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2 Delicious Meals To Eat On A Snow Day

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As we just had our first snow day of the season in Maryland, it’s only right that we share a few delicious snow day recipes! When it’s freezing cold and icy outside, all we want to do is have a warm and comforting meal. Continue reading for a few recipes that are perfect for snow days, or any exceptionally cold day this winter!

The Perfect Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese will always be a comforting meal, but it’s so much better homemade rather than from a box. On a snow day where you stay home from work and have some extra time to make dinner, try making this creamy mac and cheese. It yields 6-8 servings and takes one hour and forty minutes, but the extra time will be so worth it.

Ingredients you need include:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup cottage cheese

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • Pinch of cayenne

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked

The recipe calls for dry pasta, so there is no need to precook it. Instead, the pasta cooks in the oven, and absorbs liquid from the creamy dairy products.

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees, and use one tablespoon of butter on a 9-inch baking pan. In a blender, purée the cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine grated cheddar cheese (leave aside ¼ cup for topping) with the milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour the mac and cheese into the pain, cover tightly with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. When time is up, uncover the pan and stir the pasta gently, the sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and dot with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Bake for another 30 minutes, uncovered, then enjoy your perfect snow day mac and cheese dinner!

Lemon Chicken and Spinach Soup

Is it really a snow day if you don’t have a hot bowl of soup? Between the chilly weather and cold and flu season, a tasty soup with lemon juice and egg-infused broth is just what you need to feel better. For a recipe that yields eight servings, you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped

  • 1 large leek, finely chopped

  • 10 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • ⅔ cup dry jasmine rice

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

  • 4 cups cups loosely packed spinach

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat picked and shredded into bite-size pieces

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • Cracked black pepper, for serving

Start by heating oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Then add garlic, carrots, and leek to the pan, cooking for about 10 minutes. Add the chicken stock and increase heat to medium-high, bringing to a boil. Add rice, reduce the heat back t medium-low, cooking for about 20 minutes or until rice is nearly done.

Next, whisk lemon juice and eggs in a bowl, slowly pour one cup of the hot broth into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Then pour the egg mixture back into the pan, adding dill, spinach, chicken, and salt. Let the spinach wilt, stir the soup for about 10 minutes, then add black pepper and serve!

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