wouldn’t, I am in need of more resources and recipes to diversify my plant strong eats. I believe that adding diversity will enhance the extreme results I am already realizing and I want my food to be as interesting, healthy, vibrant, and delicious as I now feel. Thanks lots!

  • Sally D.

    I really NEED the video because with two teenage kids it’s hard to keep them plant strong! Giving them burgers and fries would make me one ROCKIN’ mom!

  • Abby Chau

    This would be perfect for summer BBQs.

    I pin lots of vegetarian stuff that isn’t plant strong and then I challenge myself to prepare the recipe in a plant-strong fashion.

  • Jill

    I need to help my father who has had bypass surgery !

  • Shannon Stanton

    I would love Jeff Novick’s DVD because I am in the process of trying to convert me and my family to a plant strong diet and this would be so helpful (so would the Engine 2 book waiting to get it from the Library). I don’t have any support from other plant strong people so the DVD would be awesome. Thanks.

  • Jennifer Stiber

    Thanks for the great post. I could really use this DVD…..every vegi burger I have ever tried to make turns into mush.

  • Sharon

    I would love to have the DVD. I’m trying to start a plant strong diet for health and weight reasons and am encouraging my husband to do the same. I am very busy, as most of your readers are, and seem to have trouble finding the time to gather enough recipes together. Must change my priorities to find time to cook healthier.

  • Susan Hignight

    My husband and I need this to add some variety to our meals.

  • catherine1305

    I love watching Jeff he has great recipes and is so enthusiastic hope to get his DVD

  • Tracy

    Loving my new healthy lifestyle since become whole food, plant strong. Really looking for more quick meals so I don’t fall back into my old un-healthy habits. Time is always my down fall (or lack of it). Hoping to get the DVD. Sounds like something that will help me overcome that.

  • Ronnie

    Our two boys love helping us in the kitchen and from watching the trailer these recipes appear to be easy for even a kid to help prepare. The more our kids get to help prepare meals the more they learn about nutrition. We have great discusions with them about eating a healthy plant strong diet while making meals together. I know it is imprtant to give them a strong foundation now so they make good choices as adults. This DVD would be an investment in the next plant strong generation. :0)

  • Mary

    I desperately need this dvd! I have been following a plant-strong diet for nearly a year and have lost TONS of weight but my husband is still limping along mourning the loss of his ‘old’ foods and resisting the change. He loves meals that are similar to those he used to eat and this dvd would help me help him. He needs to lose about 40 more lbs (has lost only 25 so far!) and it would be super if we won the dvd so I could help him do that. We have 2 boxes of “Original Vegan” frozen burgers in the freezer…. tried them once and they were terrible! Yuck! Fresh is SO much better!!

  • http://Veganatcollege.wordpress.com Lauren Stewart

    My boyfriend and best friends LOVE food like burgers and fries, so having Jeff’s DVD would be an awesome way for me to make plant-strong versions of the foods they love! Plus I just think Jeff is the best!

  • Baret

    My favorite plant strong way to eat a veggie patty is to put in on the plate and top it with water stir fried onions peppers and spinach. I call it a plate burger.
    I side it with some fries that I learned to make without oil. You cut your potatoes into strips, soak in hot water for a bit, rinse, dry with a paper towel, toss with some no salt herbs/spices and then bake. They come out super crispy.
    I would love to have some more ideas and learn how to make my own veggie patties.

  • Heather

    Great post, thanks! I would love use the DVD to prepare some delish meals for my family this summer. I have been cooking plant based foods for several months now. I need to kick things up a notch.

  • Crissy Goulet

    I would really love to have a copy of Burgers and Fries. I have been aiming towards a complete Plant based, whole foods diet over the last three months now. My oldest daughter, who is 15, has been a vegetarian for almost 3 years now and wants to go Vegan within this year. I would like to do the same. I have 3 other daughters as well who are on board to the positive changes I am incorporating, especially since my youngest two have allergies to dairy and suffer from IBS. The healthy eating has definitely made them feel better. My husband is supportive as well since his cholesterol came back as high!.
    With a family of 6, recipes can be difficult to come up with, so that everyone is pleased. I would benefit greatly for a copy of Burgers and Fries and then hopefully could pass it along to my parents who I am trying so very hard to get to change their diet, especially since my dad has suffered both a heart attack and a stroke – all in one months time! I don’t want myself or my family to have the same happen.
    Thank you!

  • Gayle Wohlken

    I’d love this DVD because I make Jeff’s burgers often, and the only way I know to do it is as I learned it on his Facebook page, and now I’m getting worried — I need some variety with this as I fear I could lost interest. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good, but people need variety, too, something to keep them continually creatively surprised. I’d love to learn other ways to make these burgers so I have something new to look forward to, keeping my interest alive.

  • Robin

    I would love to have a copy of Jeff’s book because I have just started cooking for my sister and delivering her meals for the week so that she will begin the plant strong way of life. She is a fast food junkie and a “good” burger with fries would help her see that she is not giving up all her faves…only changing them into healthy!

  • Kacey Zelch

    I need Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries” because I am still trying to convince my husband to go Plant-Strong! While he has watched a number of documentaries about how horrible the foods are that he ingests, he still has not made the switch. I figure that the more information I give to him, the more likely it is that something will eventually “click” inside him to make the change.

  • Tonia Palinski

    Wow, I still have a lot to learn! I am fairly new at plant-based vegan lifestyle (began November 2011). I thought I was doing pretty good, but after reading the “no-no’s” above, I’m failing terribly! I use oil and vegan butter in most of my cooking, on my salads, and in my baking. I guess my thinking was if it was the “good” fat, it was okay. Also, I’m not cooking just for me, but for my husband and children who are not vegan, so I’ve been trying hard to make dishes that will please their pallets as well which is not an easy thing to do. I could use some help!

  • Diane

    I’d love to win a copy! So far I have not been able to make a plant-strong burger that my husband really likes. He has eaten what I have made, but nothing that he has requested again. I could use a lesson or two with demonstrations!

  • Shontae Alston

    I need this DVD because I want to show my family that WHOLE plant based foods can be delicious and filling! And that almost any animal fat laden foods can be transformed into a tasty and delicious meal!

  • Julie Harrod

    Our Weber grill has really felt neglected since I’ve gone plant based…it needs a new purpose in life and Jeff’s DVD should do the trick.

  • Amy

    I have tried to make three different veggie burgers and none of them worked out like I expected! I need to find a good one to have this summer for cookouts! I would love a copy of the DVD.. Avocado is my downfall….

  • Kim

    This is a great reminder about staying focused and plant strong. I don’t want to be plant wrong! I’d love to win Jeff’s DVD!

  • Barbara

    I’d love to win Jeff’s Burgers and Fries DVD, because the burgers are so healthy and tasty, without added sodium and chemicals found in frozen veggie burgers. Jeff’s DVD will give wonderful flavorful vegan burger recipes, along with yummy ways to create tasty baked potato wedges! My whole family will enjoy these! Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing DVD! :-)

  • Molly

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder! Pure plant based food is the only way to go! :-)

  • Darcy Christ

    I started my plant strong whole food lifestyle two weeks ago and feel soo much better I can’t believe it! Thank you!!! The reason I would really like a copy of “Burgers and Fries” is to help my daughters, 19 & 15, fully make the transition with me. They were excited to start with me and have found it more difficult because they are more particular than I am. I am trying to unteach the years of bad eating habits I’ve instilled in them. I actually had to teach my 19 year old how to peel a banana! My 19 year old has always been a cheeseburger lover and so far the only thing she’s really enjoyed are veggie burgers. I would love to fix our family a healthier, more delicious burger and more importantly teach my daughters how to cook healthily for themselves. I have this summer to do that with my older daughter before she heads back to college in the fall to live in her first apartment. I want my whole family (my husband is slow to come around) to love this healthy way I eating as much as I do! I am amazed at the difference just two weeks has made, thank you for changing my life!!

