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Old 06-20-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Heat waves all over the US....let's avoid cooking and share simple, cold and/or no-bake meals, snacks, salads....

For me, one is what I call a "snack plate meal" ... ie olives, squares of feta/cheddar cheese/havarti, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes...all with a bit of olive oil (or not) and a hunk of onion rye bread. (or in other words, what you have available from refrigerator ).

Your ideas?

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Old 06-20-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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Heat waves all over the US....let's avoid cooking and share simple, cold and/or no-bake meals, snacks, salads....

For me, one is what I call a "snack plate meal" ... ie olives, squares of feta/cheddar cheese/havarti, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes...all with a bit of olive oil (or not) and a hunk of onion rye bread. (or in other words, what you have available from refrigerator ).

Your ideas?
When it gets really hot, I like to prepare a watermelon dish.

You will need:

1 watermelon
1 dish
1 knife (optional)

In lieu of a knife, you can use a rock, your knee, a fist or gravity to open the melon. Enjoy. Some people love to salt their watermelon, but I've never understood this.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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this one is o/k

1 can of black beans, rinsed off
1 cucumber, peeled then seeded, then diced
1 ripe mango, peeled, then diced
salt and pepper
a little bit of orange juice
some chopped cilantro

mix all ingredients, then chill.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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LOL!

But do you really need that dish????

I agree, H2O melon is C-O-O-L


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When it gets really hot, I like to prepare a watermelon dish.

You will need:

1 watermelon
1 dish
1 knife (optional)

In lieu of a knife, you can use a rock, your knee, a fist or gravity to open the melon. Enjoy. Some people love to salt their watermelon, but I've never understood this.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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A cold bean salad-
OJ makes a good & sweet moistener, I bet...thanks!



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this one is o/k

1 can of black beans, rinsed off
1 cucumber, peeled then seeded, then diced
1 ripe mango, peeled, then diced
salt and pepper
a little bit of orange juice
some chopped cilantro

mix all ingredients, then chill.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:38 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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My dad's summertime staples, you could almost always find these in the refrigerator alongside the watermelon.

Dad never used measurements, so these are rough guesses.

Kidney bean salad
1 large can of red kidney beans, not drained.
1 diced large sweet onion.
1tablespoon pickle relish.
2 boiled eggs finely chopped.
Dressing made of just enough milk to thin out roughly 1/2 cup of mayo, add a pinch of sugar.
Mix together and chill.

Cucumber 'salad'
Slice 4 or 5 large cucumber into rounds.
Cut 1 or 2 large onions into slices.
Place into a large (3 qt?) glass bowl and add 1 cup of white vinegar.
Add enough water to almost fill bowl.
Add a pinch of sugar (optional)
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
These will keep in the fridge for quite a while.

One of my favorite simple heat wave meals consists of sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese sprinkled with lemon pepper.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Never have I thought of lemon pepper on t & cc but I will try it, love lp!

Good recipes to try, thanks. (no measuring at my house either). So neat when dad's do the meal prep...

quote=DubbleT;19674086]My dad's summertime staples, you could almost always find these in the refrigerator alongside the watermelon.

Dad never used measurements, so these are rough guesses.

Kidney bean salad
1 large can of red kidney beans, not drained.
1 diced large sweet onion.
1tablespoon pickle relish.
2 boiled eggs finely chopped.
Dressing made of just enough milk to thin out roughly 1/2 cup of mayo, add a pinch of sugar.
Mix together and chill.

Cucumber 'salad'
Slice 4 or 5 large cucumber into rounds.
Cut 1 or 2 large onions into slices.
Place into a large (3 qt?) glass bowl and add 1 cup of white vinegar.
Add enough water to almost fill bowl.
Add a pinch of sugar (optional)
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
These will keep in the fridge for quite a while.

One of my favorite simple heat wave meals consists of sliced tomatoes and cottage cheese sprinkled with lemon pepper.[/quote]
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Fruit salads, veggie salads, even a potato salad right from the fridge. Shrimp cocktail, and cold soups like gazpacho sounds good too.

