For those days when you do NOT want to turn on the stove.
When temperatures creep up to 90 degrees or higher in the middle of July, your home might feel like the inside of an oven. As a result, setting your actual oven to 350 degrees may be the last thing you want to do. Luckily, you have a number of dinner options that don’t require turning on your stove or oven.
The classic no-cook option is salad, but there’s so much more to choose from. (But if you’re interested, here are unique salad options even salad skeptics will enjoy.)
For meals that won’t make you sweat, check out these no-cook recipes:
1. Pesto and zucchini noodles
“Zoodles” can be eaten raw, so it’s the perfect no-cook recipe to squash a pasta craving. Pump up the protein by adding drained, canned chickpeas or precooked shrimp.
2. Rainbow summer rolls
Rainbow rolls are kind of like summer in a roll. They are pretty parcels of colorful, fresh, crispy veggies (and sometimes fruits). Psst … all those colors translate into a variety of different vitamins, all in one meal.
3. Shrimp-stuffed avocados
Buy precooked, precleaned shrimp so they are ready to eat. Tossing the shrimp with veggies and lime juice gives it ceviche vibes. Plus, the protein from the shrimp and the heart-healthy fats from the avocado will help keep you satisfied.
4. Chickpea salad sandwiches
Chickpea salad sandwiches are basically a fish-free twist on tuna salad sandwiches (another no-cook meal). Swapping tuna with smashed chickpeas results in a high-fiber sandwich that won’t stink up the breakroom at work. Tip: Use whole-wheat bread to get even more protein.
Gazpacho is proof that soup isn’t just for winter. This cool, refreshing soup usually focuses on tomato, but some soup-er variations include watermelon gazpacho, strawberry gazpacho, and herby gazpacho verde.
They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—but why not just turn off the stove?
- 5 quick and healthy meals without using the stove. Chicago, IL: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2019. (Accessed on June 29, 2020)
- Avocado, raw. Washington, DC: FoodData Central, U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Accessed on June 29, 2020)
- Chickpeas, canned, drained, fat not added in cooking. Washington, DC: FoodData Central, U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Accessed on June 29, 2020)
- Shrimp, baked or broiled, made without fat. Washington, DC: FoodData Central, U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Accessed on June 29, 2020)