It’s Too Hot To Cook!

Who wants to cook when it is this hot?  Not me. But, I still want to eat! Here are some ideas for quick, easy, inexpensive meals with links to my favorite SpendSmart.EatSmart. recipes.

Make Fruit A Meal

Vegetable Ideas

  • Summer Bounty Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Grill vegetables like onions, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, mushrooms and potatoes. Here’s how …
    • Just slice them 1/4 – 1/2-inch thick and marinate in whatever Italian salad dressing or vinaigrette you have on hand. (If you use potatoes you need to microwave them for a few minutes before you put them on the grill.)
    • Preheat the grill, then either use a grill basket or lay right on the oiled grate.
    • Grill over medium heat for 5-20 minutes depending on the vegetable. Sometimes I make skewers with chunks of beef or chicken, but I can make a meal of just vegetables.

Top Of The Stove Dishes – These dishes don’t take long to make, and when I am cooking, I make extra so I can just reheat them in the microwave.

No Cook Or Skillet Sandwiches

Dips To Eat With Baked Tortilla Chips

Salads  that are big enough for a meal

Finally, don’t forget your slow-cooker. You can plug it in anywhere and cook a roast or chicken and vegetables while you are at work.
jicama black bean diptuna melt sandwichsummer bounty salad

— pointers from Peggy

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