One of my favorite meals to make in the warm summer months is one that requires absolutely NO cooking at all! Sounding good, right? I have used this meal idea on a Friday night while hanging out on the patio, at an outdoor concert picnic, while having a girl’s night with my ladies, and while spending the day on the beach. (The main course was none other than some delish PB&Js!)
For the No Cook Meal you need to begin by heading to your favorite market, specialty food shop, farmer’s market, or neighbor’s garden!
Think about creating a platter that might include:
-Fresh made bread
-Homemade guacamole and your favorite organic tortilla chip-I love Garden of Eatin blue corn chips!
-Slices of melon or your favorite fresh fruits.
-Your favorite cheeses. I love any goat cheese, Manchego, and anything new and stinky I haven’t tried before! Caution, if you have trouble digesting diary, go easy on the cheeses.
-Hummus and fresh cut veggies
-A good quality olive oil
-Smoked almonds, raw cashews, or your favorite nut
-A 70% or darker chocolate bar
-And of course, your favorite bottle of wine!
This type of meal is great for many reasons. One is that you are not heating up the kitchen by cooking, and you are not spending your valuable time prepping, preparing, and cleaning up a traditional meal when you could be sitting outside, enjoying your company, or even enjoying your solitude!
Enjoying this fun meal isn’t just for entertainment reasons. Sitting and enjoying a leisurely meal like this reminds me of the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps even a glass of red wine – among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean. Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. In fact, an analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. –mayoclinic.com
These types of meals promote leisure, romance, relaxation, and adventure. (All great habitudes by the way!) Go to your happy place by making a delicious platter tonight!
Some great reads to inspire your lack of cooking:
Here are some under the radar food magazines!
Why French Women Don’t Get Fat– a light hearted, fun, and interesting read.
10 No Cook Dinners for Summer
Get creative, invite people over, or make this for you alone and sit in front of your favorite movie. You really cannot go wrong!