What to Eat When It’s So Dang Hot Outside – My Fav No-Cook Recipes

I know the last thing you want to do when it’s this dang hot outside is cook. This is the time when ya gotta have some easy, go-to no-cook recipes.

These have been our go-to low-cook (ie. just the stove, no oven required) and no-cook recipes this summer for quick, easy dinners.

An Example of a Low/No-Cook Recipe Kinda Week…

Monday…

usually early in the week I cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker and that night we’ll have it with carrots or sweet potatoes (I like to put the roots at the bottom of the slow cooker to prop up the chicken – they cook in the juices and taste delicious!). And I’ll make a simple green salad to go with it.

Tuesday…

The next night we may do beef tacos (Taco Tuesday!) or nachos (my girls’ favorite) with beef, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro (all the fixins!).

Wednesday…

I may bring the leftover chicken back in a stir fry or with a different salad. I may steam some veggies, or saute some frozen veggies like broccoli or mixed veg.

Thursday…

there’s usually a smorgasbord of leftovers, or if not I’ll pull some salmon out of the freezer to defrost, which I love with a crisp slaw salad in the summer. This is my kinda no-cook recipe!

Friday…

is what our girls know of as “mac and cheese and movie night.” So I make them Annie’s organic, grass-fed mac and cheese and Ross and I will get take out or go out (trying to do more of this!).

And that’s a week!

So you may be wondering… and your kids actually eat all of that? 

The answer is yes and no. Their preferences change daily. So I always offer it – they get a little bit of everything on their plate (and I take the complaints).

I also make sure there’s something I know they’ll eat – even if that means sautéing some extra frozen broccoli or peas and carrots if I know they won’t eat the salad.

I figure as their little taste buds are developing the most important thing is sending the message that this is what dinner is. — regardless of whether or not they eat every little thing…. as frustrating as it is to throw away food you put all that love into (sigh).

All of these recipes (minus the mac and cheese) you can find on the blog.

 

My Fav Summer No-Cook Recipes

 

The Easiest Pulled Chicken Tacos

pulled chicken tacos

 

Beef Tacos + Cilantro Cauliflower Rice

 

The Easiest Salmon Ever + Summer Strawberry Salad

easy dinner ideas - megan adams brown

 

Tomato Basil Fruit Salad 

 

Summer Beet + Watermelon Salad 

beet and watermelon salad

 

The Easiest Chicken Recipe You’ll Ever Make

whole chicken slow cooker recipe

 

Simple Slaw Salad with Salmon 

salmon and slaw

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

watermelon gazpacho

 

Coleslaw Salad

coleslaw salad

 

A Salad That’s Also a Dip

black bean salsa

 

The Best Spaghetti Sauce 

paleo spaghetti sauce

 

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs 

rainbow fruit pops

 

Orange Creamsicles 

dairy-free orange creamsicles

 

The Ice Cream You can Eat For Dinner 

banana ice cream

It really doesn’t get much easier than some of these no-cook recipes. They’re really perfect for summer, and just so dang easy too!

If you Want More Help (As In Just Tell Me What To Do So I Don’t Even Have to Think About It…)

There’s also my DIY online program – Dinner in 10 – that gives you 4 whole weeks of meal plans (that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner) and teaches you how to make all this delicious food in 10 minutes or less so you can eat well, without spending hours in the kitchen every day.

It’s “literally life-changing” as multiple people who have gone through it tell me.

Get started today with Dinner in 10 right here.

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