In the heat of summer turning on the oven can seem unthinkable. To help beat the summer heat, and keep your family happy, here are some quick, hearty meals that you can make without turning your house into an oven.
1) cottage cheese and chives
Delicious and filling, cottage cheese and chives is so easy to make. Just take a container of cottage cheese, and add chives and pepper. For added variety, mix in some diced tomatoes and cucumber. Serve on toast or crackers.
2) tuna salad
A healthy and hearty way to add fish to your diet! Take one can of tuna and add 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Add diced pickles or celery for crunch. Serve as a sandwich, or on crackers.
3) Spicy Egg Salad Lettuce Wrap
A twist on an old classic! Hard boil some eggs (approximately one per wrap), the peal and mash them. Add about 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise per egg. Add diced celery or water chestnuts for crunch. To add some kick, add 2-3 dashes of curry powder per egg. Spoon onto fresh romaine leaves, then roll.
4) Egg and Tomato Pitas
Who says scrambled eggs are just for breakfast? Scramble approximately two eggs per sandwich. Thinly slice some fresh tomatoes, and salt to taste. Take your pita bread and cut it in half. Carefully peel the two sides apart, creating a “pocket”. Place the tomatoes and eggs in the pita bread “pocket” and add mixed greens if desired.
5) Filling Summer Salad
Jazz up your ordinary salad with this easy recipe. Start with a base of mixed greens. Add blue cheese or feta, and almonds for protein. Top with fresh raspberries or dried cranberries. For a simple vinaigrette dressing, simply mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar.