Review: Dinner in 5 by Pete Evans

Dinner in 5 by Pete Evans

Dinner in 5 makes family dinners easy by stripping back meals to 5 main ingredients.

Each dish has 5 or less ingredients and includes an optional sauce or spice rub to add if you feel like taking things up a notch.

Think crispy salt and pepper prawns with a kick of lime and chilli. A healthy spin on the beloved Chinese lemon chicken. The juiciest pork cutlets topped with zingy pineapple salsa. Crackling barbecue chicken that needs nothing else but a squeeze of lemon and a simple green salad. Easy, fast, delicious.

Eat well together every night of the week!

Published 24 September 2019 |  Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia  |  RRP: AUD$39.99

My Blurb (3.5 / 5 stars)

I’m so very excited to have received a cookbook to review even if I’ve never reviewed one before and neither am I a natural cook. When I say natural cook, I mean those with sensitive tastebuds who taste their cooking and adjust as needed because I will rarely ever taste my cooking (it’s just not something I’d think of doing) and half the time, I forget to add salt! Poor hubby (a much better cook) has had to put up with my slap-dash follow-the-recipe-to-the-t kinda cooking. Which is really the reason why I found this book intriguing: 5 ingredients! I’d love it! Or so I thought…

I did cook some of the dishes (see pics) and mostly, they turn out pretty good and the boys (hubby, mr 9 & mr 4) ate them without too much ado (except maybe about the cauliflower mash lol). While the title is rather deceiving: there are 5 ingredients (or less) in the main recipe but most of them refer to certain spice mix or marinade or something which are to be found in the last part of the book so in reality, there are at least 10 ingredients per dish. Now, I don’t know if this is to be expected but I didn’t expect it.

I cooked about 5 dishes and the family has rated them an average of 3.5 out of 5 stars. We love the meat and the sauce / spice mix / marinade but at times, the dish itself needs something extra. For example, the Crackling Barbecue Chicken was only to be served with mixed salad leaves which was rather boring… so I added a bit of tomatoes & cucumbers. I guess in a way, 5 ingredients are so very little to work with but you could always add your favourite veggies with whatever you ended up cooking. I would definitely cook more from this book as most recipes are quite easy to do despite the 5+ ingredients 😉

Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

About the author

Pete Evans has been the #1 selling Australian health and wholefood author for the past three years. He is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, TV presenter, health coach, adventure seeker and father. Born in Melbourne and raised on the Gold Coast, Pete Evans is one of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and lifestyle.

Pete began his career as a chef and restaurateur at the age of 19, opening numerous restaurants, including the award-winning Hugo’s, as well as cooking in some of the finest restaurants globally. Since then, Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room, with many TV appearances including on Lifestyle Channel’s Postcards from HomeFISH and Moveable Feast. Pete is currently co-host of Channel 7’s hugely successful show My Kitchen Rules and the host of his own series The Paleo Way. He is also executive producer of the documentary The Magic Pill.

Despite his fast-paced career, Pete is a simple guy at heart. He loves his family, the ocean, surfing and maintaining his own healthy lifestyle. When he switched to a paleo way of living, an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional changes followed. This paved the way for Pete’s belief that food can be medicine, and that it should be our first port of call for a healthier life.

As a certified health coach, Pete is dedicated to improving people’s lives through education about nutritional food and wellness.

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