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15 Warming Snow Day Meals That Are Already in Your Pantry

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It's official: Winter Storm Jonas is on his way to the East Coast. What this actually means, no one is completely sure—estimates range from 1 inch to 2 feet of snow—but the word "blizzard" has been tossed around enough times that staying inside on Saturday is looking like a better and better idea.

Instead of venturing out, we'll be firmly rooted to our couches, with a book in hand and a meal simmering on the stove. The only problem with this, of course, is the groceries: Without access to roads and stores, our boeuf bourguignon will be boeuf-less and our kale gratin both kale- and cheese-less. Saddest gratin ever.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

Fortunately, it doesn't take more than a well-stocked pantry to create a warming winter meal. A bag of rice, beans, or quinoa, paired with the other odds n' ends you likely have in your refrigerator and pantry can make for a more-than-satisfying snow day meal. You may need to make some swaps—like trading Parmesan for breadcrumbs—but a few trades are a small price to pay for staying in.

Here's how to make a delicious meal during any winter storm—without leaving your house:

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If You Have Beans:

Brothy, Garlicky Beans
Brothy, Garlicky Beans
Tuscan Ribollita
Tuscan Ribollita
White Bean Soup
White Bean Soup
How to Make Vegetarian (or Vegan) Chili without a Recipe
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How to Make Vegetarian (or Vegan) Chili without a Recipe
Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast
Garlicky Smothered White Beans on Toast

If You Have Pasta:

Pasta Piselli
Pasta Piselli
Penne alla Vodka
Penne alla Vodka

If You Have Rice or Risotto Rice:

How to Make Congee Without a Recipe
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How to Make Congee Without a Recipe
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)
Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)

If You Have Canned Tomatoes:

Shakshuka with Grains and Feta
Shakshuka with Grains and Feta

If You Have Quinoa:

Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili
Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili

If You Have Polenta:

Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta
Maria Speck's Shortcut Polenta
Brie and Butter Grits with Honey and Raspberry Compote
Brie and Butter Grits with Honey and Raspberry Compote
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Artichoke
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Artichoke

What do you cook when your snowed in? Tell us in the comments below!

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