Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Too Hot to Cook – Refreshing Foods to help beat the heat.

We’ve all had those days, when it’s so hot the thought of cooking or heating food is nigh replusive.  Well here are some of my families favorite Too-Hot-to-Cook Foods. 

Yogurt Parfait – It’s as simple as layering your favorite yogurt, fresh berries (go hit up you local farmers market) and granola.

Summer 504

Or use those fresh berries to make a yummy breakfast fruit smoothie.

5 star smoothie

Here’s a 5 Star Smoothie Recipe from Amy Jessica at allrecipes.com.   I suggest replacing the frozen berries with fresh ones.

How about:

Apple-Snicker Salad.  (One of my families favorite recipes)

2 Can’s Crushed Pineapple (Drained)

3 Medium or 4 small Granny Smith Apples chopped up.

4-5 Snicker’s Bars cut into small cubes (easier to cut and not make a gooey mess if you’ve refrigerated them first)

Regular size tub of Lite Cool Whip

(Opt).  1/8 – 1/4th cup chopped up salted peanuts or cashews.

I always drain my crushed pineapple through a strainer, while pushing down on it with a spoon.  Then save the pineapple juice and add it to your favorite breakfast fruit smoothie, or use it in the Black Bean salad below.

Bring on the Sandwiches:   Chicken Salad is one of my favorites.  You can use the canned chicken (drained) in your favorite recipe or like me cook some chicken up ahead of time (in the evening when the house is cooling off)  Love pre-cooking pasta for future salads on a cooler evening as well.

This next recipe is so good it should be banned.  Many thanks to my sis-in-law Em who shared it with me a couple of years ago.  I could eat it by the bucket full with a good bag of corn chips.

Black Bean and Citrus Salad

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup red wine  or rice vinegar

1/3  cup orange or Pineapple juice

2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained

1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1 medium green bell pepper, diced

1 small onion

In large glass or ceramic bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and orange or pineapple juice until well blended.  Add remaining ingredients, mix well and serve.  For even more flavor, cover and let stand at room temperature for several hours or in the refrigerator overnight.  If chilled, bring to room temperature before serving.

Hillbilly Housewife posted a similar yummy bean Salad on her site.  Submitted by  Neita  here’s a keeper called…

Cowboy Caviar (Click here to see it)

Also high on our list is

Lemonade or Limeade with fresh berries and mint leaves added the evening before.  Served over ice – Perfection

How about some

Snow in Summer.  We purchased a cheap shaved ice maker a few years back and the kids always beg me to pull it out.  How cheap is Ice for a cooling snack?  Found this adorable retro looking machine online.

sno cones

Personally I like the shaved ice without the flavoring added.  Could suck on the stuff all day.

Please chime on:  What are your favorite no-cook recipes.  Send me a link and I’ll add it onto this post.

Here’s some more…

Little Birdie Secrets Yummy Eclair Dessert.

yummy dessert


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