Last weekend I discovered something that is probably a duh moment for most people, but apparently took me over three decades to learn – crockpots are your best friend in the summer.
It felt like this:
Dinner will be ready for the hubster and I as soon as we enter the door, our apartment won’t feel like a billion degrees, and I will only endure mild suffering in our un-air conditioned kitchen, which will be offset by delicious food for nearly zero effort.
Last weekend I went on a crockpot spree. First I pinned a bunch of recipes using ingredients I already had onto a board called This Week’s Menu. Then I made sweet potatoes in the crockpot (what?!) using this recipe and served it with a lime mahi mahi using this stove top recipe.
Stove top recipes totally count as oven free in summer.
Then I made this taco meat recipe overnight. A-mazing. Don’t even take my word for it. Just make it, wrap it in a brown rice tortilla or whatever your thing is, sprinkle some cheese and veggies in there, and put it in your mouth.
Oddly enough I’m not even doing salad this summer. I’m just serving pre-cooked beets from Costco and organic sugar snap peas from Trader Joe’s, and the husband is loving it. I doubled all of the recipes, and we’ve been eating “cooking-free” all week long.
What about you guys? Do you have a favorite summer recipe? Do you turn the oven off and turn to no-cook, crock pot, or stove top recipes?