The summer heat can put a damper on your inner master chef. Dishes that require long periods of stove and oven use are the quickest way to turn up not only the kitchen temperature, but also your daily calorie count. Summer is the perfect time to enrich your diet with low-calorie, antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables and herbs. Most importantly, recipes that require little to no stove use keep the kitchen sizzle free. Visit a local farmer’s market and take your pick from a bounty of fresh produce. During cooler hours, boil chicken in advance for shredded chicken salads, sandwiches and tacos that can be thrown together quickly, or consider picking up a ready-made rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to save time in the kitchen.
Here are a few ideas to keep your kitchen cool and your metabolism pumping.
Start with a homemade low-calorie salsa like this “Salsa Cruda”, which only requires a few chops of the knife, and a couple of turns in the food processor.
Make the best of the summer sun and grill your vegetables outside. Here’s an easy recipe for