Happy Monday my friends!

 

Now that the holidays are over, all we have going on in our house is surviving having a fun summer vacation. We are done with the birthdays and anniversaries and now it’s time to chill for the rest of summer. And I obviously don’t mean that literally, since most of the US is in a terrible heat wave.

One thing I have noticed in my quest to cook more is that when I use the oven, I heat up the house. No bueno.

My challenge this week is to avoid using the oven altogether, even though my weekly sweet potato tastes WAY better when it is baked in the oven.

This week’s treat for you are 5 simple and easy no cook meals. I have added in my own modifications for food allergies/healthy factor.

1. Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the go to food for an easy no cook meal. To make it fun for the kids, set up a sandwich bar and let the kids assemble their own. Toddlers can partake in this too, just keep in mind that you may have to lower your standards for what is actually on a sandwich.

For extra variety, put the sandwich on pita bread, a tortilla flat, a croissant, hamburger buns, Hawaiian rolls or wrap it lettuce to lower the carbs.

A few of our faves include:

  • BLT – technically you have to cook the bacon, but if you make extra over the weekend, you can easily make this during the week. Just pop the bread in the toaster for some added crunch.
  • Honey and Peanut Butter – I had NEVER heard of this before I met my husband. I don’t eat these, but he loves them.

Here’s a few sites for inspiration:

Saveur

About.com Busy Cooks

Yahoo Shine

2. Salads

Step away from the iceberg lettuce! There are so many choices when it comes to making salads – don’t get locked into the same. old. thing.

Here are some varieties:

  • Antipasto
  • Pasta – again, premake it on the weekend and then just toss it together during the week.
  • Tuna or Chicken salad – you can buy canned chicken breast from Costco/Sam’s Club. Just pop it open, ix and enjoy with bread, crackers, lettuce, etc.

Here are a few sites with tons of recipes:

Family Fun

Epicurious

3. Ceviche

One word for ya. YUM. You can make it as complicated or simple as you want. The key is letting the citrus cook the seafood all the way before you start mixing.

Here’s a few recipes to get you started:

 

4. Soups

Here’s where I lose my own interest. There has only been one time in my entire life that I had cold soup and enjoyed it. It was at a fancy restaurant and a really good chef made it. Since I am not a really good chef, I strongly doubt my ability to do this.

Since your skills are undoubtedly better than mine, here’s a few varieties for you to try:

 

For this week’s menu, I think we’ll do ceviche over the weekend and then have sandwich night one night.

What’s your favorite no cook summer meal? Leave it or any questions in the comments. Remember, for more info about Menu Plan Monday, go here.

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2 Responses to Menu Plan Monday – 4 Easy No Cook Summer Meals

  1. hsmominmo says:

    Sandwiches and Salads – perfect for a summer menu. We are awaiting the first tomatoes from our garden, so we can enjoy BLT’s.
    maybe we’ll give summer soups a try. Thanks!

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