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What to Cook When It’s Too Hot

During the summer I find there are many days when it is too hot to cook. While I could do just fine grazing on things, I have kids that need meals. So what is a mom to do?

Crock Pot Meals

I have learned to love my crockpot! This thing does wonders when I don’t want to turn on the oven. I have done the freezer cooking, making a month’s worth of meals in one day and just pulling them out as I need them.

Food ready to go into the freezer!

While I love the freezer cooking, I strayed from that for a bit. My husband is asking me to get back into it, so that is a goal for me this month. I still use the crockpot, even without the freezer cooking. This is huge to making yummy meals when the heat is up outside.

Grilling

Who doesn’t love to grill during the summer? We love to grill a lot! Last summer I think 3-4 meals a week came off the grill. It is nice to keep the heat outside and still have some great foods. We have learned that you can make many things on the grill. We have experimented with all our proteins, so there is no need to be stuck with hot dogs and hamburgers. My son is currently begging me to make him a portabella mushroom cap on the grill!

Salads

summer recipes

This can use anything you want. You can use lettuce, add in grilled proteins, croutons, and anything else you want. There are noodle salads. My only problem with this is that it uses boiling water. One thing I don’t like doing during the summer is adding more humidity to my house. I will prepare noodle salads on cooler days and served them when the heat comes up in a day or two.

Leftovers

This is one of the items that we use all year, but it is really helpful during the summer. Leftovers can be warmed up in the microwave. I don’t always like the microwave, but it does come in handy when I want to keep the heat down in the house.

How do you keep the heat down and still feed your family in the summer months?

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6 thoughts on “What to Cook When It’s Too Hot

  1. I’m not much of a cook in the first place. A quesadilla in the microwave or a bowl of cereal works for me. LOL Thanks for sharing your tips. I actually wish I could cook ahead for the week or more, but my tiny apartment sized fridge/freezer doesn’t hold much at all. Besides, cooking for one is no fun. I do have someone to cook for at times, but, honestly, would rather not. LOL

    1. Yeah, four kids eat a lot and for some reason, they think that I need to cook for them at least once every day! LOL

  2. Great suggestions! I love using our Instant Pot and slow cooker during the summer. Salads and cold dishes are always welcome too. Personally, I love soup (cold recipes) for the summer. My family —not so much.
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    1. We have an Instant Pot, but I haven’t fallen in love with it yet…

  3. Invest in a grill with a side burner! Then you can even boil your water outside. I love mine!

    1. I do need to think about that. I never thought about the reasoning behind that before, but after these last 3 days, I get it now! 🙂

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