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Too-Hot-to-Cook Recipe Rescue

The outside air temps have gone down, thankfully, in the last several days, but rest assured we’ll be back in the 90s before too long! And when that happens and it’s so hot outside that all you want to do is get in the pool at the Overlook, you need the 2021 version of I-Hate-to-Cook-In-the Heat-Recipes…to the rescue!

Sandwiches Too Delish to Resist

Taste of Home has a variety of recipes to beat the heat, and they all sound like lunch fare when the mercury soars. Egg Salad Tuna Wraps to Smoked Salmon Egg Salad Croissants are grown-up sammies with a little spinach and mayo. Both are refreshingly simple to make and tasty to the discriminating-est palate! 

Focaccia bread is crisp on the outside and soft inside and is perfect sliced in half for sandwiches. You can make your own (it’s not all that hard, we hear), but to get just the right crust and chewiness, we’ll pickup a loaf at Panera Bread in Westminster (14415 Delaware Street!) – either Asiago Cheese or Black Pepper. Then these pretty, no-cook sandwiches, also from Taste of Home, can be assembled in no time. With shaved deli ham, turkey, salami, provolone and sweet red peppers with tomato and may, we’re ready to assemble a stackable sensation at noon!

These Hasselback Tomato Clubs from RV Cooking Made Simple, perfect for Keto dieters and plentiful this season, can be paired with a pasta (gluten free if you like) for a light dinner. This no-fuss breadless “sandwich” alternates bacon, turkey, butter lettuce, avocado and swiss cheese.

Veggie Meals for Hot Weather

Can’t wait for your tomatoes to turn red? Here’s a Green Tomato BLT on an onion roll that might be hard to beat. These are fried green tomatoes, by the way, with fresh dill, and a layer of bibb lettuce to cradle the tomato slices.

From bountiful bean salads to vegetable “noodle” entrees, Oh My Veggies curated 20 recipes to help you keep your kitchen and family cool all summer long. Like Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps inspired by Williams Sonoma’s Pork and Mango Lettuce Wraps, using crumbled tempeh, lime juice, and chopped cucumber, cashews, mint leaves and sweet chili sauce.

Or, try the Raw Carrot “Pasta” with ginger-lime peanut sauce from The Roasted Root, and Shaved Cauliflower Salad from Happy Yolks, with walnuts and a tangy Dijon dressing – both of which sound equally tempting to carnivores and vegans, alike. 

More Scrummy Summer Salads

Keep scrolling for clever salads — like Red, White and Blue Summer Salad with Caprese balls of mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches and spinach – just the right combination of sweet and salty yumminess. Or the Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad. With feta supplying a tangy punch and poppy seed dressing added sweetness, this summery salad comes together quickly and uses granola with nuts for extra crunch. 

Are you a Cobb Salad fan, every now and then? Try Taste of Home’s take on a tasty cobb combo in a wrap for an evening meal. For summer nights chef contributor Bonnie likes to put bacon, avocado, chicken, tomatoes, ripe olives and blue cheese dressing on a spinach or wheat tortilla. 

And for a Sprouted Quinoa Bowl with Kale Almond Pesto from Tasty Yummies, check out a dish so full of amazing flavors you’ll want to sprout your own quinoa, and try alternating swiss chard, arugula and/or spinach.

The must-have, must-make dessert for summer is Red, White and Blueberry Angel Fluff, a patriotic mash-up of blueberry, strawberry pie fillings, with cream cheese, powdered sugar, whipped cream and angel good cake. You can make your own with the recipe from Kristy at Mommy Hates Cooking, or pick up one at the King Soopers just 10 minutes away. 

Summer Meals at Colliers Hill!

You know that for big gatherings this summer, you can rent the Overlook with it’s awesome views of the mountains AND the master-planned community of Colliers Hill! This fast-growing new home neighborhoods in Northern Colorado have lots of exciting amenities and the beautiful model homes from KB Home, Century Communities and Richmond American Homes – are a treat to tour. Homes here are priced from the $400s.