Thursday, July 18, 2013

Heat Wave Survival -- Roundup of No-Bake Recipes!

Hey guys! So, as some of you may know, the Northeast is experiencing a heat wave right now. I love Summer to the ends of the Earth and back--I feel like all winter I'm just counting the days until warmer weather--but even a self-proclaimed sun-worshiper can't quite thrive in 100 degree conditions. I am super grateful for my AC unit, courtesy of my parents who felt bad I was rigging up a wind tunnel with budget store fans in order to keep from sweating out my life, and my icebox of an office (seriously, they CRANK the AC up at work, I typically wear sweatshirts!), but venturing outside or into non-AC'd rooms of the house is a challenge. This means that I have absolutely no desire to turn on my oven. On Day 1 of the heat wave my boyfriend and I went out to a lovely dinner--which ended up costing about $60, after we succumbed to drinks and appetizers in addition to our meals, oops! At least the leftovers made a good lunch... Since neither of us had the money to continue to buy dinner this week (my bank account is angry at me and will be slightly in the negatives until pay day), we've been trying to make do with recipes that require the least amount of heat possible. For me, this means lots of salads from the goodies we picked up at the farmers market this weekend with our Market Share card.

I love salad, but I don't love salad 7 days a week. Next time, I knew I had to be prepared.

My blogger friends volunteered to help me in this quest, and I have rounded up the best recipes out of the bunch to share with you all! All involve minimal heat--either by using an outside grill (and running far away to cool off until it's done), a stove top, or a crock pot, which is quickly becoming my Kitchen VIP.

Enjoy :)

Buffalo Bleu Chicken Salad -- The Noble Pig
Asian-Inspired Chopped Salad -- Crumbs and Chaos
Bacon Farro Salad -- The Spiced Life
Waldorf-ish Chicken Salad with Chobani -- Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Spinach, Spaghetti & Mango Salad -- Cook the Story
Simple Chopped Salad -- Organized Island
Easy Chicken Salad Recipe -- The Culinary Life
Curried Quiona Salad -- The Culinary Life
Boston Blue Salad -- Modern Christian Homemaker
Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad -- Healthy Slow Cooking
Grilled Vegetable Salad -- Delicious Dishings
Blood Orange Salad -- Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine

Main Courses
Hot Italian Giardiniera -- Healthy Delicious
Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sandwiches -- Cupcake Diaries
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers -- Cupcake Diaries
Watermelon Gazpacho -- The Tomato Tart
Slow Cooker Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese -- Snappy Gourmet
Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce -- Fifteen Spatulas
Crockpot Beef Brisket with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce -- Lemons for Lulu
Open-faced Beet Sandwiches -- Farm Fresh Feasts
Maple Teriyaki Salmon Sushi -- Farm Fresh Feasts
Slow Cooker Baked Beans -- Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Fried "Rice" -- Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
BBQ Chicken -- In the Kitchen with Jenny
Fresh Salmon Lettuce Wraps -- Prep2Eat

Rosewater Parfaits -- Healthy Slow Cooking
Lemon Icebox Pie -- Cravings of a Lunatic
Fresh Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream -- A Dash and a Pinch
Birthday Cake Waffles -- Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Strawberry Mango Margaritas -- Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Instant Mini Cheesecakes -- The Christian Homemaker

Thanks to everyone who submitted round-up ideas! It was awesome to check out so many new blogs, and now I have a bunch of fun new recipes to try! Can I just say that Cravings of a Lunatic's Icebox pie is something I've been DYYING to try FOREVER? It's true. I'm glad she contributed it! This was a lot of fun and I'd love to do another one :) I'll announce the next one on my Facebook Page, so make sure you're following me if you'd like to participate!

In other news... somehow I was able to finagle tickets to Austin to visit a friend at the end of August! I am super excited. Foodie Friends: where should I visit? I am so excited to try tacos and BBQ, both of which I hear are excellent down there.

And be sure to look for my salad and dressing recipe, up next on the blog! :)


  1. Ashley, thanks so much for featuring my beets and #strangebutgood sushi! Much appreciated. I can't help you with Austin food, but there's an Austin Food Bloggers group--Lauren at Gourmet Veggie Mama mentions them in her posts.

    Great round up--and wonderful for this heat wave!

    1. Thanks for submitting them! I love love love beets, so that was a no-brainer :) AND sushi, but I have yet to make my own... might have to make yours one of the ones I do first!

  2. Thanks for including my chopped salad! Great compilation here! I hear Austin is a great place and hope to get there some day.

  3. I love summer too but omgeee it is HOT!

  4. What a fun list! I'm always trying to think of new things to make in the summer!

  5. I'm the same way..I never complain about the heat because I know I'll miss it once the winter gets here...but holy moses it's hot!!!!! I'm in Rochester, NY.

    1. I love summer... hate winter... but even this is too much.

  6. It has been unbearably hot in Chicago for the last week, too. Luckily I think it's going to break tonight, so we'll be more comfortable soon! Love the crockpot for hot weather. It seems counter-intuitive to have something on your counter cooking for 6 hours, but it's so much better than turning on the oven.

  7. I love that you have made a list of dishes that don't need an oven :P Such a great idea. I'll be back to it in our Summer!