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Oven-Free Summer Meals for When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Oven-Free Summer Meals for When It’s Too Hot to Cook

In the dog days of summer, crisp and cool summer meals really hit the spot. In need of some inspiration? Here are a few fantastic recipes that require less heat but pack in all the flavor.

Breakfast for Dinner

Extreme summer temperatures give us reason enough to mix things up a bit. If you’re a fan of breakfast food, give yourself a night off from complex cooking and simply prepare your favorite omelet on the stovetop. Omelets are easy, healthy, and only require minimal time spent standing over the heat. If you already have your favorite ingredient combination in mind, go for it, and if you need a little inspiration, try this refreshing recipe from Very Well Fit that incorporates the delicious summer vegetables we all crave this time of year.

Utilize the Toaster Oven

If you’re really craving a hot meal at the end of the day but can’t bear the thought of turning the oven on, take advantage of the oven’s close relative, the toaster oven. These little appliances are efficient and often overlooked when it comes to cooking anything substantial, but they pack a powerful punch and more importantly, won’t overpower your home’s AC. Check out this classic summer sausage, peppers, and onions recipe that’s quick and easy to make in the toaster oven.

Go Heat-Less

If you truly can’t handle the thought of bringing any more heat into your home or your dinner plate, there are many awesome chilled summer recipes that are both healthy and refreshing. Prepare a huge batch of your favorite salad to start as an appetizer, and pack the leftovers for lunch at work the next day. If you’re in need of something a little heartier to sustain you for dinnertime, try out this smoked salmon pizza, and grab a pre-made regular or cauliflower crust that you don’t have to bake. For less adventurous palettes, a summery chicken salad that incorporates seasonal corn and blueberries is the perfect light meal to end your day.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate

A key to keeping cool and comfortable in the warmer months is to make sure you’re fully hydrated! If you find yourself having trouble keeping up with your water intake, try infusing chilled water with lemon, strawberries, or mint for a fun, fresh taste.

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