Summertime in Baltimore brings us many benefits, such as free outdoor events, longer daylight hours and an easy source of vitamin D. Of course we all know that with the benefits come some drawbacks – perpetual humidity, crazy energy bills, and the aversion to ever turning on your stove or oven to cook because it’s hot enough as it is!
Well, I’m sorry to say I can’t do anything about our lovely Maryland humidity – but I DO have a solution for your energy bill and stove/oven anxiety…no-heat summer recipes!
No heat = No oven.
No oven = No need to crank the AC all the way down.
Okay, enough with the mathematical equations. Here are some great no-heat summer recipes:
1) Drink Up
There's nothing more refreshing than a cold summer smoothie. This Strawberry Lime Smoothie is quick, easy and healthy. You likely have most of the ingredients in your refrigerator or cabinet already, and one of the great things about smoothies is you can enjoy them any time of the day.
Want to kick things up a notch with a refreshing spiked beverage? Stop by your favorite Baltimore bar for an orange crush…or better yet, make your own!
2) Go Green
Grab your favorite leafy veg, your mix-ins of choice, and what do you know – you’ve got yourself a salad. Much like smoothies, salads can be easily modified to meet your taste buds’ desires. This Tri-Berry Spinach Salad caught my attention with such summery ingredients. Add in some cold pre-cooked roasted chicken from the store and you’ve got yourself a substantial meal.
3) Summer Soup
If that sounds to you like some sort of oxymoron, you must be forgetting about chilled soups. The great thing about having chilled soup in the summer is it has that “comfort food” feel, but without the heat. A couple options to choose from: Chilled Cucumber Soup and Cantaloupe Soup.
Can you ever really go wrong with a sandwich? They are easily customizable (are we seeing a common theme here?) and portable, which makes them an ideal choice when you’re on the go. Of course, they’re great for eating at home as well. You probably already have your favorite go-to sandwich, but if you’re looking to change things up a bit, try this Ham, Brie, and Apple Triple Decker Sandwich.
5) Let's Wrap It Up
Wraps – very similar to sandwiches, but for some reason, a whole lot more fun! Pretty much any combo you use to make a sandwich can easily be turned into a wrap. If you’re looking for something more unique, ditch the tortilla and play around with different types of wrappers. For example, try these Avocado Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps.
6) The Good Stuff
If you’re anything like me, you skipped right on down to this section. When you think of homemade desserts, you may think of warm brownies or the smell that fills your whole house when you are baking cookies, but you can create something just as delicious without the oven. Try these Peach and Raspberry Pavlova Parfaits or this Peanut Butter Pie to get a fresh sweet treat without breaking a sweat or your AC unit.
For even more energy saving summer recipes, follow our No-Bake Summer Recipes board on Pinterest.
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