Creative Cold Summer Meals

This weekend the humidity really set in.

It is smoking hot and it has you drenched in 5 minutes of being outdoors.

My ideas of NOT washing my hair are over.


Most hot days leave me unmotivated to cook. Especially turning on the stove or oven to roast or steam veggies. Who wants more heat in their house?? Not me.


One easy way to get more veggies in is to rely on my Weekly Salad method heavily during these months. It is the perfect was to *love* the food you are eating and make it work for your metabolism.


Here are three ways to get in more veggies without heating up your kitchen:


1) MAKE A WEEKLY SALAD.

2) DRINK MORE VEGGIES: frozen in a smoothie like cauliflower nuggets, carrots, spinach, kale, cucumber really well.

3) EAT THEM COLD: steam them in the microwave, chill, and then serve with a fresh vinaigrette. I love asparagus, peas, broccoli and green or wax beans. Mix it up with different flavor dressings (I have a ginger one from Aldi I'm going to try with black sesame seeds on my broccoli this week)


Lastly, I give you BLT Chicken Kale Salad, a cold protein that I'm eating for lunch this weekend.


BLT Chicken Kale Salad

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3 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast 2 oz crumbled cooked bacon 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 cups dressed curly kale, finely chopped Dressing: 1/3 cup mayo 1 shallot, minced 4 tb apple cider vinegar 1 tb kosher salt



Mix dressing with a whisk at the bottom of the bowl, add chicken, kale and tomatoes. Toss to combine, season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with bacon.


*can also add fresh minced basil

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