Post # 1
I’m looking for ideas for quick and easy summer meals, preferrably something that needs very little cooking, or none at all. At 95 degrees and humidity, and without central air, the thought of standing by the stove tonight just does not excite me at all!
We had take out and BBQ in the past days, but that is getting old. So is salad (greek, chicken breast, italian, you name it, we had it).
Sometimes, I cook up some spaghetti, and mix them with diced fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, oil, and vinegar. Spaghetti with tomato salad, so to speak. What do you cook, when you try not to cook?
Post # 3
Tonight I’m going to saute some boneless chicken breasts with olive oil, garlic, peppers, and onions and top that with a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I’m going to serve that with a side of broccoli, salad, and texas toast.
Post # 4
Lately I’ve been making salads like this:
Pretty much some type of small pasta (like orzo) or quinoa, and whatever veggies I have on hand, maybe some feta cheese, and a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette.
Your spaghetti idea sounds great!
Post # 5
I made this earlier in the week, no cooking required, and OH SO GOOD!
It was delicious, I had leftovers on top of a salad for lunch the next day!
Post # 6
I have two side salads for you…
Salad #1: 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, rough chop fresh herbs (whatever you have), chopped almonds, grated parm cheese. Rinse the zucchini, squash, and herbs well. Next use a peeler and to get long ribbons of your zucchini and squash. Toss with a little olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, almonds, and grated cheese. You cook nothing.
Salad #2: canteloupe, arugula (or spinach), chopped cilantro, chopped mint, fresh squeezed lime juice…optional: red onion and nuts. Toss together and serve.
Post # 7
One of my favorite side salads is a chic pea salad. I made this for FI and he loves it.
2 cups chic peas (drained)
2 tomatoes- diced
1/2 onion chopped
Chopped up basil to taste
sprinkle some mrs. dash for taste
drizzle some capreezi or balsamic vinegarette dressing
Post # 8
Bourbon + Ice.
Thats what I eat for dinner sometimes. Dont judge me.
Post # 9
FAVORITE SUMMER SALAD, EVER!
1/4 c distilled white vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 cucumbers, peeled, halved and seeded
8 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
1/4 red onion sliced thinly
Combine vinegar, sugar and pepper in saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute, remove from heat and cool. Slice cucumbers and toss with 1 tsp of salt. Let sit in colander for 30 minutes. Pat dry. Just before serving toss watermelon with salt in a large bowl. Add cucumbers, red onions, and pepper syrup and toss.
Post # 10
It’s too hot to cook and when its this hot I don’t even want to eat. I’ve been keeping fruit and veggies prepped in the fridge so that I won’t skip eating because I’m too hot and lazy to bother. When I get up early enough I cook chicken on the stove and leave it in the fridge to put on salads and sandwiches. The boyfriend has been eating a lot of sandwiches, but that’s what he’d be eating if I wasn’t around anyway. Lol
Post # 11
@KristenGotMarried: Hahaha! Not judging at all! I love it!
Thanks, those are some great ideas/recipes! I knew I could count on the bees! Keep them coming! 🙂
Post # 12
Love this thread! I was just thinking what the heck are we going to have for dinner tonight, there is no way I’m turning the oven on! Unfortunately for me, I just cannot think of salads as an entree. No matter how big or meaty it is, my brain files it under appetizer/side dish and I feel underfed. That said, my George Forman Grill gets a whole lot of use in the hot weather! Pork chops in six minutes were yesterday’s dish 🙂
Post # 13
gazpacho (Top with dollop of sour cream and crumbled tortilla chips), omlette/fritatta with light salad on side, homeade medditerrean platter (hummus, mini pitas, cucumber, bell pepper, tzatziki, olives, grilled chicken), kabobs, and sometimes a nice big smoothie or bowl of cold cereal!
Post # 14
@KristenGettingMarried – you’re my favorite. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
Post # 15
I make a very simple fresh and easy summer watermelon salad.
All you need is watermelon cut into chunks, cherry tomatoes that I halve, tiny bit of olive oil and some feta cheese mixed in. Thats it!
The combo of the saltness of the feta w/ the sweetness of the watermelon – SO good!
Post # 16
You’ve gotten some great ideas on here! My favorite summer “meal” is Caprese salad, even better with heirloom tomatoes from my garden! I eat that for dinner when FI is out of town…never thought to combine it with pasta, but I’ll definitely have to try that!!