A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Host Jamie Oliver is a well-known proponent of healthy food and he continues that focus here, making vegetable-rich dishes that can teach parents and kids alike new ways to eat produce.
Oliver emphasizes the sensual qualities of healthy food and simple preparations of fresh vegetables, which encourages healthy eating habits.
Positive Role Models
Oliver is an affable host who clearly cares about what he's cooking and eating; he is not as overtly political in this show as he is in shows like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, but he is a well-known proponent of healthy eating and has staged dramatic stunts to criticize the fast food industry.
Products & Purchases
Brand names of ingredients are hidden. Host Oliver has many other shows, not to mention cookbooks and other gear. None of that is explicitly mentioned here.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol may feature as an ingredient in dishes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jamie's Meals in Minutes seems aimed at time-crunched parents who eat after the kids are in bed, rather than cooks making family meals. Ingredients are sometimes sophisticated things many kids wouldn't go for, like heads-on prawns or elderflower syrup. In addition, since Oliver's show was filmed in the U.K., some ingredients may be hard to find in the United States, and measurements are metric: centimeters, milliliters, degrees Celsius (though conversions may be offered onscreen). Despite those mild limitations, this program will get viewers craving their vegetables, as Oliver passionately extols their virtues and shows how to get the most out of them. Kids and parents who watch together may get any number of ideas for dishes that'll work at the family dinner table.
Is It Any Good?
Jamie's Meals in Minutes does its job: It makes you hungry for whatever Oliver's making on the show, as well as making you think you could possibly whip up this stuff yourself, as the cooking techniques tend towards the simple. All the vegetables and fruit used on the show looks glowing and yummy, and Oliver himself is so enthused over the flavor of a crunchy raw squash or a bite of sweet corn that watching may encourage your own produce appreciation.
The food is exactly the kind of stuff you'd expect the archenemy of pink slime to cook: salads, fruit-based desserts, light on the meat, lots of seafood. It's food that kids may or may not appreciate, so don't tune in expecting "meals for the whole family" in 30 minutes. Unless you have a child who doesn't mind chopped bird chiles and prawns with all their legs on.
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