5 Ways to Beat The Heat… While You Eat!

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Summertime heat can make cooking a chore even for the most avid home chef. Here are a few ways to stay satisfied, healthy and cool – all at the same time!

1. Get to know your delicatessen

Cold cuts and chilled meats are great for savory sandwiches and hearty salads, which are easy, breezy and delicious – without the use of heat. Look for organic, grass-fed, nitrate and nitrite-free sources for better quality!

2. Frequent the farmstand

Picking up local produce on the weekends is the perfect way to maintain a steady supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Really want to avoid cooking? Only buy the produce you won’t have to cook – tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, berries, and so on. Steer clear of the stuff you’d have to heat in order to eat (corn, eggplant, etc.)

3. Overnight oats: a humble breakfast sensation

We’ve been seeing recipes for overnight soaked oats which qualify as raw as they are not cooked, simply soaked overnight and eaten cold in the morning with fruit, nut butters, chia seeds and a variety of other mix-ins. This popular dish is extremely simple and tasty, and good for you! Check out Brittany’s recipes for Overnight Oats.

4. Snack it up

Fresh salsa, homemade hummus, guacamole? Grab veggies, pita or tortilla strips and dip! Don’t underestimate the power of a good, organic cracker and aged cheese for a delicious, wholesome snack. Or fruit salad with a dollop of whipped cream. Wouldn’t it be fun to serve a variety of snack options for dinner? If you have kids, they’re sure to love it. And the best part? The oven and stove remain abandoned!

5. Go go gazpacho

It doesn’t get much simpler – Puree cold veggies and bread and top with diced cold veggies for a tasty dish that falls somewhere between a V8 and chilled soup. Try this classic tomato gazpacho recipe from Epicurious! Want something out of the ordinary? Check out this white gazpacho with a bit of protein.

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