60 Summer Recipe Ideas


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I live in an apartment. In Southern California. With one wall-unit air conditioning. That combination makes for some pretty hot summer evenings.

That being said, during the summer, I avoid turning on my oven. I try to do all of my cooking without using my oven. I thought that I would create a list of recipe ideas for those of you who avoid the oven in the summer. These 60 meals should get you through the summer!

  1. Grilled Cheese
  2. Chicken Caesar Salad
  3. Green Chili Chicken Pozole
  4. Pioneer Woman’s Pan Fried Pork Chops
  5. Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers (buy canned sweet potato instead of roasting it in the oven).
  6. Salmon Croquettes – I serve them on a bed of lettuce with a garlic aioli on top.
  7. Carrot Curry Soup
  8. Carbonara Pasta Recipe 
  9. BLT’s
  10. Pancakes
  11. Black Bean Soup 
  12. Butternut Squash Soup 
  13. Hot Dogs
  14. Hamburgers
  15. Scallop, Mango, Avocado Salad (cook the scallops in a pan)
  16. Chicken Fiesta Salad 
  17. Taco Salad
  18. Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage
  19. Paninis
  20. Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Just put a big pork roast in the crockpot and pour a container of bbq sauce over it. Let it cook all day.)
  21. Spaghetti
  22. Quesadillas
  23. Ravioli
  24. Crepes 
  25. French Dipped Sandwiches
  26. Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs (skip the baking step)
  27. Slow Cooker Chicken Tandoori with Rice
  28. Slow Cooker Chili
  29. Chicken Club Sandwiches 
  30. Green Apple Curry Chicken Salad (super easy recipe! Mix curry powder with mayo. Stir in some chopped green apple and some walnuts. Mix with chicken and put on sandwiches or a bed of lettuce).
  31. Tacos
  32. Ratatouille
  33. Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls 
  34. Black Bean Burgers (still have not found a great recipe for this one!)
  35. Slow Cooker Stew (Just google for a recipe. I use the one from the Slow Cooker Bible.)
  36. Garlic Butter Tilapia
  37. Grilled Salmon (I don’t have a grill, so I use my griddle.)
  38. Slow Cooker Lasagna (I have not personally made this, but I have eaten it and you would never know the difference!)
  39. Pasta Salad
  40. Bean and Cheese Burritos
  41. Grilled Pizza 
  42. Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables
  43. Red Beans and Rice
  44. Manhattan Fish Chowder
  45. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup 
  46. Spinach and Orzo Salad 
  47. Zesty Quinoa Salad 
  48. Chicken and Rice
  49. Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sandwiches 
  50. Summer Corn and Tomato Pasta (making this one tonight!)
  51. Chef Salad
  52. Chopped Salad with Bacon and Fried Garbanzo Beans
  53. Pioneer Woman’s Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing (haven’t tried the following recipes yet, but I think I need to!)
  54. Chicken Burgers 
  55. Grilled Open-Face Ham, Brie and Argula Sandwiches
  56. Grilled Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas 
  57. California Sushi Wraps (not sure if my husband would eat this, but I would like to try it!)
  58. Chicken Fajita Wraps
  59. Thai Chicken, Mango, and Pineapple Salad
  60. Zesty Zucchini Pasta

 What are your favorite “no-oven” recipes?

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  • Nick

    YUM!! I can’t wait to try every single one of these!! Thank you for being such a talented cook!!

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