Hot Weather Meal Strategies

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Summer is almost here and let's face it, if you live in Florida summer is here!  The heat can make us unmotivated and we just want to stay inside our little a/c bubbles.  Here are a few hot weather meal strategies that will help with the lack of motivation and keeping the house cool!

Plan ahead. Make menus each week and stick to them.

Use your freezer. Freeze meat in marinades, fresh fruit pieces for snacks and look for freezable dessert recipes.

 Cook with everything but the oven. Use your rice steamer, the crock pot, pressure cooker and your charcoal or gas grill.

Don’t forget your microwave—they don’t heat up the kitchen the way ovens and stoves do.

Take advantage of plentiful fresh produce.

When you cook, make it count. Cook once, but plan to eat at least three times.

Make use of pre-prepared foods.

 

Tuna Pasta Salad

1 cup light mayonnaise

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon dill weed

12 ½ ounces tuna in water flaked and drained

1 cup shell pasta cooked and drained

1 cup frozen peas thawed

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red onion

First, make the dressing by combining first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a serving bowl and stir in dressing. Chill.