I’m not sure about you, but come July when temperatures can reach the high 90’s and feel even hotter, the last thing I want to do is stand over an oven, cooking. Beat the heat, and get inspired to try these recipes that don’t require any sweat!
- Lettuce Wraps
So many options for lettuce wraps! Whether it’s seafood, chicken, or veggies. In a bowl just whisk together whatever ingredients you need, including your seasonings and sauces, then pour over whatever protein you choose. When all is said and done it shouldn’t take longer than half an hour to have your meal tucked nicely in some lettuce and ready to eat.
Here’s a Thai chicken recipe that only takes about 35 minutes to prep.
- Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a dish that you can really get creative with. It will require the stove, but only for the five minutes it’ll take you to boil the noodles. While the noodles are doing their thing go ahead and prep everything else. Cut and chop whatever veggies you want and decide what dressing you’ll use. Pasta salad is great because there’s so much freedom. Do you want it spicy or cheesy? Savory or sweet? Once the noodles are ready, rinse them off and in a bowl combine all your ingredients.
Here’s a great list of 30+ easy pasta salad recipes.
- Cold Soup or Gazpacho
Cold soup can be served alongside a salad and bread or as the main course. They can take as little as 20 minutes to prepare and will definitely cool you down after some time spent in the sun. Gazpachos are really just uncooked soup made with pureed vegetables such as tomatoes or cucumbers. To do these, just blend your fresh ingredients, drain, and discard any leftover solids. If you’d like something like shrimp or corn in your soup, just stir it in as the last step.
Here’s a sweet and tangy chilled strawberry soup that looks delicious.