The thermostat outside my house currently reads 94 degrees C, which is WAY too hot to do any type of cooking. Who in their right mind would turn on an oven when it’s hot enough to cook something on the front sidewalk? Each summer, when the temperature gets above my 90 degrees, my oven goes on an extended vacation. This is when I need to get creative and come up with delicious and healthy dinners that I can make without cooking. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Sip, Chip and Dip
For this meal I make a double batch of home made guacamole, one batch of pico de gallo, and get a large bag of tortilla chips. Then I make a double batch of a fruit smoothie, which can vary depending on what you like. My favorite is a mango lassi. Everyone loads their plate up with chips and dip, then grabs a glass full of smoothie. It doesn’t take any cooking, includes healthy fruits and veggies, and your kids will love it!
This Mediterranean inspired dish includes a variety of things you cut up, put on a platter in the middle of your table, then eat with your hands. I like to include two kinds of cheese, crackers and/or bread, fresh pear, salami or other meat of your choice, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers sprinkled with a little bit of salt, and fresh avocado. Simply mix and match the different flavors together to create a delicious and eclectic meal.
Veggie Overload Sandwich
I like to make veggie sandwiches that are packed full of different flavors and textures. For this meal I make a large spread of items, then each person can build their own monster sandwich. The items I include are avocados, tomatoes, lettuce/spinach, cheese, sweet sandwich pickles, and cucumbers. You can add meat as well, but it’s not necessary. Serve these with a fresh fruit salad made of strawberries, bananas, and apples, and you have a delicious meal.