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.