Recipes that won't make you SWELTER in this HEAT!?

Megan - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for a recipe for dinner that you dont have to crank up the stove or oven so that way the house isn't a sweat shop. Any good summer, cooling, refreshing recipes???

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Taylor - posted on 06/07/2010

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One of my faves that is surprisingly satisfying is couscous with artichokes.
cook up a box of garlic (or other flavor you like) cous cous. Add a T of olive oil and some lemon juice (I think) and 1 finely chopped garlic clove. Also add some toasted walnuts (the toasting really brings out the flavor but its still good w/o toasting.) Also add about 1/2C chopped parsley, thoroughly washed, some chopped fresh mint, and 1 can drained quartered artichoke hearts. One of my all time favorites!

Anne-Marie - posted on 06/06/2010

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My whole family loves this! Its called Rocky Ford Chili

2 cans Hormel chili (with or w/o beans)
Small bag of frozen corn
Fritos Chips
sliced olives
shredded cheese
salsa
sour cream

Mix chili and frozen corn and cook on stovetop til warm. Place shredded lettuce in the bottom of a bowl. Top with crushed up Fritos. Add chili mixture over Fritos and top with olives, cheese and/ or sour cream. YUM! :)

Betty - posted on 05/28/2010

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Crock pot-- a good sounding recipe was just posted buy here again--not mine-- Al lot of recipes that would cook in the oven can be done in an electric skillet-- like cooking a meatloaf and potatoes and vegetables off to the side.



Scalloped Potato's with Ham



3 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped cooked ham

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper



Directions

1.Place sliced potatoes in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together shredded cheese, onion and ham. Mix with potatoes in slow cooker. Using the same bowl, mix together condensed soup and water. Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over the potato mixture.

2.Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours.

Elissa - posted on 05/27/2010

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I love any kind of salad at all. But for a really quick meal that requires very little cooking at all here's my suggestion

Ingredients: can of tuna; spring onions; mascarpone cheese; fresh pasta

Cook pasta in boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes. Drain. Add drained tuna, chopped spring onions and mascarpone and mix through til cheese becomes a sauce. Serve.

I love this and so does my 8 month old (especially the tuna)

Deborah - posted on 06/09/2010

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i like to use my crockpot lots in the summer it doesn;t heat up the house but you can make a hearty meal for my family and i usally have enough left to freeze for anouther night later

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Sofia - posted on 06/19/2010

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I love to make variations of grilled cheese in summer like smoked muenster or provalone w/ sliced onion, slice of tomato , avacado n fry in a little garlic butter ! BLT,s are great too ! Then just add fruit .

Debbie - posted on 06/18/2010

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This is a good summer salad, it was a hit with those who have tried it. And it's healthy,filling, also a vegitarian dish!

Dressing

Honey
Guava nectar
Coarse sea salt
Lime juice
Pear juice

Mix together,set aside.

Cut in half and toast 1 whole wheat tortilla per salad by spraying with Non-fat Cooking spray and baking at 350* for 5 mins +/-
On romaine lettuce drisseled with dressing place tortilla. Then top with drained and rised black beans, sliced avacodos,fresh diced tomatoes.
Drissle with dressing and salsa ( I used homemade, but store bought is fine too.)
Enjoy!!

Cyndi - posted on 06/10/2010

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we either grill outside (chicken, ribs, burgers, brats, hot dogs, porck chops, steak, corn on the cob- most things can be grilled if you keep an eye on them) or my crock pot, you can just throw in the ingredients and walk away. I live int he deep south so I can definitely relate to the sweltering heat!

Karin - posted on 06/09/2010

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We sometimes have a fruit night, when everyone has been outside in the heat and are not hungry. We leave the fruit in the fridge until it's time to eat, and then everyone can just snack their way through the night - getting their roughage and vitamins. :D Cut apples, bananas, raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
Also, we sometimes have a summer sausage, cheese and cracker night with some fruit on the side (again, strawberries, etc).
Also, don't forget cold cut sandwiches.
Hope that helps!

Nancy - posted on 06/09/2010

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I like salads, but not the lettuce, tomato, celery, dressing boring snooze...... I put interesting things in my salad like feta cheese, prossuito, nuts, salame, chicken, etc...make it full of lots of ingredients and use spinich or a spring mix with lots of types of leaves. Costco, if you have it, sells an Asian Chinese Chicken Salad pack that has two dinners in it. You just chop the lettuce. It includes the chicken, crunchies, nuts and dressing. I also add mandarine oranges and green onions. That is super fast and very cooling in the summer. I have dinner on the table in 5 minutes! We BBQ a lot in the summer and I often put fish in tinfoil with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, onions, mushrooms, zuccini, corn, whatever, pinch it closed and steam it on the BBQ grill for 15 minutes. Fast and healthy and my son plays in the yard while my husband BBQ's and I prep the rest inside. I also love fresh summer fruit. Lots of berries and peaches sliced up with yogurt mixed in and topped with granola. Great summer lunch, breakfast, snack or dessert. If I use plain yogurt I dress it up with cinnamon and agave nectar or honey. Run the crock pot so it cooks while I'm at work.

