8 Recipes to Inspire You When Winter Weather Howls

Posted: January 19, 2022 12:06 pm

One of the silver linings of all of the snow that a large part of the country has been seeing lately is that it inspires you to get busy in the kitchen. There are few things in life more satisfying than a warm and comforting meal on a snow day. Here are 10 of the best snow day recipes that you should have on hand for the next time that the flakes start flying at your house.

Sausage, Barley, and Veggie Stew

Warm up with this hearty sausage, barley, and veggie stew. This stew is packed full of heart-healthy antioxidants, making it a good choice during cold and flu season as well. The Italian sausage is simmered with barley in beef broth along with carrots, celery, garlic, and onion. The barley adds a healthy dose of whole grains. Finish it off with frozen corn for an additional pop of color. Serve this stew with crusty bread for dipping. You may want to double this recipe so that you have plenty for lunch leftovers the next day.

Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder

This slow cooker New England clam and corn chowder could not be any easier. This creamy chowder is bursting with clams and includes potatoes and sweet corn to add to the classic taste of this New England favorite. The rich soup is topped with black pepper and a sprinkling of bacon and chives. Because this soup cooks up in the slow cooker, you can set it and go outside and play in the snow knowing that you will have a comforting meal waiting for you at home. What could be better?

Beef Bourguignon

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Nobody does beef bourguignon quite like Julia Child, making this recipe a true winner. While there are a lot of steps in this recipe, the effort will be worth it when you are sitting down with your family to indulge in its goodness. You can use a number of different cuts of beef for this dish, however, purists swear by brisket for the richest taste. Do not skimp on the wine. You will have better results if you use a higher quality. Enjoy the cooking process and sip on the leftover wine as you let this dish simmer. Serve this beef dish with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

This classic chicken and rice casserole is a good dish if you are feeding picky kids during this weather. You can substitute canned cream of chicken soup if you do not want to make the homemade version. It is also easy to customize this recipe with the spice blend of your choice. Go with a traditional Italian seasoning blend or try a lemon pepper mix. You can also choose to top the casserole with sour cream or cheddar cheese. Serve this casserole with a green salad or a bowl of fresh fruit.

Indoor S’Mores

The weather outside may be too frightful for a campfire but you can still enjoy these indoor s’mores from the comfort of your warm home. This gooey dessert is made with graham cracker cereal, miniature marshmallows, chocolate chips, light corn syrup, butter, and vanilla extract. Everything but the cereal comes together in a saucepan until it is melted. This mixture is then poured over the cereal and pressed into a pan and refrigerated for at least one hour. This is an especially fun treat to make with kids on a snow day.

Traditional French Cassoulet

While cassoulet has its origins as a medieval peasant dish, this traditional French cassoulet recipe is classy enough to serve your dinner guests. This recipe uses chicken legs, salt pork, and garlic sausage along with cannellini beans, carrots, celery, and more. You can also use a few tablespoons of duck fat to impart a richer flavor. This dish is the ultimate in comfort food, sticking to your bones during the cold weather. You will want a loaf of French bread to go with this dish. Invite the neighbors over for this meal the next time that everyone is stranded at home.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

This creamy roasted tomato basil soup will warm your belly on even the coldest of days. The soup is full of basil along with a complement of garlic. Fresh Roma and grape tomatoes make this soup a winner. You can top this soup with more basil and shaved parmesan. The addition of a potato helps to make a thicker consistency. This soup also freezes well, making it a good choice to make ahead of time or to double the recipe so that you have more. Serve this soup with grilled cheese dippers for the perfect snow day lunch.

Shepherd’s Inn Breakfast Pie

Before you head out for your day in the snow, be sure to fill your family up with this Shepherd’s Inn breakfast pie. This dish combines pork sausage with tater tots, cheddar cheese, eggs, and more for a delicious casserole dish for those cold winter mornings. This casserole goes great with toast and a bowl of fresh fruit. You can even make this dish the night before and refrigerate overnight and pop into the oven in the morning for an easy breakfast.

These recipes will fill your home and your bellies with warmth the next time that the weather starts howling.

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