When it’s hotter than the dickens and you have to cook, it can feel like you’re an army cook in the trenches. What are you supposed to make for everyone now? No one wants you to turn the oven on, and even standing over the stove sounds horrible. But do you really want yet another cold cut sandwich? Takeout is getting expensive, and your waste line is not thanking you for all those last minute runs to the pizza place.
So what will it be tonight? Why not try these recipes for you and the family. They’re simple, delicious, nutritious and perfect for those last dog days of summer.
Delicious Avocado and Cucumber Salad
First, let’s talk about salad. This is always a good idea when it’s hot out. There’s only chopping involved, and there’s no need to turn on the oven or the stove. You can also use some of your delicious summer vegetables and fruits if you have a garden.
The salad we suggest to you combines two favorites of summer. First, we have avocado. Next, there’s cucumber. These are fresh and easy to find ingredients in the summer.
You’ll be chopping these two ingredients and adding them to cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, halved cherry or grape tomatoes and a few cups of freshly grilled and chilled corn kernels. Put all of this together with some chopped red onion, lime juice from a fresh lime, a few drizzles of olive oil, cumin seeds and salt and pepper to taste. It’s a delicious combination that the whole family will love. Don’t forget to add a pinch of freshly ground red pepper as well!
A Delicious Summer Soup
Who says soup is only for fall and winter? Gazpacho is a classic summer dish in Spain and a traditional Iberian dish. Cold soups like gazpacho can be made at any time, and they’re even perfect when you’re in a rush. Again, there’s no need to use your stove or oven. All the ingredients are cold.
Start with a half pound of fresh tomatoes and one pound of cubed watermelon in a blender. Throw some mint leaves and a diced English cucumber in. Add a few drizzles of olive oil and some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend this mixture and top with fresh cheese crumbles.