Trust me, you can actually follow this.
If you've got boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, the recipe possibilities are limitless. Shred some chicken, and toss it with mayo or Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and a little squeeze of lemon or vinegar. Serve it on a sandwich between whatever bread you have on hand or with crackers.
Recipe: Five-Ingredient Chicken Salad
This vegetarian pasta is so satisfying. Start with your favorite pasta shape, add garlic, spinach, red pepper flakes, and canned chickpeas, and it all comes together in one pot. The best part is all the leftovers.
Given that this breakfast also creates plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week, you might want to consider meal-prepping on Sunday. If you don't want chocolate, consider substituting something like blueberries, walnuts, or dates.
Winner, winner, sheet pan chicken dinner. It comes together in just 15 minutes using simple ingredients. If you don't have all the spices the recipe uses for the tinga sauce, don't fret: a blend of fire-roasted tomatoes, chipotles in adobo, garlic, and onion should do the trick.
Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Tinga Bowl
Don't be intimidated by this ingredient list. If you have canned chickpeas, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, garlic, and onion, you don't need much else. If you happen to have some of the Indian-inspired spices in your pantry (curry powder, garam masala, ground cumin), by all means add a dash.
These pancakes taste so darn good, you would never know they're good for you, too, loaded with rolled oats, ripe bananas, and eggs. Use a little bit of Thursday's extra coconut milk to make these pancakes even more fluffy and decadent.
Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Pancakes