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8 No-Cook Meals for Hot Arizona Days

Summer is a time for vacations and afternoons by the pool — so why not give your oven a break? Even if you have an air-conditioned kitchen, there’s something wonderful about not having to turn up the heat to make dinner when the weather is scorching.

Whether you’re too warm to cook, or so exhausted from the activities of the day that you just want to make something quick and simple, these basic no-cook meals are a delicious and nutritious summer savior. Here, we’ll cover a range of different dinners, lunches, and desserts designed for quick assembly without the flames.

1. Panzanella
panzanella

When it comes to simple and delicious meals, you can’t go wrong with an Italian classic. Panzanella is a traditional meal that you can enjoy any time of the day. This delightful veggie and bread dish is a fantastic solution for when you want to use up leftovers from the rest of the week, and it gets more delicious the longer you leave it. To follow this panzanella recipe, you’ll need:

  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 2 cups bread
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ a head of Romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Parsley

2. Cobb Salad
cobb salad

Here’s a delicious, simple, and nutritious way to eat the rainbow. Brimming with green avocado, white chicken, and red tomatoes, all you need for a delightful cobb salad is plenty of veggies, some rotisserie chicken from the store, and a little imagination. This recipe includes:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 425 grams cooked chicken
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 100g blue cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 spring onions
  • Salad dressing

3. No-Bake Icebox Cake
icebox cake

Icebox cakes are simple, delicious, and great for the whole family to make together. This particular recipe is as simple as they come, designed with layers of whipped cream, freshly sliced strawberries, and graham crackers. It’s just sweet enough to finish your summer days on the right note. You’ll need:

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 4 sleeves of graham crackers
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries

4. Shrimp Summer Rolls

shrimp summer rolls

Perfect for when you need something light, fresh, and filling before you take off for an Arizona adventure, these shrimp summer rolls work perfectly as either a starter or a main course. Be sure to set out some dipping sauces for an extra kick of flavor. The recipe includes:

  • 4 cooked shrimp
  • Vermicelli noodles
  • Purple cabbage leaf
  • 1 carrot
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint
  • Rice paper rounds
  • Water

5. Chilled Buttermilk Soup

buttermilk soup

Think soup’s just for winter? Think again. This charming soup is quick, refreshing, and packed full of flavor. All you need is some cold buttermilk, a few chopped tomatoes, and fresh summer herbs for that finishing touch. Grab these ingredients to begin:

  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes
  • 1 green onion
  • 3-4 basil leaves

6. Watermelon Gazpacho

watermelon gazpacho

An alternative take on the summer soup, Gazpacho is a favorite among Arizona residents when they’re looking for light, mouthwatering meals to share with the whole family. This watermelon-based recipe is hydrating, and comes with a touch of serrano chili for those who like their food to have a little bite! Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • 1 large tomato
  • Half a serrano chili
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • Half a cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • ¼ cup feta cheese

7. Lemon Spaghetti

lemon spaghetti

Summer spaghetti? Why not! This elegant blend of prosciutto and arugula is perfect for a light afternoon lunch or a family dinner, depending on what you need. You’ll need to boil some water to prepare the spaghetti, but that’s as far as your oven interactions should go. Make some up ahead of time to be ready. Ingredients include:

  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 3 oz. prosciutto
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Salt and pepper

8. Very Berry Smoothie

very berry smoothie

Finally, if it’s so warm outside that you haven’t got much of an appetite first thing in a morning, here’s a quick and simple way to drink your nutrients. This sweet smoothie features plenty of nutrient-dense berries, along with omega-3 rich flaxseed oil, and lots of flavor! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Half a banana
  • ½ cup  frozen berries
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • ½ cup ice

These recipes should keep your belly full and your body cool this summer!

2017-08-17T18:55:41+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Featured|
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