What to Eat When It's Too Hot To Cook: Otherwise Known As "Easy Meals from Leah's Kitchen"
I was laughing when I read the topic for this week's Schoolhouse Review Crew blog cruise. It's rather humorous because I don't do a very good job of cooking when it isn't hot. But as I pondered the topic, I thought maybe I did have something to contribute. I do have a few "stand by" meals that don't involve cooking. I don't only use them in the heat. In fact I might use them more frequently than I choose to admit. But, they are quick, simple meals, and they are much more nutritious (and cheaper) than fast food. So here goes.
1. Sub sandwiches. One of my favorite after-church meals is subs. I put it all out on the table and let everyone make their own. I put out meat, cheese, regular bread, sub rolls, pickles, chips, and fruit. Then they go at it. No cooking for me. And everyone has choices, so they enjoy the meal.
2. Snack lunch/supper. That's my fancy name for "I don't want to cook, and we don't have much in the house anyway because I need to go to the grocery store." Here's what it involves. I put out on the table peanut butter, crackers, cheese, popcorn (no butter, made in our air popper- not a premade bag!). fruit, raw veggies (if we have them) and dip. It is pretty much a conglomeration of anything healthy we have in the house. It's easy, quick; and the kids really enjoy it. And if you think about it, it is pretty healthy.
3. Cereal. Yes, I will make the confession. I feed my kids cereal for supper. And it isn't always healthy cereal. I usually try to add some nutritional component by offering fruit or something. But, to be honest, cereal is a pretty reliable stand by when we need a quick supper, and I don't want to cook.
So there it is. If you're looking for healthy summer salads or fancy meals you've come to the wrong place. But if aren't much of a cook and you're looking for an easy alternative to going out the eat when it's too hot to cook, then you've come to the right place.