Ivy - posted on 06/08/2010

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Cous cous with thyme, feta cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. You can add extra virgin olive oil to make it a little moist if you think it is dry, but also adds flavor. Mmm, it is good. Cous cous just needs boiled water. You can follow the packet instruction or pour some in the bowl and pour enough water over the cous cous. Then cover for 5 minutes.

Stephanie - posted on 06/08/2010

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One of our favorites is Chicken Stew- which you can make in the microwave. It takes:
1 can chicken breast chunks (I use the smaller Wal-Mart brand can, around 12 oz, I think)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pkg frozen veggies in a steam-cook bag
To make, cook the veggies in the microwave as directed on the package. While they are cooking, empty the can of cream of chicken soup into a microwaveable bowl. Drain water off of chicken and add to soup. Stir & break up any large chunks of chicken. When veggies have cooked, drain any water off of them and add to chicken mixture. Stir well, then microwave to heat through.
This is really good over pieces of bread or biscuits!!! (it's also good in the wintertime to mix together- leaving the veggies uncooked- and pour into a pie crust. Top with a second crust and bake until done for a yummy homemade pot pie!)

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Crockpots are AWESOME I use my all the time.

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients
1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Celery Soup
1 Can Campell's Cheese Soup
1 jar Hormel Dried Beef - diced
2 pounds boneless skinnless chicken - diced
1/4 tsp - Garlic powder

Directions
Add all ingredients to Crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Serve over Brown Rice or Egg Noodles

Number of Servings: 8

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2010

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Hmm Taco's are pretty low key no need to heat up the oven for them, also you could get some deli meat and make subs. Other wise grill outside, or go out haha ;P

Meg - posted on 06/07/2010

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We do alot of cold meals during the summer with fresh fruit salads for dessert. Things like sandwichs are always simple, but green salads and cheese and cracker plates with some kind of sliced meat seem to be the favorite for a really lite meal in the summer.

Brandi - posted on 06/06/2010

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Mhmm i hate chili but i think i will have to make this and soon lol thanks so much Anne-Marie

Rochelle - posted on 06/06/2010

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Grill baby grill. I buy lots of meat on sale, make marinades and freeze meal size portions in freezer bags just for that purpose. Grilling on a gas grill is quick and relatively painless and you can throw a salad on the side. I have also grill veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, and corn on the grill

Michelle - posted on 06/04/2010

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I wish I was living where you are because we're still freezing in Edmonton. Last summer I moved my crockpot outside to a table on the deck, and a friend of mine also had her toaster oven out there so she could cook without heating up the house.

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We kinda live on Pasta salad when its hot and have the occasional shepherds pie for a change!! x

Terra - posted on 05/30/2010

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We use our Quesadilla maker (can be purchased at Wal-Mart, BBB, etc.), the grill, and the slow cooker a lot during the summer for that very reason. Salads are also a great idea.

Celeste - posted on 05/30/2010

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In the summer we eat alot of cold salads, chef ect. One that my family likes is macaroni salad with a couple cans of tuna in it. I cook the pasta and hard boil eggs early in the morning and just put in the fridge until later.

Combine approx. 4 cups pasta cooked, 6 hard boiled eggs, diced, 1/2 cup red onion, a few pickles, chopped, 2 cans tuna, drained. Mix together approx. 1cup miracle whip, 1-2 tbsp mustard a litte milk to "loosen" the mixture, seasoning salt and pepper. Combine with pasta just before serving.

Rose - posted on 05/30/2010

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As others have said Crock pot or grill. I have a George Foreman indoor grill and a panini grill. You can grill sandwiches and veggies on both of these, also potatoes! Use your microwave to make packages of Noodles-n-sauce, rice-a-roni, baked potatoes or sweet potates, steam veggies, or cook ground beef. I also hate turning on the oven in the summer.

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2010

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First of all, do you like Nacho's? No, not the can of nacho sauce you pick up at the store; I have a recipe from my grandmother; but only if you like Nacho's. Here it is:

1 package of Velveta Cheese (large Cube)
1 16oz. jar of Best Foods Mayonaise, (not substitutes ever!)
1 can of tomatoes sauce
1 can of carnation can milk, (not pet milk, nor substitues)
1/2 pack of crushed chili peppers
1 tablespoon garlic powder.

Now, throw all that stuff in your crock pot set on medium heat until the cheese melts. Take your wisk and stir it all up; then set heat to low.

Get yourself some nacho chips or you can spread on Tostado shell and enjoy!
You can make bean tostastado's with it and have some spanish rice

Donna - posted on 05/27/2010

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Do you have a slow cooker they wont heat ur house up as much and u can cook lots in it.

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