No-cook meals are designed for summertime feasts and can be just
as satisfying as long-simmered dishes. Let your creativity be your
guide as you make use of our 5 tips for no-cook, warm weather
1. Beef up Your Salads
Taking a regular, everyday salad and adding protein, nuts and
other seasonal ingredients can take it from entree to main dish
quickly and eliminate the need for the stove. Slices of smoked
salmon filet, capers, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a
squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a few dashes of salt and pepper
makes for a very filling and delicious summer meal. Other combos
that can substantially beef up your salad include: tuna fish and
chickpeas; leftover asparagus with peaches, watercress and
mozzarella; and the classic watermelon and feta.
2. Don't Discredit Sandwiches!
For some reason the word "sandwich" congers up less than
sophisticated dining, but done right, this quick meal can result in
some tasty and filling results. Tortilla wraps are easy enough to
work with and come in different flavours like spinach and roasted
red pepper. Fill them with leftover meats, some veggies and the
condiment of your choice. Then it's just time to wrap and roll.
Venturing outside of the rye bread arena can make sandwiches even
more appetizing. Buy a large round of sourdough bread, scoop out
the middle and fill with store-bought roasted veggies and spread
with homemade butters (throw a stick of butter into the food
processor and add garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and/or
3. Just Boil Water
Ok, so they're not entirely no-cook, but if you can stand
boiling a few cups of water, then these "cooked" dishes are an easy
out for the warm-weather (and weathered) cook. A package of rice
vermicelli noodles just needs to be put into a bowl with a few cups
of boiling water. A few minutes later they're completely
edible-drain the water and add some soy sauce or your favourite
Asian-style sauce. Cous-cous is a member of the same hot water-only
club and you don't even need to drain afterwards. Once it's done
fluff with a fork and add whatever pleases you: raisins, almonds,
green onion or all of the above.
4. Hot Climate Staples
In hot climates like Mexico, South America, and Spain, they've
got warm weather cooking down to a fine art (who wants to melt over
a stove with the beach next door?).Ceviche, is both a dish and a
cooking method: you're simply marinating seafood dishes in acidic
acid like lemon or lime juice. Gazpacho is the tastiest tomato soup
you'll never cook-literally. Chop up tomatoes, peppers, cilantro,
garlic and enough chilli as you can handle and throw them into the
blender. Chill in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
5. Use Supermarket Saviours
Let the supermarket do the hot work for you! Pick up a
rotisserie chicken, pre-cooked shrimp or slices of beef from the
deli counter and build your no-cook meals around them.