So there goes that weather of ours again. High to mid 80’s, from 8 in the morning till past 9 at night. Curse you LA weather and your late summers. I guess I should remember 4 years ago on my wedding day it being pretty much the hottest day of the summer. IN SEPTEMBER. What the heck Los Angeles. What.The.Heck.
I have rules when the weather gets passed 80 degrees. Ok, I really only have 1 rule. No Cooking. And if you want a cooked meal, well you best either be buying it from a restaurant or cooking it yourself, because I will karate chop you down if you even consider asking me to get into the fiery pit known as my kitchen.
Here’s how I’ve been surviving in this hot weather lately
1. Waffles. All I do is blend up the batter, turn on the maker, dump in the mix, and let it do its thing. No fuss and NO heat to fill my kitchen with at 7am. Although then I pour myself a hot cup of coffee to go along with it. Kind of dumb, I know. You’d think I would make the switch to iced…
2. Smoothies for lunch. Ok, I don’t do the smoothie for lunch thing often because let’s be real, they don’t hold me over for very long, but when it gets hot my appetite kind of runs and hides anyway, so smoothies make for the perfect non cooked meal.
3. Snack Cool. My snacks have been simple and of course, cold. And most of them involve zero brain power. Pretzel thins and hummus, greek yogurt, fruit and protein balls, and of course, Chobani flips, because those things are stinkin’ amazeballs.
4. Frozen fruit. Grapes, watermelon, kiwi, berries, and naners. All frozen, diced up, and eaten. Some of the time I blend it (like naner soft serve or a watermelon slushie) but most of the time I just grab it and go!
5. Think crock pot. One of my absolute favorite ways to cook in the summer is by using my crock pot. I mean seriously, it keeps all the heat inside it’s little self, and I have to do absolutely nothing. Doesn’t get better than that!
Don’t worry, just because I’m eating like a bird doesn’t mean Ninja is! He got his shredded chicken on a burger bun with some BBQ sauce, aka bbq chicken sandwich. I just happened to not be feeling any of that for dinner, so I just seasoned mine with some spices!
So there you have it, an entire day’s worth of food, without having to slave in a hot and sweaty kitchen! Unfortunately it looks like my food is going to look like this for at least another month, but then it’ll be time to bring on the soup!!
How are you staying cool food wise this summer?
Are you up for cooking even when it’s hot out?