Late summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh produce and to simplify your cooking to enjoy the last of the warm weather. Packaged foods can help you cut steps out of the cooking process and make it easier to eat well. Here are some tips to trim down your time in the kitchen this season.
Prep veggie-based and grain-based cold sides ahead of time to make meals easier the rest of the week. Simply pull your sides out for mealtime and add a grilled meat or salad kit to avoid heating up your house and to make clean up a breeze. Whether you’re throwing a party or just plan on grilling for your family all week, having sides ready to go makes mealtime a lot easier. Remember, doubling recipes cuts effort. Repurpose leftovers by adding vegetables, whole grains, or proteins to turn a side dish into a meal for another day.
Here are some make ahead side dish recipes for inspiration.
Zucchini Farro Salad with Pesto
German Potato Salad
Mediterranean Barley Salad
Best-of-the-West Bean Salad
Salsa Verde Corn & Bean Salad
Tired of your meats, poultry, and fish drying out when you cook or grill? Use these tips to get the texture and taste you crave:
Fruits and veggies are always delicious, but they’re easy to enjoy warm or chilled when the weather is hot. Try these tips to keep fruits and veggies convenient and flavorful:
When it’s too hot to turn anything on, you can pair your smoothie with a sandwich, wrap, or salad. Try these smoothies.
Staying hydrated is important, especially when it is hot outside. Make the most of your beverage choices with these suggestions:
We hope that these tips help you stay cool and eat well this summer with less effort. Want more tips? Check out Eat well, cook less this summer.
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