After a downright balmy holiday season, the East Coast is preparing for its first big snowstorm of 2016. Meteorologists expect the storm to touch down on Saturday morning and dump buckets of ice and snow—about eight to ten inches—until Sunday afternoon. If you’re anywhere between Washington D.C. and New York, you’ll probably want to avoid the storm, and predicted 60-mile-per-hour winds, by holing up at home this weekend.
Break out the pots and pans—cold-weather captivity calls for some seriously warming, comforting recipes. Here are a few of our favorites to help get you through the weekend; they’re so good that you might actually wish for one more snow day!
Hot, healthy refreshments
Forced to brave the snow when whiny pets (or kids!) make it clear they need to go out? Stay toasty with a simple hot drink.
Maca and cacao are loaded with antioxidants, but the best thing about this spicy hot chocolate? It’ll give you a boost of energy to help you tackle any indoor project—from cleaning out the coat closet to de-cluttering the kitchen drawers.
Soothe inflammation and boost immunity with a slightly sweet, fruity tea. If the pomegranate juice helps you feel like you’re in some tropical locale, even better.
Snacks made for Netflix binges
Go ahead, eat your heart out. Ranging from super healthy to all-out decadent (we see you, baked brie!), these snacks will have you munching all day long.
Have a crockpot that’s just gathering dust? This super simple recipe makes a creamy, naturally sweetened spread that’s perfect on toast, crackers, and baked goods.
Throw pepitas into the oven for fast finger food that’s packed with healthy vitamin E. Bonus: The spices will make your home smell amazing.
Being cooped up is the perfect excuse to try out a new recipe that might otherwise seem overwhelming. Gluten-free baking isn’t as complicated as you’d think—and banana bread is always a hit.
It looks gourmet, but this baked brie is so simple to make. Covered in a gooey fruit and nut compote, it’s an indulgence that you won’t feel so guilty about biting into.
Make these filling, soothing mains for lunch or dinner while you watch the snow fall.
New Yorkers, this one’s for you. Don’t make the delivery guy venture out in this weather—make your own gluten-free veggie pizza instead.
There’s a secret ingredient to this rich and filling tomato soup—you won’t believe it till you read it, but trust us, you’ll never go back to calorie-dense cream of tomato again.
It doesn’t matter how old you are—mac and cheese is always a good idea.
Our mouths are watering just thinking about that buttery, golden crust! Fragrant pesto compliments juicy chicken nicely in a twist on the traditional dish.
Time to test-drive those dessert recipes that have been idly waiting on your Pinterest boards. Here are our most loved—and most fun!—sweet dishes.
Hazelnut and chocolate in cookie form? Don’t mind if we do.
Way less complicated than you think, Pocky treats are great to make with kids. They’ll love dipping and drizzling chocolate over salty pretzel sticks.
You’ve got plenty of time to experiment with this impressive sweet and salty brittle. Don’t be scared off by the candy thermometer—you’ve got this!
Once the storm subsides, head outside and use the fresh powder for these four magical snow recipes.
Now you’re totally ready for the weekend. Stay safe, warm, and full!
Photo credit: Paul Delmont