2 If you must eat a hot meal, make it a simple
The less time you have to stand sweating over a hot stove, the better.
If you’re going to be sautéing vegetables, for instance, cut the
veggies up into small chunks, because they’ll cook faster. Roast your
peppers and other veggies at night, when it’s cooler, then use them
with pastas, rice, or omelettes/frittatas during the rest of the week.
And since roasting requires little attention (you just need to turn them
once, then check on them near the end of the expected cooking time), you
can get out of the kitchen while they’re cooking, to escape from that
oppressive heat that will no doubt be generated by the oven.
3 Alternatively, grill!
There are many reasons to love grilling in summer. It lets you get
outside to enjoy the sunshine and breezes. It produces healthy,
flavorful food. And it’s a very easy technique to master. But the
number one reason I love the grill: it’s the only time my boyfriend
perks up at the idea of doing the actual cooking … which means I get
to sit back, watch and relax while he tends over the fire. If you grew
up associating barbecues with burgers, steaks, hot dogs and other meaty
meals, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of tasty
vegetarian grill options. Brush a big portabello mushroom with an olive
oil-garlic mixture – top it with the usual burger condiments and
accoutrements (cheese, pickles, onions, lettuce) and sandwich it in a
sesame seed bun. Grill corn on the cob, make veggie kebabs, even fruit
kebabs (pineapples taste terrific grilled) … have fun exploring the
4 Take advantage of the plethora of wonderful
fruits and veggies that are available during the summer months.
The fresher and higher in quality the ingredients are, the less you
need to do to them to render them flavorful enough for a meal. Summer is
a great time of year for finding high-quality fruits and veggies at
dirt-cheap prices. Vegetables that are in season in summer include:
eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, cucumber, corn, summer squash/zucchini,
and herbs such as basil, dill and thyme.