It’s a scorching day in mid-July. Temps have reached the nineties, humidity is at 100 percent, and you’re wishing for your commute to be over so you can sit in front of a powerful fan or blast the air conditioning in your living room. When these summer days happen – and you can’t get to the beach to cool down – the last thing you want to think about is going home and turning on the oven.
The hot days of summer are practically made for no-cook meals. While the winter is filled with an assortment of warm, hearty roasted vegetables, thick, creamy sauces, and delicious pasta dishes, the summer brings a whole new realm of dinnertime goodness, mainly revolving around the mantra, “the less we have to turn on the stove, the better.”
From salads to cold soups, sandwiches to wraps, cold leftovers to raw fruits, chances are your summertime cuisine focuses mostly on things you can eat cold –especially on those extra hot days. One key trick is to prep meals ahead of time (on those 70-degree Sundays where the oven isn’t as daunting) and save them in the refrigerator or freezer for a weekday when a cold dinner is needed.
Another way to incorporate cold food into your life is to get creative with food that’s naturally delicious uncooked. While you may immediately think of salads as the only option – and it’s true, salads are a wonderful option in the summer months – that’s not the only way to eat with no heat this summer.
By getting a bit creative, you can make gourmet, delicious, healthy meals with hardly any cooking at all. Better yet, some food bloggers have perfected the idea of the quick and cold recipe so well that you may find yourself adding their recipes to your nightly repertoire.
We’ve compiled a few key recipes to get you started – and let us tell you, they’re anything but boring. Dive into these no-heat summer meals this week. We’re excited to see how they turn out for you!
- Carrot Rice Noodle Bowl with Tahini Sriracha Sauce by Naturally Ella
- Veggie Sushi Rolls by Nutrition Stripped
- Coconut Curry Soup (good cold or heated up) by Just Glowing with Health
- Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club by Real Simple
- Fresh Sunflower Chard Wraps by One Ingredient Chef