Baby It’s Hot Outside

Strategies to stay cool in the kitchen:heat_miser

  • Prep the week’s meals in advance to  concentrate use of the stove
  • Eat simple dishes with lots of whole foods in or near their natural states
  • Make extra portions to guarantee leftovers
  • Use leftover smoothies to make popsicles
  • Have snack dinner one night (hummus and veggies, bean salad and homemade tortilla chips, and guac with celery)
  • Eat a bean, veggie, or grain salad every day (check out the Recipes section to keep it interesting)
  • Try the dishes below with minimal use of the stove


Wild Rice Salad

Serves 4

3 c cooked wild rice mix

1 c frozen green peas

1/3 c dried cranberries

1/2 c sliced almonds or sunflower seeds

1 apple, diced

¼ c red bell pepper, diced

1 T freshly grated ginger

½ t salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Thai Noodle Salad

Serves 6

6-8 oz thin rice noodles (Asian noodles, not spaghetti made of rice)

2 carrots, grated

Small head of cabbage, shredded

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 T ginger, minced

4 T brown sugar

2 limes, juiced

4 T low sodium soy sauce, tamari, or Braggs liquid aminos

2 T tomato paste

1 T chili powder (optional)

Cook or soak the noodles according to package directions.  Grate the carrots and shred the cabbage into a large bowl.

In a large saucepan, saute the garlic and ginger in 2 T water.  Whisk in the brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, tomato paste, and chili powder if using.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low for 2 minutes.  Add the noodles and stir to coat.  Add to carrot and cabbage mixture and toss well.

Garnish with cilantro, chopped peanuts, or hot sauce.


Cantaloupe Soup

Serves 4

1 cantaloupe, seeds and rind removed

1 c unsweetened orange juice

2 t fresh lime juice

1 c plain non-dairy yogurt

Puree ingredients and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving (or less if cantaloupe is refrigerated in advance).


Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Microwave sweet potatoes and top with broccoli, black beans, and pineapple.  Hot sauce optional.


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