Beat the Heat in the Kitchen: Recipes for Summer

There I was, sitting outside at 7am during my morning meditation with iced coffee in hand when I felt it. No. It can’t be. It’s 7am!

Sweat. I started sweating by simply breathing.

It feels a tad bit unbearable lately.

Equally unbearable is the heatwave happening in my kitchen anytime I cook basically anything.  It’s taken some creativity to cook without much heat, but boy do I love when my kitchen doesn’t turn into a hotbox.

Let’s eat and drink the summer away without breaking a sweat.

Breakfast

Once I started sweating by 7am I DEFINITELY was not heating up my kitchen for breakfast. I found this recipe for breakfast popsicles that was equally as satisfying to make as they were to eat. And honestly, what kid {or parent} doesn’t want an excuse to eat a popsicle for breakfast?! This recipe can be adapted to whatever fruit you have on hand. I also mixed in some vanilla protein powder to make these even more filling.

counter lined with mason jar breakfast meals

These breakfast parfaits are versatile, refreshing, and delicious. I’ve gotten in the habit of making a few at a time for an easy grab-and-go breakfast. Peaches have been my jam lately so I threw those in with some raspberries. I added some protein powder to this recipe, too for some extra “umph”. The amount of variations that this could be made into are basically endless.

Lunch + Dinner

Despite the raging heat, sometimes I still want something comforting and warm.

I know, I know. But hear me out.

A good crock pot recipe makes me happy. I adore the ease and simplicity of it. I recently made pulled pork sandwiches for dinner and as usual, they were a hit. I won’t even post a recipe because all I do is throw a pork loin or shoulder in the crockpot, season it, and throw in a bottle of BBQ sauce. I topped the sandwiches with cheese, coleslaw, and pickles…*chefs kiss*.

pulled pork sandwich

In my best effort to make this chicken shawarma recipe, I buy a premade marinade that I just dump on top of all my chicken in the Instant Pot {or Crockpot} and cook it until it shreds apart. I like to make pita wraps or make a salad with the shredded chicken. Some of my favorite additions to meal are hummus, cucumbers, onions, and feta!

Salads

Is there anything more satisfying than biting into a delicious and cold salad in the middle of summer? Well, yes. But you’ll have to keep reading for that.

We eat a LOT of salads in these hot months, mostly because it’s so refreshing. A lot of my salads consist of random leftovers we have thrown on top of greens. But, these have a special place as an addition to any summer meal!

I’ve found the perfect summer salad. And yes, it is perfect. A strawberry salad with all the fresh herbs. A top-notch addition to many of our dishes this summer.

cucumber salad

A creamy cucumber salad makes the perfect addition to the chicken shawarma. This particular recipe calls for dill, which was delicious, but now I’m tempted to recreate this using different spices and herbs.

Cocktails

Didn’t I tell you there was something more satisfying that a cold salad on a summer day? Its booze.

Fruity, boozy, and refreshing. Yes, please.

Think blueberry lemon drop meets French 75…that’s what I decided to make one weekend recently. I then found out this does, in fact, already have a name and it’s called a blueberry French 75. Who would have thought? Anyway. It was delicious. 10/10.

bottle of champagne and two summer cocktails

An ode to my own dad is this pineapple jalapeno margarita that has been a summer staple of his for as long as I can remember. Use as much or as little spice as you want! These are perfect after a day at the beach, or honestly any day lately in Houston. Cheers!

Take it from me and let’s beat the heat in the kitchen together.


 

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Becca is a small-town {and likely barefoot} Louisiana girl who’s journey to Texas was unexpected to say the least. After getting her Masters in Social Work from LSU, she spent a few years working in mental health before she found her true social work love in hospice care. Not long after getting hitched to the best guy she knows, Becca and her husband welcomed their full of life red headed son {2018} and they now refer to themselves as “the big 3”! Fast forward to early 2021 when Becca was diagnosed with something that changed their lives forever and so, they picked up and headed west. What was supposed to be a short time in Houston for these small-town folks turned into a big city romance, a mortgage, some unexpected friendships, and a few opportunities to grow. Some might say Becca tends to err on the side of sarcasm and stubbornness. But those same people would also say that Becca is brave and compassionate. She’s a straight shooter, a little bit crunchy, and a lover of all things love. When she’s not building forts or playing pretend, you can find Becca roaming the isles at the grocery store, cooking for hours, or snuggled up with a good book. Follow her journey on Instagram at @thisblissfulpursuit.

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