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Don’t feel like cooking in a heatwave?

Nobody does. In fact, most of us find our appetites waning during these dog days of almost-summer in New England. The forecast is calling for more oppressive heat through Thursday, so here are some ideas for meals that won’t have you sweating though making dinner.

Taste of Home gave me some great ideas, here are 3 to start:

MINT CUCUMBER AND TOMATOE SANDWICHES 

      Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
      Directions
  • Spread butter over 4 slices of bread. Layer with cucumber and tomatoes; sprinkle with salt, pepper and mint. Top with remaining bread. If desired, cut each sandwich into quarters.

CREAMY GRAPE SALAD

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Directions
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving.

 

EASY GAZPACHO

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.

For much, much more check out the full article from Taste of Home here:

50 Cold Foods for Hot Weather Days

Don't break a sweat cooking food for hot weather. These cool foods taste great and can be enjoyed chilled on hot summer days.

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