8 Outstandingly Tasty Things To Cook If You're Snowed In (Recipes)

Stuck inside this week?

If the terrible storm has left you snowed in or otherwise unable to leave your abode, fear not! We've got you covered. 

One of the perks of being stuck in the house is that you get to cook! Whether you're willing to spend a couple hours crafting the perfect dish or you simply want a quick meal you can throw together in a flash, we've got some great stuff you can cook up to keep your whole household in high spirits:

1. Braised Meat

Now's the time to pull that big hunk of meat out of the freezer! We're not about to tell you, a potentially snowed-in individual, what kind of meat to use, but you can't go wrong with beef, lamb or pork combined with a few nice seasonings. We recommend braising in red wine, onions, salt, pepper and a handful of herbs, like thyme or something similar. Toss in some potatoes and carrots for a balanced meal.

2. Crispy Mongolian Beef

If you're craving takeout but can't make it to your favorite restaurant, why not make it yourself?

3. Spaghetti Ramen Noodle Hack

There's nothing quite like fresh ramen noodles, and we're not about to sit here and tell you that dried spaghetti is just as good, but it sure does the trick when you're craving Japanese noodle soup but don't have all the ingredients. Alternately, you can try making the noodles from scratch, since you're stuck inside anyway and have time to kill, right?

4. Winter Minestrone

There's nothing like a big pot of soup for cold weather! If you have a bunch of veggies in your kitchen and want something both healthy and satisfying, this is the way to go.

5. Salisbury Steak With Mushrooms

Thaw that ground beef and whip up an easy, affordable and satisfying comfort food recipe! This is a super versatile dish, so swap around whatever you have on hand -- for example, you can use regular bread crumbs instead of saltines, dried minced onions instead of fresh ones, and mashed potatoes instead of egg noodles. Here's a similar version, to give you some substitution ideas.

6. French Onion Soup

The best part about this classic, warming dish is that there's a good chance you already have the ingredients you need on hand!

7. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

We know exactly what you need to get through this storm: comfort food! With a ton of creamy, spicy buffalo chicken and delightfully chewy noodles, this zippy pasta is what you are craving.

8. Slow Cooker S'More Cake

Stay nice and warm with these roasty toasty s'mores! This dish is so easy, all you need to do is plop everything in the slow cooker before you get started on dinner, and voila! Alternately, you can bake these for 9-11 minutes on 350, until the marshmallows are puffed and perfectly golden brown.