Be efficient in the kitchen with no-bake recipes

Be efficient in the kitchen with no-bake recipes

By Meghaan Evans

Cooking in the summer can be unbearable, and the last thing you want to do on the hottest, most humid days is turn on the oven to make dinner. Your air conditioner works extra hard during summer months to keep your home cool, so why not give it a break with easy, efficient, no-bake recipes. The recipes below are meant to help you make a delicious meal for your family, without breaking a sweat!

Tzatziki

This refreshing dip can be eaten with pita chips or veggies. You can also add it to some grilled chicken or veggies as a sauce, or even add it to a salad to make a creamy dressing! Here’s the recipe:

2 cups (plus one tablespoon) 2 percent Greek yogurt

1 cup cucumber grated

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic

3 tablespoons dill leaves (plus extra for garnish)

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Add all the ingredients to a bowl, then stir gently to mix.

 

Pita with Spiced Chickpea Salad and Whipped Feta

Spread the whipped feta into your pita, add the chickpea salad, and you have a delicious sandwich. Add grilled chicken or even a couple slices of smoked turkey or chicken breast for a heartier meal. Here’s the recipe:

For the spiced chickpea salad:

2 cans chickpeas

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons dill

2 teaspoons sumac

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

3 cloves garlic

4 oz. cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1 small red onion finely diced

1 tablespoon fresh dill

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Add chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and spices to a bowl, stir to combine. Allow the mixutrue to sit for 15 minutes to one hour to let the flavors meld together.

Add the tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Add the fresh dill and cilantro, stir to combine.   

For the Whipped Feta:

6 oz. feta cheese

2 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup olive oil

Add feta and cream cheese to a blender, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the blender top until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Lemon Truffles

These quick and easy lemon truffles from Premeditated Leftovers is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Here’s the recipe:

2 1/2 cups Lemon Cake mix

8 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Zest of one large lemon

For Lemon Cake Mix:

2 3/4 Cups cake flour

1 3/4 cups fine white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoons salt

Zest of two lemons

Combine the cake mix ingredient into a large bowl, stir gently to combine. Add the melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Use your hands to combine until the flour is moist and flakey. Roll dough into two inch balls, roll in sugar and serve!

Remember, no-bake recipes are a great way to keep your kitchen cool during the summer and show off your culinary skills. These are just a few of my favorites, but you can find a wealth of no-bake recipes online. Stay cool, and happy cooking!

Meghaan Evans writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

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 SOURCES

Lemon Truffles Source: Premeditated Leftovers (http://premeditatedleftovers.com/recipes-cooking-tips/easy-lemon-truffle-recipe/#_a5y_p=5521735)

Tzatziki, Pita with Spiced Chickpea Salad and Whipped Feta provided by Meghaan Evans, NRECA (no attribution required).

 

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