There are times, we'd say, to slave in the kitchen. To make lists and check them off and dance between the stove, the oven, and the countertop. To breathe in the complex smells wafting in the air; to pat yourself on the back for a feast well done.
And then there are times when it's late, and the hunger is setting in, and your larder is looking grim. A home-cooked meal can seem like an impossibility.
We're here to fix that.
Here are eight dinners with five ingredients or less -- most of them quick, all of them deeply satisfying.
• See our list of 10 Desserts in 5 Ingredients or Less to finish off your meal.
• Browse through simple side dishes to serve with your main course.
• Got a question in the kitchen? The Food52 Hotline is here to help!