In Ottawa, the summers are incredibly humid. The last thing I want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven. No-cook meals are my favourite thing on those days. We had a bit of a heat wave that lasted a few days, this past week. While it was short lived, it was long enough to remind me of how little motivation to cook I have on those days.
5 No-Cook Meals to Make on a Hot Summer Day
Pumpkin spice smoothie
Start your day off with an easy and tasty pumpkin spice smoothie. This smoothie comes together in just minutes, and can be made a few days ahead of time, if you like to batch cook. All you need to make this dessert-tasting breakfast is a blender.
Apple kale salad
If you like a bit of sweetness with lunch, this apple kale salad is for you. To make this recipe ahead of time, store the salad dressing in a separate container and pour over the salad when ready to serve.
Get your food processor out for this 5-minute hummus. With its protein and healthy fat content, all you’re missing to make this a complete meal is some vegetables. Dip some carrots, celery, bell peppers, or cucumbers in this easy no-cook meal.
Carrot and zucchini spaghetti with spinach pesto
Looking to break the routine on a hot summer day? Make this carrot and zucchini “spaghetti” with spinach pesto. The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can use a variety of vegetable noodles. Try this recipe with sweet potato, beets, or turnips for some variety.
Creamy chickpea salad
This creamy chickpea salad doesn’t require any fancy equipment. All you need is a knife and a cutting board to make this meal.
What are your favourite no-cook meals?