The temperature is soaring, and the thought of a hot kitchen is making you think take-out is your best bet – but think again! Keep your cool with a no-cook menu that includes easy to use ingredients and minimal preparation.
Try these simple solutions to make your no-cook menu a healthy success!
Avocado veggie wrap: Top one (six-inch) whole wheat flour wrap with one ounce muenster cheese, two lettuce leaves, ½ sliced avocado, and 1 small carrot cut into matchsticks. Roll up and secure with a toothpick.
Black bean salad:
Toss together three cups romaine lettuce
, ¼ cup shredded reduced fat cheese, ½ cup canned black beans
, one large chopped tomato
, and one thinly sliced cucumber
. Top with balsamic vinaigrette and serve with whole grain bread.
Cottage cheese and fruit:
Combine eight ounces low fat cottage cheese with ½ cup canned pineapple
chunks and ½ cup sliced strawberries
. Top with one ounce crushed walnuts
for some healthy monounsaturated fats.
Fruit smoothie to-go:
In a blender, combine ¾ cups fresh blueberries
, four ounces 100% orange
juice and your favorite eight ounce low fat yogurt.
Turkey & veggie pasta salad – a solution for leftovers!:
Combine one cup left over cooked whole grain pasta (any shape) with four ounces deli turkey (rolled up into small cylinders), five cut up asparagus
spears, ½ cup thawed frozen corn
, and ½ cup cherry tomatoes. Top with one teaspoon parmesan cheese, one tablespoon olive oil and two teaspoons red wine vinegar.