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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.
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:
If You Have Beans:
If You Have Pasta:
If You Have Rice or Risotto Rice:
If You Have Canned Tomatoes:
If You Have Quinoa:
If You Have Polenta:
What do you cook when your snowed in? Tell us in the comments below!