A while back you did a “your turn” for quick recipes. There were a lot of good recipes that came from that, and I’m wondering if you would consider hosting a “your turn” for recipes to cook on those sultry hot summer days when you can’t stand to stand over a hot stove, and can’t bear the thought of firing up a grill and enduring 100 degree heat outside while standing next to a 500 degree BBQ. After this heat snap, I’ve about exhausted my own supply of quick fix summer dishes that don’t really require heating up the kitchen, and I’d love to see what other families do.
Here’s mine: On a day when you know it is going to be crazy-hot, marinate chicken breasts in your favorite salad dressing for at least an hour — really any salad dressing will do. Then, in the morning, grill the chicken, let cool, and store in the refrigerator. At dinnertime, slice chicken in strips, and serve with raw vegetables (baby carrots, cut peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes) and dip. If someone insists upon having a grain, put the cold chicken between slices of bread and make it a sandwich.
On a day where I fail to plan ahead, fruit, yogurt, and deli meat sandwiches also make a popular, no-cook dinner. What about you? What do you “cook” when it gets hot?
***UPDATED to add the link to the original “easy meals” post.
[tags]summer cooking, no-cook dinners, meal planning[/tags]