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Take a Break from Cooking

Take a Break from Cooking


There are lots of ways to keep your kitchen cool and still eat great! Try these refreshingly simple and delicious ideas.

Remember the childhood thrill of mixing up an ice-cold pitcher of Kool-Aid Drink Mix in the summer? Grown-ups love it too, because it’s delicious, it’s easy to prepare, and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. (Did you know it now comes in a sugar free variety?) In fact, those three qualities are good ones to keep in mind when choosing what to make on hot (or hectic) summer days. There are plenty of no-cook recipes at your fingertips on this website…so many that you can go a whole day without “cooking”!


Greet the morning with a breakfast made with only a toaster or blender. Two that taste special enough for summertime guests: Blueberry Strawberry Breakfast Shortcakes and whipped Strawberry Yogurt Smoothies.


Set out Carrot Pinwheels with some fresh fruit or vegetables. Produce is at its peak in summer, so take advantage of the fresh flavors and better prices right now. This is also the perfect season to enjoy more salads like Grape, Cheddar and Walnut Salad.

Lunch and Dinner

Sandwiches are an easy no-cook go-to, so keep some OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh meats on hand. Make an Easy Turkey Pita just for you or a Hero Muffuletta to feed a crew.

Another great idea: Use last night’s grilled leftovers in dishes like Grilled Steak & Vegetable Salad or The Grateful Veg wraps. Or buy some already-cooked meats and seafood items, such as cooked chicken breasts (in the meat case), canned tuna, or frozen cooked shrimp (try it in a Quick Shrimp Salad).


Look for desserts that go in the freezer (like Frosty Tropical Pops and Raspberry Sherbet) or fridge (like Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes) instead of the oven. They’re as cool to make as they are to eat!

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