Cooking Light‘s editorial offices are in Birmingham, Alabama, where snow rarely falls—so we think blizzards sound fun and rather romantic. We do, however, know about getting iced in, and that is way un-fun, especially when you lose power and can’t cook up something cozy to enjoy on your unplanned day off. When you know bad weather is headed your way, it pays to cook up and stock up with dishes that will survive (and help you survive) even if you lose power.
All of the recipes here will keep well if the power goes out, and most (with one daring exception) will be great at room temp, even if that’s still a bit chilly.
Bake up a batch of our whole-grain Apple Streusel Muffins with Maple Drizzle for easy breakfasts and snacks to help you wait out the snow. The nutty whole-grain flour makes them feel heftier and more substantial.
You’ll be glad you made our No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars before the storm. Nutty and full of whole grains, they’re a great breakfast or snack option.
That’s right, you need some heftier food, too. With our Tuna, Olive, and Wheat Berry Salad, you may find that you have everything on hand already (substitute cooked farro or quinoa if you don’t have wheat berries). If the power is out, you can store the salad in a cooler set on the patio, and it tastes great cold or at room temp.
File this one also under heartier options, and store in that cooler out on the patio or back deck. Udon Noodle Salad with Broccolini and Spicy Tofu is so full of flavor, you’ll love it even if it’s ice cold. If you need a little more warmth, add lots more Sriracha.
You should have good snacks on hand, too. We recommend baking a double batch of our flavor-bomb Sun-Dried Tomato Palmiers; if you’re two feet under, you’re gonna need them.
Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn is bursting with zippy citrus flavor and the savory depth that only Parmesan can bring. Store in a zip-top plastic bag to keep it fresh.
Of course, you should have a sweet treat on hand. Of course, you should make it whole-grain so it’s healthier. And of course, you should make sure it’s absolutely delicious. Whole-Grain Pecan Blondies deliver on all fronts.
This last suggestion breaks form a bit. Turkey and Bean Chili is a real winner, loaded with flavor and ready in only 20 minutes. It’ll keep in that cooler you have stocked, but you’ll most likely want to enjoy it warm. Two thoughts on that: For those of you with gas cooktops, you’ll be able to cook even if the power goes out. Yea for you! For those of you who don’t have gas cooktops, do you have an outdoor grill? “Are you crazy, woman, I’m not lighting the grill in a blizzard!” Well, you might want to consider it for a bowl of warming comfort. Pour your goods in a cast-iron skillet (the large surface area means it heats quickly), and place over the grill to heat it up.