10 Summer MealsLauren De Luca
Mom’s Famous Gazpacho 1 of 10On a hot, sticky summer day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a big bowl of cool gazpacho. This cold, spicy tomato soup is a summertime classic and can be pulled together in minutes without using a single flame of heat.
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Perfect Summer Pesto 2 of 10Take advantage of the fresh herbs available in the summertime by making a wonderful pesto. This simple sauce packs a lot of flavor and all you need to do to make it a meal is boil a pot of pasta. Even on the hottest summer days, that’s a small price to pay for such a tasty dinner.
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8-Layer Dinner Nachos 3 of 10While not entirely no-cook, these nachos represent the holy grail of family cooking: the one-dish dinner. Pile a baking dish high with layers of nachos and toppings (sneaking in some veggies is definitely encouraged) and give it a quick spin under the broiler and you’re good to go. No pots, no pans, no extensive clean-up, just nacho-y goodness.
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Pulled Pork Tacos 4 of 10If you don’t already own a slow cooker, go get one. Now. Seriously. These gadgets are amazing and sure to become your best friend, particularly on hot summer days when you don’t want to set foot near a stove or oven. Throw in your ingredients then go hang out with your kids by the pool or stay cool in the AC and 8 hours later, it’s taco time! Yep, it’s that easy.
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Frozen Hot Chocolate 5 of 10Why should hot chocolate be restricted to winter consumption? Break the seasonal beverage barriers with this chocolate-y icy frozen delight. It’s easy to make at home and the perfect potable for balmy summer days.
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No-Bake Cheesecake 6 of 10Just because it’s too hot to bake, doesn’t mean you should deny yourself the indulgence of creamy cheesecake-y deliciousness. This divine desert will definitely impress your kids and any other heat-worn stragglers who come to your door looking for sweets.
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Baguettes with Brie and Fruit 7 of 10Be instantly transported to France with this simple, totally cook-free meal, reminiscent of a Parisian picnic. While views of the Eiffel Tower may not be included, the cost of a good crusty baguette and some quality brie is certainly more wallet-friendly than airfare. Afterwards, watch Babar with your kids for extra French flair.
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Peanut Sauce 8 of 10One simple no-cook peanut sauce is your key to six excellent dishes that require minimal effort and little time slaving over a hot stove. Steam some veggies, pan-fry some tofu, or boil some noodles and you’re done. If those options still seem too hot to handle, simply toss with some leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken and greens for a yummy kid-friendly salad.
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No-cook Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce 9 of 10Grandma might argue that hours of simmering is required for a tasty tomato sauce, but we beg to differ. This tomato-basil sauce is healthy and wholesome and, best of all, doesn’t involve any heat. Mangia!
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Peanut Butter and Strawberry Wraps 10 of 10Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a kid classic and this version gives them a healthy update by swapping out the sugar-laden jelly for fresh strawberries. This portable wrap packs a lot of fiber, healthy fats, and protein, and is perfect for noshing on a hot summer day.
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