Friday, August 1, 2008

If You Can't Take The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen

With it being hotter than a frying pan outside, I realized the need for no cook, or pretty darn close to no cook, meals. Here are some to help you make it through these roasting days.

Chicken Caesar Salad
8 cups chopped romaine
1 can (12oz) cooked chicken (drained)
1/3 cup parmesan
1/4 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup croutons
Pepper to taste (me likey LOTS of pepper)
1/4 cup Caesar salad dressing

Mix it all up in a bowl and insert fork. Slice some peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for dessert. Yumm-a-licious

Bean Burritos
1 can refried beans
Shredded cheddar cheese
Whole wheat tortillas
Your choice of additions (tomatoes, romaine, sour cream, olives, etc)

Put beans in bowl, top with cheese and nuke until warm and melty. Smear it in the tortillas with your choice of additions and serve it up with some chips and pico de gallo. For dessert, sliced strawberries and kiwi with yogurt for dipping. OLE!

Crisp Chicken Slaw
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup chopped broccoli
1cup chopped carrots
1 can (12oz) cooked chicken (drained)
1/3 cup Hendrickson’s dressing
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Toss and serve with cheese cubes and whole wheat crackers. Watermelon for dessert, so you can have seed spitting contests. Yee-haw!

Italian Tuna Pasta
16oz penne pasta
1can tuna (drained)
1/3 to 1/2 cup basil pesto (depending on how saucy you feel)
6(softened)sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained and cut to your liking
1 small can black olives (drained)
1/2 red onion, sliced
Feta cheese for topping

Heat water to boiling, add pasta, put on lid, TURN OFF HEAT and let sit for 15 mins (don’t peek at it). Rinse pasta with cold water and mix everything together in a bowl, top with feta. Sliced plums topped with sherbet for dessert. Delizioso!

Cali Subs
1 can (12oz) cooked chicken(drained)
Whole wheat hoagie rolls
Sliced Avocado
Alfalfa sprouts
Swiss cheese
Bacon Pieces
Chopped grape tomatoes
Miracle whip

Make sandwich with above ingredients (tricky, I know, lol). Serve it with a tossed salad and for desert mix a can of tropical mixed fruit with cool whip and walnuts. Surf-o-rific! (FYI: My sammich is pictured with Mediterranean Terra Chips)


Wendy said...

I made the Italian Pasta for lunch today and it is so GOOD! Thanks for sharing.

An Apron Straightjacket said...

Coolio, glad you liked it Wendy! I learned the 15 min pasta trick from a lady in my "Menu for Moms" message boards. It's changed my life forever, lol.