You’re snowed in. Your personal chef hasn’t been able to get to your house to stock your refrigerator and freezer. And you can’t get to the store. Maybe your power’s out. (If so, file this away for next time and know this is only helpful if you have a way to boil water.) But you still need to get something warm, nutritious and tasty into your family. If you’ve followed the advice of any of the cooking gurus, you have a well-stocked pantry from which to draw whole grain pasta or brown rice. And if white rice and regular pasta are what you have on hand, this will still be yummy.

While you cook the pasta or the rice, stir together this peanut sauce adapted from “Jane Brody’s Good Food Book.”

1/3 cup hot water, 1/3 cup peanut butter (whatever kind you have), 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar, 2 scallions chopped (if you have them), 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sugar and crushed red pepper flakes to taste, if you like. Reserve a little of the pasta cooking water to help loosen the sauce when you add it to the hot pasta (or rice).

If you have some fresh (or frozen or canned (this is a crisis, after all)) vegetables you can cut up and throw into the water with the pasta or cook separately, voila! You have a meal good enough for a snow day or any day.

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