4 Great Meal Ideas for When It’s Too Hot to Cook

food-summer-party-dinner-largeWe’re less than a month into summer and we’ve already seen a streak of really warm days. If you’ve felt like the weather is scorching, you’re not imagining things. Both Accuweather and organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have confirmed that this year will be one of the hottest on record for most of the country. While such weather is a great excuse to flock to beaches, enjoying the sun and the waves, it’s pretty miserable for everything else. Especially situations which require more heat, like cooking.


Thus, I decided to create this blog as a resource for those of you who have to eat (everyone) but don’t really want to sweat out your clothes while doing it, and still have time to go out to the beach.


  1. Chipotle Burgers
    This is probably a no-brainer. After all, burgers are pretty much synonymous with the summer season and there’s no better time to whip out the grill. This awesome recipe from Real Simple calls for less than 10 ingredients, and includes fresh, citrusy flavors like lime and cilantro for both a flavor punch and balance for the spicy chipotle. In about 25 mins you’ve made a hassle free but delicious summer burger for yourself and a three others (if you wanna share). To make it a meal, add potato chips or a simple side salad.

  2. BLT Salad
    Speaking of salads, this one is mouth watering. Crunchy lettuce, crispy bacon and juicy, sweet tomatoes? Yes, please. Southern Living calls this one a deconstructed BLT. While you won’t be off the hook with cooking, this recipe suggests making the bacon and croutons at the same time, and both take less than 10 mins to bake. Add fresh, homemade dressing and Voilà! Dinner is served. Make sure you keep the dressing on the side so you can refrigerate leftover salad without it wilting.

  3. BBQ Pulled Pork
    I’ve mentioned the benefits of using a crockpot (also known as a slowcooker) in a previous blog, including the fact that it requires less effort. Now, this particular recipe doesn’t really save time, but it is delicious and simple. Cooking the pork on low will take about 8 hours. On high, that time is cut down to just 4 hours, but this can be done while running errands or working. Wouldn’t it be great to come home to an already cooked meal? Add sauce and buns, and maybe a side of coleslaw.

  4. Cucumber Gazpacho
    Soup is considered comfort food for many, but during warmer weather, gazpacho will certainly do the trick. Popularized in Spain and Portugal, this soup of raw veggies is served cold. Sound perfect, right? Just imagine how much more refreshing it is with this recipe from Country Living, which includes greek yogurt, cucumbers, lemon juice, and dill. If that isn’t the perfect summer meal combination, I don’t know what is. Additionally, because you’re not cooking the soup, it only takes around 15 minutes to make.

I hope this helps. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a cold cut, deli sandwich or fresh fruit, though the latter may not be as filling. Feel free to share this list, and if you can think of some other recipes that may be helpful to my readers, tweet me at @Alex_Atkind.