  • mike

    Since switching to a vegan diet, my grill has been collecting dust. I need this DVD because the sun is shining and i need something to grill.

  • Holly Hagman

    We need some fresh ideas and recipes! I would love to take something fun and yummy to my friends and family for Summer parties!

  • Pasi Mulvihill

    I understand that added oils are not needed but I don’t get why avocados, nuts and seeds and higher fat natural foods (not processed I mean) are “bad” too…. I eat a plant based diet, whole grains, fruits, veggies, nothing processed and what not, so I don’t see why you guys are so against it…Do you have any recommendations of books or blogs or something to learn more about that?? Is there info about that in this book? cause if so I need it too! Thanks!

  • April Pace-Lafrieda

    Finally I have my husband 98% plant strong what a feat that was. His family are fairly famous meat purveyors (they have a reality show) and he grew up in his Dad’s meat market. He even knew all about the pink slime long before I did. I am not the world’s best cook, okay honestly I don’t like to cook but since going plant strong (previous vegetarian) I am learning. I tried Jeff’s Bean Burgers and Fries the other night, I just don’t have the knack yet but my husband liked them so we are getting there. I am happy to say I passed the no-no test but since I am not the best cook in the world I would love a copy of Jeff’s DVD to guide me through this cooking adventure I have embarked on.

  • Meredith

    On Jeff’s DVD: My father should have died a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving in 2011. He had two 100% blockages (amongst other blockages) and ended up having multiple bypass surgery. We have a family history of heart disease and stroke on my father’s side, not to mention cancer on both sides of the family. After dad’s heart attack and recovery I picked up a copy of How To Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Ever since, I’ve been trying to learn everything I can about plant strong diets, researching the best recipes, joining Facebook groups and bookmarking blogs that will help me along the way. I’m trying to change my food habits and for the most part lead a plant-strong lifestyle. There are still a few things I slip up on every now and then, but I will be 100% plant strong before I know it. One of my main goals is to become 100% plant strong so that I can show my Dad and my family that it is possible to make this change in one’s life. My Dad still incorporates things into his diet that worry me. He is also diabetic. And while I know he follows diet guidelines from the doctors and hospital in regards to his heart health, I know there’s bad advice in there (heart healthy oils, leaner cuts of meat, eggs only once or twice a week, etc…). Jeff’s DVD would be another way for me to show my Dad and family that great tasting food can be prepared using no oil, meat, etc… I’ve tried to make bean burgers before, but they usually kind of fail somehow. I know Jeff has some insight that can help me!

  • http://lifeat55mph.blogspot.com/ Mar

    I definitely NEED this DVD. I’ve tried so many veggie and/or bean burger recipes and they’re always a disaster. Every time, they’re tasteless, fall apart, and do not even begin to resemble a burger. My family won’t even try another veggie burger recipe from me and I don’t have a clue of what I’m doing wrong. PLEASE HELP! I have to have this DVD so Jeff can convert me. I want to make delicious and healthy plant strong burgers and stop looking for the next recipe FAIL. Jeff, I need your help!

  • Lynnette

    I need this DVD for more quick and easy meals with variety. I REALLY need this DVD to share with my college age kids, 2 of whom will be doing their own cooking next year. I want them to have easy, inexpensive, tasty options so they can make good food choices away from home.

  • http://greatgreengoods.com liz

    I would love to win the DVD so that I can create some delicious veggie burgers. Great post! …I’m surprised how much I like salad without any dressing these days!
    thank you!
    Liz

  • Johanna

    We need this DVD so our family can eat the summer burgers without the added risk associated with animal products. I’d like to see some of Mr. Novick’s recipes in action on DVD.

  • Carrie Powell

    Hubby and me have been plant strong since February, (mostly me, however). I need some down to earth recipes for a man who really does like his ‘meat and potato’ meals so he will choose to continue to eat the plant strong way!!! New recipes and ideas are exciting for me and I think necessary for my husband! Btw….cholesterol down 17 points after 2 1/2 months of plant based nutrition. And my cholesterol was good even before ….so I just went from good to even better!

  • Em

    I’ve been afraid to venture into burgers and fries. I’ve been sticking to a big veggie salad at noon and quick tomato based soup/stews for the evening meal. I’d love to branch out with Jeff’s help!

  • armbristers

    I feel like being plant-strong has really helped my MS. We made the switch after watching Forks Over Knives last August. I would love this DVD to keep our little family going plant-strong. Thanks for all you do!

  • Jess

    I met Dr. Essystyn when he spoke at my medical school a couple of weeks ago. As part of his speech, he gave us his book, the E2diet DVD, the Fast Food DVD, and more. I immediately began my plant based diet with these tools as my guide. It was great to be able to make inexpensive, quick recipes that I could also use as my lunch the next day. As a busy med student on a budget, these resources have been wonderful! The only thing lacking in my plant strong life is my husband joining my efforts. He is definitely a burger and fries kind of guy. I would like this DVD to get recipes to help my husband join me in my new plant strong life!

  • Tara

    We teach high school boys and are doing a class that will deal with the ethics of food from all different stand points: personal health, social health, workers rights, community building. We’re looking for resources that engages the male mind: what better hook than the burger and fries?

  • Carol W.

    I would love to have this DVD because I love to make them and freeze them and then pull them out and have them for a quick meal. But – I have no imagination when it come to cooking and while I have tried to change up my lentil/quinoa/oat burgers — then always taste about the same — good but boring. My biggest problem is not having a back-up plan when I get home from work and I’m tired so I grab something not-plant strong for convenience.

  • Katie Baxter

    I NEED this DVD so I can ARM myself with the right tools to convince my partner to support me in this adventure and join me. I need to prove it is yummy!!

  • http://www.veggiesforme.com Jill Stump

    I have 3 kids here and at least one of them cause me grief EVERY day for dinner. I really need some ideas to help with those extremely picky eaters!! I have been trying to get them to eat better….and they seem to want to, but constantly complain about what I serve. I want all of us to get on this healthy plant strong journey….
    Thank you very much for this opportunity! :)

  • Mary Arnquist

    I have tried a couple of veggie burger recipes with mixed results. Since I am a visual learner when it comes to cooking, I think this DVD will help a lot. I NEED this DVD!!

  • Robert Lewis

    Hi, I’d like the DVD to learn how to cook burgers and fries for my family to help show that the plant-strong way is better than normal burgers/fries. Thanks!

  • veggie365

    I would do love this DVD because my husband is a junk food vegetarian who is eating with the animals in mind, but not his own health! I’d like to convert him from processed veggie burgers and greasy fast food fries! :-)

  • Sara

    I can’t wait to start cooking homemade veggie burgers instead of buying the ones from the store!

  • http://zenpalate.blogspot.com Jeff Carpenter

    I used to be a burgers and fries guy – until I went Vegan. It would be GREAT to be able to have the best of both worlds :-)

  • http://www.newvegancarol.blogspot.com Carol Loftus

    You need to give it to me just cause i want it bad!!! I have been eyeing it online but haven’t taken the plunge. i just bought his other older video and watched it. But i just really need the burger and fry one with teens! It just sounds so yummy!!!!

