3 Dinner Dishes When It’s Too Hot To Cook

Posted By ,July 28, 2017

(*Singing*) “It’s getting hot in here…so take off all your clothes!” Um…excuse me y’all. I was having a moment. Summertime temperatures will sometimes do that to you, LOL!

We all know that during the summer months, it can get so hot you don’t feel like cooking and just want to sit up under air conditioning and eat and drink. So here are three creative and tasty dishes that you can make when it’s hot outside. Don’t worry, these will still fill you up and keep you energized too!

(Photo credit: Texas New Yorker)

1.) Pasta With No-Cook Tomato Sauce

6 medium-sized heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped
4 large garlic cloves, finely minced
10 leaves basil, cut into ribbons (reserve a little for garnish)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

Place tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil into a large serving bowl. Stir mixture until all tomatoes are coated with oil and garlic is evenly distributed throughout the sauce.

Cover the bowl and let everything marinate for about four hours on the counter at room temperature. Add salt and pepper to taste. The tomatoes will release their juices and flavors will meld. If you can’t wait the full four hours, it’s still tasty right out of the mixing bowl!

Serve over warm pasta or bread, with more fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

2.) Turkey Taco Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

Seasoned Taco Meat:

1 lbs ground turkey
3 green onions, finely chopped including the green parts
2 TBSP finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
Creamy Avocado Dressing
½ of a large avocado, peeled and cubed
½ cup cilantro, loosely packed
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 small garlic cloves
1 TBSP chopped shallots
½ of small/medium jalapeno, seeded and ribs removed
the juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp salt (or to taste)
½ tsp granulated sugar
¼ tsp ground pepper (or to taste)
Additional Ingredients
3 Romaine Hearts (washed, dried, and chopped)
Warm Black Bean and Corn Salsa, click here for the recipe
colby jack cheese
cherry tomatoes, sliced in quarters
Tortilla Chips

How to prepare the Ground Turkey
In a large saute pan partially brown ground turkey over medium heat.
Add green onions, finely chopped cilantro, and all seasonings.
Combine all flavors and finish browning.
Remove excess grease with a spoon if needed.
How to prepare the Creamy Avocado Dressing
In a blender combine avocado, cilantro, yogurt, olive oil, garlic cloves, shallots, jalapeno, lemon juice, and seasonings.
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
How to layer your Taco Salad
Start with a layer of crushed Tortilla Chips.
Then add chopped romaine hearts
Top salad with seasoned ground turkey and warm black bean and corn salad.
Garnish with colby jack cheese, cherry tomatoes, and sliced black olives
Last but not least, dollop a big spoonful of Creamy Avocado Dressing onto the top of your salad.