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Quick and Light Recipes

It's so hot outside, does anyone have any good summer recipes to share that won't heat up my kitchen too much?


Asked by scout_mom at 2:23 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Mesquite Chicken Salad.... marinate boneless skinless chicken breast in mesquite seasoning and brown or grill until done. Slice on the diagonal and place over a beautiful salad of fresh gardens greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, celery, green onions, shredded colby jack, big croutons and topped with your favorite dressing!

    Answer by WoodWitch at 2:31 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • whole wheat wraps with whatever you want in them, side with macaroni salad

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 2:29 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • angel hair pasta with olive oil, lime juice, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and pine nuts. Throw in some chicken if you want some protein with it.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:06 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • 2 Cups Orzo cooked
    diced red peppers (from a jar or you can sautee)
    diced red onion
    chopped salami
    chopped hearts of palm
    crumbled feta

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 2:26 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • grilled chicken on a bed of salad (make it your own adding whatever ingridients your family likes)
    baked potato bar (potatoes in microwave) then chop up whatever toppings you and your family like and allow everyone to create their own
    subs/sandwiches with chips add veggies and make it healthy

    Answer by 2boyz2pray4 at 3:41 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Raw Marinara Sauce

    I use a 4:1 ratio of raw tomatoes to sun dried tomatoes
    I also use the oil packed sun dried tomatoes - I buy a whole bunch of sundried tomatoes, pack them in olive oil, stick a clove of garlic in and a sprig of rosemary - then the sun dried tomatoes get so much flavor.

    4 cups roma tomotoes
    1 cup sun dried tomatoes - covered in water and soaked for 2 - 4 hours (reserve water in case you want thinner sauce)
    1 clove galric (or more to taste)
    1/4 small sweet onion
    1/4 cup fresh herbs (I use parsley and basil)

    Blend the Roma tomatoes first until they are fairly liquidy, then add remaining ingredients. If you have a Vita-Mix, blend on Hi for about 4 seconds and it will then have consistency of a thick meat sauce. If you want it runnier, then add some of the reserved water from the soaked sun dried tomatoes.


    Answer by rkoloms at 10:44 PM on Aug. 7, 2010

  • I made Tabboulah the other night --mid-eastern grain salad. I used quinoa (just cooked in water), but you can use any leftover clean grain, or just soak bulger (cracked wheat) in boiling water for 45 minutes, or until it's absorbed as much as it will and cooled to room temperature (just drain the rest of the water off).

    Chop a whole cucumber finely. Crumble 8 oz of feta cheese, drained if it's soaked in water. Finely chop 1 packed cup of fresh parsley and 1/4 cup of fresh mint. If you like garlic, finely chop 3-5 cloves, if you don't only use one. Juice a whole lemon. Chop a tomato or halve 6-10 cherry tomatoes. Toss everything except 1/3c of the lemon juice and 2 tsp of the garlic with the grain.

    To make the dressing: shake together the 1/3 c lemon juice and 2 tsp garlic with 2/3c of olive oil, a tsp of finely ground black pepper, and pour over everything. If you want, you can let it stand at room temperature to mellow.

    Answer by LindaClement at 2:36 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Cook diced chicken breast in olive oil with some garlic, kosher salt and fresh black pepper. Let cool. Put it in a tortilla wrap with chopped romaine, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. So good with lemonade and a side salad of marinated cucumbers, onion and tomatoes.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 4:10 PM on Aug. 6, 2010