Too Hot to Use the Oven

It’s August and although it has cooled down quite a bit in the Midwest compared to most years, it’s still August.  I love trying new recipes, but when it’s hot outside I really don’t like to use the oven.  That’s okay though, I’ll just cook over the hot stove top instead!  It may not be the coolest alternative for the weather, but I won’t get the whole house hot, just the kitchen (and me).  When it’s especially hot outside my family gets by on a lot of stir-fry, salads, sandwiches, and one-pot stove top dinners.  For now the grocery produce picks are fresh and delicious, our garden is slowly giving us food (slowly being the operative word), and availability is high.  While summer winds down and it remains in the 80s and 90s I continue to keep meals and snacks as cool as possible.  Our favorites include smoothies, frozen fruit, and ice cream treats.

Keep a bag of frozen mango chunks in the freezer.  Or try freezing grapes for a cool, sweet, and refreshing snack for kids and adults. My little one will snack on frozen vegetables such as peas, green beans, and tiny mixed veggies. However, that may be a bit much for most kids. She is definitely her own person when it comes to snacks. Stay tuned for recipes and fun activities!

One pot meal

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