summer cooking

I don't know about where you live, but here in Oklahoma we are experiencing record temperatures for July. I can't remember the last day we saw a temp below 100 and there seems to be no relief in sight. The last thing I want to do in the evenings is turn on my oven. We live in an older house and having the oven on drastically changes the temperature inside and my a/c can't keep up.

I will, however, grill outside occasionally. But at least this way there is relief from the heat when I go inside. I found some great summer recipes that do not require the oven and I thought I would share.

Crockpot Meals really are the best!
Cafe Rio Pork Salad

The Cafe Rio Pork Salad recipe makes a ton, but it is just as delicious reheated the next day. It's all about that salad dressing.

Tomato & Tortellini Salad

I added grilled chicken to this recipe and it was perfect. I've been grilling my chicken with a little bit of olive oil and Mrs. Dash seasoning. It has a good flavor and the oil makes it a little crispy.

Summer Salad--panera copy cat

This salad has become a staple in our house. There is no recipe; you just add whatever fruit you may have around, sliced almonds, and poppy seed dressing. I use grilled chicken, strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, and sometimes add goat cheese to it as well. I use Brianna's Poppy Seed dressing.

Turkey Burgers

My mom made these for us not too long ago and they were so good that I picked up a package for our house. They come frozen in packs of two, so they are perfect for Ty and I. They are already seasoned and made into patties, which makes for a very easy weeknight meal. I found them at Wal-Mart.

Do you have any summer recipes to share? Please let me know!
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