If the next snow, rain or wind storm takes you by surprise and leaves you housebound, not to worry. With a pantry full of essentials, you can eat well for days. This collection of 15 recipes relies heavily on things like canned veggies and beans, pasta and grains and the odd fridge find. With such tasty options from breakfast to dessert to choose from, you’ll want to dig into these good eats well after the weather clears.

Easy Almond Milk Cappuccino

1. Easy Almond Milk Cappuccino (Vegan): Getting out for your morning coffee run might be a little challenging in a blizzard. Keep coffee beans and a carton of shelf-stable almond milk in your pantry, and you’ll have a delicious cappuccino to sip on in just minutes. (via Wife Mama Foodie)

One Pot Chili Con Queso Mac and Cheese

2. One-Pot Chili Con Queso Mac and Cheese: This one-pot pasta is sure to be a hit even if you make it without meat. (via Little Spice Jar)

Apple French Toast Bake

3. Apple French Toast Bake: We’d love to wake up to a delayed opening (or cancellation) and this amazing baked French toast. With both make-ahead and morning-of instructions provided, you can enjoy this beautiful breakfast regardless of what’s going on with the weather. (via Pip + Ebby)

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burger

4. Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burger (Vegan): Channeling warm thoughts is much easier once you bite into these well-seasoned veggie burgers. Brimming with canned black beans, quinoa and a little faux-egg action courtesy of flax seeds, they’re a lot healthier than the usual Quarter Pounder. (via Veganosity)

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies

5. Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies: Loaded with whole grain goodness, dark chocolate and almonds, these butter-free cookies rely on coconut oil and non-refined sugars to make each morsel wholesome AND totally tempting at the same time. (via Cookbooks 365)

Onion Soup Gratinee

6. Onion Soup Gratinée: Deeply caramelized onions and store-bought beef (or chicken) stock alone will have you well on your way to making one amazing soup. A splash of brandy along with melty gruyere-topped toasts just takes things to the next level. (via Flying Fourchette)

Tuna Potato Fishcakes

7. Tuna Potato Fishcakes: These fritters are a welcome upgrade from the old standby, tuna noodle casserole. (via Cooking Melangery)

Baked Chicken With Orzo

8. Baked Chicken With Orzo: Can you believe it? The ONLY part of this one-pot meal that doesn’t come from your pantry is the chicken. (via The Right Recipe)

Bagna Cauda

9. Bagna Cauda: Enjoy soaking up this warm, far-from-fishy garlic and oil dip with crusty bread or veggies; roasted cauliflower and potatoes are two amazing accompaniments. (via Martha Stewart)

Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup

10. Tomato, White Bean and Kale Soup: You’ll need a quarter cupful of wine for this warming bean and tomato soup. Which begs the question, what to do with the rest of the bottle… (via Fork Knife Swoon)

The Best Puppy Chow

11. The Best Puppy Chow: Take cereal from the breakfast table to movie time munchies with an extra generous dose of peanut butter, melted chocolate chips and powdered sugar. (via Show Me the Yummy)

Baked Chilaquiles

12. Baked Chilaquiles With Black Beans and Kale (Gluten-Free): Thick, baked tortilla chips are smothered with jarred enchilada sauce, then tossed with beans, kale and cheese and popped in the oven to create a delish base. A few eggs are cracked over top during the final few moments of baking to make one satisfying meal, especially when sliced avocados come into play. (via The Bojon Gourmet)

Easy Brown Rice Risotto

13. Easy Brown Rice Risotto: The ingredients for basic risotto — onions, garlic, rice, chicken (or veggie) broth — are easy to keep stocked in the pantry. You’ll be in for a bowlful of carb-y comfort even if you skip the mushrooms and fresh herbs used here. (via Cookie and Kate)


14. Brioche: If you don’t have a loaf of bread on hand, you can always make your own. With so many ways to use it, and its amazing flavor alone, brioche gets our vote. (via Ambrosia)

Foolproof Fudge

15. Gram’s Foolproof Fudge: Skip the nuts and this homemade, five-ingredient fudge can even be stirred into a steaming mugful of milk to make delicious hot cocoa. (via Chic and Sugar)

What are some of the items you always keep stocked in the pantry? Share your favorite recipes that put them to use below!