  • Terri

    Summer, grilling out burgers, fries…it’s that time of the year and I really need to have a healthy alternative instead of the artery clogging burgers and fries of old. I would love to keep it healthy this summer and winning Jeff’s book would certainly be a great start!

  • Brenda West

    I would love to have a copy of Jeff’s new Burgers and Fries DVD! I loved watching Jeff in person at the Austin Farms 2 Forks seminar, he is so entertaining and knowledgeable! I see his posts on the E2 Blog and pictures of their Jeff Burgers while in Hawaii, and Jeff’s burgers to go on the plane and I want to learn how they do that and make it look so easy, and tasty!

  • Connie

    I would love a copy of this DVD to show my class. I find that anything by Jeff Novic or Doug Lisle reaaly gets the point across in a fun positive way. Although I don’t think any fries could be better than the E2 recipe. :-)

  • Jennifer

    I would LOVE to receive this DVD!!! I’ve been making the same ole veggie burgers and my 3 kids, husband and myself would love to have a variety of burgers and fries to make!

  • Kathy Grant

    I would love to make veggie burgers but am afraid to try! I have had some really good ones at restaurants and would live to re-create them in a healthy manner. There is a guy at our Saturday Morning Market that makes really tasty ones and he tells me it took him over 10 years to perfect the recipe. Yikes! I know if I could make a really good tasting one that my husband would even eat one.

  • Sharon

    Thank you for the reminders. I am guilty of several of the don’ts listed above. This DVD would help educate me even further as to how to stay strong on my plant based diet.

  • Caity

    I would love a copy of Jeff’s DVD. My boyfriend has been plant strong for a few years now, and I’m just now finally giving up dairy. It would be great to have some inspiration for all of the summer BBQs that we host and attend (especially since I would rather eat a grilled portabella than a store-bought veggie burger – they’re pretty yucky in my opinion).

  • Alison Chu

    Just started a month ago and need all the help I can get! Still trying to convert my family!

  • mary

    I’d love this dvd to make delicious burgers & fries for my 3 kids , who need more convincing to go plant strong.

  • Monika S

    I need that DVD because it’s picnic and BBQ season! Thanks for the chance.

  • Tara Smith

    I changed our diet to a plant-based this past January.
    I’ve always enjoyed cooking but now I LOVE cooking. I guarantee if you ask my husband though, he would agree that I really need to master burgers and fries! It’s the one thing he still gets whenever we go out to eat.

  • Renee Woodworth

    Thanks for the information. I always thought you needed to add nuts and “good fat” to salads to make them nutritionally complete. Is making salad dressing with flax seed oil as bad as other oil based dressings? I really enjoy my balsamic and flax seed dressing? Does this video help to explain to children why eating burgers is really bad for them? I was able to convince my daughter to stop eating chicken nuggets after showing her how they were made. It is easier to get her to eat healthy if she understands why and can see how damaging the other way of eating can be. Thanks again.

    • ciane

      Renee, it’s really oil that is bad. Nuts should just be limited. Flax seed is good! And just explain to your daughter how eating burgers is bad for the cow should be enough.

  • Bonnie

    I have just one burger recipe that I use a lot and would love new ideas. And Jeff’s great delivery!

  • Lori Quick

    I need the DVD. I can share some great ideas with the people I live with. They are not plant-strong. It would be a blessing.

  • Linda

    I used to think a salad wasn’t a salad without oil…..but was I wrong!! I either make or buy oil free dressings now and WOW my salads taste so much better!!! I have to admit that I do lightly sprinkle nuts on my salad. Hmmm……beans on my salad….something I don’t think to do but will try it very soon!! Great article! Thanks!

  • Jennifer Z

    Love, love, love the pointers! It is never a bad idea to get back to the basics with rules and guidelines as we all tend to stray from time to time! :) Such logical advice! I would love the new DVD! My hubby is still a total carnivore and despite that I love him … lol. He is a total burger and fries guy …. this just may be the added bonus to push him over the line he so cautiously tip toes toward. He is slowly but surely seeing the health benefits and including more plants, but I would love to see him embrace a burger and saver the yumminess without feeling like it is missing the cow!!

  • Sandi McMahill

    I would love Jeff’s DVD. My fifteen yr old grandson has just become a vegan. At this point in time he is living on processed vegan burgers,etc that his Mom is buying trying to accommodate his change. They need help. I would gift the DVD to them.
    Thanks so much for the wonderful work you are doing in this area. You certainly have made a difference in my family.

  • http://ExploitsOfAVeganWannabe.com Sherry

    Recently my plant strong went plant wrong. I have forgotten how amazing I look and feel when I am on track. Please help me right my ways and get strong again.

  • Dee Garrett

    My favorite SAD meal is burgers and fries. Since becoming plant strong, I really miss that meal. I’d love to know how to do this meal the right way.

  • Angela

    I have been reading and watching sooo many things about our food production in the US that I’m just sick. The last few weeks I’ve been doing my best to switch to plant-based but I’m still stuggling. I also have a 17 yr old son that is 6′ but about 370lbs and I have to find more meals that he’ll like to help him learn to eat a healthier way as he gets into adulthood. I so much need that DVD I can’t tell you. I also want to get Jeff’s Vol. 1 DVD.

  • rachel

    I would love a copy of this as burgers and fries are my down fall. I have tried to give them up but when faced with the option of veggies or beef I just cant choose veggies.

  • ingrid wise

    i’ve been plants strong, flawlessly, for four months now, i’ve lost 7kgs which i didnt even know i had there to lose! I’d love some more of Jeff’s recipes to help keep my 2 year old interested in the plant awesomeness!

  • Lisa Kucera

    Indeed this DVD to inspire me to stay on track and to encourage those around me to improve their diets as well!

  • Jason

    Well crap. I go vegan to get healthier, and then find out I’m not doing things right. I was wondering why I had to get a bigger belt! Obviously I need Jeff’s hel. I would also love to get a clear understanding about this nuts thing, I just was checking out Rip’s Dads site, and see that nuts are not allowed, I don’t want to just reverse heart disease, cause I don’t have it yet, I want to PREVENT it, I don’t care if I have to give up nuts, I just want to know what the deal is. I’ve been following E2 but I’ve been eating a lot of avocado, tofu, and my big bowls are pretty big.
    Some guidance would be appreciated.
    Pick me, because I need Jeff’s help, and I can’t afford another wardrobe!

  • Cathey

    Summer is coming! Enough said.

  • Lisa mccann

    I need this book because my husband is a junk food addict. He is trying hard, but he slips for the craziest things such as chicken nuggets, pizza and burgers.

  • Linn L

    Please pick us! We need to eat healthier.. and my family still hankers for burgers and fries. I need to expand my recipes, since I don’t have a lot of vegan home runs in my recipe line up.

    Help!

  • http://katesgreatkitchen.blogspot.com Kate

    Your posts are always timely and doable. Thanks…I would love to get burgers and fries for my son, who is learning to cook. He won’t give up olive oil, because his favorite stand-bys have olive oil.

  • http://alittleginger.blogspot.com Ginger

    I absolutely adore baked potatoes with mashed pintos and salsa. We also slice potatoes thinly with a food processor, layer in a pie pan, and bake at 400F for 20-40 min until soft and beginning to crisp. Then we top with mashed pintos, spinach, and salsa. Mmmmmmm

    Need your DVD for my obese inlaws.

