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6 Quick, No-Cook Meals for a Heat Wave

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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6 Quick, No-Cook Meals for a Heat Wave

Posted by Adriana Velez on June 25, 2012 at 8:54 PM

gazpachoWe just survived a heat wave here on the East Coast and it's making me feel terrified about the rest of summer. Lord, is there more? Can't we just skip ahead to September? And more importantly, what will we eat?

Next to dealing with how I'll survive the sweltering journey from one air-conditioned location to the next this is the most pressing question. I'm less hungry in a heat wave, but I still get hungry. And kids get hungry. And someone needs to make food. But if you turn on the stove and try to heat food you may spontaneously combust.

Here are my go-to heat wave meals. Food you serve cold!

1. Salads. Well, duh. You didn't need me to tell you that. There's a million salads out there -- pick one. Oh I know, wash some lettuce (really well), chop up some tomato, dump in some canned tuna, and drizzle with a little olive oil.

2. Gazpacho. I love this Spanish cold soup! Blend some fresh (or canned) tomatoes with a cucumber, bell pepper, onion, garlic cloves, and a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar. Some people blend with a little bread, too, to make it thicker. And if you're a Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, toss in some vodka and sleeping pills! (Not a serious recommendation.)

Click HERE to see video.

They're all just really hot.

3. Deli sandwiches. Grab some bread, cold cuts, lettuce, and tomato and let everyone make their own sandwich. I do love a turkey avocado on wheat.

4. Hummus, tzaziki, pita bread. Tzatziki is cucumber and garlic mixed with thick Greek yogurt. I like mine with some cool mint. Hummus is really easy to make, too, if you have the energy.

5. Ceviche. Contrary to popular belief it's not exactly raw fish -- the lime or other citrus juice you squirt over it actually "cooks" the fish without heat. This is for you kitchen ninjas out there ready for a real challenge -- here's a ceviche recipe.

6. Cold cereal with milk. Oh yeah, like you've never! Also: Ice cream, popsicles, frozen peas...

What do you like to eat in a heat wave?

by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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jaytee
by Jen on Jun. 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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 My DF likes his food hot like his woman, lol!!

Seriously though it's a very rare occasion when I can convince (aka make) him eat cold food.

stellarmom1
by Becca on Jun. 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Great ideas!! We love cold, summer foods like that!
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Stevied13
by Steph on Jun. 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM
We do several of these in the summer
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Family4Eternity
by on Jun. 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

 Sandwiches, Salad & Fresh Fruit

Shani527
by Shannon on Jun. 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM

salads, sandwiches yea. Not totally into hummus, no soups (especially cold), and I would never ever ever try ceviche!!

My cold meal is usually sandwiches with fruit and yogurt.

kurtkamkaitsmom
by Kerry on Jun. 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I like the ideas..

Maries_Mom23
by Alice on Jun. 29, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Love the ideas...thanks!  

AmosFarkle
by AmyV on Jun. 30, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Heat wave?  Who's having a heat wave?  You mean just because we tied (or beat) the all-time record for this area (in late July, 1952) yesterday?  And today looks to be the same?  And we haven't had rain in so long the yard is brown and crispy?  And we lost power for an hour last night because of the high demand for A/C?

Nawwwwwww.....t'aint no heat wave.....t'aint no climate change, either..... snort, cough......

Mom0413
by New Member on Jun. 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Pasta salad or grilled chicken caesar salad

AmosFarkle
by AmyV on Jul. 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Quoting Mom0413:

Pasta salad or grilled chicken caesar salad

Mine won't eat pasta salad as a meal but he LOVES grilled chicken salad!  To cut the kitchen heat, I use the Foreman grill.

Oh....and lemme throw out something I just found out about those table-top grills and clean-up:  Use parchment paper.  It can take the heat and cuts that cleaning to almost nil. 

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