Alternatively, you can skip the starches altogether. Make rice out of cauliflower and noodles out of julienned zucchini. Instead of using lots of bread, create open-faced sandwiches piled high with crunchy, fresh vegetables like lettuce, bell peppers, onions and sprouts. For more ideas, read 5 Steps for Making Incredible Sandwiches. There are plenty of shortcuts and strategies that can make summer cooking easier. When shopping, buy some convenience by hitting the salad bars for already cooked tofu, pre-cut produce and whatever else strikes your fancy.
Prep your groceries as soon as you get them home — do all the peeling, slicing, dicing and chopping at one time and keep the ingredients refrigerated in storage bags or containers. Plus, you may be more likely to snack on healthy fruits and veggies if they are already prepared and ready to eat. Try to make lots of one-pot meals like mac and cheese or risotto for easy cooking and easy clean-up.
When you do decide to get into the kitchen and cook, make double or even triple portions so you cook once but have food all week. Double the recipe for marinades , take half of whatever you are marinating and freeze that batch for a later time. When you decide to use it, you will only have to thaw it and cook it.
If you are turning on the oven to make baked tofu , bake two or three blocks of tofu at one time. Store whatever you are not eating today in a storage container in the fridge.
Then you will always have perfectly seasoned, perfectly baked tofu ready to be reheated or tossed as is into salads. Is it pasta night? Make the most out of that big pot of boiling water by using it to quickly cook veggies in the last few minutes that the pasta cooks. Then you can make this Creamy Rotini Alfredo with Asparagus and Peas in half the time with half the pots to clean. Countertop appliances generate and emit less heat than the oven. Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs. This rosemary ranch chicken recipe is so delicious, tender, and juicy the chicken will melt in your mouth.
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This delicious salsa made with fresh kiwis, apples and berries is a sweet, succulent treat when served on homemade cinnamon tortilla chips. Enjoy it as a summer appetizer or an easy dessert.
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