Diet and Nutrition

Monday Meals: Turn off the Heat, No-Cook Meals

Can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen? No way! Rising temperatures inspire us to make meal prep simple and cool. Skip the oven and even the grill; serve up delicious and healthy meals that feature raw or precooked elements and stay chill. We’re not the only ones trying to avoid the heat. Plenty of our favorite destinations on the web are pulling together their favorite hot weather spreads.

Cooking light offers a roundup of some of their go-to no-cook summer meals. Featuring plenty of veggies and subbing in precooked protein like rotisserie chicken, canned tuna and beans when extra support is needed. The Green Gazpacho with Corn and Radish Salad ups the fresh factor by featuring honeydew melon.

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Real Simple weighs in with a collection of inspired salads and sandwiches – and a chilled cucumber soup that cools you just to look at it. Their 25 Easy, No-Cook Recipes is what your picnic dreams are made of.

If you are trying to beat the heat, why not ask the experts of hot weather hospitality? Southern Living graciously offers their favorite 54 No-Cook Recipes for Summer. Their Texas Caviar Rice and Beans is in my plans for the week. Wednesday maybe?

Swap your stove for a blender to make this Martha Stewart No-Cook Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup.

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Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison is the editor and contributor of Womenshealth.com. A UW-Madison graduate, Alison is also an illustrator and educator.

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