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

February 26, 2018

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


Fish + Butter + Sherry + Parsley


Garlic + Beans + Broth + Parsley


Bread + Brie + Prosciutto + Butter


Sweet Potato + Chickpeas + Goat Cheese + Lemon + Cilantro


Steak + Fish Sauce + Sugar + Lime + Garlic


Pasta + Kale + Garlic + Bread + Parmesan


Mushrooms + Garlic + Red Wine Vinegar + Parsley


Salt + Celery + Potato + Egg


Garlic + Tomatoes + Bread + Cheese + Basil


Lentils + Onion + Curry + Tomato Paste


Short Ribs + Berbere Spice + Tomato Sauce + Onion

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

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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