Easy No Cook Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

The hot days of summer leave us wishing for cooler temperatures especially when it comes to cooking, so why heat up the kitchen when you can prepare food that requires just a little bit of imagination and a few simple steps that completely eliminates the oven or stove. These easy No Cook Recipes will get you out of the kitchen, and back to enjoying your summer days while relaxing or playing outdoors, and they will cut your food preparation and clean up time in half.

No Cook Recipe #1: Rocky Road Ice Cream Pie


�½ a gallon of chocolate ice cream, slightly softened
One 9″ chocolate graham cracker crust
One cup miniature marshmallows
One cup crushed peanuts
One cup frozen strawberry whipped topping, thawed
One cup hot fudge ice cream topping
One cup of butterscotch topping
�½ a cup of chocolate chips
One jar of maraschino cherries optional

Place half of the ice cream in the graham cracker crust. Sprinkle with half of the marshmallows and the peanuts. Layer 1/4 of the ice cream on top and sprinkle with rest of marshmallows and peanuts. Top with rest of ice cream. Freeze pie, uncovered, for at least two hours, until firm. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Top each piece with whipped topping, hot fudge topping, butterscotch topping, chocolate chips, and cherries. Serves eight

No Cook Recipe #2: 3-Ingredient Quick Citrus Pie


�½ a gallon of vanilla ice cream, softened
6 oz. can frozen lemonade, orange, or lime concentrate, thawed
One 9″ graham cracker crust
One orange, lime or lemon for garnish optional

Mix the ice cream and citrus concentrate until well blended. Immediately spoon into graham cracker crust. Freeze at least four hours until firm. Let stand at room temperature for a few minutes before cutting. Garnish with fruit slices.

No Cook Recipe #3: Five Alarm Salsa


10 fresh plum tomatoes, finely chopped
One onion, finely chopped
2 Serrano chiles, finely chopped
1 Habanero pepper, optional
One clove garlic, finely chopped
One cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Two tablespoons of lime juice
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
One large bag of tortilla chips

Mix the first eight ingredients in a blender or a food processor. Serve with tortilla chips.

No Cook Recipe #4: Quick & Easy Guacamole


Three softened Avocados
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/2 small onion, minced
two tablespoons of fresh or dry cilantro, choppedtwo tablespoons of lemon juice
one clove garlic, minced
one teaspoon of salt
tortilla chips

Mix the first seven ingredients until well mixed. Serve with tortilla chips.

No Cook Recipe #5: Awesome & Zesty Deli Sandwiches


�½ pound pepper or honey turkey
�½ pound black forest ham
1 pound baby Swiss cheese
One avocado sliced thinly
�½ pound fresh baby spinach
One steak tomato sliced thinly
zesty honey mustard
Italian dressing or pesto sauce
One package of Rye bread or focaccia bread

Spread mayonnaise and mustard on bread slices, top with ham, turkey, cheese, avocado, spinach, and tomato. Lightly spritz the tomato with Italian dressing or spread pesto sauce on bread slices. Cut into wedges and serve.

No Cook Recipe #6: Zesty Tuna Sandwiches


One can of tuna packed in spring water, drained
1/4 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup of onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
�½ teaspoon dill weed
�½ teaspoons of dry Italian seasoning
One tomato, thinly sliced
Romaine lettuce leaves
One package of Rye, Italian or sourdough Bread

Mix the first eight ingredients, top bread with lettuce, tomato, and tuna mixture. Cut into wedges and serve.

No Cook Recipe #7: Pastrami & Cabbage Sammies Pastrami & Cabbage Sammies


1/2 – cup mayonnaise
Two tablespoons of lemon juice
One garlic clove, minced
One teaspoon caraway seeds
Three cups red cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Two teaspoons prepared horseradish
1-1/2 – pounds pastrami, thinly sliced
1 pound of provolone cheese
One package of rye bread

Mix the first eight ingredients until well mixed. Spread on the rye bread, and top with the pastrami & cheese, cut into wedges and serve.

No Cook Recipe #8: Pennsylvania Summer Salad


1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
�½ a cup of orange juice
Two medium peaches, peeled & sliced
One large banana, peeled & sliced
One cup of blueberries
One cup of strawberries, sliced
One orange peeled & sliced
Two cups of watermelon balls
Two cups of cantaloupe balls
One cup seedless grapes
One kiwi, peeled and sliced
One container of vanilla whipped topping

Mix the first 12 ingredients by lightly tossing in a bowl. Serve with whipped cream.

No Cook Recipe #9: Party Sour Cream Dip


Two shallots, cut into pieces
Two cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
�½ teaspoon pepper
Two teaspoons of parsley
One teaspoon of dill
Two cups of raw bite sized vegetables’ optional
Snack crackers optional
Mini rye or pumpernickel bread slices optional

Mix the first six ingredients until smooth & creamy. Serve a vegetable platter, crackers or bread slices.

No Cook Recipe #10: Honey Ham Salad Sandwich


1 pound of honey baked deli ham
1/2 cup salad dressing
Two celery stalks
Two tablespoon sweet relish
One small yellow onion
One teaspoon of dry Italian seasoning
One teaspoon of parsley
�½ a teaspoon of salt
�½ a teaspoon of pepper
Romaine lettuce leaves
1 package of sourdough or rye bread.

Mix first nine ingredients in a food processor or a blender, until it is of a spreadable consistency. Top on bread slices with lettuce, cut into wedges and serve.

No Cook Recipe #11: Heavenly Turkey Tortilla Wraps


One package cream cheese
8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
16 ounces of packaged pesto
One tomato thinly sliced
�½ pound of fresh baby spinach
1 pound peppered deli turkey slices
One package flour tortillas

Mix the first three ingredients until smooth. Spread cheese mixture onto a tortilla, top with turkey, tomato and spinach. Roll up the tortilla and cut into serving sizes.

No Cook Recipe #12: Cool Drinks

Lemonade With a Strawberry Kick
One (2 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Four 1/2 cups water
One cup of fresh or frozen strawberries

Combine the lemonade, water and strawberries in a blender. Serve in chilled glasses.

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup of chocolate milk
one banana peeled
one tablespoon of peanut butter
one cup of ice
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Blackberry Smoothie
2 bananas’
one cup pineapple juice
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Strawberry Smoothie
2 cups fresh strawberries
one cup orange juice
two cups of crushed ice
Blend fruit and juice; add the two cups of crushed ice and blend until smooth.

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