I donâ€™t know about you guys, but the LAST thing I want to do when we get home is cook (and itâ€™s not because I cook all day but because itâ€™s just too darn hot out!).
So to help you beat the heat I have put together a list of three â€œno-cookâ€ dinners to help keep your evenings, and spirits, cool.
Â For those days when you have nothing planned, here is a really simple and quick meal requiring only five ingredients: good quality tuna packed in olive oil, black olive tapenade, perfectly ripe tomatoes, baby arugula and fresh foccacia.Â Â Split the foccacia in half, spread both sides with tapenade, top with chunks of tuna, sliced tomatoes and baby arugula.Â A simple, delicious mid-week dinner done in 5 minutes. Image by Josie Lee.
When you donâ€™t want to necessarily go shopping but have a fairly well-stocked fridge, one of the most simple (and nutritious) meals you can make is a big old, bottom of the fridge salad.Â Take whatever veggies you have on hand and some readily available protein for a quick and easy meal in a bowl.Â My salads generally start with a lettuce base and are topped with carrot, cucumber, red onion, cherry tomatoes, slivered mushrooms and then whatever protein I have on hand:Â rotisserie chicken or leftover hardboiled eggs or salmon, canned tuna (made into salad), chickpeas and croutons, nuts or just some great chunks of cheese.Â SO easy!
Â For a stress-free but romantic summer nightÂ – or even better, a picnic – head to your local deli and pick up the following: Â Assorted fine cheeses, pates or cold cuts, marinated olives, cherry tomatoes, cornichons, fresh fruits (think finger friendly: cherries, grapes, berries) and a crisp, fresh baguette.Â The only tools required (which is why it is so perfect for a picnic!) are a cutting board and cheese knife. I personally just like to tear chunks of bread off to eat alongside the wonderful assortment of goodies but I suppose a more refined cook might cut the bread into manageable pieces before heading out.Â Add a bottle of chilled sauvignon blanc and voila â€“ dinner is served.