No Cook Summer Recipes

June 17, 2009

Did you see my recent post on cool food for hot times?

Here are 3 more recipes for your dining pleasure. Enjoy!

3  No Cook Summer Recipes

Tuna Salad

(Tuna is full of essential fatty acids (Omega 3’s) which are good for your brain and heart, among other things.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tuna
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 pickles (such as Bubbies, which are naturally fermented)
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Whole wheat pita pocket, bread or crackers

Start by draining a couple of cans of albacore tuna packaged in water. Pour fresh lemon juice over it while you cut up the veggies.

You can get creative with the veggies of your choice or follow these recommendations: shredded carrot, chopped tomato, chopped pickles, and chopped celery for crunch.

Toss the tuna and veggies together in a bowl with mayo. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Serve inside whole wheat pita pockets.
Imported Grapes
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Red Grape Chicken Salad

(You can still prepare a chicken salad without having to cook the chicken itself on the stove. You can either cook the chicken in a crock-pot overnight on low, then refrigerate in the morning until you’re ready to use, or you can buy a pre-cooked, rotisserie chicken.)

Ingredients:

  • Leftover chicken or chicken breast
  • 1 cup of red grapes
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • ½ cup raw sliced almonds
  • ½ cup mayo
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Croissant, whole grain bread or crackers

The first step in creating a chicken salad is to chop the chicken into small pieces. You’ll also want to chop your apples into small pieces. Any kind of apples will do, but red delicious or granny smith can make a good addition, or a combination of the two. Grapes can be left whole.

Toss the chicken, apples and grapes into a bowl with mayonnaise. Fold in your raw, sliced almonds and your chicken salad is done.

Slice open croissants, add a slice of Swiss cheese, then scoop in your chicken salad.

You can use crushed walnuts instead of sliced almonds, or a fancier cheese, such as brie, instead of Swiss.

Now how about a beverage? No hot stove required! Take advantage of theheat by using it to do the cooking for you.

Please drink carefully to avoid choking
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Raspberry Sun Tea

Ingredients:

  • 4 bags of organic black tea
  • ½ bag of frozen raspberries
  • Sweetener of your choice (Sucanat, honey, or stevia is best)

In a large mason jar, add several tea bags and water. Place the jar in the sun for a day.

When 3 hours have passed (this timing may vary), bring the jar inside.

Remove the tea bags and pour the tea in a pitcher. Be sure to add ice and sweetener as you desire.

What makes this recipe extra special is the frozen raspberries you’ll add to the pitcher.

Pour into glasses and serve with your tuna or chicken salad for dinner.

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