Robin Miller Takes 5

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Robin Miller, Food Network TV host of Quick Fix Meals, has a new cookbook out.

It is called Robin Takes 5: 500 Recipes, 5 Ingredients or Less, 500 Calories or Less, for 5 Nights/Week at 5:00 PM.

I couldn’t believe this cookbook when I got it for review, but Robin really does give us 500 recipes, all 500 calories or less, all using 5 ingredients or less!

380 of those recipe are for main dishes, so you can create a different easy dinner recipe every night of the year if you want.

Robin keeps the recipes healthy, including maintaining a fairly low sodium level.

The book includes a full nutritional analysis of each recipe, so you know how much salt, fat, protein and carbohydrate you are getting with each meal.

Processed foods and frozen dinners are notorious for high amounts of sodium. They get a lot of their flavor from salt.

I have to say, Robin Miller does a great job with this book. The recipes are fabulous, quick and easy to prepare.

The recipes are designed to be used for busy weekday evenings when we are tired, possibly frazzled, and really not wanting to spend much time preparing dinner. That’s when it is SO easy to bring out the frozen pizza or pick up takeout on the way home.

Robin Miller gives us recipes that are a great alternative. They are healthy, very easy to prepare and quick to make.

Have a look at some of the recipes Robin Miller offers us in Robin Takes 5:


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  • Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Orange-Teriyaki Sauce
  • Pork Tenderloin with Mint-Pea Puree
  • Salmon Spring Rolls with Cucumber-Wasabi Mayo
  • Chipotle Turkey Burgers with Avocado and Jack Cheese
  • Buttermilk “Fried” Chicken
  • Pulled Barbecued Chicken Panini with Swiss and Red Onion
  • Chicken Taco Salad in Basil Bowls
  • Curried Rice and Vegetables with Cashews
  • Chorizo-Studded Bowties with Spinach and Asiago
  • Spinach Fettuccine with Peas, Butter and Parmesan
  • White Pizza with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto
  • Individual Veggie Pizzas with Two Squashes
  • Seafood Stew in Saffron Broth
  • Santa Fe Soup with Black Beans, Corn and Cilantro
  • Cilantro Rice Cakes with Ginger-Soy Drizzle
  • Roasted Corn with Bacon and Onions
  • Garlic Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Pear and Cherry Galette
  • Fresh Lime Pie with Vanilla Cookie Crust
  • Chocolate Mousse

This is just a small sampling of the 500 recipes in this cookbook.

My mouth waters as I browse this fantastic book. The recipes really are quick to make and they include ingredients you will either have on hand or can easily find in your local grocery store.

My only negative is one that I often have with cookbooks. I love lots of pictures of the final product. There are many images in Robin Takes 5, but not enough for me.

That said, this really is a terrific cookbook for anyone who wants to put a freshly prepared meal on the table most weekday evenings, but finds it difficult to do.

Robin will give you so many fresh ideas for healthy meals that you will have a new outlook on preparing weekday dinner. She’ll save you time and money both, as home cooking is much more reasonable than eating prepared food on a regular basis.

I also love that Robin tells you how much time each recipe takes, both prep time and cooking time. That makes it very easy to select which meals to prepare on which days, depending on your time schedule.

This is a wonderful cookbook for those who want to prepare healthy meals, but don’t have lots of time during the week. It is also perfect for a new cook, someone who simply wants some fresh ideas or someone who wants recipes that will help with weight loss. You will find lots of them here.

About the Author:
Robin Miller has been a food writer and a nutritionist since 1990. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Quick Fix Meals. Her popular show Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller airs on the Food TV Network. Robin has a master’s degree in food and nutrition from New York University.

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