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POPSECRET
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10/25/12 8:24 A

I never have an appetite when it's that hot! Since I live alone, I'll usually have a snacky dinner on those days. Veggies and hummus, yogurt, cereal, crackers and cottage cheese, fruit, cold leftovers, etc. Maybe even a smoothie! As long as it's healthy, dinner doesn't need to be a big production :)



JENNN77
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10/23/12 1:15 P

I live in SoCal with no a/c, so during the summer I grill outside every day. I actually look forward to it because it is so healthy. Grilled chicken, thin pork chops, pork loin roast, steaks, fish, vegetables, chicken burgers, homemade pizza, etc. If I don't grill, it's leftovers, sandwiches (with leftover meat &/or veggies with goat cheese), salads (with leftover meat), turkey bacon BLTs, or pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store and use that for a couple of meals.



CDANDERS05
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10/22/12 9:29 P

Gazpacho is good...it's a cold soup which I thought would be scary but it wasn't bad!



SHARONPENNING
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8/9/12 9:01 P

How about a raw buffet?? salad fixings, guacamole and hummus with fresh veggies, lots of fruit .Yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese and crackers. Not cooking is the easiest thing for me to do with all the fresh fruits and veggies around.
You can make a very filling and satisfying salad with broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and an oil and vinegar dresssing. If salt's not a problem, toss some bacon flavored soy bits on top, or nuts. How about a spinich and walnut pesto? Can be served with raw veggies if you don't want to cook pasta. Or grilled veggies so you don't have to grill meat.



DIDS70
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8/9/12 12:24 P

I actually like raw soups. i make a really tasty creamy tomato soup and I have three different gazpachos i make (one is with cucumber and mint, one is with watermelon and peaches and the other is watermelon and mint)
I also have a really yummy beet and carrot salad-- in a food processor grate 2 beets, 2 carrots, add a little evoo to combine with some pepper. I use it as a side to the soups above or i use it as the main dish.



CSJ522
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7/30/12 1:51 A

George Foreman grilling is also my choice.

I have been trying a variety of things with chicken breast lately. When the breast is near cooked I dip it in a fat free dressing/marinade like honey mustard flavor and pop it back on the grill for a minute.

I also came up with a recipe where I slice a chicken breast open to stuff with a slice of cooked turkey bacon and some mozz cheese on both sides of the bacon to hold it in place. Oh, before I cut the chicken, I dip it in skim milk and coat it with crushed corn flakes (unsweetened) and parmesean. Eat with a small baked potato or mashed pots and some corn.



CSROBERTSON621
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7/28/12 9:21 P

One of our favorite hot weather meals is caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, fresh tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and/or olive oil).

Another thing we like to do is grill extra steak (or chicken or whatever) and keep it in the fridge. Good to add to salads to make them more substantial. I like a steak salad with a little blue cheese, but also chicken or steak with salsa works great as a salad and is a lower calorie option...



SLEEPYDUCK
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7/27/12 6:54 P

I take mine on vacation too LOL emoticon



AUNTB63
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7/27/12 5:26 P

If we aren't having salads with fruit for dessert I utilize my George Foreman grill. I even take it on vacations with us.....I really don't like eating out for three meals a day.



MKATE88
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7/21/12 10:42 A

i let my husband grill outside. he doesn't care about the temp, and i keep a cool, and CLEAN kitchen



KAYE454
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7/21/12 12:33 A

cold salads



SNOOPY1960
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7/20/12 10:22 P

Crock pot !!

It does not heat up the kitchen and you can cook just about anything low and slow !!





RIET69
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7/18/12 10:35 A

A salad bar. This is a big hit in my household. I mix lettuce with carrots, celery and radishes (because everyone likes those ingredients) Then I have a lazy susan with these or other items:
Chick peas, tuna, just rinsed and drained, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, red beets, feta cheese and various salad dressings (some homemade). If needed, a loaf of crusty bread.



KRALLEN1
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7/17/12 12:40 P

Left overs or a crock pot work very well.



KATHIES518
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7/16/12 4:48 P

Tonight I'm doing Chef Meg's grilled banana peppers and chicken breast on grill but my go to is a nice piece of salmon over a big salad. And I will fully admit to a beautiful glass of pinot noir with it!



DAWNLOGA
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7/15/12 2:49 P

I have a toaster oven I use to make open face tuna melts, etc so i don't use the oven to heat up the kitchen. It's too hot to even go outside and grill!
Cold sandwiches and salads with fresh fuit. Blended iced coffee drinks, cold Crystal light, we even have pancakes and waffles sometimes when its hot - doesn't take long. Spray butter and sugar-free syrup - easy!



SLEEPYDUCK
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7/15/12 12:41 P

Oh yes, you can cook a lot of stuff on the indoor grill and it wont heat up the house in the summer.



GAYLESKI_
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7/15/12 12:22 P

I actually saw a nice little grilled hummus sammy that looked very nice on this site. I know how hot it can get in the kitchen so I like to use my george foreman grill.

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SLEEPYDUCK
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7/15/12 12:20 P

Veggie subs are good. Hummus and veggies are a huge hit at my house.



MASHAMOO
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7/13/12 8:52 P

Crockpot.



BRENRW213
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7/13/12 10:28 A

I will usually buy a rotisserre (spelling) chicken. And then buy the ingredients for a big salad. Or sometimes if I haven't ate to many carbs that day I will make a fresh bruschetta and bread with the chicken.

I have a hard time cooking to when it is really hot out.



JENMC14
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7/13/12 8:35 A

Make your own salads are a hit at my house. I get multpile topping possibilities (avocados, differents veg, cheese, meat, etc.). You can also make a nice pasta salad and add in some precooked, cooled chicken. I'm also a huge fan of wraps with a nice fruit salad on the side.



METISMOM
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7/13/12 7:42 A

any suggestions, recipes to share. Lately it's been a mini heat wave around here and there are only so many times you can bbq.would love some ideas. Please and thank you!



 
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