Here in Wisconsin, summer is coming in hot … literally. Toasty temps usually reserved for August have taken over much of the state. When the temperature keeps climbing and the humidity feels like it’s wrapping you in a wet blanket, the last thing you want to do is fire up the oven. Well, maybe I should say the last thing you should do is fire up the oven (my frozen pizza cravings don’t take a break just because it’s hot, after all). To keep your taste buds happy without breaking a sweat, check out these five TOPS recipes:
Spiced Stuffed Peaches With Chickpeas – Peaches aren’t just for pies. Make them the spotlight of your next meal with this fresh and delicious entrée.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad – Tired of the same old, same old pasta salad? This version kicks things up a notch with nutrient-rich artichokes and savory sun-dried tomatoes. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or enjoy it all by itself.
Steamed Zucchini Ribbons With Couscous and Tomato-Corn Salsa – The name is a mouthful but I promise it’s a tasty one. Plus, it’s an excuse to break out the vegetable spiralizer.
Melon Soup – Few healthy foods feel more summery than a ripe, juicy cantaloupe. And a fruity take on gazpacho with cantaloupe as the star of the show hits the spot. Give it a whirl yourself and see what you think. You may even want to impress your foodie friends by posting a picture of your chilled creation on Instagram. #InstaChef
Warm Steak Salad With Cherries and Corn – Did you pick up a bag of fresh cherries at the farmers market? Make them a part of dinner this week! And, if you can, try grilling your steak instead of using a pan for a perfect pairing of protein and produce.
Give your oven (and energy bill) a break and feel free to modify any of these recipes however you’d like. If you have ideas for tasty swaps or just want to share your favorite summer recipe, I’m all ears in the comments section.
Stay cool, TOPS friends.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.