I love to cook, but when it’s 88 degrees out and humid, it’s kind of rough to fire up your oven. Summer days are here and to keep yourself cool in the kitchen, but still well fed, try these tips:
1. Cook in the early morning. Make use of the early sunrise on summer days. Getting up at 6 AM to do some AM cooking with all the kitchen windows/doors open, is going to feel much better than afternoon cooking.
2. Do all your prep in advance. If everything is ready to stir together and shove in the oven, you may be able to get out of the room while the oven is on, rather than standing in there prepping the next item to be cooked.
3. Cook outdoors in a shady spot. Even though it might be hot outside, the potential for breezes are more likely compared to being indoors.
4. Prep cold foods and don’t bother turning that oven on at all. Here are a few cold foods for hot summer days:
- Smoothies, cheese, and crackers could make a simple lunch or dinner, provided you get a healthy dose of veggies in the smoothie
- Cold cereal, cut fruit, and nuts
- Entrée salads made with greens, veggies, diced fruit, croutons, and pre-cooked meats (tuna, chicken breast, turkey, etc..)
- Sandwich and gazpacho
- Cut veggies, hummus, crackers, and yogurt with cut fruit
- Tortilla chips, bean dip mixed with shredded carrots, diced tomato, diced cucumber and avocado
- Greek yogurt, nuts/seeds, fruit compote and granola
5. Turn on the AC in your house…….if you have it. As you can tell, I don’t.
What are some of your favorite homecooked summer meals that don’t require turning on the oven?