So I have some thoroughly exciting news for you all: my car’s A/C is working again! My amazing mama, who simply couldn’t bear to see her beloved youngest child suffering in the heat any longer, offered to take it into the shop and get it checked out for me. They recharged it and put that dye in it to check where the leak is, so while the A/C isn’t technically FIXED, it is working again. At least until all the freon leaks out again. But that could be tomorrow, or it could be next summer. Here’s hoping it’ll be much closer to the latter!
The timing of this fix really couldn’t be better, considering that we’re in for another set of HOT days over the weekend.
Eep. On the bright side, there is nothing that curbs my appetite more than having to peel my sticky thighs off of a chair. In fact, the very idea of eating anything warm on crazy hot days — let alone turning on the oven! — makes me actively (and dramatically) wretch. So hey! Maybe this summer I will actually stop making excuses and finally drop these last 20-ish pounds! Hey, a girl can dream, right?
In that vain, I thought it might be a fun Friday thing to offer up a few of my favorite light, summery, (mostly) no cook recipes. Usually, the biggest thing they require is boiling something on the stove, and you can always do that ahead of time (maybe in the dead of night? When the sun is gone? And the sweat is only pooling in the creases of your body rather than actively dripping down your extremities? Heh. Gross.).
Ha! As if I would start with anything other than my delicious, sweet & savory, tropically-twisted Mango Guacamole. This stuff will change your life, I swear it. And look! Not a stove nor a pan nor a baking dish required! Just a bowl, a spoon, and some sweet chopping skillz.
My girl Cassie has some banging recipes on her site, and one of the ones that caught my eye most recently was this Cold Greek Quinoa Salad. The only thing that requires heat is cooking the quinoa. Otherwise, it’s a refreshing, chilling salad that’s full of nutrition and flavor! Yum.
My Healthy Chicken Salad recipe is another one that requires just one cooked ingredient: the chicken! Why not take advantage of that summertime tradition and cook ’em up on the grill? Of course, if the thought of manning a hot grill on a hot day isn’t your ideal summer activity, you can always find pre-cooked chicken at the store. You could even tear up a rotisserie chicken for this! You have as many options as your laziness will allow. 😉
So tell me: what’s your favorite easy, breezy summertime recipe?