  • Betsy

    I would love to win a copy of Jeff Novick’s Burger and Fries DVD! Why? Over the last year I’ve been progressing towards a plant strong diet. I’ve relied though on oatmeal and fruits for breakfast and salad with beans for dinner. I really need to expand my menu choices by trying new “quick” meal ideas. This DVD looks as if it would really make burgers and fries do-able! Actually I think you need a Food Network show so that we could tune in each week for plant strong meals!

  • Connie

    I need new ideas for burgers.

  • http://www.redsandsukuleles.com Heidi Litke

    I am struggling right now to keep on track. It seems that I need a boost and Jeff Novick’s new DVD “Burgers and Fries” could really help right now. I have to say my husband has really been on board with me and I am very proud of him but soon he will want to get in front of his BBQ and cook me up some steaks and burgers and I would sure love to give him some plant strong ideas. In our first weeks we gave up milk, sugars, All meat products except fish so far. We are working on the fish however. Thanks for all your help already. Cheers for a new bee!

  • John

    I’m not much of a cook. So, I need all the help I can get.

  • Connie

    We’ve been plant-strong for over a year now. Have Jeff’s Fast Food DVD, and love his recipes. Would love his new DVD! :-)

  • cl

    I would love a free DVD for my husband, the cook. He buys the veggie burgers and they have so much junk. He needs to be shown how.

  • Ellen

    I would love some recipes to get the rest of my family on board with me and what I have seen looks amazing!

  • Paul Law

    Thank you! This is some the very same things I keep telling people. Junk is junk.

  • Tece Markel

    My husband would love this!!

  • Jamie

    My husband needs to read this post!! He’s gone off the wagon, when it comes to oils and he’s a heart patient. Thank you for the reminder!!!

  • Tara

    Dried fruits and nuts are my downfall….so am trying to be better at consuming less, but otherwise, I think we’ve made tremendous strides in the last 6 months. I didn’t have a lot of weight to lose, but I am, at 36, back to the weight I was at 19, give or take a pound!

  • Amy L

    Thanks for giving me so much to think about!

  • Dustin B

    I love Burgers and Fries, just not meat!

  • Carol Kenny

    My husband is a meat eater, only meat!! No matter what I make I can’t get him to change I think this DVD might help.

  • Danielle Liptak

    I’d love to get my 7 year old son to enjoy veggies.. I think if I had info on how to introduce it in a new way he may eat them. I’ve started doing green smoothies and he’ll drink those. Plus he knows the veggies are in there which is a plus!

  • Heidi

    Thanks for all the great ideas, I would adore a copy of Jeff’s video, with three little kids I could use all the ideas and quick meals I can get my hands on.

  • Dee

    I NEED this…. I have been working on learning about veg. plant based eating. The things that go with it that are good and not messing it all up with things that make is SO wrong and unhealthy.. I learned alot from just reading the posting, but need to learn more. I have been doing my best to follow a low glycemic diet since the first of the yr, have lost 22 lbs so far AND was just diagnosed with diabetes :( My B12 is super low due to meds I take and my thyroid is low as well. Been dealing with under active thyroid for 35 yrs. and it just dropped even more. HELP!!!

  • martha

    I’d love to check out the new recipes on this DVD!

  • Marcy

    My family loves to grill in the summer. We get pretty creative with veggies, but don’t have a burger we really love. Since we grew up Adventists, we are used to our veggie burgers, but realize they are loaded with lots of things we don’t need. Would love to have some new recipes to try for our veggie loving friends and family this summer.

  • Nancy S

    I need this before we fire-up the grill this season! We’ve just watched the Engine2Diet documentary on Netflix and we’re heading into prepweek before the 28 day challenge. My husband and I need to get weight, choles/triglycerides/blood pressure numbers down. I have Fibromyalgia and I KNOW the pain among other symptoms will lessen with diet changes. I’ve experimented and am now ready to take this to the next level. It would be great to win this giveaway :)

    • Nancy S

      BTW, you inspired me to clean up my Recipe board on Pinterest :D lol
      Thanks for helping me learn so much.

  • Katharina Ikels

    I am desperate to find a burger I can put on the grill without it falling into a million pieces…

  • Kim

    I’d love this DVD. I’m a meat and potatoes girl (grew up on a beef farm) trying to follow the plant strong way of life. I have Polycystic Ovairan Syndrome, hypothyroidism and very high cholesterol. Our family is trying hard to adjust, even our four year old, and have made great strides towards being plant strong.

  • http://bringyourownlentils.blogspot.com BYOL

    I apparently need this dvd because after being vegan for 6 years and plant-based for 4, I had no idea that nut butter contained or caused your body to create extra cholesterol.

  • Danielle Chandler

    I LOVE burgers and fries but I LOVE my family more and would LOVE to be able to give them healthy options! Do you feel the LOVE?

  • Michele P

    I NEED this amazing DVD because, although I went Plant Strong in January, I hit a plateau. I am not doing as well. My pants are getting tight. I have made many of the mistakes mentioned in this article and need to get back to the plant strong basics!!

  • William Salazar

    Hi e2. My name us william and i started the e2 diet in early january until just recently i have been eating a coulle things i should not be. I believe this dvd will help me get back on the right track. I belive i got fruatrated as well because i was at the same weight since march, a plateau effect. I see a bunch of peole post the improvements they have. Hopefully i win this dvd so i could get some ideas of what portions i should get and what other things i would be able to make. Thank ypu.

  • Paul Berry

    I NEED this book! I tried the basic burger just this week, and I AM HOOKED! I want to know all the variations. I love the fries, too! the burgers were great on an Ezekiel sesame seed bun – YUMMY!

  • Jerry Green

    I have failed at every plant based burger I’ve made. They never taste as good as store bought. Frustrated in Folsom.

  • Cathy

    It is so easy to get caught up in the thinking that anything vegan is healthy. I am going to be more mindful as I choose new recipes to try. I am also going to be more mindful of what I put on my Pinterest Boards! :)

  • Becky Soubeyrand

    I would love to get this DVD to learn different variations of the veggie burger and make healthy fries. This would be great to get my whole family including my granddaughter eating these healthy burgers. Thanks E2 love what you are doing to make people plant stong.

  • Brenda Tamayo

    Wow thank you for all the wonderful tips . I needed to hear all of them
    As me and my whole family ( husbad & 4 kids)begin our new life style :)

  • Dany

    Thank you for the great reminders. I need the new Jeff Novick “Burger and Fries” DVD to continue showing my husband that there are great alternatives. He is not plant-strong yet and I am trying very hard to get him there. Thank you for everything you do.

  • Dan

    Thanks for the article – great points to remember.

  • Nadia

    I need that DVD. I used to love Burgers and fries so I do occasionally order it at the Vegan restaurants even though I know its not too healthy. When I make it at home, I saute a portabella mushroom in water and use it instead of a veggie patty but I really want to try a good veggie burger. Made with real vegetables and not soy protein.

  • Colleen

    Always on the lookout for simple amd healthy recipes to nourish our busy family. The added bonus of something that “blends in” with the typical cultural norm is a great extra benefit!

  • Shirley

    I would love to have this DVD! I’m currently fighting Thyroid cancer and am transitioning over to a plant based diet. I bought the Engine 2 Diet book a few weeks ago and I’m enjoying the recipes. The DVD will help me in my fight to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Richard V

    I am learning to be more plant based…certainly love the fresh food. Always learning something new. I slip up now and then…but jump right back on board.

  • Radonna

    Getting this DVD would give me a boost! Though I’ve been quite creative and having a blast in the kitchen, I must say I’ve been taking a bit of a beating from my family, friends and coworkers! Some smile politely and nod like its just a “phase” , while others think its crazy! I feel great!

