13 Nearly No-Cook Meals for Hot Summer Nights
When temperatures soar, the last thing we want to do is spend hours in a hot kitchen. Whether you’re prepping a romantic date night for two or planning a summer party, these 13 nearly no-cook meals are guaranteed to help you keep your cool. They’re fast, they’re delicious, and you won’t be stuck with a bunch of pots and pans at the end of the meal. And that means more time for soaking up those endless summer nights.
1. Avocado on Toast With Smoked Salmon: None of us thought avocado toast could get better, until we heard about this delicious upgrade. Fresh herbs and a tomato dressing give this dish an extra-special lift. (via Olive Magazine)
2. Zucchini and Fresh Corn Salad With Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette: If there’s one thing better than a no-cook meal, it’s one that can be prepped in advance. Grab a drink and relax for at least 30 minutes while the zucchini ribbons soak up all that delicious dressing goodness. (via foodiecrush)
3. Spicy Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Poke Bowls: This restaurant favorite is easier to make than you think. Make it a group event and gather your friends for a build-your-own-poke-bowl night. (via Jessica Gavin)
5. Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls With Spicy Hoisin Peanut Sauce: Instant vermicelli noodles are the secret to this tasty (and portable!) meal. No boiling required — just pour a little hot water over them to soften and you’re done. (via Bowl of Delicious)
7. Olive Tapenade and Hummus Stuffed Pita: We love this vegetarian spin on pita sandwiches. The ingredients are simple enough to keep around for lunches, but hearty enough for dinner. (via Naturally Ella)
8. Stone Fruit and Burrata Salad: As if you needed one more reason to love burrata, enter this salad. We’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bonus points for also looking flat-out gorgeous. (via What’s Gaby Cooking)
9. Kale Caesar Salad: Why settle for a standard Caesar when you could have this beauty? Homemade dressing, hearty kale, and a heavy hit of lime all work together in perfect harmony. (via Gimme Some Oven)
11. Grilled Peach and Panzanella Salad: This is one of those salads that fires on all cylinders — salty, sweet, crunchy, creamy, juicy, and crisp. Throw the peaches on the grill while your bread gets a little toasty in the oven and you’ve got yourself a meal. (via A Simple Pantry)
12. Oil-Packed Tuna, Avocado, White Bean, and Arugula Salad: There’s nothing like a dish that comes together with pantry staples. We love the addition of quinoa to round out this perfect summer dinner. (via Salt and Wind)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)