The hot weather is here, and it’s tempting to just say “no” to cooking. However, you can eat delicious, easy, wholesome plant-powered meals without turning on the stove or oven. It’s all about turning to cool, seasonal foods and your slow cooker. I put together this plant-powered menu of delicious recipes that will keep you and your kitchen cool on the hottest day of the year.
Iced Green Tea with Lemon and Cucumbers (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Start off your summer meal with cool, refreshing herbal tea blends, such as this thirst quencher.
Mississippi Caviar (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
I love this fresh and delicious dip. My mother shared her old recipe with me, and I healthified it a few years ago. Packed with the power of beans, corn, tomatoes, herbs, and spices, this dip is great with chips or even as a relish with veggie-burgers, tacos or tostadas.
Summer Vegetarian Chili (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Who says chili has to be a cool weather dish? Pack your chili with loads of vegetables, give it a “meaty” texture thanks to steel cut oats (yes, steel cut oats!), spice it up with herbs and Latin spices, and top it with farm fresh avocados and green onions, and you’ve just discovered your next hot weather, rustic meal. Serve it with salad and cornbread and you’re all set! You can even keep your kitchen cool by switching from the stop top to slow cooker method for preparing this recipe. Just soak the beans overnight, and then add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Greek Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
While in Greece, I feasted on this traditional cucumber and tomato based salad daily. I couldn’t wait to replicate it at home, using Greek ingredients I brought home with me, such as Cretan extra virgin olive oil, olives, and capers. You can find all of these ingredients at most any supermarket, too. I brought home pickled caper leaves from Greece, which adds a wonderful flavor to the salad, but you can skip this ingredient if you can’t find it. It’s so easy to whip up this salad, yet it’s so delicious and nutritious.
Super Berry Soy Chia Pudding (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Chia is an ancient seed packed with nutrients, including omega-3s, fiber, and protein. Plus, it has the unique ability to create a gel consistency, thus simply stirring it into vanilla-flavored soymilk, with a drizzle of maple syrup for a bit of a sweet touch, can create the most delicious, nutrition pudding! Top it with fresh berries for a dessert that’s healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. No cooking necessary!
Check out my video on how to make this recipe here.
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