Give Your Oven a Break This Summer

If it seems unbearable to think about using the oven on a hot day, we hear you. We collected a few recipes that let you avoid the oven and spend less time in the kitchen.

1. Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Summer mornings can be hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a delicious breakfast. This sweet and salty breakfast sandwich cooks in under 2 minutes and will be a new family favorite.

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

2. Cucumber-Dill Guacamole

Spicy jalapeno and cool cucumber take this staple to a new level of flavor. Chop the jalapeno, onion, lime juice, spices, and avocado together and serve with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables. If you like your guacamole extra spicy, leave the jalapeño seeds in place.

Cucumber-Dill Guacamole

3. Blueberry Lemon Microwave Muffin

Summertime baking can be a pain, but not with this recipe. Make this individual homemade muffin in the microwave. This recipe filled with fresh citrus and plump blueberries comes together in about five minutes.

4. Microwave White Chicken Chili

Chili in the summer sounds delicious! Roasting the garlic in the microwave adds depth to this one-pot dish. Finish off the chili with fresh, cool ingredients like avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.

Microwave White Chicken Chili

5. Microwave Omelet

If you’re looking to incorporate more summery herbs and veggies into your breakfast but don’t want to heat a skillet, here’s your recipe. It’s a quick recipe that combines eggs with leftover chopped vegetables and meats.

Microwave Omelet

6. Zucchini Frittata for Two

This summery, colorful breakfast cuts back on calories and fat—egg whites are lighter. But spiralized zucchini, a hint of grated Parmesan, and chopped seasonal tomatoes add plenty of flavor. Even better, the recipe serves two.

Zucchini Frittata for Two

7. No-Bake Brownie Truffles

These dense chocolate bites are great for a summertime celebration and when you want something sweet but don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Scoop the rich mixture into a mold and finish the dessert in the freezer.

No-Bake Brownie Truffles

8. No-Bake Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

A clever combination of peanut butter and packaged brownie mix makes the no-bake cookie crust in this recipe. Fill it with your choice of chocolate, vanilla, or a more adventurous flavor of ice cream.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

9. No-Bake Turtle Icebox Cake

Creamy caramel and chocolate paired with graham crackers and cool ice cream makes for a perfect combination. Make your own whipped cream for an extra homemade touch.

No-Bake Turtle Icebox Cake

10. Summertime Spaghetti

Spaghetti cooked in the microwave gets combined with seasonal diced tomatoes, cooked chicken breasts, and broccoli florets to make this light pasta dish. Add fresh parsley and shaved parmesan for flavor and color, then serve and enjoy!

No-Bake Turtle Icebox Cake

What food do you prepare in the summer to give your oven a vacation? Tell us in the comments below.

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7 Responses to Give Your Oven a Break This Summer

  1. Susan Curtis July 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Taco Salad is our all time favorite for hot weather. The ground beef needs to be cooked on the stove top, but we combine ours with canned Ranch beans. I could make it a day ahead if I wanted to. The rest of the ingredients are cold…lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cheese, chips, salsa, sour cream, olives.

  2. Donna Ishida July 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    I use the grill a lot. I marinate the meat for faster cooking. I even make the potatoes on the grill, you can make some excellent fries. I even have baked a cake on the gas grill.

  3. Karen Chernisky July 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    Everything looks yummy! I’m going to try some soon. Thanks.

  4. Susan Macaluso July 2, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

    Hi Lisa! Is there a place where I can find all these delicious recipes.
    Thank you they look great. I want to try all of them.
    Sue Mac

  5. Barbara A Fearon July 3, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Macaroni Salad. Boil any type of pasta, elbow. Shells or favorite, salt to taste. Run under cold water to cool. Add lots of spice, pepper, parsley, dill, basil. Mix spices into pasta while still warm. When cool add mayonnaise and mustard amounts vary on quantity served. Add any cut up veggies you like, cucumber, carrot matchsticks, chopped celery,yellow squash, zucchini, tomato. Chopped orange and red pepper. Chopped green olive with pimento. Mix well. Serve as vegetarian or add a large drained can of tuna or chopped chicken. Add more mayonnaise and yellow mistard if needed serve cold.

    • Cheryl Brock July 27, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      Love this salad

  6. Michelle July 8, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Pizza on the grill, chicken with Alfredo sauce. Lots of cheese

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