Kelly the Culinarian: Beat the heat cooking strategies

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beat the heat cooking strategies

I took Napoleon to the groomer today and one of the digital signs at the bank next door said it's 102 degrees. Fantastic. Yesterday, I was in Busan, Korea, and it was 75 degrees. I'm having a hard time adjusting, so I'm staying out of the kitchen completely. But, we have to eat, so here are my tips for keeping the house cool and your tummy full.
  • Try a crock pot recipe. A slow cooker doesn't give off much heat, but can produce great "baked" dinners. If you're concerned about the heat your unit creates, you can set up your crock pot in the garage or basement, then bring it up to the dining room when it's time to chow down.
  • Go with lighter, no-heat-required meals, like salads. No one wants to eat lasagna or deep dish in this weather, anyways.
  • Try grilling. I personally loved balsamic grilled veggies or whole-wheat pizza on the grill.
  • Don't discount microwave cooking. Pair with fruit and a salad, a microwave protein muffin can make a light lunch.
  • Sandwiches are always an easy way to whip up a meal without turning on the range.
  • If all else fails, just order in. Papa John's is happy to take the heat for you. Better yet, go out to a place that has air conditioning.


Kelly @ Running Kellometers said...

We have a toaster oven that I LOVE using--especially when it is warm and I don't want to heat up the whole house. These are also some great suggestions! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Grilled pizza is one of my summer favorites! Quick, easy, and versatile!

Erin said...

Love it! We just tried grilling pizza a few weeks ago and I thought it was fun AND tasty. Tonight we're definitely grilling and I have a feeling we'll be grilling on Saturday, too.