We just went through something of a heat wave where I live, and I faced coming up with meals that would not subject me to death-by-overheating in the cooking process. AKA- budget friendly summer foods. I face this type of obstacle every year. I live in New England, one day it's cool outside and the next day it's as hot as reading 50 Shades of Grey while watching a preview of Magic Mike. Tack humidity onto the heat, and all I want to do is curl up in my chest freezer-with a copy of 50 Shades, of course.
Magic Mike. See what I mean, ladies :) Wuka Wuka.
The mini heat wave has passed, and I have gotten some really good meal ideas from my fellow Cape Cod Bloggers and, of course, readers, friends, family, and the internet! If it's too hot to turn on your oven, try and give some of the below ideas a whirl-I think you'll be pleased with the outcome.
PS: If you don't have a Crock Pot, you should definitely think about getting one. Crock Pots are a summer essential for the kitchen.
Emily, from Nap Time is My Time shared the following
Yuki, from Practical Magic shared her hot weather go-to foods
in her post titled Lazy
Other " hot weather food" recommendations I received were:
Gazpacho- I love cold soups-yum!
BLT's (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches)- A timeless classic.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches- Slow Cooker Meal
Jambalaya - Slow Cooker Meal
Beef Sandwiches, Au Jus- Slow Cooker Meal
Burgers on the Grill, or other grill foods like hot dogs and sausages.
Cape Cod Turkey Pita's- They look quite delightful.
Asian Chicken Wraps (Super delicious, I might add)
Ancho BBQ Whole Chicken- If you like savory and spicy, this recipe is worth a try!
Homemade Hummus- You can't get any more inexpensive than chick peas.
Chicken Fingers on a Stick- Super kid friendly!
Grilled Tandoori Tofu- Once upon a time, I was a devout vegetarian.
Grilled Ham Steaks & Pineapple Slices- Simple, tasty, and fast!
and last, but not least........
Quinoa with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Olives- Okay, so maybe goat cheese is somewhat of a "luxury" shopping list item, and you have to cook the Quinoa-but this recipe yields plenty of leftovers. You have to splurge sometimes! Wink, wink.
What are some of your favorite go-to summer foods? Leave a comment on this post with your ideas and recipes, and I'll be sure to include them on my site!