I have a list of 50+ no cook meals and 8 tips for cooking dinner without heating the house. Stay cool and eat well even when temperatures are hot! These no cook recipes are really simple and will be done in minutes. Also, try my One Week No Cook Meal Plan and Healthy No-Bake Cookies.
It’s hot outside and I don’t want to heat the house, but how do we cook dinner?
My friend Dena said last week that it’s so hot, she seriously considers offering homemade popsicles to her toddler for breakfast. I don’t blame her.
You can still have healthy eating habits without an oven! I have a great list of 50+ no cook meals for hot days in Summer, but let’s first talk about tips on cooking without heating the house. Hopefully, these tips will help you come up with even MORE no cook meal ideas!
Tips for Cooking Dinner Without Heating up the House
#1. Grill Outside.
Use this FREE one-week grilling menu!
#2. Use Your Slow Cooker and/or Instant Pot.
Instant Pots will not heat the kitchen either! Here are more recipes. Most slow cooker recipes can be made in a pressure cooker too!
#3. Use Other Small Appliances.
Break out the waffle maker, toaster or quesadilla maker, or whatever weird gadget you have and use that instead of the oven. Waffles make a great substitute for bread and work with sweets (like berries and syrup) and savories (like almond butter with bananas).
#4. Use A Griddle.
Griddles are essentially portable stovetops. Try biscuits, tortillas (flour or corn), grilled sandwiches, bacon, and eggs. And just like the slow cooker, you can always take the griddle outside if yours makes the kitchen a bit warm.
#5. No Cook Meals.
Lettuce is totally in season now and you can spruce up any combination of fruits and vegetables with classic dressings and dips. My two favorite homemade recipes include zesty Italian dressing and Greek salad dressing.
#6. If You Must Cook, Cook Early in the Day.
It’s tough to not cook at all, so if you have to, cook early in the morning before the sun has a chance to heat up the house. While you’ve got breakfast going, make boiled eggs or bake up your meats. You can always reheat later, serve at room temperature or even serve it cold if the temperature doesn’t really matter.
Tip: To make this easier, do all the prep work the night before. That way you can assemble and bake early, then turn the oven off well before lunchtime comes around.
#7. Batch Cook.
A fantastic way to beat the heat is to cook up a bunch of things at once, so you don’t have to do it again later. Think whole grains, pasta, or rice. Like #6, do it early in the morning and cook what you need for the whole week. You’ll have plenty of noodles for cold salads, and anything warm can be reheated quickly for meals.
This idea applies to just about everything you make, including items on the griddle. Make double or triple batches of tortillas, and undercook them just a tad so they’re still very pliable when you reheat. Pancakes can be reheated in a toaster too, or even cold as my kids sometimes prefer them.
#8. Approach Meals Differently.
What would you pack for a picnic? Chicken salad with homemade crackers (that you made a lot of one morning), veggie slices, and fruit?
During our no spend months, my family and I will have an outdoor picnic on our homestead. Our menu usually includes fresh fruit, fresh veggies that could be eaten raw (squash, tomatoes, radish, and cucumber), an assortment of cheese and crackers, hummus, and egg salad sandwich or tuna salad. It’s delicious and relaxing and we all enjoy being outside together.
What if you were on a camping trip? You can see how we cook camping meals here, sometimes thinking of specific situations where you don’t have an oven, helps you to think of easy recipes that can be made without one.
FAQs for No Cook Meals
Do crock pots heat up the house?
Slow cookers do not warm up the house! We have this one.
Is there a way to cook without heat?
Absolutely! Try this One Week No Cook Meal Plan that I put together!
50+ No Cook Meals for Summer
No Cook Breakfast Ideas
- Homemade Yogurt with Cinnamon Granola with Coconut Oil
- Oatmeal with fruit.
- Smoothies without a Blender
- Frozen Smoothie Packs
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Homemade Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
- Pear & Blueberry Breakfast Bowl
- Green Maca Smoothie
- Vanilla-Almond Chia Breakfast Bowl
- Greek Yogurt with fruit
- Healthy Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Easy Pumpkin Smoothie
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
No Cook Meals for Lunch
- Kale Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts, and Feta
- Healthy Homemade Lunchables
- Greek Chickpea Chopped Salad
- Dilly Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
- Butter Parmesan Zoodles
- Panzanella (Bread Salad)
- Vegetarian Summer Taco Salad
- Tarragon Tuna Salad
- Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping
- Mint-Cucumber Tomato Sandwiches
- Greek Pita Bento Boxes
- Focaccia Sandwiches
- The Best Kale Salad
No Cook Dinner Ideas
- Vegetable Greek Salad
- Tomato & Avocado Sandwiches
- Sweet Kale Salad (Costco Copycat)
- Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Parmesan
- Kale Caesar Salad
- Greek Veggie Tacos
- Caprese Salad Recipe
- Hasselback Tomato Clubs
- Avocado Salad Caprese Wrap
- Winter Wedge Salad
- Cranberry Apple Spinach Salad
- 15- Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper, and Basil
- Greens with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
No Cook Meals for Snacks/Desserts
- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
- No-Bake Coconut Blueberry Pie
- Chocolate Hummus
- Sweet and Salty Energy Bites
- Sliced carrots and celery with Hummus
- Healthy No-Bake Cookies
- Sliced fruit and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hummus
- Brownie Bites
- Strawberries and Snickerdoodle Hummus
- Tortilla chips and Pesto Hummus
- No Bake Cheesecake
- Sliced fruit and Cake Batter Hummus
- High Protein Trail Mix
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
More Healthy Recipes
- Weeknight Stir Fry
- Creamy Mushroom Pasta
- Slow Cooker Osso Buco
- Stuffed Peppers
- Vegetable Pasta Primavera