Sunday, 13 November 2011

Robin Takes 5

Robin Takes 5
500 Recipes 
5 Ingredients or Less
500 Calories or Less
5 Nights a Week at 5:00 PM
by Robin Miller
Paperback, 480 pages

Robin Miller has a popular show on Food Network, Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller, but did you know that she has a master's degree in food and nutrition?

In Robin Takes 5 she has compiled the definitive book on healthy eating in a hurry. Each recipe has 5 ingredients or less, 500 calories (per serving) or less, and they are designed for those busy and hectic weeknights that leave you seriously contemplating take-out.

Instead of the fat, salt, and calorie-rich foods that fast-food chains offer, Robin gives you a compendium of healthy, easy, and delicious options that you can whip up in no time.

Each recipe comes with a full nutritional table and icons that let you know if the dish is good for entertaining or is especially low in sodium, so they are perfect for anyone watching their intake.

Chapters include: 
* Soups, Stews & Chowders * Pizzas, Flatbreads, Calzones & Strudels * Pasta, Risotto & Rice * Chicken & Turkey * Beef & Pork * Seafood & Shellfish * Side Dishes * Desserts *

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we whipped up Robin's Beet and Apple Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese, and her Nicoise Pizza with Olives, Red Peppers, and Gruyère - proving once and for all that you don't have to sacrifice flavour for nutrition.
Try them yourself!
Beet and Apple Salad with Pistachios and Goat Cheese 
(Serves 4)
Prep time: 10 minutes

Because cooked beets are sweet, its great to pair them with tart Granny Smith apples, salty and pungent goat cheese, and nutty, crunchy pistachios. When you create your own dishes, try to pick opposing flavors that will work well together on the plate. Its all about creating a balance.

    2 cups thinly sliced cooked beets (not pickled)
    1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
    ¼ cup shelled pistachios


    Combine the beets, apple, and sherry vinegar in a large bowl and toss.
    Fold in the goat cheese and pistachios.
    Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper before serving.

Nutrients per serving:
Calories: 156
Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 7 mg
Carbohydrate: 19g
Protein: 6g
Fiber: 4g
Sodium: 299mg

I love how the beets stain the apples pink - a very attractive and delicious dish!

Below is the nicoise pizza, which I paired with the complementary flavours of the nicoise salad. Delicious!

Nicoise Pizza with Olives, Red Peppers, and Gruyère 
(Serves 6)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

This is my twist on the classic French salad that also boasts tuna, green beans, and hard-boiled eggs. I decided to leave those items off the pizza, but you can certainly add them after the pizza is cooked. What follows is a unique combination of flavors that works really well on pizza dough.

    1 pound fresh or frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed according to package directions
    2 cups thinly sliced roasted red peppers
    1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced into thin rounds
    1 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
    1 teaspoon dried oregano


    Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    Roll the dough out into a large circle or rectangle about ¼ inch thick.
    Transfer the dough to a pizza pan or baking sheet.
    Top with peppers, olives, cheese, and oregano.
    Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Nutrients per serving:
Calories: 322
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Carbohydrate: 39g
Protein: 12g
Fiber: 1g
Sodium: 826mg

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