6 Quick Meals To Make When It’s Too Hot For Life (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Is the heat getting to you?

If not, consider yourself lucky and file these away for those summer months when you are getting SCORCHED, or consider making any of these tasty recipes for a convenient, fresh lunch.

These recipes are pretty easy, and a lot of them offer a great opportunity to use leftover or pre-cooked meat, or just buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and be done with it.

1. Greek Cobb Salad

Everyone knows that Cobb Salads make for a satisfying and filling meal, which for a salad is something of an accomplishment. But why not mix it up and add an extra element of cool flavors? P.S. Want to know how to boil perfectly fluffy, bright yellow eggs that peel with ease? Look no further than right here.

2. Chicken Summer Rolls

Easy leftover chicken (pork, turkey, shrimp, tofu …), veggie matchsticks, bright herbs, green lettuce, filling rice (you can also use rice vermicelli noodles if you’d rather) and rich peanut butter dip combine for a refreshing meal or side perfect for those days when you need a pick-me-up.

3. Chicken Salad With Apples and Cranberries

With crunchy, sweet apples, tart dried cranberries, earthy chopped nuts, sassy celery chunks and a small but mighty dash of curry powder, this is no ordinary chicken salad! It lends itself pretty well to just about anything you want to eat it with — crackers, lettuce leaf rolls or just a sandwich or wrap would all be really tasty. Want to lighten it up? Swap out all or half of the mayo for Greek yogurt.

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4. Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

This one is particularly great when it’s too hot to fire up the oven or stove. Toss a pork shoulder into your slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours. It’ll come out ridiculously tender and flavorful — perfect in tacos with a few refreshing toppings like sour cream, cilantro, radishes, pineapple and/or lime.

5. Soba Noodle Salad with Bok Choy

This hearty sesame noodle salad, complete with cucumber, carrot and scallion slaw, is equally delicious warm or cold, and it is incredibly simple. The only cooking you need to do is boil some water, toss some stuff in there, and you’re all set.

6. Chilled Buttermilk Soup

If cold soup sounds weird to you, you should open your mind to the wonders of this creamy, tomato-basil-onion blend that makes a delicious appetizer or scrumptious light meal.

Featured Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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