  • Stacey Morton-Cohen

    I love coming up with meal make-over ideas like the ones suggested above. I grew up in New Orleans and keep working to find plant-strong ways to connect with the dishes from home.

  • Martha

    LOVE Jeff’s stuff! The ingredient I find the most nasty (after oil) in commercial veggie burgers is SALT! No one seems to be able to make anything without a ton of it. Would certainly love the DVD! Thanks to all at engine2

  • http://wfpbforkids.blogspot.com ANita

    I love Jeff! That’s why I *need* the DVD :)

    • http://Www.hearthealthyfamily.blogspot.com Miranda Jones

      I just found your blog! I spent about 20 minutes reading through it all! LOL. It is hard to eat wfpb with small kids!!!!! We are trying to find a plan that works for us and our 3 small kids.

  • http://Www.hearthealthyfamily.blogspot.com Miranda Jones

    I am beginning my 4th pregnancy, but my first while eating a plant strong diet!!! I’m trying to absorbs much information as I can!!! LOL

  • Jennie Z

    I would like the dvd because I love Jeff Novick and any more education from him would be awesome.

  • Dani T

    I have been officially plant-based since January (I finally kicked the cheese habit) and I’m still working on teaching my family how to improve their eating habits for their health. I would love to have a copy of Jeff Novick’s DVD for mine and my family’s education.

    Thanks for the reminders in this article! Now if I could just get the people I care about to realize what they are really eating.

  • Jennifer Allen

    I need this dvd because I went plant-strong when I found out I had high cholesterol at a young age. I love veggies so it works well for me. I want the dvd for my husband because he went plant-strong as well to support me and my health. It was not as easy for him because he was a total meat and potatoes person before but he jumped in cold turkey for me so I would love to win this dvd for him. He would love it!!! BTW I no longer have high cholesterol and we both lost weight and feel great!

  • Stephanie King

    I would love to get this DVD. I tend to do this all the time. I have been trying to live plant strong, but fall into the vegan trap all the time. My biggest weakness is vegan baking.

  • Jo

    Just started the E2 and I am loving it! Not finding it hard at all… just delicious!

  • Cathy

    I would like Jeff Novicks burger & fries DVD. My weakness is for avocado & fattening vegan salad dressing.

  • Robin Kenna

    My 71 year old dad finally went plant strong and his doctor told him, ” Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!” The DVD would be awesome for him to see!

  • Fonnetta

    Oh my…I need it for myself and family! We LOVE veggie burgers but they are store bought and expensive with way to many ingredients that arent all that great! I have been wanting this DVD so I can learn to make them myself and I want them so my kids will be even more in board with being Plant Strong!!!! Thank you for the chance to win it and for all you do to help keep us on track! Love all the tips and recipes!!!

  • http://RVGetFit.com Nancy Roudebush

    E2 and Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease have given my husband and I hope. And we are learning more each day, from E2-friendly partners.

  • http://www.stephaniemarks-ryan.com Steph Marks

    I’m just getting to know Jeff Novick. I love his simple approach to plant strong. With summer just around the corner, it’s a great time for burgers (and fries). I’d love to have the DVD to get some new ideas for when the kids and their families come for a visit. Thanks!

  • Jason

    Thank you for the wonderful information for a newbie like me. I love the creaminess of the cheese and was thinking that perhaps a nice chilled avocado mix would work to replace that. Are there any recipes for something like that?

  • Lara B

    I have transitioned to a plant based diet about 2 months ago. I cut my LDL in half already. I was very thrilled with the results-my doctor joked saying he was going to take all the credit. I am fortunate that my doctor is supportive of my life change. That is what I consider it. I don’t call it a diet but a life change. The hurdle that I am jumping over know is transitioning my four year old son to a plant based diet. He eats his veggies but I need to find other ways to serve the veggies he won’t eat (like beans). I am hoping with Novick’s recipes that my son will start eating more of the healthy items. For that reason I would appreciate a copy of Novick’s DVD. Thank you for helping me change for the better. Also, please do another retreat in Austin. I missed the last one. Thank you.

  • Vickie

    Would love to win the video! Need all the help I can get to learn more about being plant-strong so that I can heal my body from the poison of massive antibiotics and chemotherapy after a diagnosis of breast cancer with many complications.
    Bring it on!!

  • Margaret

    I am transitioning from vegetarian to vegan,. If you wanna live long, you gotta be plant strong!

  • Introspect

    I have a horrible diet and I am morbidly obese. I have been on a nationally recognized diet and have lost 30 lbs yet I know it isn’t the answer. This nagging voice keeps telling me that I have to get away from the junk and processed foods. I have learned a lot from this page and I want to learn more. Please give me the DVD to educate me and help me make the changes I need to get plant strong.

  • Deanna South

    I’m the only herbivore in our family. Would love Jeff’s recipes that I can share and possibly turn my family on into eating a “healthy burger and fries” that’s not store bought.

  • Craig Jordan

    I would love to get a copy of this DVD. We are only 3 weeks into a complete switchover to plant strong eating. Before, I was ‘master of the grill’ cooking burgers, brats, pork loins, chicken, shrimp, fish, you name it. Completely cutting these out has been rough and my grill just sits there. I think being able to make my own plant strong burgers on the grill would greatly help my family’s transition to a plant strong lifestyle.

  • Dell

    I discovered plant-strong living in February and I’ve been earnestly trying it since March 1. I am 46 and morbidly obese but I’ve lost over 30 pounds since I started in March and my cardiologist says my bad cholesterol is good,but my good cholesterol is too low. I’ve tried to learn all I can from youtube videos and websites but I feel like there’s so much more to learn!

  • Miguel Jr Sotelo

    This was very helpful. I am on my way to be vegan and this has shown me There is show much more things that i can do to make things healthier then what i have been doing. Getting this DVD would help me make better choices on what i eat.

  • Michele

    Im going to raise awareness that healthy eating can include your faves. Plus Jeff Novick is a hoot!

  • Margie Whitling

    I would love the DVD of “Burgers and Fries”. I am struggling with losing weight, learning to be a vegetarian, and wanting to learn everything I can about eating healthy. There is so much to learn.

  • lisa

    Great comments here! We had baked potato last night topped with mushrooms. Served with broccoli, green beans, sliced apple and carrots. It was awesome! The best part is my boyfriend enjoys everything I’ve fixed since going plant strong last September. Maybe has something to do with the 30 lbs I lost :-) he still eats meat, but so much less than he used to, only when we eat out once a week and he no longer has any dairy except for some cheese. I’m really proud of him!

  • karen

    Very informative article. We love the plant strong lifestyle, and I’m interested in the DVD.

  • Joe spider

    Most people can’t bare to eat a salad, stir fry or backed potato without adding a condiment or sauce to it. A tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce has roughly 500 mg of sodium. Heart healthy oils is ok because mono saturated fat is good and saturated fat is neutral. As long as its not trans fat your ok. I believed this for a long time and this bad information is still pushed out in the media. It’s wrong. I read Preventing heart disease and changed my lifestyle. Now I know it’s wrong. And knowing is half the battle. Yo, Joe. Keep up the good work guys.

  • Tammy

    My family would appreciate this DVD so much as I have yet to prove my skills in creating a great-tasting bean burger!!! We love watching these things together, too – they get excited to help!!! xoxo

  • Ken

    I would love the DVD because I have ate beans and rice for three years now at least once a day and very often twice. I think it is about time for a change!

    For what it’s worth when my 5 year old grand daughter comes over she head straight to the fridge for some beans and rice!! Vegan style of course!!

