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No-Cook Recipes to the Rescue

When it’s too hot to turn on the stove, rely on simple, no-cook options. With a little creativity, a few good recipes and some help from the Prepared Foods department, you can make dinner without breaking a sweat.

Tuna and White Bean Salad

Tuna and White Bean SaladWhere I live, the summers are really hot and humid. The last thing I want to do is stand over a hot stove. That’s when I rely on simple, no-cook options. With a little creativity, a few good recipes and some help from the Prepared Foods department, I’m ready to make a healthy, no-heat meal!

There are plenty of ideas for substitutions in my favorite recipes that require cooking. Gorgeous sandwiches like Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches can be made with store-bought roast chicken. Or filling, refreshing salads like Tuna and White Bean Salad, made with canned white beans and tuna are healthy, tasty options. Here’s a list of ingredients to keep on hand or pick up on your way home for no-cook meals and snacks:

  • An assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, including salad veggies (carrots, celery, radishes, leafy greens, cucumbers, avocadoes, etc.)

  • Nitrate-free deli meats like lean ham, turkey, chicken, etc. and vegetarian options such as ready-to-eat baked marinated tofu or tempeh

  • Whole grains or whole grain salads from the Prepared Foods department (add more veggies or condiments, if desired)

  • Pre-cooked protein options such as grilled chicken or salmon, sliced roast beef, etc.

  • Nuts, seeds, olives, and unsweetened coconut flakes

  • Nut butters and tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • Your favorite condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo, mustard, etc.)

  • Lemons, limes, favorite fresh and dried herbs

  • Canned or packaged cooked legumes (white or black beans, lentils, etc.) and hummus or roasted eggplant spread

  • Frozen unsweetened fruit

Now, you’re ready to create some wonderfully delicious, no-heat no-stress meals. Here are a few ideas:

What’s your favorite no-cook option for a good summer meal? I’d love to know.

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