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


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.

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

Tags: hot weather dinner, no oven, summer dinner, summer food, what to eat when it's hot
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5 Easy Summery Recipes That Will Save You From The Heat Wave


By Cooking Panda

It’s summer, and there’s a good chance that you’ll be coming home from work, exhausted from your day and the heat wave. But that’s not a reason to stay out of the kitchen!

If you have 30 minutes or so, you’ll be able to whip up some super easy, comforting summer recipes that’ll make you forget about the heat.

1. Orange Chicken

Sometimes you need a good ol’ comfort food to revitalize you from the summer heat. The best part? It’s super easy to make, and you don’t need to use your oven!

If you want to round out your meal, you can add pineapple chunks, kale or similar greens, or cauliflower – either saute it or treat it exactly like the chicken – battered and fried. Want a healthier sauteed version that has all the deliciousness of the original stuff? Skip the batter and use this recipe.

2. Fig and Blue Cheese Tart with Honey, Balsamic and Rosemary

It’s way too hot for the oven! Make small versions of these guys in the toaster oven, or grill them – the best part is that you’ll get a sublime flavor kick. Use this guide to avoid disaster when grilling tarts and pizzas.

3. Sake-Steamed Mandarin Fish

This white fish recipe is delicious, easy and summery, complete with refreshing tangerines. No oven needed – you can either cook in a dedicated steamer or throw it with some veggies in a steamer rack at the top of your rice cooker for a few minutes for a one-pot meal. If you don’t have a steamer, you can also wrap it in foil and grill it like so.

4. Pork Chops with Peaches and Walnuts

Cook in a cast iron skillet (or a regular skillet if you don’t have it) for a super easy 20-minute dish. You can also make this with chicken thighs or breasts – adjust the cooking time as needed to make sure it cooks all the way through.

5. Raw Mango Curry

Spiced mango curry is totally delicious and would make for a refreshing and light meal or side, served with rice and roti (Indian flatbread) or over coconut rice as a tasty dessert.

Featured Photo Credit: Mommyhood's Diary

Tags: fruit dinner, no oven, quick dinner, summer recipe, weeknight recipes
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