No Cooking Required Meal Ideas for Hot Summer Nights

As the days get hotter and longer, many people find themselves avoiding the kitchen. The last thing they want to do after a long day is stand around and get all sweaty making dinner. Drive-thru lines and freezer meals become more and more tempting and convenience starts to outweigh healthy options.

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The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are lots of easy, healthy no-cook recipes that you can whip up for meals and snacks without heating up the whole kitchen!

Think variety! Cheese boards are a great way to let the whole family choose what they like, while still providing healthy options. Fill your board with cheese, nuts, pickled veggies, whole grain crackers, fruit and some smoked meats and let everyone make their favorite combos for a snack or light meal!

Cabot Creamery Cheese Board

Think light and fresh! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps make a great summer meal. Use your own leftover chicken or buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. These come together quickly with no cooking required!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Think salads. There’s a reason why people go crazy over salads in the summer. Not only are they quick and easy, but they’re healthy too. You can load them up with fresh summer vegetables and choose protein options like canned beans and cheese that you don’t have to cook! Try this Southwest Black Bean Corn and Cheddar Chopped Salad and feel free to customize with your favorite toppings!

Southwest Black Bean Corn and Cheddar Chopped Salad

In addition, think about other ways you can prepare your meals without turning on the oven. Head outside, where it’s already hot, and cook on the grill. Then enjoy your meal in your nice, cool kitchen. Or try making dinner in a slow cooker or microwave!

Need more no-cook ideas? Try these: 

Summer Bread Salad

Summer Bread Salad

Maple Wheat Berry Salad

Blueberry-Lime Smoothie

Blueberry-Lime Smoothie

Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar & Bacon

Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar & Bacon

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.


Kristin Haskins | July 07, 2016 | 7:58am

I haven’t even done much yet, this morning, besides watering my plants, feeding the pets, and checking some things online……Thanks for reminding me that I’m HUNGRY! Those all look sooo delicious!
Later! ?

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