  • Alisa Johnson

    I just tried my first vegan burger this weekend and was not impressed. I couldn’t help but reflect on the idea that I’m going plant strong to get rid of processed food. Talk about processed! I need your dvd so I can gain wisdom from you, and learn how to make your four ingredient plant strong burgers. Thanks!

  • Bren

    I am new to the Engine 2 Diet plan and would love to get the book! I am hungry…but not for food…for knowledge!

  • Sil ob

    Pls I need this to save my omni husbandry who would only eat fast food..every freaking day! we have a 2great year-old son and I want him to see his son grow up

  • Jean Jones

    I would love to win this very much because I am desperate to make a healthy change! Thank you Rip for all the support and information you provide! I think you and Jeff are the best :)

  • Deanna

    Please don’t judge me entirely by my pinterest! Sometimes I pin recipes that give me ideas, and I plan to redo them in a healthier way. Or, I may pin a lot of special occasion type recipes, (the higher fat, higher sodium ones), but have no intent of eating them on a regular basis.

    Your point is well taken, though! :)

  • http://www.powershealth.com Linda Powers

    My triple whammy reasons for wanting the Jeff Novick DVD: For myself because I am transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle and am in need of a “go to” aresenal of great recipes.I need it also for my husband who is not a plant strong eater and I’m always looking for ways to “slip” him healthy choices. I also need it for my 91 year old mother because I am her primary caregiver and cook and food is her “medecine”. She takes no meds of any kind and relies on me to feed her what she needs to stay healthy. This DVD would be a great resource for me.

  • Judy Hamelin

    I would love to have Jeff’s DVD because living in Virginia Beach , there is so many chances for cookouts and friends and family getting together, Always need changes for our non- plant strong friends to get them hook :) < Judy

  • Diana Bunch

    I need this book! Choose me, choose me! Best way to ruin a meal – bad company. Messes with your digestion and dulls the flavor of the food. Life is short, choose your company carefully!

  • Raven Hannah

    I would love to be blessed with a new DVD to help me be more creative with my vegan cooking. I live alone since my fiance passed away :( I get frustrated cooking for one . . . and I am still struggling as I recover from a motor vehicle accident. Any suggestions on what to cook that doesn’t take a lot of time in the kitchen and that I can make enough for leftovers?! :) Thanks! ♥

  • Gretchen

    I cannot count the number of times people have told me potatoes are unhealthy and I have had to educate them on the potato vs the toppings. If we use all healthy plant strong ingredients, the result is healthy. If we use anything unhealthy, the result will be the same.

    Thanks for educating people!

  • Xanthe

    I’ve been plant-strong for quite some time, but I’ve also been helping my mom do it for the past couple months as well. She was inspired after watching E2 Kitchen Rescue, and she’s doing well for the most part but still struggles more than I expected she would. She misses her comfort foods. I’m not very inventive or helpful, since I’m personally content with the same routine of beans, greens, and sweet potatoes. One day, I saw Jeff’s instructions for steak fries on his facebook, and I tried them out for my mom. Her eyes and tastebuds lit up with excitement. This was a turning point for her, and for the first time, she had hope that she could perhaps sustain this lifestyle if she could have “comfort foods” like that. Jeff’s DVD would be so helpful for me, as it could teach me how to make my mother delicious, nutritious food, and more importantly, help me help her take care of her health. Thanks so much, E2 and Jeff!

  • Anna

    Would love to receive Jeff’s dvd on burgers and fries. I am cerliac and mostly plant strong. Store bought veggie burgers is one of my weaknesses!!!!!

  • wendy

    I would really LOVE to have a copy of this DVD! It would be a perfect gift for my birthday (June 1) and I gurantee that my husband WON’T buy it for me :0( I didn’t even get a mother’s day gift! I have wanted this DVD since I saw it on FB, it looks FABULOUS!

  • barbara

    Feeding my family plant strong has been my goal for ten years… there have been times of great success and times of massive failure. Last week when my 16 year old watched Forks over knives with me he agreed to be more positive less negative about plant strong living. I also have a 14 year old who is bemoaning the loss of cheese in the house… I think may be Jeff’s DVD might be helpful to influencing his “Mcdonald’s french fry loving” mind for good change. :)

  • CJL

    Good information – I’m learning as I go and enjoying fresh, whole, plant food more and more each day.

  • Mike M

    This is such an easy trap to fall into, and I’ve caught myself doing it more than once.

  • Joan

    I need the DVD because I’m just learning to eat plant strong and need all the help I can get. I just started January 2nd and it is still a struggle to find enough choices to eat.

  • Joe Bossuyt

    I guess I still need to work on limiting avocados, nuts, seeds, and especially, tofu……………

  • Denise

    I live with five picky eaters and incorporating plant strong meals has been difficult at best. We have three plant strong meals that they all agree on. Tacos, sushi and spaghetti. I would really like to add a burger recipe to our list of meals. What kid can resist burgers and fries?

  • Jen

    I would love the DVD so I could make Burgers and Fries for my husband! I need to find an alternative to his usual burgers and fries.

  • Denise DeLallo

    We have been eating plant strong for about 6 months now and love it! We would love this dvd as we are always looking for more education and meal ideas for us and our young children- thanks FOK …you have changed our lives!:)

  • Nichole Weaver

    We need this video because we are struggling to transition to a plant based diet for ourselves and our 2 young kids. It scares me to have 2 vegetarian children who rarely eat vegetables! Our 9 year old son was the biggest burgers and ribs carnivore, but he chose to go vegetarian last fall after learning about the heath benefits of plant based diets and watching a slaughterhouse video and he is devout, but we really need more ideas on how to help him include more veggies in his diet. Our youngest always leaned vegetarian, but we struggle with her anything anything besides fruit grain and dairy. We’re all so happy to be off of meat but I really want to get our entire family off of dairy too! We need something to replace it with, especially things that are kid friendly, so the video could really help us.

    • ciane

      My suggestion would be fruit. It’s naturally sweet, so it can compete with all the high fructose additives in other food. Take the kids shopping with you to the fresh produce section. Look at all the different colors and challenge them to find something of each color they would like to eat. Then go to the frozen section and challenge them to read labels and find the healthiest fruit and veggies. Because they helped pick it out, they have ownership and feel part of the decision-making process. Go home and get out the blender and make some creative smoothies adding carrots to the fruit. Put the juiciest fruit on the bottom and the harder ones in the middle and add a bag of frozen fruit on top. You’ll all love them and enjoy making different flavors every day. ;}

  • Cynthia

    Wow!!! Such great answers!!!! I wish everyone here could get a DVD. Being a transplant recipient for 13 years. E2 plant strong is the only thing that has helped me lose weight without worry of putting my transplant in jeapordy. I am so thankful for going plant strong. This DVD would just help me stay on this healthy road. To celebrate many more transplant anniversaries!!!!

  • Tammy Fuller

    I am moving my family and myself to a plant strong diet after watching Forks Over Knives, Engine 2 and Food, Inc. It has been a challenge as my youngest is a VERY picky eater. Thank you for the help on what to use and not to use. We can use all the help we can get! We would love to have the DVD.

  • Christy Aker-Minetto

    Plant strong for 2 months but need help making healthy quick dinners. As a Working mom doesn’t always leave me time to get stuff ready between activities. So we end up with weird dinners. Its not helping the kids transition to total plant strong.

  • Brenda

    I have been plant based for a year now and have cooked many different dishes for my co workers. But I need some great burger and fries recipes to keep my carnivore peeps happy. I want to show them that burgers can be made in so many other delicious ways.

