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post #21 of 24
Rice steamer! Crock pot! Bread Machine (maybe better than turning on AC?)! Camp stove outside! Grill! I love these things, especially in the hot summer.

Big salad with greens, red onion, red and green bell peppers, avocado, dressing of olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chopped cilantro and jalepeno pepper buzzed in blender, with tossed in chunks of montery jack cheese if you eat it, and quickly sauteed chunks of tempeh.

Big second for hummus and tabouli, that is probably one of my favorite sandwiches from my old bagel shop in Mass - a nice fresh everything bagel with hummus, tabouli, shredded carrots, sliced tomatoes and red onion, lettuce and sprouts, yum!

Falafel - you've got to cook it on the stove but you could cook up a big batch early in the morn and have it in the fridge to snack on for a few days

Smoothies with silken tofu buzzed in are a great simple solution for a snack, an easy lunch, etc. Freeze them for pops, too!

Gado Gado (in first Moosewood book) is super easy - diced raw tofu, shredded raw cabbage, carrots, onions, etc., garnish with lime juice, chopped cilantro and crushed red pepper, put all this over some steamed rice (gotta love the steamer) and top with a simple, good peanut sauce, all you need to cook on the stove is the sauce (and it can be done on the camp stove!)

I've made pizza on the grill, it is delicious that way!

Marinate sliced tofu in some goodies and use it as protein on loaded veggie sandwiches. Tamari, garlic, and ginger, or italian style seasonings or cumin and oregano and garlic and hot pepper or...

Add some shucked, grilled corn on the cob to your canned black beans, diced red onion, some lime juice and olive oil, cumin, garlic, oregano, chopped cilantro, some chili powder, simple and good bean salad

Diced avocado, chopped red onion, olive oil and lemon juice, crumbled tempeh, and some feta cheese, salt and pepper (or use shrimp for tempeh if you eat them), scoop up with corn chips

I grew up in Mass, I remember humid eastern summers, hang in there
post #22 of 24
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Originally posted by elnachick
[B]Rice steamer! Crock pot! Bread Machine (maybe better than turning on AC?)! Camp stove outside! Grill! I love these things, especially in the hot summer.
Sounds like you are naming items of my bridal registry LOL...and let the truth come out...the person who really wrote my registry was...yammer!

Strange but true facts.

Sierra
post #23 of 24
I spend more money in summer because I don't cook as much from scratch.

I have AC but avoid it if possible (and don't want to generate heat when I do to conserve energy) My kitchen is facing south as well (beautiful sunny window in the morning but heat as well)

I'm thinking about investing in a rice steamer (after I pay for my daughter's wedding 10 more days to go)

How much $$ are they and what are the best ones for quality.

I now have two friends who are really good sushi makers and I love sushi and am eager to learn how to make it but not without a steamer!!

Some of my summer options (beyond the obvious) veggi chilli (in crockpot?)

Lots and lots of salads.

Veggie sticks with dip

If you're not vegan (we're not) deviled eggs or cheese slices as well.

I eat far too much packaged food in summer (including a lot of veggie burgers and dogs)

Debra Baker
post #24 of 24
I thought of this thread last night - couldn't decide what to have for dinner since I was on my own, didn't want to eat junk, didn't want to cook in the heat. So I had some sliced hearty crusty bread spread with locally produced goat cheese with herbs de provance, fresh strawberries, and steamed red chard from our garden, yum!

DB - I've had a Black&Decker rice steamer (not just a rice cooker, it's a steamer, more useful) for about ten years. I think it cost about $20.00 when we bought it. In a household of four adults, we use the steamer probably 4 nights out of 7. Some nights we fire up two, one for rice and one for veggies. For me, it's among the best $20 I've spent for anything to do with the kitchen. I'm guessing that you might have to pay more in the neighborhood of about $30 for a nice one, these days?
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