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Old 07-03-2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Dinners that won't heat up your house

Per my hubby "no oven"...but I feel like the crockpot also heats it up 🤷🏻♀️.

Ideas??
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Grilled chicken salad
Vegetable sandwiches
Hamburgers w/ raw veggies
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:46 PM   #3
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Is the stove an option? Like, could you cook some pasta early in the morning when it's still cool and make pasta salad?

Do y'all have an outdoor grill?
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:22 PM   #4
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Yes, stove top is an option. We have a grill, but I am not the “grill master”...is not home at a consistent/predictable time...so we don’t grill super often ��
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Do you have a safe place to put the crock pot outside while it cooks? I also have a toaster oven that fits a 9 by 9 baking pan. So I can make enchiladas, lasagna, etc.
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Default Re: Dinners that won't heat up your house

I was going to suggest putting the crock pot outside if you have that option. I've never done it with a crock pot but I do have a toaster oven that I set on the back porch when I want to roast veggies or something small and don't want to heat up the house.

I utilize my Instant Pot a lot in the summer. I can pretty much do anything and everything with that.

Outdoor grill in another mainstay for us. I'm not a grill master either but truthfully a little bit of practice and it becomes super easy.
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I love cool dinners lately...

Turkey BLT's - cook extra bacon at breakfast time.
Taco salad - you can brown the meat earlier in the day too and just warm it up
Grilled chicken - ask your dh to grill up a bunch of chicken breasts when he is home and then use them for various dishes - salads, quesadillas, pasta salad
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I also plug in my slow cooker or Instant Pot outside if it's hot out. The garage is another option if that's safer.

Can you learn to grill? I love grilling. Even simple things taste fantastic on the grill.
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My go-to dinner in hot weather is a Muffaleta. (Basically a big pressed sandwich with olives. The original New Orleans olive salad is crunchy with celery and cauliflower, slightly spicy, with two kinds of olives, but I use homemade tapenade. I use whatever deli meats we have as well which is usually turkey or chicken; my kids can't eat mortadella which is traditional on the sandwich and I don't eat most of the pork-based meats.

Other meals:
any kind of dinner salad - Nicoise, Cobb, Taco
tuna melts in the toaster oven
I like gazpacho and cucumber soup, but the kids don't
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