It’s official. We’re deep in the throes of “unsticking your thighs from plastic chairs” season. If the thought of turning on the stove or oven makes you cringe, rest assured you’re not alone. And while it’s simple to fire up the grill for a quick and healthy dinner, sometimes even that is too much effort to expend when it’s still 90 degrees at 7 p.m.
Enter: Some of my favorite tried-and-true tips for easy summertime dishes, along with five no-cook vegan meals that will make your belly happy while sparing you an extra sweat session.
Meal prep on Sunday
Cook a big batch of quinoa and mix in raw fruit and veggies for a week of refreshing ready-to-go salads.
Pro Tip: Wrap leafy greens in a dish towel to keep moisture at bay, for crisper greens that don’t wilt or get slimy too quickly.
Pre-portion your smoothie ingredients
You’ll be more apt to make a smoothie for breakfast if all you have to do is take a tupperware out of the freezer, dump it in the blender, add liquid, and mix. On Sundays portion out: 1 frozen banana, 2 cups frozen spinach, ice cubes, 1 Tbsp. peanut butter into five separate containers. Add 1 cup water or non-dairy drink to the blender, and you’ve got a nutrient-filled, no-cook breakfast ready in less than a 1 minute (whether you choose to run an extra miles or sleep an extra 15 minutes is up to you!).
Sandwiches and wraps
Make a gourmet sandwich or just stick to the basics for a great summer lunch. My favorite is the Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich.
When you want the comfort food of pasta without the boiling water and time commitment, try turning fresh veggies—carrots, beets, zucchini, butternut squash—into noodles.
Cool off and fuel right with these recipes
Rainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce by Minimalist Baker. Pro Tip: Use hot tap water so you don’t have to boil anything!
Rad Rainbow Pad Thai by Oh She Glows. A hands-down, delicious staple.
Spiralized Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce by Roasted Root. The goodness of takeout food, but cheaper and healthier.
Raw Vegan Breakfast Parfaits by Vegan Insanity. Kick your parfait game up a notch with this cashew cream instead of store-bought non-dairy yogurt.