Spring showers not only bring flowers. They can also bring spring doldrums. I’m someone whose moods are very much in tune with the weather. When it’s grey and raining, I can feel a bit down, which means it’s time to give myself a little TLC. And that starts in the kitchen.
In the spirit of making the most of a rainy day (and because there’s only so much takeout I can handle), we’ve rounded up some of our best recipes that are perfect for when you want maximum comfort without any added stress. They’re all kid-approved, too.
Inspired by the happy hours of yore, these baked avocado fries make for an excellent snack or appetizer. They’re a much healthier option than frozen french fries or potato skins that’ll give you a bit of fiber and protein to fill you up.
Easy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Put a pile of buffalo wings in front of me and I could win a wing-eating contest any day of the week. I’m also not 25 anymore and we know what that means for our metabolism. So, I came up with a healthier option perfect for munching during a movie or game. Still craving some meat? Try these instead.
Chicken Tortilla Anxiety Soup
Nothing comforts quite like soup. This is one of my go-to recipes for when I’m feeling stressed out and it couldn’t be easier to make or more suitable for a rainy day. An Instant Pot will get this soup on the table in no time for a quick lunch. It’s full of veggies and oh-so-soothing.
Total Meltdown Totchos
If you’re way past the end of your rope and out of you-know-whats to give, it’s time to bring out the big guns: totchos. A beautiful marriage between nachos and tater tots. Add whatever toppings you like and double my taco seasoning recipe so you have it on hand for next time. You’ll thank me later.
Quick Homemade Peanut Sauce
Not in the mood to cook or go out in the rain? Hate wasting food? [Raises both hands.] This recipe is the perfect way to make the most of those leftovers hanging out in your fridge and give whatever you’ve got a Thai-takeout twist in a matter of minutes.
Easy Microwave Apple Pie
Warm, gooey apple pie? Yes, please. But do I feel like rolling out my own crust, firing up the oven and, worst of all, waiting for it to cool? No thanks. Get the same flavor and textures you love in just 15 minutes using your microwave and a pre-made crust. Really.
Chocolate Pretzel Chip Cookies
Sweet tooth? Salty snacker? Why choose when you can have both! Lola came up with these delicious cookies packed with chocolate chips and topped with pretzels. They’re an instant mood booster, although you may have to remind yourself to share.
Healthy-ish Dole Whip Recipe
Rainy days make us all wish we were somewhere sunny and warm, like Disney World. But when you’re stuck inside, whipping up a batch of this frozen treat can help transport you there, sort of. My healthy-ish spin features coconut milk and maple syrup and comes together in no time.
What is your favorite dish to make on a rainy day? Share your go-to meals below.