On a cold winter day in Reston, Virginia, nothing feels better than taking a bite of a warm, home cooked meal. Living in an apartment often means being smart with your kitchen space. However, that does not mean you can’t cook yourself up a hot meal! All of these winter meals below are super easy and will only use one or two pots or pans, meaning you can conserve space and reap the benefits of cooking on a cold winter day.
1. A Hearty Soup
Soup doesn’t just have to be for sick days when you are young! A big bowl of hearty soup will warm your body and leave your apartment smelling fragrant. There are tons of options depending on your soup preferences, but one of our favorite easy soups is broccoli cheese soup. All you will need are these five ingredients: 4 cups of broccoli, 4 cloves of garlic, 3 ½ cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth, 1 cup of heavy cream, and 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. This meal only requires one pot, and it will take less than twenty minutes to whip up. You can find the complete recipe, here.
2. The Perfect Grilled Cheese
How long has it been since you have had a grilled cheese sandwich? As an adult, you can now upgrade the classic grilled cheese you loved when you were little by making a few updates. First, pick up a nice loaf of bread from the local grocery store or bakery. Sourdough bread and marble rye bread both are great options for this sandwich. For the cheese, you can always go with a classic like American cheese, but, if you are feeling fancy, upgrade to an aged sharp cheddar, gouda cheese, or a rich and creamy Havarti cheese. Lastly, you will need either a little butter or mayonnaise. Smear a little butter (or mayonnaise for a richer taste) on to two slices of bread. Next, place your cheese on the non-buttered side of the bread. Place your sandwich on a hot frying pan and flip when the bread is golden brown on both sides. Add sliced tomatoes or roasted red peppers if you want a little something extra!
3. A Rich Casserole
Casseroles are the epitome of a warm home cooked meal best enjoyed in the winter time. If you are dreaming of a taste of home, fear not, casseroles really aren’t as tricky as grandma made them seem! The best thing about a good casserole is that the options for what go inside are literally endless. Whether you are in the mood for Italian flavors, want a meaty and cheesy dish, or want a healthy veggie medley, there is a casserole recipe out there! Check out this resource for a ton of easy casserole recipes to make in your apartment kitchen on a cold winter day in Reston.
4. Pizza Dinner With Friends
Pizza party time! When the snow starts coming down, invite some friends over to bunker down and enjoy some pizza! At the grocery store, you should be able to find pre-made dough. Pick up any toppings you would like. We recommend some mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, and any meat if preferred. Preheat your over to 425 degrees (or whatever your pizza dough instructs). Knead the dough on a floured surface and then roll out onto a pan or pizza stone. Spread your sauce and toppings over the dough and place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling. Enjoy a bite into a hot cheesy slice to warm up on a chilly day!
5. Cheesy Quesadillas With Chicken and Veggies
Quesadillas are another easily customizable winter meal. You can fill these with your favorite veggies or meat, and top with a fresh salsa. Start by grabbing some tortillas and cheese, as well as some bell peppers and onion, or any other veggies you want to incorporate. Heat oil in a small frying pan, then sauté the veggies. Transfer to a plate, then place the tortilla, followed by cheese, your veggies, and any other desire fillings and top with the other tortilla. Heat on one side then flip when golden brown and cheese is melted.
Apartments for Rent in Reston, VA
Enjoy a hot meal in a beautiful apartment kitchen this year. In Reston, Virginia you will find Lerner Springs at Reston. Our apartment community has fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances and amenities – perfect for entertaining in this winter. Learn more about living in Reston, Virginia by filling out an online application and paying us a visit at Lerner Springs at Reston today.