There’s nothing like a hot home-cooked meal for supper, but when the weather outside feels like a hot oven the last thing you want to do is to turn on the oven. This summer skip the stove more often by preparing delicious no-cook dishes or dishes that require minimal stovetop time. No-cook dishes not only keep indoor heat at bay, but the foods are fresher and lighter. Here are some of our favorite affordable no-cook dishes for summer.
Celebrate salads! When it comes to warm-weather salads the refreshing possibilities are endless. This Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette from MyRecipes.com is a showstopper, even with minimal ingredients. Served with toasted baguette slices, it makes for a light and lovely lunch or dinner. This recipe proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a restaurant-quality meal.
Rotisserie chicken will save you from having to turn on your oven and can be used for both hot and cold dishes. Taste of Home’s healthy Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches are filled with classic cobb salad ingredients like shredded chicken, salad greens, creamy avocado, bacon, and tomato, all wrapped inside a spinach or whole wheat tortilla. Food Network’s Chicken and White Corn Chowder will become a go-to soup recipe when you’re craving a simple, savory supper.
Stock up on budget friendly ready-to-eat pantry proteins like canned beans or tuna and you’ll have delicious meals at your fingertips. After rinsing, canned beans are great in salads, dips, wraps, and more. This eye-catching Healthy Tuna Stuffed Avocado recipe from The Stay At Home Chef is so simple and absolutely delicious.
Make cool, creamy soups by blending fresh summer vegetables together. Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Prosciutto Toasts is wonderfully refreshing and our Summertime Gazpacho is everything you want in a meal when you’re feeling the heat of summer. Produce that is in season is more abundant and affordable than produce that is not in season so take advantage of cream-of-the-crop veggies.Green Giant’s “Taste of Italy” Zucchini Spirals are a flavorful entrée or side dish that cooks in 15-20 minutes. And since the veggie spirals can be cooked in the microwave, the only thing you need to quickly cook on the stove is the garlic and prepared sauce.
For a scrumptious, sweet treat full of fresh ingredients like banana, spinach, pineapple, and mango make Taste of Home’s Lime Coconut Smoothie Bowl. If you have kids, this smoothie is a great way to get them to eat spinach. “Shhh.” They won’t even know it’s in there. If you’re craving cheesecake but don’t want to turn on the oven, you can make No Bake Cheesecake Jars from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Buttery graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and toppings and garnishes of your choice get layered into little glass jars for the best individual desserts ever. In the link, you’ll find recipes for a variety of toppings.
By the time the dog days of summer arrive you'll be a pro at making no-cook meals.