18 Recipes to Make When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Summer in California is hot. The last thing I want to do is use the oven to bake my dinner. Now, I’d rather dine al fresco thanks my grill because at least I can enjoy the nice summer breeze at the end of a long day. Check out some easy summer cooking tips and delicious recipes to go along with it.


short arrow Grab a rotisserie chicken from a grocery store. Safeway, Albertsons, Costco and many other grocers sell a whole rotisserie chicken for $10 or less. This can create a week’s worth of meals for two people and a few meals’ worth for a whole family. Plenty of the recipes below can benefit from the addition of rotisserie chicken!

short arrow If you own an Instant Pot, slow cooker, air fryer, grill or the like, it’s time to whip those out. They emit less heat, with the exception of the grill but at least you’re outside!

Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce

Fig and Prosciutto Sandwiches with Honey Gorgonzola Spread

Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with Lemongrass Chicken


Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle

Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn

Spicy Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos

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