Shrimp cocktail:
1lb. jumbo shrimp, fully cooked, cleaned and chilled
5 cans of chilled tomato juice (8 fl.oz.or 230 ml cans)
2 cucumbers, peeled and cubed
⅓ cup chopped purple or red onion
½ cup chopped cilantro
2 avocados chopped
Hot sauce to taste
½ cupof ketchup
5 limes or lemons juiced (or combine both for a unique taste!)

Mix everything together and chill!


I am a soup person, and those are my favorite hot summer soups.

Gazpacho:

1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
4 big tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups tomato juice ( half of it when making watermelon version)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
( add hot chili pepper for a kick)

Coarsely chop all the veggies, combine in large bowl, add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Let is sit a day or two for better flavor. Mix well and chill before serving.
I like to add crumbled feta cheese on the top.

Exchange plum tomatoes with watermelon, and you get a great watermelon gazpacho
Eat with fresh baguette.

Avocado soup:

1 hothouse cucumber
1 avocado
2 green onions
1/4 cup of fresh mint
1/2 cup buttermilk ( yogurt or sour cream OK)
1 1/2 cups of water
salt, white pepper to taste


Chop all veggies to a blender size ( but leave out 1/3 of chopped cucumber )
Blend all the veggies + buttermilk + water. Chill and then garnish it with the diced cucumbers just before serving.

Cold Borscht Soup ( this is the #1 for me!)
Little more work, but the soup is delicious!

2 pounds beets, peeled
2 carrots, peeled
3 celery sticks
4 potatoes
4 tbsp butter
1 white onion, sliced
1/2 -1 red onion, sliced ( white is ok too)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 whole cloves
5 whole peppercorns
8-10 Cups chicken/beef/veggie stock. ( See recipe bellow)
salt and pepper
sour cream and chives (for garnish)

Veggie stock ( but you can use any broth from a store )
2 carrots
3 celery stalks
1 onion
1 turnip or parsnip
1 celery root
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
15 or so black peppercorns smashed
salt and olive oil
Clean/peel/cut into pieces. Add about 3 Tablespoons of olive oil into a pan and let the onion quarters sort of brown a bit on each side (just for extra flavor and stock color). Add all other veggies, fill with water to cover, simmer for about 1 hour with the lid half covered and then another hour with the lid off. Cool and strain. Use as a base for your soups ( here for the beet soup)

Back to the soup:

Peel and cut the beets ( wear gloves ), cut like a French fries. Same with carrots, celery, and potatoes. Slice onions in half rings.
In a large pan melt the butter, add onions and cook till they are getting translucent. Add all other veggies, stir fry for 5-8 min. Add salt.
Wrap all other spices in any clean cloth that you have (handkerchief, cheese cloth). Add the spice package to the veggies and cover all with the broth/stock. Bring to boil then simmer for an hour till they are tender but not mushy.
Cool off then stuck in a fridge for a day or two.
Serve cold with a big dollop of sour cream, chopped chives, and freshly ground pepper.

When I get lucky and get the beets with the green tops, then I chop the leaves and add to the soup too You can substitute beet tops with spinach.


There is a "meaty" version of the Borscht soup, but it's more suitable for the winter.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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When it gets really hot, I like to prepare a watermelon dish.

You will need:

1 watermelon
1 dish
1 knife (optional)

In lieu of a knife, you can use a rock, your knee, a fist or gravity to open the melon. Enjoy. Some people love to salt their watermelon, but I've never understood this.
Something I picked up many years ago when living in Greece - feta cheese, just a little, crumbled over chopped watermelon (or any sort of melon, really; great with cantaloupe or honeydew too.)

When it's hot and I don't feel like cooking, I either order pizza or (more often) hit the salad/olive bar at VGs or one of the plentiful local middle eastern eateries....tabbouli salad, baba ganoush or hummus with pita bread and tomatoes, ful (white bean salad), chick pea or lentil salad, chopped greens with lemon dressing...

I am single and while I love to cook have never gotten into the salads vibe just for myself. And being single I can eat haphazardly.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:28 PM
 
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cold chicken salad made with canned or prepackaged chicken, add a few sweet pickle cubes, some grapes or apple chunks, some walnuts or pecans, and a dollop of mayo. Cut a tomato into quarters put the chicken mix in the middle. Dinner.
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