Cool Summer Meal Ideas

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<p>When it’s nice outside you want to be outside grilling or having a picnic, for example. You don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Try some of these cool summer meal ideas when the temperature begins to rise.</p> <h2>Cooking Alternatives for Easy Summer Meals</h2> <p>Using a toaster oven, microwave, crockpot, rice cooker or grill makes more sense during the summer. Why heat up the house, if you don’t have to? There are endless possibilities as far as quick summer meal ideas for the grill. One example is to make a simple marinade of Italian dressing for chicken or beef. Take the packet of Italian dressing and add 1/3 c. each oil and dry white wine and 2 tbsp. lemon juice. Put marinade and meat in Ziploc plastic bag and place in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Take meat out of the bag and grill.</p> <h2>Easy Summer Meals</h2> <p>Salads, cold soups, cold bean salads are healthy meal ideas. Buy a rotisserie chicken and have it one night for the dinner. Then use the leftover chicken to make a salad with for the next day. Gazpacho, a cold soup, is an excellent example of a healthy summer meal idea.</p> <h2>Gazpacho Soup</h2> <p>2 (12 oz.) cans diced tomatoes <br /> 1/2 c. water<br /> 2 tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil<br /> 1 seedless cucumber, cut into ¼ inch diced pieces<br /> 1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into ¼ inch pieces<br /> 1 small onion, cut onto ¼ inch pieces<br /> 2 medium cloves, minced<br /> 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)<br /> 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar<br /> 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, parsley or basil<br /> Salt and freshly ground pepper</p> <p>Process ½ c. of tomatoes, along with the water and oil, in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium bowl, along with the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to be served. (Can be made several hours before serving.) Also, this is good to bring on a picnic lunch.</p> <h2>Oriental Salad</h2> <p>1 head of lettuce, shredded<br /> 2 bunches green onion, chopped<br /> 2 chicken breast, chopped (boneless, skinless)<br /> 1 small can chow mein noodles<br /> ½ c. almonds, slivered<br /> Dressing:<br /> 4 tbsp. sugar<br /> 2 tsp. Accent seasoning<br /> ½ c. oil<br /> 2 tsp. salt<br /> ½ tsp. sugar<br /> 4 tbsp. vinegar</p> <p>Mix dressing the day before and refrigerate, stirring occasionally. Do not put chow mein noodles, almonds, or dressing on the salad until ready to serve. This is a nice dish to take to a potluck or to serve at a party.</p> <p>The nice weather brings along thoughts of going on a picnic. Some summer meal ideas are to pack a loaf of French bread, some cheese, grapes, and a nice bottle of wine in a picnic basket. Bring along a blanket to sit on. This makes for a nice romantic dinner for two. If you want to bring the children along instead, pack some sandwiches, salads, fruits, and drinks. These are some easy summer meal ideas.</p> <h2>Summer Meal Ideas</h2> <p>Recipes for simple summer meals are not that hard to find. Just look in magazines, cookbooks, online, ask friends and family members for recipes. Two ideas for storing your recipes are a recipe box with 3 &#215; 5 cards and another way to is put them in a binder. Take and put each easy summer meal recipe into a clear plastic sleeve and place in the binder. You can even categorize them by using dividers and putting titles on them such as: desserts, meats, fish, salads and so on.</p> <h2>Easy Meal Ideas for Summer</h2> <p>Let your imagination go &#8211; find some summers meal ideas or create your own recipes. Do a little meal planning, grocery shopping, and then let the rest be the least of your worries. Enjoy the warmer weather and all the activities that go along with it! It’ summertime &#8211; so relax.</p>