I’m sure you’ve noticed me whining about the heat around here. It is uncharacteristically hot for Seattle (climate change anyone?)—in the upper 80’s and 90’s each day. We’ve just gotten a portable AC unit so I’m hoping it will get a little bit more tolerable in my house at least—it’s been in the upper 90’s and even over 100° in my kitchen the past 2 weeks—so while I wait for it to cool off a bit I’ve been working on no-cook meals (and desserts!). No stove, no oven, no heat! Sound good?
Watermelon Gazpacho—I just made this for the first time this week and it’s so good! It’s a definite no cook winner!
Hummus—everyone loves hummus! Full of protein and fiber—plus a secret ingredient! Pair with a green salad and some store bought pita bread and you’ve got a perfect light dinner!
Buttery Avocado Salad—I LOVE this salad! It makes great use of fresh summer produce—avocados, strawberries, and fresh greens. Strawberries already out of season where you are? Try it with nectarines or peaches!
Coconut Almond Tart with Caramel and Fresh Fruit Filling—this show stopper dessert continues to be a favorite among everyone who makes it! Not only is it vegan, gluten free, and paleo, it’s also beautiful and delicious! No baking required.
Big Chickie Kale Salad—another fresh summer salad! This is great as a side with fresh bread, grilled tofu, or hummus. The raisins are the key!
Three Bean Salad—This quick salad is loaded with protein! Plus it comes together in minutes—try this easy spin on a classic!
Lentil Summer Salad—Lentils and rice pair with summer fruits for a perfect sweet and savory dinner. Don’t want to cook lentils and rice? Use canned lentils or beans and instant microwave rice! Dinner’s ready in a flash!
Muhammara—this is a red pepper dip that pairs wonderfully with hummus and pita. It’s got a subtle sweetness to it, and is nice and light for summer. I use jarred roasted red peppers to skip any cooking!
Deconstructed Falafel Salad—this is one of my favorites! All the flavors of falafel without any of the hard work. Delicious, and a complete meal in one bowl!
Hippie Breakfast Bowl—this continues to be one of my favorites—chia hemp pudding, prepped the night before, and ready for breakfast. Serve with fresh fruit—it will keep you going all the way until lunchtime!
I hope this list helps you get through the heat this summer—happy no-cooking! Stay cool my friends!