Summer Meal Ideas

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When summer weather arrives, it can hit with a vengeance—especially in our part of the country. Currently, we’re in the middle of eight days straight, 100-plus degree weather with no promise of a reprieve until the last week of the month. Keeping the house cool can be a challenge, so this time of the year it’s even more important to plan ahead with summer meal ideas.

Hot weather can be a temptation to eat out. Why heat up the house? But with proper planning, it doesn’t need to be that way. Go ahead. Ask me if I’m turning on the stove or oven in the evening to fix dinner. Nope. Not happening. Because of weather, I’ve been accessing dinner options and specifically looking for recipes and meal ideas that won’t heat up the house. So here are some ideas of ways to keep your meals from heating up your house.

Summer Meal Ideas

Grill
Everyone, it seems, already does this. I have friends who grill almost every night during the summer. I have a secret. We don’t own a grill. This is something we want to remedy at some point, but our finances generally have dictated that we use the money for something else—like repairing an elderly air conditioning unit. So, when I pick dinner recipes for hot weather, grilling for me isn’t an option. If you do own one—use it! Grills are amazing things and food taste incredible when cooked on one.

Slow Cooker
Several years ago I realized…I can use my slow cooker outside. I know it sounds strange, but using it outside doesn’t heat up the house. I’m also free to go do errands; go enjoy an activity with my kids, like swimming or the park; or even go out of town for most of the day and have something ready to eat when we come home. I just cover it with a towel to protect it from flies before it gets hot enough to deter them.

On our website, you will find quite a few tasty slow cooker recipes. Pork, chicken, and beef all taste fantastic in the slow cooker and, when shredded, can be used for sandwiches or tacos. Meat loaf and Asian-inspired recipes also work well and taste amazing the next day when reheated in the microwave. My kids also love homemade chili and taco soup and will happily eat them anytime, even if it’s sweltering outside.

Summer Salad

Summer Salad

Salads
Of course, salad is another go-to meal when the weather is toasty. I love vegetables, so this isn’t a hardship for me. There are tons of recipes for salad—pasta, chopped, Asian, Mexican, Thai, etc. It seems like the options are endless. We don’t have a Sam’s Club in our part of the country, but at Costco, a package of six romaine lettuce hearts can be purchased for under $4 and a whole, fully-roasted chicken for under $5. Add tomatoes, cucumber, parmesan, and dressing and not only do you have a meal that’s almost completely prepared, you also have meals for a couple more days, depending on the size of your family.

Morning Prep
Something else I do at times is prepare pasta or rice, or anything else that needs to be cooked, early in the morning while it’s still, relatively, cool. When dinner time arrives, I heat it up in the microwave with sauce (Alfredo, spaghetti sauce, pesto, etc.), add a salad—or veggies and dip; a loaf of bread and call it done.

So, head over to BuildaMenu.com and plan your menu for the week. You’ll save money and time and, hopefully, stay cool as well. As always, if you’re not a member yet, it’s so easy to get started. Take advantage of our two-week free trial membership—no strings attached. We think you’re going to love it. 

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Super Salads for Summer
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