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The 5-ingredient Meals You Need to Get the Week Going

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It’s Monday and you can’t be bothered. Who can blame you? The first day of the work week brings with it a unique brand of lethargy. Small tasks feel insurmountable, and cobbling together any kind of dinner this evening is, to say the least, a daunting prospect. But you don’t give up that easily! And Monday-night meals don’t have to drain you. Rely instead on quick, simple recipes that require no more than five ingredients (plus freebies like olive oil and S&P). These are the dinners you can make with what you already have—and with the energy you don’t.

Pasta + Cream + Cheddar + Nutmeg

Melissa Clark’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese
Melissa Clark’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Fish + Butter + Sherry + Parsley

James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry
James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry

Garlic + Beans + Broth + Parsley

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley
Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Bread + Brie + Prosciutto + Butter

Brie and Prosciutto Melt
Brie and Prosciutto Melt

Sweet Potato + Chickpeas + Goat Cheese + Lemon + Cilantro

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander

Steak + Fish Sauce + Sugar + Lime + Garlic

Vietnamese Sugar Steak
Vietnamese Sugar Steak

Pasta + Kale + Garlic + Bread + Parmesan

Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale
Linguine with Breadcrumbs and Kale

Mushrooms + Garlic + Red Wine Vinegar + Parsley

Roasted Mushroom Salad
Roasted Mushroom Salad

Salt + Celery + Potato + Egg

Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes
Homemade Celery Salt-Crusted Baked Potatoes

Garlic + Tomatoes + Bread + Cheese + Basil

Scamorza alla pizzaiola
Scamorza alla pizzaiola

Lentils + Onion + Curry + Tomato Paste

Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew
Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew

Short Ribs + Berbere Spice + Tomato Sauce + Onion

Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew)
Zighini (Spicy Beef Stew)

How do you cook when you simply can’t? Tell us your secrets in the comments.

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Tags: Stew, Dinner, Weeknight Cooking, Quick and Easy, 5 Ingredients or Fewer, Dinner, Faster