Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Robin Take 5 Cookbook for Busy Families by Robin Miller (Cookbook Review)

About the Book:

You can’t create a truly useful cookbook for busy families unless you’re actually living the life. And Robin Miller lives the life! Her boys and husband keep her busy, plus Robin’s a chef, nutritionist, cookbook author, and TV personality. Like you, she faces mealtime dilemmas every day, from morning until night. Thankfully, Robin shares her secrets for creating delectable food in minimal time with few ingredients. How does this sound? Jump-start your day with Flapjacks with Cheddar and Bacon or Huevos Rancheros on English Muffins. Let the kids enjoy the Almond Coffee Cake while you pack Chicken Caesar Pita Pockets in their lunch boxes and spoon Lemony Sweet Pea Risotto or Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Cilantro into a container for you. Afternoon snacks are a breeze with Roasted Corn Guacamole with Baked Tortilla Chips or Warm Spinach Dip with Sundried Tomatoes and Pepper Jack. For dinner, wow the crowd with Toasted Tortellini with Bread Crumbs and Tomato Sauce, Turkey Meatball Sliders, or Cheddar Fondue with Shrimp and Apples. Think you don’t have time for dessert? There’s always time for White Chocolate Truffles with Raspberry Sauce and Crispy Sugared Wonton Ice Cream Sandwiches. The biggest secret of all? Each recipe has just 5 ingredients or less.

From morning until night, Robin’s got you covered with an assortment of family-friendly main dishes, snacks, side dishes, and desserts. You’ll soon discover that The Robin Takes 5 Cookbook for Busy Families is a book that will forever live on your kitchen counter.

My thoughts:

I absolutely love to cook from scratch. For me, it is a stress reliever. For many other people though, especially busy moms, cooking elaborate meals are more of a stress inducer. Still, I think most parents want the absolute healthiest meals possible for their kids most of them time and I think The Robin Take 5 Cookbook for Busy Families is a a good way to get there. Miller, a food writer and nutritionist, has written this book with the busy family in mind. Each recipe has 5 ingredients or less and most are healthy options that I wouldn't mind serving my kiddos. Even though I do enjoy cooking from scratch, I am a busy mom of three as well and I love that there is a cookbook out there like this one that gives me some quick options for busy days or days I just really don't feel like being in the kitchen for hours. My family really enjoyed the french bread pizza, chicken pot pie, Parmesan and pecan crusted chicken, turkey meatball sliders and chicken mozzarella with buttered spaghetti. We look forward to trying many more recipes from this book. As far as the recipes being kid friendly, I absolutely concur that they are. This cookbook would be a great addition to any busy household looking for great foods to eat at home that are fast to make, do not use a lot of processed ingredients and that kids and adults alike will both love. I would even go as far as to recommend it to busy couples without kids. There are plenty of recipes in The Robin Take 5 Cookbook for Busy Families for everyone to enjoy!

Advance Praise for The Robin Take 5 Cookbook for Busy Families:

“Robin brings her real-life experiences to the page. Her book is not only full of her best busy-family recipes, but also tips and stories to remind us that we are not alone in trying to get a nutritious and delicious dinner on the table for a busy (and hungry!) family.”-Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners and author of Ten Dollar Dinners

 “This book is loaded with fun, easy, kid-friendly recipes that can take the stress out of feeding your family well, and make it completely doable even when life is at its most hectic. Kudos to Robin for covering all the busy-family bases!”
—Ellie Krieger, RD, host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite and author of Comfort Food Fix

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