Snowed In? Here Are 5 Recipes That You Can Make with the Basics
The weather outside (and the lack of ingredients in your refrigerator) may be frightful, but what you eat can still be delightful.
For some of us, snow-topped trees and roads too wintry to be traveled mean a peaceful day at home to bake bread from scratch and curl up with a good book. For others, the words ‘snow day’ spell disaster: cabin fever here we come!
Regardless of how you feel about the weather, cooking is a great way to pass the time (and treat yourself to the comforting foods that we all crave when the weather gets cold) even if you didn’t have time to go to the grocery store and stock up on ingredients before the big storm. If you’ve got a few basics on-hand you can eat well – and have a project to keep you busy – all day long.
Potatoes stay fresh for months if they’re stored in a cool, dry place away from the sunlight – which is why most of us have a bag handy during the fall and winter months. Use them to make a warm and satisfying, bacon-and-egg-filled breakfast. Don’t have fresh scallions or parsley in your refrigerator? Try adding a pinch of onion powder to the filling instead.
Need to warm up after shoveling (or playing in the snow)? Fill up on spaghetti tossed with a simple, creamy sauce made from butter, olive oil, salt, pepper and cheese.
When you’re craving a quick snack, reach for a can of cannellini beans. A quick spin in the food processor (along with olive oil and a few dried spices) and you’ve got a tasty, hummus-style dip that’s perfect with pita chips, pretzels, crackers or cut-up veggies.
It doesn’t take much to transform that chicken breast in your refrigerator (or freezer) into something crave-worthy. Pound it to an even thickness across, coat it in seasoned breadcrumbs and fry until crispy and golden. Serve with frozen veggies, rice pilaf or a simple salad for a quick (winner, winner) chicken dinner.
No snow day would be complete without something sweet. This chocolate-peanut butter treat makes the perfect snack when you’re watching a movie – no baking required!