Robin Takes 5

500 Recipes, 5 Ingredients or Less, 500 Calories or Less, for 5 Nights/Week at 5:00 PM

I had never heard of Robin Miller until I received this cookbook in the mail. Apparently she has several cookbooks out. I love finding new views on cooking and when recipes are involved it makes it that much better. The premise of this cookbook is fantastic. The cover boasts that 500 recipes are included, using 5 ingredients or less, 500 calories or less, 5 nights a week at 5:00 PM. I detest eating out so this blurb hooked me right away.

The table of contents in this cookbook lists types of foods by chapters. The colors are easy to read and well organized. You’ll find the usual headings with one extra that intrigues me- Pizzas, flatbreads, calzones and strudels. Yum! I like all of those things so a chapter dedicated to those things in particular makes me smile. The grilled cheese pizza was delicious.

Pretty, glossy pictures are included, but I don’t like the fact that they’re grouped together. There are only a few pictures so every recipe doesn’t have one and the ones that are there list a page number for you to flip back and forth to. I’m a huge fan of pictures placed close to the actual recipe they depict and you won’t find that in this cookbook. One recipe, one picture seems to work well for most cooks.

There is a place in the back devoted to metric conversions. I’ve never seen a recipe yet that had metric measurements used (including this one), but I’m sure they’re out there. If that is something you would find useful, I highly recommend this cookbook.

Featured Recipe: Pretzel-Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 5 ounces each)

4 tablespoons honey mustard

1 cup crushed pretzels (any pretzel variety works)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the chicken in a large freezer bag or between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to a 1-inch thickness. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brush the honey mustard all over the top of the chicken and top with the crushed pretzel. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

***Overall, this cookbook delivers what it promises and there aren’t many things that holds true for. There are 500 recipes using 5 ingredients or less. They list the serving size and nutrition information, which I like, and the 500 calories or less holds true. I believe this is a great resource for busy cooks everywhere. ***

Review featured in the May NOR Magazine.

Book Blurb for Robin Takes 5

It's 5:00 PM. Everyone's hungry. It's takeout or fakeout, meaning nuking a processed meal from the freezer. But there's a third option that doesn't include processed food or an unhealthy heap of calories and fat--Robin Takes 5.

Imagine quickly preparing delicious meals for yourself, your friends, and your family with just 5 fabulous ingredients. Does it get any better? Absolutely, with Robin Takes 5. The book features 500 recipes and each dish is a mouthwatering 500 calories or less. Two-color recipe text complements full-color photography inserts. In addition, helpful icons note ideal recipes for holidays and entertaining as well as recipes with less than 500 mg of sodium. That's not all--nutritional information is given for each recipe.

In Robin Takes 5 500 recipes highlight at least 10 different ethnic cuisines, and dishes range from soups, pizzas, and pastas, to chicken, beef, pork, seafood, side dishes, and desserts. Consider 70 recipes just for chicken, such as Cashew Crusted Chicken with Roasted Jalapeno-Mango Chutney, and 50 dessert recipes, such as Orange Marmalade Tart with Chocolate Covered Almonds. Consider yourself armed for mealtime. The next time the clock strikes 5:00 PM and you want both noshing and nourishment, check out Robin Takes 5.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 4.00