No time for heating up the house: Cool Summer dinners!

Who would have thought we would go from a frigid winter to a sweltering humid spring? Okay, I won’t complain (because honestly I complained enough about the cold to last all spring!), but man oh man does this hot weather make cooking a little more chaotic. I don’t know about you all, but when its humid outside the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven. Not only do I not want to turn on our A/C just yet…hashtag frugal…but I also just don’t crave hot foods when the weather is already hot enough. Lately, I’ve been scouring Pinterest to see what dinners I could whip up without the oven.

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Whenever I look for a recipe I look first at the title (obvious right?), but if its something boring like, “Grilled cheese and tomato”…I would look elsewhere, but if it said, “Parmesan Crusted grilled Baguette with brie and a tomato red roasted pepper compote” I would drooling as I clicked the pin. After the title pulls me, I normally will quickly glance at all of the pictures…Just to make sure it lives up to the name, of course 😉 After I decide the title and pictures are worthy, I check out the ingredient list to determine if a.) I have everything or have something I could swap instead and b.) if not, would it be worth it for me to go out and get this ingredient. After all this checks out, the last thing I check is the time. Let’s be honest. The other things may or may not sway me one way or the other, but the time commitment? That’s a deal beaker. 1 hour for dinner? Hell, if it said 30 minutes chances are I would be out.


Most days of the week, I come home ready to eat dinner NOW. If I had to wait another 30-60 minutes on top of that? Um. No. First off, I’m not eating dinner at 9pm and second, I know that if I have to wait that long for something to cook I totally would find something to snack on in the interim which would totally defeat the purpose of whipping up something great for dinner.

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All things considered, I have found for you all my latest and greatest pins of time-efficient, heat-free, short list ingredient meals. Granted, I haven’t tried them all yet, but they are definitely being added to the dinner calendar (yes, I have a dinner calendar…more on that next week) as we speak. Check out these yummy pins and more on my new Sunny Summer Eats board! Also, if you would like to be a contributor for this board feel free to request to join!

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Caprese Stuffed Avocado | Laylita’s Recipes

Just a few of my favorite things… But for real, avocado and caprese salad? Gimme.

Easy Summer Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing | Family Food and Travel

I totally agree with her point about salad being the key food for summer’s dinner without heat, but it can get boring and repetitive. Love this flavor and the homemade dressing!

Ceviche Recipe with Shrimp and Pineapple | Food, Faith and Fitness

Shh, don’t look at the cooking time. Its just chilling and passively cooking. Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. How amazing would this be with a summery cocktail, your feet up and a nice pair of sunnies. Into it.

Turkey Club Wrap | Cupcake Diaries

Sometimes a sandwich can be monotonous for dinner. I love to mix it up and put my salad or sandwich in a wrap for ease of travel. 😉

Avocado and Salmon Tartare with Mango Habanero Sauce | Laylita’s Recipes

Okay and this one totally doesn’t fit the time restrictions, but how amazing does it look? *drools*

What about you? What’s your go-to no-heat meal? Any Pinterest cravings hitting up your menu? Tell me!



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2 comments on “No time for heating up the house: Cool Summer dinners!
  1. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    All these meals look delicious! I have been so lazy in the kitchen lately :(. I need to get back on the ball!

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