Cooking in the summer can be unbearable, and the last thing you want to do on the hottest, most humid days is turn on the oven to make dinner. Your air conditioner works extra hard during summer months to keep your home cool, so why not give it a break with easy, efficient, no-bake recipes. The recipes below are meant to help you make a delicious meal for your family, without breaking a sweat!
Tzatziki: This refreshing dip can be eaten with pita chips or veggies. You can also add it to some grilled chicken or veggies as a sauce, or even add it to a salad to make a creamy dressing! Here’s the recipe: 57249002
2 cups (plus one tablespoon)
2% Greek yogurt
1 cup cucumber grated
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons dill leaves (plus
extra for garnish)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients to a bowl, then stir gently to mix.
Pita with Spiced Chickpea Salad and Whipped Feta: Spread the whipped feta into your pita, add the chickpea salad, and you have a delicious sandwich. Add grilled chicken or even a couple slices of smoked turkey or chicken breast for a heartier meal.
For the spiced chickpea salad:
2 cans chickpeas 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons dill 2 teaspoons sumac
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes 3 cloves garlic
4 oz. cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1 small red onion finely diced 1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Add chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and spices to a bowl, stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes to one hour to let the flavors meld together. Add the tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Add the fresh dill and cilantro, stir to combine.
For the Whipped Feta:
6 oz. feta cheese
2 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
Add feta and cream cheese to a blender, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the blender top until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 98747002
Lemon Truffles: These quick and easy lemon truffles from Premeditated Leftovers (premeditatedleftovers.com) are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Here’s the recipe:
2 1/2 cups Lemon Cake mix
8 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest of one large lemon
For Lemon Cake Mix:
2 3/4 Cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups fine white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
Zest of two lemons
Combine the cake mix ingredients into a large bowl, stir gently to combine. Add the melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Use your hands to combine until the flour is moist and flakey. Roll dough into two inch balls, roll in sugar and serve.
Remember, no-bake recipes are a great way to keep your kitchen cool during the summer and show off your culinary skills. You can find a wealth of no-bake recipes online. Stay cool, and happy cooking.