Hot Day Recipes

We’ve reached the part of summer where there are more hot days than not hot days.  We’ve also reached the part of summer where it is just hot all the time.  It doesn’t cool off once the sun goes down and just gets hotter the minute the sun comes up.

But hey, at least we don’t have to shovel snow.

When these days hit I quickly lose motivation to do most things.  Moving in any way, shape, or fashion is just NOT appealing.  Walk to the bathroom? I’ll just hold it.  Change out of my PJ’s? Eh, they look good enough to pass for real clothes.  Make a meal?

Yeah. No.

When it gets too hot to think about cooking, I usually start relying heavily on cold meals like salads or gazpacho as well as using my slow cooker more often.  I know we always associate the slow cooker with cold weather but it is my unsung summer champ.  I can cook a ton of meals in there that I would normally do in the oven and NOT heat up my entire apartment.  Major bonus.

Alright, enough talking about the heat because it is just making me sweat more.  Here are my go-to hot day recipes: Hot Day Recipes | Life Healthfully Lived

Quick & Simple Gazpacho

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Pesto Mac N’ Cheese

Vichyssoise with Garlic Chive Drizzle

Zoodle Carbonara

Quick Lettuce Tacos

Avocado & Corn Gazpacho

Green Summer Rolls with Balsamic Reduction Dip

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Toffee Pecan Ice Cream

Naked Chicken Nuggets

I don’t think I’ve met a kid that doesn’t like chicken nuggets.  Maybe they don’t like them all the time, but for the most part, chicken nuggets are the quintessential “kid food”.  Don’t believe me?  Check every kid’s menu at every restaurant everywhere.  You’ll find chicken nuggets tucked between hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Despite being a kid food, I know that pretty much every adult also loves chicken nuggets.  I mean, what’s not to love? Breaded and fried little bites of tender chicken you can dunk into a plethora of sauces?  YES PLEASE! Naked Chicken Nuggets | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Smoky Paprika Chicken

Cooking up chicken breast during my meal prep has become a weekly thing ever since I created that Simple Mustard Chicken a few weeks ago.  It’s just so easy and then I can cut up some for my lunches and eat the rest for dinners throughout the week.

Killing multiple birds with one stone is kind of my jam.  When it comes to food, not killing actual birds because that’s a little mean.  And who goes out and kills a bird with a stone nowadays? Smoky Paprika Chicken | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Steak & Asparagus Wraps with Mustard Balsamic Reduction

I love it when a recipe turns out way better than you planned.  I also love it when a recipe looks pretty and pictures are really simple.  That doesn’t always happen with food (especially anything made in a crockpot) and it makes my life easier when food is pretty.

As you know, I am all about simple things in this season of my life.  Traveling, working outside of the home, training to be a nutrition coach, and trying to spend SOME quality time with my husband all demand my time and attention.  Creating elaborate meals is not at the top of my list. Steak & Asparagus Wraps | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading