When it’s hot, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven, so here are some no-cook meals that will help you stay cool this summer. They feature the best of summer veggies so that you’ll be inspired to make the most of all the fresh, local produce that’s available this time of the year!
Refreshing gazpacho hits the stop on hot days. Add flair and substance to these recipes with fun garnishes. We love chopped cooked shrimp and diced avocado on top for added protein and healthy fats.
JUST NOODLE WITH IT
One of my favorite summer meals is zucchini noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer to make the noodles–don’t worry–simply grate zucchini length-wise on a box grater or peel length-wise with a vegetable peeler to create “noodles”. Short on time? At Whole Foods Market we sell prepared zucchini noodles in our produce department. Check out the other veggie noodle options such as sweet potato, summer squash, beet and carrot noodles as well!
There’s no need to cook the zucchini noodles because they actually have a better texture when you leave them raw. Top them with classic spaghetti sauce, dress them with your favorite vinaigrette or just add olive oil, salt and pepper. Personally, I love pesto on my noodles. Here’s a recipe we love:
WRAP ‘N ROLL
Wraps, rolls and tacos are great for creating speedy meals when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. I love no-cook spring rolls in the summer. Here are some recipe ideas:
Banana “nice cream” is so smooth and creamy you won’t even realize it’s healthy. It’s easy as 1-2-3 to prepare. Just keep some peeled bananas in your freezer so they’ll be ready when you are in the mood for this delicious and versatile dessert. Here’s the super simple recipe for a healthy summer treat. Experiment with add-ins like strawberries or cocoa powder.