The temperature at my apartment stays fairly cool during the day. Until about 2 pm. Then, the afternoon sun blasts through all the West-facing windows, and even just sitting at my desk turns into a steamy affair.
When quitting time rolls around, the last thing I want to do is fire up a hot stove and heat the place up all over again just to make dinner. In those situations, I usually opt to throw dinner on the grill — veggies, meat, everything — but then I discovered something even better: meals that require no cooking at all!
Put a few of these into your weekly rotation and you’ll be able to wow your sweating family with a quick, healthy meal that’s guaranteed to keep everyone cool.
1. Chicken & White Bean Salad
Salad greens are abundant in gardens and farmers’ markets this time of year. The only trouble is figuring out enough different ways to serve them! Here’s a variation packed full of protein from iVillage: add some diced, pasture-raised chicken, some feta cheese, white beans and fresh basil. Top with a homemade citrus vinaigrette, and enjoy! For even more nutrients, try substituting smoked salmon for the chicken.
2. Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
Consisting of around 90 percent water, watermelon is a great summertime treat that will bring down your body temperature and help you stay hydrated. In this delicious soup recipe from CookingStoned, the delightful pink fruit is combined with tomato, cucumber, herbs and some spicy Serrano pepper for an amazing dinner that only needs a few minutes in the food processor!
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