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It has been super hot around here lately! I am not much of a cook when it is hot outside. Even with air conditioning it takes me a lot to get my motivation going for cooking in the kitchen when it is hot outside.
Still the family has to be fed. So here are a few of our family favorites when the temperatures rise.
4 Ways To Cook When It Is Too Hot To Cook
1. Use the Grill as much as possible
Its actually kind of funny that the only picture I have of our grill is with me at it, because I don’t grill, my husband does.
In the summer time we eat a lot of grilled hotdogs and hamburgers. Another favorite on the grill is cooking up a large portion of discount meat finds and then storing the leftovers in the fridge to be served chopped over salads or as sandwich fillings for the rest of the week.
2. Make the biggest meal of the day the first meal.
Often in the cool of the morning I will make a big hot breakfast. This works well for us because we don’t feel like eating much once the heat of the day hits. So we might follow up this big breakfast with a serve yourself lunch of sandwiches and a small dinner of salad topped with meats we grilled earlier in the week.
3. Less casseroles more meat with quick and simple side dishes
In general we are a big casserole eating family but in summer with the grill going, we eat more meat with sides. This does cost our family more. On average our grocery bill is about $20 a week higher in hot weather months than cooler months.
Sides tend to be simple. We might have salad, fresh fruit, a box of quick prep stuffing, pasta salad (also from a box), warmed baked beans (from a can). We eat more convenience style food than we normally do in winter.
At one time I tried to resist changing over our eating style for the hot summer months since I felt guilty about the extra money it cost to eat this way, but I soon discovered that only resulted in a more expensive trend; eating out.
With no quick prep foods on hand, I was still not motivated to cook more, nor was the family more motivated to eat hot and creamy casseroles in 90 degree weather. What ended up happening was the casseroles were never made and the phone was grabbed and take out was ordered.Take out meals add up to way more than the $20 a week we spend in extra meat and more convenience style sides.
4. Use The Crock-Pot
I tend to use the crock-pot in winter to cook up soups and stews but in summer I switch over to using it to cook whole chickens or pork loin, which we then serve with a salad and rolls or french bread. What is nice about the crock-pot is that it doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen like turning on the oven does.
After the first night I will use the pork loin to top nachos, and the chicken I will make into chicken salad or leave plain to top salads.
How about you? Do you find you families eating habits change with the weather?
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