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 Post subject: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:43 am 
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I admit it, I'm a wuss when it comes to cooking in hot weather. Usually I just have salads and sandwiches, or salad rolls if I'm feeling a little fancy. I'd love some new ideas. Cold soups have never appealed to me but maybe the right recipe could win me over. I'm open to anything!


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Is it weird I love a hot (temp) and spicy soup when it's hot out? But I agree I don't want the stove on long, so I make a simple broth + quick cooking veg one with curry paste that doesn't have to be simmered or anything. Just get it to temp and it's done.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:16 am 
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mmmm, I love spicy food when it's hot too! It feels so right. I just... don't like to COOK, hehe. I have made a salad dressing with red curry paste in it though, twas yummy.

I just wish there was a curry place around the corner from my house so I could just go there and get the spiciest thing on the menu whenever it's hot out...


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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:14 am 
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Salad rolls! I made some for dinner this evening. The only cooking I did was to boil the rice noodles and quickly pan fry some tofu, and everything else was right from the fridge. Cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, basil, and quick pickled carrots/daikon.

Bonus: Rice paper wraps seem to come in 12oz packages, which is enough for 45-50 salad rolls.


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ohh I love the sound of pickled veggies in salad rolls! How come I never thought of that?
To avoid cooking I often just forgo rice noodles and use storebought fried tofu in my salad rolls. ;) I always make a delicious homemade peanut sauce though, which is my favorite part anyway!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Panzanella Salad. With chickpeas and/or avocado. I could eat it all summer.


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Popcorn, pasta/noodle salads (use your aforementioned delicious peanut sauce!), dolmas, taco salad, potato salad, big bowls of cereal with fruit

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If its too hot to use the oven I will use the slow cooker (mac and cheese, cheesy broccoli rice bake, seitan). I might be tempted to get a BBQ as well

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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:39 am 
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I don't have a barbecue, but I bust out the counter grill (okay, it's a George Foreman) and grill tofu, mushrooms, tempeh, corn, tomatoes, even odd stuff like endive, scallions, and kale. Everything can be grilled, and it doesn't create much heat.

I totally agree that spicy food is best for hot weather. It's why the food in South India is so delicious!

I almost never feel like eating salad when it's hot out.

Oh yes, and peanut sauce all the time! And tahini-based garlicky sauces.


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Zucchini noodles, spring rolls, blended soups, and lots and lots of salads. I am also a fan of ripping celery off the bunch with dip -- the less work, the better.


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I pretty much always make hummus and eat it with pita and cucumbers when it's hot out. i've been on a pesto hummus kick where i just add a bunch of garlic, basil and lemon juice to my hummus and don't add any spices.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:42 pm 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
I pretty much always make hummus and eat it with pita and cucumbers when it's hot out. i've been on a pesto hummus kick where i just add a bunch of garlic, basil and lemon juice to my hummus and don't add any spices.


I've been digging pesto hummus as well! I think my next batch will feature some cilantro chutney, though.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:41 pm 
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Grilling, slow cooker, rice cooker, and microwave are all good ways to cook without heating the house up. Sometimes I even plug my appliances in on the patio and let things cook out there as to not even add it's residual heat to my house. If you want to eat warm food, but not heat your house up, you can eat the food while it's hot. Or you can just grill some corn and tofu and veggies, simmer some beans, steam or roast potatoes, or make a pot of rice or quinoa (outside even!) in one or more of these gadgets and then cool that food and use it to make a grain and bean salad or potato salad or cold grilled veggie sandwich, etc.

If you can get a hold of shirataki noodles or konjaku noodles (try an Asian grocery), they can be rinsed and used without cooking to make cold noodle salads or as fillings in spring rolls.

Take advantage of canned beans in the summer, even if you usually cook them from scratch.

Sushi! Cook the rice in a rice cooker outside or late at night, then cool and mix with rice vinegar and mirn. Wrap in nori with raw, cooked and cooled, and/or pickled veggies; tofu, tempeh, seitan, and/or edemame. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.

Tostadas: Buy a package of tostadas. I like the baked ones for less fat. Open up a can of refired beans. You can heat them up or just use them cold. Spread beans on tostada, then top with just about anything else you like: salsa, guacamole, olives, shredded lettuce or cabbage, soyrizo, any raw or cooked (hot or cooled) veggies you like, any shredded or crumbled vegan cheese, vegan sour cream. You don't need nearly all those toppings. I'm just throwing out lots of ideas.

For the future: I like to plan ahead and make a few freezable and microwaveable meals and foods when it's cool out. Muffins, lasagna, enchiladas, and curries all work well.

Smoothies!

Ice cream or sorbet with sliced fresh fruit and chopped nuts. It's nice and cooling and you can feel a little bit healthy because of the fresh fruit and nuts.

Cold cereal or granola with sliced bananas or berries and your favorite plant milk.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:44 pm 
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Grilling, slow cooker, rice cooker, and microwave are all good ways to cook without heating the house up. Sometimes I even plug my appliances in on the patio and let things cook out there as to not even add it's residual heat to my house. If you want to eat warm food, but not heat your house up, you can eat the food while it's hot. Or you can just grill some corn and tofu and veggies, simmer some beans, steam or roast potatoes, or make a pot of rice or quinoa (outside even!) in one or more of these gadgets and then cool that food and use it to make a grain and bean salad or potato salad or cold grilled veggie sandwich, etc.

If you can get a hold of shirataki noodles or konjaku noodles (try an Asian grocery), they can be rinsed and used without cooking to make cold noodle salads or as fillings in spring rolls.

Take advantage of canned beans in the summer, even if you usually cook them from scratch.

Sushi! Cook the rice in a rice cooker outside or late at night if you are worried about it heating the house, then cool and mix with rice vinegar and mirn. Wrap in nori with raw, cooked and cooled, and/or pickled veggies; tofu, tempeh, seitan, and/or edemame. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi for dipping.

Tostadas: Buy a package of tostadas. I like the baked ones for less fat. Open up a can of refired beans. You can heat them up or just use them cold. Spread beans on tostada, then top with just about anything else you like: salsa, guacamole, olives, shredded lettuce or cabbage, soyrizo, any raw or cooked (hot or cooled) veggies you like, any shredded or crumbled vegan cheese, vegan sour cream. You don't need nearly all those toppings. I'm just throwing out lots of ideas.

For the future: I like to plan ahead and make a few freezable and microwaveable meals and foods when it's cool out. Muffins, lasagna, enchiladas, and curries all work well.

Smoothies!

Ice cream or sorbet with sliced fresh fruit and chopped nuts. It's nice and cooling and you can feel a little bit healthy because of the fresh fruit and nuts.

Cold cereal or granola with sliced bananas or berries and your favorite plant milk.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you eat when it's too hot to cook?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:19 pm 
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I feel like I want to revive this thread. It's 105 degrees F right now and we don't have AC in our house. It's not supposed to cool down for the next few weeks and I'm running out of ideas. I love salads but I don't want to eat them for every meal and I'm searching for more ideas. The oven is definitely out, and I don't even want to use the stove right now if I can help it.

I don't have a slow cooker or pressure cooker, but the one appliance I do have that doesn't make my house an inferno is the rice cooker. Does anyone have any favorite meals that can me made in one? I'd also love more suggestions for no-cook meals that aren't salads.


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I've been eating tofurkey sandwiches. That is probably more a sign that I should follow this thread than an actual suggestion though.

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Mollyjade made this recommendation in the Easy and Healthy Dinners thread:

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One of my favorite quick, weeknight meals is boil in the bag couscous (more like, pour boiling water of the bag and wait one minute), frozen veggies steamed in the microwave, a handful of store-bought, pre-seasoned tofu warmed up in the microwave during the last minute or two of veggie steaming, a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Mix, eat.

Another fave involves noodles: two minute noodles, frozen veggies steamed in the microwave, pre-seasoned tofu (again) warmed up in the microwave, and a quick and dirty version of Isa's Red Hot Tahini sauce (couple spoonfuls of tahini, water, Frank's hot sauce, and a spoonful of nooch, whisked with a fork).

We do an even lazier version of this in the rice cooker. Pearl couscous, veg broth, spices, chickpeas (and/or sliced sausage), and frozen vegetables (either sturdy ones like peas and corn or broccoli, which we're kind of fond of mushy). All cooked in the rice cooker.

It's really the height of lazy cooking. Inspired by Laura at Vegansaurus: http://vegansaurus.com/post/3069368466/ ... diet-laura


(I too would enjoy some rice cooker recommendations)

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