It’s summer and it’s swelling in many places in the country. In addition to taking cover indoors with the face pancake flat against the AC unit and bags of frozen peas stuffed in places, bags of frozen peas should never be, you might be wondering what and how should I eat in a moment like this?
We can safely say that turning on the oven is an absolute no-go. Venturing outside in the heat to find food is also an extreme high-risk maneuver (even before you consider coronavirus).
It really leaves only one option, and that is cooking at home – or should we say “cooking” at home? From snacks to apps, entrees, desserts and even refreshing frozen beverages, we have some recipes with no baking, no cooking, no HEAT recipes to help you through any bulging summer streak.
The beauty of this homemade mango salsa is triple. It has bright, fresh, refreshing ingredients like mango; it is completely no-bake / cooking; and it is not very spicy, which can aggravate a heat wave in ways you do not want. Add this to a salad or just eat with chips (and margaritas) and use the leftovers to top a salmon burger or chicken sandwich once the mercury has settled. Get our Mango Salsa recipe.
Avocado Yogurt Dip
Guacamole is a kind of no-brainer, and we’re not saying you shouldn’t make a batch, but maybe mix things up with this avocado and yogurt dip. Greek yogurt adds a zest that works well with the avocado’s more tame and creamy flavor profile. Serve this with chips, biscuits or sliced vegetables for a healthier option. Get our Avocado Yogurt Dip Recipe.
Red pepper and feta dip
Yes, I can see that this recipe requires you to roast the peppers yourself (do not you dare @ me), and in normal times we would say “go for it!” but these are not normal times, okay? You can find roasted red peppers in any grocery or delicatessen and they will work perfectly. Serve this fun dip cooled with pita chips, celery or carrot sticks. Get our recipe for red pepper and feta dip.
Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad
We are in the middle of the tomato season, and therefore a heat wave would be the perfect time to take them into use. A nice herbal tomato salad like this, if you have good tomatoes on hand, will definitely keep your internal temperature down. Add some fresh mozzarella or some protein that does not need to be baked, such as beans or tuna salad to turn this from side to head. Get our Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe.
Serve yourself a little elegance to take your mind off of the wiping heat that is trying to invade your home like a harmful gas. Crab salad could not be easier to make and is nicely served with good biscuits, with avocado slices or over a base of greens – and I might add, goes well with Champagne, which you should also have on hand during a heat wave (or anyone event, really. Get our crab salad recipe.
Basic tomato Gazpacho
This no-cook soup is a full no-brainer during any heatwave. You can do everything you need in a blender, making it not only perfect for hot summer moments, but easy and fast, giving you more time to sit and blow yourself back to life. Get our basic tomato Gazpacho recipe.
Watermelon Gazpacho with pickled watermelon peel
Watermelon is the most refreshing fruit of the summer (also one of its healthiest), but have you ever had it blown into gazpacho? If not, then it is now. Bonus points for pickling the watermelon crust for garnish. Get our recipe for watermelon Gazpacho.
Classic Steak Tartare
This is one of our best rated recipes. A classic steak tartare seems to be custom made for any carnivore that goes through a heatwave, and if you’ve never tried it, it might be time. Use good organic eggs for this. Worcestershire sauce and mustard provide the base flavors and are best served over greens or with toast. Get our classic steak tartare recipe.
Halibut Ceviche with watermelon
The best thing about ceviche is the part without cooking. Just prepare the ingredients, throw it all in a bowl and let it harden. Serve over greens or with chips or biscuits, with sliced avocado for a nice, light lunch without cooking. Get our halibut Ceviche with watermelon recipe.
Curry chicken salad
Technically, someone has to cook this chicken at some points but one of my hottest tips for good and easy chicken salad is to buy a fried chicken from the market or a good rotisserie place if you have one and use that meat. Saves you the hassle and also the heat of doing it yourself. Curry chicken salad goes bulging over crispy vegetables; you are welcome to add or subtract any ingredients that you deem appropriate. Get our curry chicken salad recipe.
Cold Asian peanut noodles
Okay, really talk. This is technically not 100 percent no-cook, as you will have to boil some water, but it is a small price to pay for a delicious cold noodle entree that the whole family will be pumped for. Add protein like shrimp or chicken, or keep it vegan. Soba or udon noodles can be found in almost any grocery store. Get our recipe for cold Asian peanut noodles.
No-Cook Tomato Sauce Summer Pasta
If you’re cool with boiling water for noodles, you might as well top them with a pasta sauce that shouldn’t be cooked, starring summer’s sweetest cherry tomatoes, plus a little soft cheese for the cream. Get our No-Cook Tomato Sauce Summer Pasta Recipe.
Our friend Jessie Sheehan wrote the book on freezer cakes, and we covered some of her favorite free desserts here, including a divine strawberry vanilla freezer cake.
But here are some more no-bake candies because you have to get dessert.
No-Bake S’mores Icebox Cake
This s’mores-inspired freezer cake is also an ice cream cake and will keep the whole family happy no matter how hot things get! Get the recipe for No-Bake S’mores Icebox Cake.
Lime Icebox cake
There is no wrong way to make a cake without baking. It requires only five ingredients and a blender to achieve creamy, citrus-like perfection. Get our Lime Icebox Cake recipe.
Summer berry salad
This is an audience pleaser and also versatile. You can add some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and blend any leftovers into a decadent smoothie for breakfast the next day. I mean, who does not love berries? Get our summer berry salad recipe.
Slushy Cherry Old-fashioned
For a hot day like this, you will (need) a cold, fruity, frozen cocktail that bridges the gap between dessert and drinks. Turn off the blender and a bottle of bourbon (nothing too expensive) and head for a cooler state of mind. Get our Slushy Cherry old-fashioned recipe.
Mud Pie Milkshake
Milkshakes more your speed? You can also nail them; check out our guide to making liquor shakes if you are curious. Or skip the alcohol and see the secret behind a perfect shake, then get our Mud Pie Milkshake recipe.
Cheers, and stay cool, guys!