No-cook meals are a staple 'round these parts in the summer. Who wants to turn on the oven (or stove) when it's hot and humid out? We'd much rather munch on something cool with a glass of rosé
in hand, thank you very much. No-cook recipes
don't just mean salads
(though they're delicious too!). You can make meals, snacks, drinks, and desserts without turning on the stove. Take a look at these 13 easy, original recipes from Brit + Co, and get ready to leave that oven dial turned to off for the rest of the season.
Blood Orange Smoothies:
Open the curtains wide and get ready for a sip of morning sunshine with this smoothie recipe. Sausage and scrambled eggs can wait for cooler months.
Easy Green Smoothie:
Don't be daunted by the thought of a homemade green smoothie. If your smoothies usually turn brown or taste too much like, well, dirt, then follow this four-ingredient recipe for a healthy drink you'll actually get excited about.
Vegan Copycat Froot Loop Milkshakes:
When you add cereal to your milkshake, that means it's breakfast, right? We hope so, because once you get the image of this dreamy vegan shake stuck in your head, it's going to be the first thing you crave when you wake up in the morning.
PB&J Snack Bars:
Unlike traditional granola bars, which need to be baked, these peanut butter and jelly snack bars are simply blended in your food processor and pressed into shape. You can add any fruit you like, although this recipe calls for cherry preserves and dried cherries. Try it with strawberry jam and dried blueberries for a unique take.
Simple Trail Mix:
Nothing beats homemade trail mix on hiking trips or days at the beach. It'll give you the energy you need for a day in the sun, and you don't even have to heat up the kitchen.
Easy Cold-Brew Iced Tea:
There's no kettle required to get a thirst-quenching pitcher of iced tea on the table. Just infuse the tea bags in cold water overnight, and in the morning you'll have a tasty drink.
Hot Pink Beet Hummus Bowl:
Raw beets are the secret to getting such a gorgeous pink hue for your hummus. Blend them with canned chickpeas and the other usual suspects, and serve with bright fresh veggies for dipping.
Copycat Trader Joe's Healthy 8-Veggie Mix:
Eat it as a salad; add a creamy dressing to make a slaw; or stuff into a wrap for a tasty vegetarian lunch. Any way you serve it, this crunchy eight-veggie mix is an invaluable summer staple to keep in the fridge.
Vegan Chickpea Salad Stuffed Avocados:
Cool, creamy avocados are a tasty base for hearty chickpea salad. Dotted with crunchy bits of celery and bell pepper, each bite is a dynamic blend of textures and flavor.
Mermaid Veggie Sushi Bowl:
Tons of veggies load this bowl with a rainbow of colors. Use leftover rice to turn this into a no-cook recipe, or leave it out for a lighter meal.
2-Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream:
Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, and when it's blitzed with just two ingredients in your food processor, there's no reason not to enjoy it whenever you darn well please.
Paleo Almond Joy Bars:
All right, this recipe does call for a microwave to melt the chocolate. It's still a sweet dessert that doesn't require hot cooking, which makes it priceless in our book.
Blue Majik Nice Cream:
Instead of sweating profusely while baking up a batch of cookings, try whirling some banana-based Blue Majik nice cream that gets its hue naturally from blue-green algae!
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(Photos via Brit + Co)