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Robin Takes 5

Posted Oct 23 2011 8:06pm

Robin Takes 5 I love cookbooks! I have quite a collection of them.  I haven’t had a good way of cataloging them until now, and I’m really excited about my new book review index !  I haven’t found all the books I’ve written about on my site yet, but as I find them, I’ll add them to this index.

This cookbook is pretty exciting to me.  It’s called, Robin Takes 5, by Robin Miller .  The author, Robin is a food writer and nutritionist. She writes weekly for a food blog at the Food Network.

This cookbook is different, and clever because there are:

  • 500 recipes
  • 5 ingredients or less
  • 500 calories or less
  • 500 mg of sodium or less
  • 5 nights a week you can make them at 5:00pm (meaning, they are fast)

The chapters include:

  • Soups, Stews, and Chowders
  • Pizza, Flatbreads, Calzones, & Strudels
  • Pasta, Risotto, & Rice
  • Chicken & Turkey
  • Beef & Pork
  • Seafood and Shellfish
  • Side Dishes

So, we tried one of the pasta dishes.  It’s Sunday, and I have no chicken, beef, or fish.  So I loved this idea of a pasta dish we are familiar with, but Robin added some white beans to it. Genius!  We love beans as an inexpensive and quick way to add protein to a meal.  I also love making the “sauce” from chicken broth, because we end up putting butter on our noodles when they aren’t flavored with anything else.  The final recipe looked like this:

pasta with white beans

  • 12 ounces spiral pasta (I used egg noodles)
  • 4 cups fresh or thawed frozen broccoli florets (I used a mixed veggie bag)
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (15ounce) can white beans (Great Northern or Cannellini), rinsed and drained.
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese.

Cook the pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and keep warm.

Meanwhile, combine the broth and beans, in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.  Add the cooked pasta and broccoli and cook for 1 to 2 minutes to heat through. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper before serving.

Super Yummy! Don’t forget to check out my book review index !

pasta with beans

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