Too Hot to Cook!

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

August is best known for being hot! The last thing I want to do is fire up the stove for another heat wave, so I go for meals that require minimal prep time and little to no cooking.


Here are a few of my favorite Too Hot to Cook favorites. 

Summer Soups: Cold soups such as gazpacho, cucumber and strawberry are light in calories, tasty and hydrating.  

Simple Summer Salads: Variety is key; include vegetables, fruits and a protein with a light oil-based dressing.

Summer Sandwiches: To keep it exciting, skip your traditional boring sandwiches and spice it up a little. Swap your bread for a pita pocket, fill with your favorite meat, cheese, and veggies, and top with fresh salsa. Instead of using high fat mayo, finish it off with a delicious good-for-you mashed avocado!

Eat More Seafood: If you really want to stay out of your kitchen go for canned tuna, sardines or salmon. These fish are tasty additions to salads and wraps. Packed with protein and omega-3s, this no-cook solution is a no brainier!


Colorful Family Dinner Board

a meat, cheese, fruit and vegetable platter

Prep: 10 minutes

Makes: 4 Servings



  • 8 ounces Boar’s Head Everroast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
  • 8 Ounces Boar’s Head Turkey Breast
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 8 ounces cheese, cut into wedges
  • ½ cup roasted nuts
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh berries
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 4 Pita breads or flat breads



  1. Roll up each slice of deli meat and place on board. Arrange remaining ingredients around your board or platter.
  2. Serve as a fun family dinner.

Recipe: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN