Too Hot to Cook
The sun is blazing, the humidity is up, and in the house the AC is going full blast. It's time to turn down the heat in the kitchen, because sometimes it's just too hot to cook. If you don't want to end up eating cold cereal for supper, you need a repetoire of delicious recipes. With a little help from already prepared foods from the store and a few standbys you've cooked ahead, you'll be ready for the hottest day.
It's good to have on hand some things that require no cooking. If you prepare a salad of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions, with light dressing, it can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days. That mixture gets better as it sits. Cold deli sliced turkey breast and hard-boiled eggs are handy for a quick meal. A rotisserie chicken from the supermarket can make several meals. Frozen vegetables that can be microwaved will fill out any menu. Have chilled fruit on hand for desserts.
You can also cook some things ahead at times of the day when it's not so hot. This could be pasta for pasta salad, brown rice or other grains, potatoes boiled in their skins, and steamed vegetables. Two grains, bulghur wheat and couscous, require no cooking except for water which can be heated to boiling in the microwave. Grilling outdoors is another option for keeping the kitchen cool.
Today's recipes, by Calorie Count members, are full of great ideas that will beat the heat in the kitchen.
- Bulgur Wheat Tabouli - The traditional, middle eastern salad that's even better the next day, after the flavors have blended. It can be made with less salt and no olive oil if needed.
- Chilled Cucumber & Mint Soup - Refreshing and cool, this soup tastes rich and creamy, yet is still low calorie and nutritious.
- Asian Chicken Salad - Use meat from a rotisserie chicken, mix the dressing ingredients cold, and no cooking at all is required to prepare this entree sized salad.
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