Hot Weather Meal Strategies

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Hot Weather Meal Strategies

With the long hot summer days in full swing, cooking is one of the last things on anyone's mind.  To help from spending money on takeout or eating ice cream every night, here are some meal strategies for the hot weather.


1. Plan ahead. Make menus each week and stick to them.

2. Use your freezer. Freeze meat in marinades, fresh fruit pieces for snacks and look for freezable dessert recipes.

3. Cook with everything but the oven. Use your rice steamer, the crock pot, pressure cooker and your charcoal or gas grill.

4. Don’t forget your microwave—they don’t heat up the kitchen the way ovens and stoves do.

5. Take advantage of plentiful fresh produce.

6. When you cook, make it count. Cook once, but plan to eat at least three times.

7. Make use of pre-prepared foods.


Here is a delicious pasta salad to try:

Tuna Pasta Salad

1 cup light mayonnaise

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon dill weed

12 ½ ounces tuna in water flaked and drained

1 cup shell pasta cooked and drained

1 cup frozen peas thawed

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red onion

First, make the dressing by combining first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a serving bowl and stir in dressing. Chill.