At the end of a work day, the best kind of recipe is the one that makes itself. Second to that though, it’s the one with the fewest ingredients and the and the quickest cook time. None of us makes beef wellington on Tuesday. We make burgers. And if we’re lucky enough to have lettuce (that hasn’t yet wilted) and tomato (that hasn’t yet turned to mush)–we Instagram it.
Sometimes making an involved recipe with a lengthy ingredient list is worth all the precious time it takes. But let’s face it, on weekdays, it’s quick and simple or bust. This is why my go-to dinners tend to be stir-fries, salads, grilled meats, and roasted veggies.
Broccoli Salad with Apricots and Pecans
Now, I’ve made no secret that I love roasted broccoli. Working on making that more of a secret. So when I came across this recipe for broccoli salad with apricots and pecans in my friend Phi’s fantastic new cookbook, Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes, I shut the book, and preheated my oven. (Then remembered I was out of broccoli, but you get the idea.)
Phi’s broccoli salad recipe is, to put it plainly, perfect. It’s a mix of crispy, roasted broccoli, chopped dried apricots, and toasted pecans. From the salty-sweet first bite, I could tell it’ll be a forever favorite, because it’s easy enough to make on weekdays and impressive/pretty enough to bring to parties. The only ingredients: broccoli + apricots + pecans + olive oil + salt (garlic salt if you have it!)
But this broccoli salad with apricots and pecans isn’t an exception, it’s exactly like all 105 recipes in Phi’s book, Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People. Each recipe requires only 5 ingredients (things like salt, pepper, and oil/cooking spray are not included in the count because chances are you have those in your kitchen)! I’m in awe of Phi and her talent here. So many of us want to cook more, but just don’t have the time, or don’t have the ingredients on hand, but this cookbook is proof that making delicious weekday meals, date night desserts, or even dishes to bring to parties doesn’t mean endless ingredients or time.