When it’s too hot to fire up the oven, and you can’t stomach the idea of standing in front of a hot grill, try one of these hot-weather options. These recipes are perfect for hot summer nights or for when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Gazpacho is a cold vegetable soup with Spanish origins. Tomatoes, spices, and other veggies are generally used, but there are countless ways to modify the traditional recipe. With so many flavor combinations, you’re bound to find a recipe you turn to time and time again. Here are some options to explore:
While we’re on the subject of soup, here’s another recipe to keep in your arsenal for hot summer days and nights. The recipe does call for beef, which will have to be cooked, but you could also leave it out if you really don’t want to turn on the grill. Besides that, going meatless for one meal each week is known to have significant health benefits for your body. Give it a try and go for meatless Mondays this summer.
Nothing says summer quite like a salad, and this hearty recipe will keep you full long after you’ve finished eating. It’s full of corn, tomatoes, white beans, and herbs, but it’s also a very easy recipe to customize: you can add in more veggies or toss in whatever protein you have on hand.
If you have time to let the spices and herbs marinate for an hour or two, the flavor will be even better.
Cobb salads are a classic for a reason. They’re filling, easy to make, and can be customized to suit your tastes. For example, this version calls for crumbled bacon, but why not keep the meatless meal trend going by subbing in a different protein such as cooked soy beans or black beans.
During the heat of summer, you’ll need all the salad recipes you can get, and here are two more of our favorite compilations of delicious, filling salad recipes:
Grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and whip up this easy chicken salad recipe. Like many of the other recipes on this list, the list of ingredients is simple: chicken, Greek yogurt, basil pesto, frozen peas, and chopped snap peas. Plus, when you use this recipe, if you go with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise not only will you have a more unique and tasty flavor, but this is a great healthy substitute.
Full of fresh produce, this recipe is perfect for hot weather dining and the ginger soy dipping sauce will have you eating one lettuce wrap after another. The most labor-intensive part of this recipe is slicing the ingredients, but the result is a light-yet-filling dish that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.