  • http://www.resilience.massagetherapy.com Cathy Lewis

    Thanks for the reminder. I notice that I really feel cruddy when I move back to those unhealthy foods, even just a bit. Better to keep it clean!

  • Sherri Hurn

    Ive been plant strong for one month and am trying to convert my husband, the ultimate burger-lover. I need this DVD for great recipes that will convince him to give up the meat!

  • Walt Huntsman

    The day after Easter, my wife I made a commitment to moving away from meat and dairy (after seeing Forks Over Knives), but transitioning our autistic 16-year old has been more challenging. This DVD might help give us some additional ammunition to get him more with the program and/or help to make him less aware of making the switch.

  • vee

    can you shed light on the tofu part of this in the posting. i bake tofu quite often for making sandwiches

    Other pitfalls: Watch the high fat plant-foods like avocado, nuts, seeds and tofu.

  • Larry Griffin

    I’ve been on the Engine 2 diet for two years, but am always looking for information and recipes to hand out to friends and family. Jeff’s DVD would be a great resource for that.

  • Lisa Blackwell

    The three most important reasons in my world for learning how to cook healthy meals: Ayden (7), Natalie (6), and Kai (5). As a single working mother, it is difficult to find time to research new recipes and cooking practices. I would love to have this video, which I could watch and learn from with my three precious babes! Thank you for helping change their future! Keep the good advice coming, you really are making a difference :)

  • Fran

    My family thinks I’m crazy. my daughter complains about the sound of blender each morning when I prepare my green monster. They live on white pasta, high fat cheeses, meat and chicken. Oh – they eat salads too, don’t get me wrong, but dress them with mayo and sugar. It doesn’t help me to have all these things in my face. I need to prepare interesting and enticing things for myself so I want fall into the trap of eating they way they do (and they don’t put away the leftovers, so it’s really in my face). The DVD would really help me.

  • BH

    I need Jeff’s Burgers and Fries DVD so that I never again eat a cheeseburger and think it’s paradise! Get it? ;-) Plus the pic of one of Jeff’s burgers that someone took a picture of an an airline tray table looked GREAT!

  • Elle Mark

    I’ve been making burgers lately out of beans and rice. My husband likes them. I’ve been Vegan for close to two years and I’ve has rheumatoid arthritis for 14 years. after seeing Forks Over Knives I’m convinced I will get well. My heart is being protected because I’m following the lowfat vegan program. My husband is not Vegan and he likes my vegan cooking. I need the DVD to help us both keep eating lowfat Vegan meals.

  • Saundra

    We would love to win a copy of the new Burger book. Our family is working towards being a whole food-plant strong family & could use some new recipe ideas.

  • Meghan

    The Burgers and fries DVD would be so helpful to me. I have three small picky eaters and I am trying to give them a great start on life. I love veggie burgers but have never been able to make a good one yet!

    Such wonderful information on this blog!

    Thank you!

  • Tammy Lloyd

    I would love to win the dvd for burgers and fries! I have just come out of a 6 month battle with stage IIIC ovarian cancer. I was eating from the “Paleo” plan for about 6 months prior and I was a junk food junkie before that. I have been eating completely raw to rebuild my immune system, and I am ready to try some yummy burgers and fries. I have tried some of Jeff’s soups from facebook, thanks! Good luck to the team and crew with spreading the word to be plant strong!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • genny

    Thanks for the post on Plant Wrong- my husband and I have recently gone totally plant strong, But before that I would watch him smoother a completely great salad with ranch, croutons and sunflower seeds. I continue to see my FIL do the same thing! He asked me just last night “if you don’t eat any meat, dairy or oil- what in the world do you eat?” This dvd would be great for him to start to transition.
    Thanks for spreading the word about the plant strong lifestyle

  • judy

    Found out about the plant strong way of eating 6 weeks ago. Have lost 20 pounds and an spreading the news. So far my mom and sister have joined me, my husband and dad are making changes, and other siblings are asking questions! I’d love to win the dvd to learn more ways to prepare plant strong foods for family and friends!

  • Kyle

    I want my wife to fall in love with this lifestyle because I love her.

  • Karen

    Plant Strong! Pick me :)

  • MicheleF

    I’ve been vegan for five months, but have only lost 2 lbs. I have also come off of my diabetes meds, so that’s something, but I need to lose weight too. Would love the DVD!

  • http://coachbj.com BJ Reed

    Go for the GREEN!

  • Kathy

    I need this video. My husband and I both have high cholestrol. He is a meat and potatoes man and I cannot convince him that plant-based will help us both. I try to do it as much as I can but it is difficult when you have to cook two meals.

  • Rebecca

    I need this for my father who I love dearly but can’t seem to get to see the light of a plant based diet. He’s too focused on the potential deprivation he imagines it will be. I think this would be an amazing extra Father’s Day gift for him to help him get an extra push to be plant string with me and to keep him around a lot longer as a healthy dad!

  • Susan Wernet

    My son just moved back home and he loves to cook and eat…can’t wait to try all your plant strong recipes!!!!

  • Dina

    I’m very interested in the video Burgers and Fries. I’m always looking for new receipes and especially new ways to fix burgers. I started the vegan lifestyle on April 1 after reading the Engine 2 book. It made perfect sense to me. I’ve lost 12 lbs so far and feel great. Thanks for all your help!

  • ewlake

    You had me at “fast.” : )
    Thanks for offering the dvd giveaway!

  • Virginia

    Love the tips above. I have been on this diet for a week and a half and have lost 7 lbs and my sugar in the morning has come down 15 points. I will be here every couple of days looking for cooking tips. Thanks!

  • Marisa

    I’d love to win this dvd to watch for myself and share with family and friends. Maybe a yummy and healthy sweet potato the other night. Topped my baked sweet potato with sauteed onions, peppers, corn and saurkraut. It was really yummy! Sometimes its hard to “think outside the box” in terms of the way we are used to eating but it’s so worth it to think up these unusual combinations!

  • Vanessa Martinez

    Love the article. Great Reminders on how to live plant strong. I am inspired on make Happy Herbivore black bean burgers and veggie delight. Yum!

  • Angela Davis

    ooh! ME ! ME! ME! I need the Burgers and Fries! I’ve got 4 kids, we are on the 2nd week! the 3 kids are doing great, the youngest is handicapped CMV (deaf, CP, PDD-NOS, Epilepsy, free running syndrome) and I really want her to eat healthy. Right now she only takes Pedisure, Ravolis and BURGERSand FRIES. I’d love to find a healthy substitute. I hate that Pediasure is full of fat and milk.

  • Shawna

    I’d like to win this book to share it with my hubby – who has been so inspired by plant-poweed eating that he decided to try it for 30 days himself! A huge step for a devout carnivore like him! He is loving it but could benefit from not letting these sneaky plant-wrong additions sneak in. Baby steps…I’m so proud of him!

  • ciane

    I love veggie burgers. I used to eat a couple Morning Star ones – black bean and pizzaburger, I think. Then, I became vegan and noticed how much cheese and diary are in things that even say non-diary on them. I now order veggie pizzas without cheese and cook my veggies in a little water instead of oil. I have tried making veggie burgers with lentils and black beans, but I didn’t add enough seasonings, so they were a bit bland. I love Jeff Novich’s philosophy and follow it most faithfully. A gift of his DVD would be watched, recommended, and shared. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Susan M. Shuffield

    We’ve been eating vegetarian and pretty healthy (e.g., organic, non-processed foods) for years. I know that vegan is much healthier but have had a difficult time with meal planning, so we haven’t made the switch. I look very forward to exploring this website and reading Engine 2! And would love a copy of Burgers and Fries! Thanks for everything you’re doing to help people live healthier, happier lives! God bless!

