Can We Guess Your Go-to Monday Night Meal?

By: Emily Maggrett

Can We Guess Your Go-to Monday Night Meal?
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About This Quiz

Does anybody actually like Mondays? As the great literary character Garfield once said, "I'm a Friday person in a Monday world." Even if you like your job, it's always hard to leave the weekend behind and settle into your weekday duties. To soften the blow of Monday, some people schedule fun events, like a movie night. Others indulge in special Monday self-care rituals, such as getting their nails done or taking Epsom salt baths.

But most of us try to ease into the week by making Monday night as simple as possible. That means not scheduling any social events, saying no to chores and preparing a low-effort Monday night meal. In fact, you probably have a go-to Monday meal that you make almost every week. If you have kids, it's likely something hearty and well-balanced, while if you're single, it might be as simple as a loaf of French bread, a wedge of cheese and an apple. Gourmands prefer Monday night meals with at least one interesting ingredient, while those who don't like to cook usually want something comforting and familiar.

Think these are stereotypes? Don't be so sure about that! For this quiz, we've put together a series of questions about your household, culinary habits and lifestyle that are going to help us accurately guess what you make every Monday. Want to see if we can figure it out? Don't hesitate another second — jump into this quiz!

Mom and daughters cooking How many people are in your family?
Four or more
Three
Two
Just me!

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Preparing chicken If you were given a free whole chicken, how would you prepare it?
I'd roast it and serve it with stuffing.
Sounds like a job for my slow cooker! I'd braise it, then make chicken tortilla soup.
I'd make fried chicken, of course.
A whole chicken is the perfect excuse to make chicken and dumplings.

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Wake up How do you usually feel on Monday morning?
I'm usually tired but ready to engage with my duties.
Annoyed, because I know I'm going to have a ton of tasks to deal with
Bleary, obviously. Where's my coffee?
Actually, I'm usually eager to get to the office.

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Spice rack When you want your food to be more flavorful, which seasoning do you reach for?
Salt
Lemon juice
Hot pepper flakes
Garlic

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Grocery store If your grocery budget were doubled, what would you buy?
Higher-quality proteins, like steak, as well as expensive fruits, like blueberries
Oyster mushrooms and chanterelles
Lots of delicious, expensive drinks
Truffle oil

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Beef steaks What's your favorite cut of beef?
Chuck steak
I don't eat beef.
Top sirloin
Hanger steak

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Drink coffee How do you take your coffee?
Black with one sugar
Black
With milk and two sugars
With a splash of cream

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Dad and son snack When your kids are clamoring for a snack, what do you give them?
Popcorn without butter
Sliced apples, carrots and celery
Chips
One square of dark chocolate each

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Cook beans If you needed to get more fiber into your diet, what would you do?
Start eating shredded wheat cereal
Cook beans more often
Buy a fiber supplement
Eat more apples and almonds

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Freezer What's in your freezer right now?
Leftover casseroles and ice cream
Frozen fruit and peas
TV dinners, frozen pizzas and Popsicles
Frozen ravioli and potstickers

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Couple dinner at home In your opinion, what quality do weekday dinners have to have?
They should be filling.
I want them to be healthy.
Weekday meals need to be easy to make.
I think dinner should always be delicious, even on ordinary days.

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Couple bad dinner What's your biggest culinary weakness?
I check food too often when I'm frying it.
My food is sometimes underseasoned.
I don't know how to bake.
I choose overly complicated recipes.

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Family dinner On Mondays, what's the thing you look forward to the most?
Seeing my loved ones at dinner
Puttering in my garden after work
Watching TV when I get home
Diving into my work projects

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Family cooking Has anyone ever called you a picky eater?
Nope!
Yes. But it was because I'm a vegetarian or vegan.
No one thinks I'm picky except when it comes to certain vegetables.
Yes. I hate most packaged food, and I'm fussy about the quality of the ingredients I eat.

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Dirty dishes When you make dinner, who usually cleans up?
My partner and kids
Me
No one ... until tomorrow, of course!
Me or my partner

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Full fridge Can you complete this sentence? "No matter what, you should always have fresh _____ on hand."
Meat
Greens
Milk
Herbs

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Grocery shopping Where do you usually shop?
At Safeway
At Costco or Whole Foods
At Fred Meyer or Grocery Outlet, or another chain
At a local co-op or the farmer's market

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Roasting veggies Do you have any dietary restrictions?
No, but one of my kids is gluten-free.
I'm vegetarian or vegan.
Nope!
I don't eat red meat.

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Baking Bread What's your favorite culinary aroma?
Baking bread
Rosemary
Sharp cheddar
Sizzling olive oil

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Slow Cookers How do you feel about slow cookers?
They're incredibly convenient.
I'm ready to marry my slow cooker.
I like the idea of them, but I never have time to actually use mine.
They're overhyped.

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Cherry Pie When you want to really treat yourself, what kind of dessert do you buy?
Gourmet ice cream
Cherry pie
Krispy Kreme donuts
Chocolate truffles

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Finishing salt Do you enjoy cooking?
Yes, definitely. It helps me unwind.
Kind of. What I really enjoy is how good I feel when I eat well.
No, not at all. I wish I could eat take-out for every meal.
Yes. It's my hobby and my passion.

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Barbecued Corn How long is too long to spend cooking dinner?
Two hours
One hour
Twenty minutes
Forty minutes

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Chop Garlic If you accidentally burned the garlic you were going to put in a tomato sauce, what would you do?
Add some sugar to cover the burnt flavor
Throw away the garlic and the oil it was cooking in, then start over from scratch
Toss out the whole thing and order a pizza
Add a touch of curry to the sauce to transform that burnt flavor into smokiness

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Couple watching tv In your opinion, which cooking show is must-see TV?
"Chopped"
"Barefoot Contessa"
"Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"
"The Great British Bake-Off"

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Cook Potatoes How do you like to prepare potatoes?
I like them baked with lots of butter.
I'm a big fan of potato-leek soup.
I love hash browns.
I'm obsessed with potatoes au gratin.

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Escargot What's your least-favorite cuisine?
Anything with lots of spices
Heavy French food
Indian
Classic American

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Vegetable Garden If you needed to spend less money on food, what would you do?
Buy day-old bread and spend less money on meat
Start growing my own vegetables
Eat lots of Top Ramen
Go vegetarian

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Hamburger Helper How do you feel about Hamburger Helper?
It's a fine solution if you don't feel like cooking a meal from scratch.
I didn't like it as a kid and I don't like it now.
It's amazing! I buy it at least once a month.
It's gross.

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Pasta Carbonara When you were growing up, what was the best weeknight dinner that your parents made?
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
Quiche
Sloppy joes
Pasta carbonara

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