We all have days when we just can't deal with making anything complicated for dinner. Or weeks when we didn't do much shopping and hardly any pre-planning. It happens to everyone from time to time!
Those are the days when it's all we can do to stop ourselves from reaching for the take-out menus.
There's nothing wrong with keeping a a meal really simple on busy weeknights—even when you're not super busy. Here are a few simple 5-ingredient vegan recipes (salt, pepper, and water don't count) that will make those "too tired to cook" days a whole lot better!
Black Bean Nachos Grandes
Black Bean Nachos Grandes are not only a great appetizer or snack, but can also serve as a centerpiece in a pinch! This recipe calls for a big, colorful salad and some steamed broccoli or garlic-sautéed greens.
Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits
Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits are great for breakfast or brunch. They can also be a fun change-of-pace dinner served with baked sweet potato and coleslaw.
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese is not only super-simple to make—it's also somehow emotionally comforting. If you or someone in your family has had a tough day, this dish will come to the rescue! This 5-ingredient dish is great served with a carrot salad and green beans or broccoli.
Baked Risotto, a creamy-textured rice dish, takes a bit more than an hour start to finish, but making it takes very little hands-on time.
Traditional-Style Miso Soup
This Traditional-Style Miso Soup, though tasty, might not fill you up on its own. Pick up some ready made vegetable sushi from the supermarket, some sliced and ready-made baked tofu, and a steamed green vegetable—now you've got an emergency meal that looks more like a feast!