  • http://newlyveggie.blogspot.com/ Angie

    I was Plant Strong, but went Plant Wrong, and back to things done all along.
    I want my kids to grow up strong, that’s why I’m writing this little song.
    I need recipes for all my days to help me mend my eating ways.
    Veggie based burgers and fries will help my kids to grow up wise.
    That’s why I need the DVD for healthier kids and a better me! :)

  • http://engine2diet.com Sue Markley

    I am transitioning to a plant based because of my health. Haven’t gotten any cookbooks yet but would really appreciate the burger and fries DVD. I have 2 sons that would really benefit from this. Thanks for the give away.

  • Kim

    This is really helpful, since I was trying to be plant strong and was still trying to ‘cover up’ with lots of plant wrong condiments and accessories! : ) Also, this DVD would be great since we are a fulltime RVing family and alot of times it’s not easy on the road and we eat alot of unhealthy snacks or ‘burgers and fries’ – not so right! : (

  • Kate

    I need it (along with the other seven people in my household) to get me through the summer barbeques, eating something healthy and plant strong instead of unhealthy and so wrong!

  • Lisa

    I would love a copy of this DVD. It would help me (hopefully) try and transition my kids from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to our own vegan healthy version of the foods they want.

  • http://kamlyns-motherload.blogspot.com/ Kamlyn J

    I would love to get this DVD, because I think of myself as a Foodie and a plant based diet follower, but sometimes I still wonder~what can I make tonight and am I feeding us correctly?

  • Elizabeth

    (To the tune of “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”)
    I’ve been an overweight carnivore all my life (ah–ooh!)
    But Engine 2 has me so inspired (ooooh!)
    After teaching teen-agers all day long (ah-ooh!)
    I need recipes, that won’t leave me tired.

    Back before I met you,
    Meat was on my mind,
    But I want to give vegan a try,
    Please help me live,
    Please help me live,
    Please help me live like a real vegan woman!

  • Rebekah Foster

    I’m eager to check out Jeff Novak’s “burgers and fries”. I printed off the “how to” sheet on concocting homemade veggie burgers. Something I’ve always wanted to try! I think my kids will really get into picking what goes in to their burgers and doing the making!

  • kristine vgest

    I would love the DVD because my husband’s occasional diversion from plant strong is always a burger and five guys is the favorite and he will not resist! I know that there must be a plant strong burger he will love instead.

  • Mona

    I REALLY need this DVD because I am just in the beginning stages of becoming vegan. I am soaking up information on how to do it right and why I should stay away from the junk I’ve been eating all my life! I need as much info as possible to convince my husband, too!!

  • G

    I really could use Burger and Fries because I have no clue what I am doing! My husband is a meat lover! I don’t know if I can convince him to change his diet. I really want to give this a try and can use any help possible! I know nothing other than the normal cereal for breakfast, turkey sandwich or pb&j, Mac n Cheeses and frozen lasagna! I am trying to eat only veggies during the day but I am worried that I am not getting everything I need with enough of a variety. I just am not sure what to add to it. It is very overwhelming!

  • http://lotsayum.com Cynthia

    This is for Kim Hawkins – the bean muffins are a work in progress but here’s what I did:
    sauté in hot pan (no oil!)
    1/2 onion chopped, sliced mushrooms (1/4 pound?), add chopped garlic and about 1/2 red pepper chopped and cook until slightly tender (because these are going in the oven & they’ll finish cooking there)
    add about 1 cup frozen corn, and a few handfuls of spinach (fresh or frozen) I had some roasted sweet potatoes so I mashed those a bit with my fingers and tossed them in too. Heat until the frozen corn is thawed.

    In a big bowl, drain and mash one can of black beans (I used Whole Foods no salt added) Add chopped chipotle to taste, then toss in the onion mixture. Then I added 1/2 can drained black beans ( do not mash, this gives you a texture change) and about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.

    add 1 t baking soda, and the juice of one lime, mix thoroughly.
    Add about 2 cups oat bran and add some water if the mixture seems dry. It should NOT be as wet as the mighty muffin batter. Spray muffin tins very lightly with cooking spray and fill to make 12 muffins. Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes or until they look done. Let stand in pan for about 5 minutes to firm up before removing.

    They are so good – we’ve had them for breakfast, or as part of dinner with some salsa. It’s kind of a “clean out the fridge” recipe and I’ll make them again. They were also very pretty with the red pepper, orange sweet potato, green spinach, and black beans.

    I’m betting we could do the same thing with Jeff’s burger recipes and just put the mix in muffin tins. I hope this makes sense. I did take photos and probably can put them up on my fb page or the blog. Let me know if you try them!

    • http://lotsayum.com Cynthia

      that should read:
      1 t baking powder

  • Kris

    I would love the watch and implement the recipes from Jeff Novick’s DVD. I’ve been eating plant strong for the past 10 months – though with more nuts and seeds than recommended here. I’ve lost 135 pounds in that time – but have avoided potato and whole grain bread products, even though I know they are part of a healthy diet. I was afraid I’d gain weight or start craving processed carbs again by eating potatoes or bean burgers with buns.

    Then I read about the Burgers and Fries DVD and put it on my wish list to help me balance out my eating by including bean burgers and baked fries. I want to eat burgers and fries again – nutritious and without added fats – as part of my lifestyle and this sounds like the perfect DVD to help me reconnect with those favorites.

  • Christine

    I have to throw in my hat to win this DVD as I need all the help I can get to guide my husband to a healthier eating life.

  • ELAINE ANNABLE

    I AM CLUELESS TO THIS NEW WAY OF EATING. I AM ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN MY LIFE. EATING HEALTHY, LOSING WEIGHT, BEING AN EXAMPLE TO MY FAMILY…I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET…

  • http://www.flamingo91.com Marylou Wade

    Great information here. I’m wanting that DVD “Burgers and Fries” as I’m learning to become vegan and how to cook vegan. There are more things to learn than one may think. I’m slowly converting though…lost 12 pounds, changing lifestyle (I still eat some fish though). I just heard that Soy is not good for us either. I have Forks Over Knifes book, both Happy Herbivore books, and a couple more cookbooks. Always looking for new recipes and advice. Thanks so much for all the information and recipes.

  • Linn

    I need this to help motivate my husband and I to stay on track. We need to be a great example to our kiddo.. and it is hard! One little baby step has been ditching the oil, a nonstick pan and a bit of broth does the trick – but I need more tricks to get us to go “all the way.” == for our kiddo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.conway.52 Doug Conway

    Great! This will get back on track to loose some pounds.

  • Missy

    I was hoping that someone would bring this up. I could not believe that that particular RD was on the show promoting toxins!
    I am so disspointed, and I seriously have to question Forks Over Knives now, because they use her as their RD and reference her a lot. Someone who believes that alcohol is anti aging should not be teaching nor should they be trusted. I watched my Mom die because she drank alcohol. I am glad that Jeff is out there, not compromising because he can get on TV.

  • Dania

    I felt bad for her. I really do like her, and I think she has the best intentions, but it made me sad for her to go down that path. Dr. Oz is a big name, no doubt she will get a lot of sales of her book that way, which is good, people can learn. However, I don’t know if I think supporting such an unhealthy habit in order to get a few more book sales is a good idea. This plant-based industry is hard, no one is going to make lots and lots of money, so when an opportunity comes up like this I’m sure it’s hard to say no.

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