Count (to 5) on Simple Meals

Dinner,Quick & Easy,Recipes
August 1, 2012

Dinner's just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes away.

Robin Takes 5 Book Cover

Five, four, three, two, one…dinner!

For everyone who’s ever thought that dinner is a pain in the neck, Robin Takes 5 is there for you with support but more important, recipes.

If you can count to 5, you can cook dinner, says Robin Miller, cookbook author, nutritionist and food television personality.

Robin Takes 5, a collection of 500 recipes, uses just a handful of flavor-packed ingredients for delicious results from Mahi Mahi Mango Sandwich to Miso Mirin Soba Noodles with Cilantro.

It’s a boon for busy moms with plenty of kid-friendly foods like Chicken Taco Pizza and a cheese steak disguised as a lettuce wrap (Lettuce Wraps with Grilled Steak and Cheese). Light meals like Spicy Lentil Soup and Prosciutto, Spinach and Gouda flatbread might be just right for single cooks. Robin Takes 5 includes even party-perfect fare like Individual Beef Wellingtons, Hearts of Palm Salad with Shrimp, and Chocolate Mousse.

And you’d hardly know it from the taste, but every dish has 500 calories or fewer and less fat and salt than frozen or takeout meals. They’re quick as well as simple: most of the recipes are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Get a taste of the quick kitchen with these three recipes.

Robin Takes 5 (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011)

By Nicki Pendleton Wood


Amber Beer-Braised Steaks with Leeks and Gorgonzola Crumbles

This sounds super-fancy for just five ingredients, right? The sweet flavor of the beer is excellent when partnered with the sweet leeks and tangy Gorgonzola cheese (although any blue-veined cheese will work).


Pork Chops with “Carpaccio,” Melon and Asiago

Carpaccio is typically thinly sliced raw meat served as an appetizer. In this dish, a little bresaola, (air-dried beef from northern Italy) goes a long way. To complete the “appetizer for dinner” concept, added honeydew melon and shaved Asiago cheese.


Roasted Corn with Bacon and Onion

Pungent red onion, salty and smoky bacon, and tangy white wine vinegar. contrast beautifully with the sweetness of roasted corn.


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