It was a cool, rainy spring but summer is finally here and I’m definitely not complaining. I love everything about summer weather — the hotter the better! We’re right in the middle of our first heat wave and I’m 100% here for it.
This time of year I like to spend as much time as I can outside. We’ll usually fire up the grill for dinner, but sometimes we don’t feel like it. Or we’re out of gas. Or it’s just so hot that standing over any heat source — inside or outside — makes you feel like your face is going to melt off. For times like those, it’s great to have an arsenal of healthy no-cook meals to draw from.
This collection of simple no-cook dinner ideas is perfect for those summer nights when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven — or eat. It’s amazing what you can do with rotisserie chicken, a can of white beans or chickpeas, or fresh herbs. From big, leafy salads to ceviche and tortilla chips to all sorts of lettuce wraps, you’re practically guaranteed to find a few new recipes to love.
Mayo-Free Chicken Salad has tons of flavor thanks to fresh thyme and a simple lemon vinaigrette. Start with a rotisserie chicken to make them a cook free meal. Serve it on your favorite roll or wrapped in lettuce leaves.
This gorgeous farmhouse salad highlights the best produce of the season: asparagus, peas, and radishes. Use rotisserie chicken, or just leave it off - there's plenty of protein from chickpeas and soy nuts.
Spring rolls are one of my favorite things to eat when it's super hot outside. For this recipe you will need boiling water to soak the noodles and rice paper wrappers - if you have an electric kettle, this is the perfect time to pull it out!
These are my absolute favorite sandwiches, and a classic for summer picnics. Don't forget the spicy cherry pepper spread! If you're watching carbs, load everything onto a big salad, or wrap it all in lettuce leaves or a low carb wrap.
I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...