How do you make dinner without turning your whole house into an oven? Here are five ideas to feed your appetite yet help keep you cool.
1. Grill:Grilling isn’t just for meats. Put your vegetables and (certain) fruits on the grill for delicious flavor and easy cooking. You can even cook pizza!
If you don’t have an outdoor grill, that’s okay. We have an electric indoor grill that’s easy to use, clean and doesn’t heat up the kitchen!
2. Stovetop: Cooking on the stove does generate warmth, but not as much as an oven. You might want to choose foods that cook quickly. Fry bacon to make delicious BLT sandwiches for a cool, quick meal.
3. Microwave: Buy foods you can prepare in the microwave. The only heat you’ll experience will be from the food itself. Trader Joe’s is my favorite store to pick up dinners we can just heat and eat.
4. Crockpot: For some reason, I think of my crockpot for making meals in the winter. However, it’s just as useful now and will give you oven results without leaving you sweltering. You can slow cook just about anything. One of my favorite sources of recipes is A Year of Slow Cooking.
5. Cold Foods: Sometimes we just eat from the fridge. So, it might be cold sandwiches, cereal with milk or an entree-sized salad. It’s refreshing, easy and fun to do something different. (Of course, there are people who have cereal for dinner often so it’s not so unique.)
6. Take-Out: Picking up a main course is often less expensive than eating at a restaurant. We often pick up a roasted chicken at the big box store ($5) and build a meal around that. I usually prepare two dinners and one lunch from the chicken so it’s a great buy.
Save your money and eat at home while chillin’ at the same time. What’s your tip for beating the heat?