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The "It's Too Hot to Cook" Meal Plan

Welcome to the “It's Too Hot to Cook” newsletter. In reality, newsletters of this nature could have gone out many (MANY) times over the past several weeks, and perhaps this round up is worth bookmarking for the hot days that will surely be in our future. To those of you living in areas where the heat is untenable, I really hope you are hanging in there. 
 
The name of the game during hot weather (and busy times of the year and lazy nights) has always been: assembly. There is no better feeling than pulling together a smart meal from what you have in the fridge, be it raw, already cooked, or purchased. (Yes, purchased!) I rarely leave a supermarket without a roast chicken in my bag, and there are so many prepared meal components available at stores these days. You could stock the fridge with poached salmon, steamed asparagus, cooked shrimp, and gorgeous cheeses to have any number of dinners at the ready. Has anyone tried pre-cooked bacon? I haven’t, but I am curious, so let me know if you have an opinion!
 
Some of these recipes instruct you to cook some part of the meal, but please do sub in a pre-made, store-bought version if you like. And on days when you do feel like turning on the oven or the stove, make extra. Many of you are familiar with my zealot-like devotion to the Intentional Leftover. Think: Extra chicken breasts on the grill, additional helpings of roasted cauliflower, a double-sized pot of rice or couscous, more pesto than you need for one recipe. These are the foodstuffs that are going to get you through the rest of the week when you Just Can’t.
 
Can I do a little Team Mom 100 brag? We’ve just started doing a bunch of reels on Instagram—it only took a year for my team to convince me I needed to get with the program—and my garlic bread cutting hack video JUST WENT VIRAL!  It’s not like me to be so dorky about such things, but I have to say that while we watched the numbers climb and climb (over 2.4 million views!) we were certainly a little bit elated. Oh, social media, you fickle, cruel little mistress. Of course I’ll keep taping videos for your mercurial algorithms, you clever insatiable thing.
 
Recipes! Stay cool. 
A salty, savory, cured ham plus sweet and juicy melon is a classic and unbeatable combination!

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Yeah, you do have to cook these, but everything inside can be pre-made or purchased! This is 100% worth saving some leftover cooked (or rotisserie!) chicken to make—so easy, super kid-friendly, and you can use bottled sauce and have these ready in minutes.

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A perfect chopped salad with a terrific assortment of ingredients. Every forkful is a good one. 

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Fresh shrimp is marinated with lime juice, avocado, bell pepper, onion, and herbs for an easy, light, and bright ceviche. Cooking time: 0 minutes.

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This is so, so pretty, and can be made ahead, which is great when you have a crew of guests. Another ode to the rotisserie chicken.

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Pretty and delicious, with a nice little kick. Use pre-cooked salmon, or make it in the morning before the sun creeps up in the sky.

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Packed with flavor, texture, and color, this is a grain salad to play with for a long time. If you have pre-made couscous, just stir in the kale and other ingredients and you are good to go.

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Chunky, creamy, and satisfying, this is a super flexible recipe.

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Spinach Salad and Burrata

Burrata is one of the world's greatest cheese, like mozzarella with a creamy inside—and it's perfect on top of a vinaigrette-dressed spinach salad.

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S'mores Haystack Cookies

A baking mix of milk chocolate chips, tiny marshmallows, and itty bitty graham squares turns haystacks into s'mores-inspired, no-bake cookies.

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A simple, pretty, 4-ingredient summer dessert that doesn't require turning on the oven. Now that's beautiful.

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BUT WAIT, THERES MORE . . .
See More Recipes on TheMom100.com
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