Weight Loss Wednesday: What To Cook When Its Too Hot To Cook

Its that time again, people-the time when the Big Apple becomes a melting pot in a very different sense. I’m talking about summer, the season of the summer Friday, the beach weekend getaway and, if you are like many of us, the time where your apartment or house becomes so unbearably hot that you’d rather die than move, let alone operate a stove top or an oven. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that you need to compromise your nutrition goals, quite the contrary actually. Fortunately for usNew Yorkers, summer is the best time to experiment with fresh vegetables and produce because they are in season and therefore usually require only the smallest tweaks to turn them from raw ingredient to finished dish. Here’s a few requires ideas:

 

Caprese Salad- this is my go to for hot days. Its delicious, beautiful to look at and requires absolutely no cooking. If you’re not familiar with this dish, you basically lay out slices of fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, then drizzle them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little salt and pepper. Need guidance? Check out the link below, from epicurious.com

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/insalata-caprese-13232

 

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Gravlax- this one requires a little foresight, as it needs to cure for three days, but if you see the temperatures climbing in the days ahead, this is a great no-cook protein that you can easily do with little effort. Bonus? The finished product can be used in several ways, including as a salad topper, over your morning scrambled eggs with capers and onions or as a filling for your sandwich with tomato, lettuce and a little of the leftover mustard sauce.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/gravlax-with-mustard-sauce-recipe-1953595

 

Salad Niçoise- a French classic, this one is exactly what I want to eat on a hot day. Now according to this recipe, it requires a little cooking, for the green beans, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. However, I cheat terribly on this when I can’t be bothered.  Check your local deli- half the time they have pre boiled eggs for sale. Substitute this as a microwave steamer bag of red potatoes and the only things you have to actively cook are the beans. Bon appétit!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/classic-nicoise-salad-recipe-2127613