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The heat is on... summer is bearing down in all her glory. Being outside can be unbearable, even if you're crazy like me and enjoy creating a garden in this heat.
If you feel more like a wilted lily than a perky petunia, it's time to hose down the kitchen and start assembling dinner, rather than cook it in the oven!
Here are my Top 7 Cool Dinners, mostly made from utilizing leftovers!
1) Nicoise Salad. Drain a can of tuna and toss together with a half a head of chopped Romaine lettuce, hard-boiled egg (also chopped), a cut-up tomato, olives (I like pitted Kalamatas, about 5, cut in half), previously cooked green beans (I use leftovers from the night before) and a good olive oil/balsamic vinaigrette dressing (make your own, 4:1). Great and satisfying salad!
2) Taco Salad. Take leftover taco meat, a can of black beans (drained), some leftover corn cut off of the cobs, lettuce, grated cheese, some olives, chopped cilantro, avocado, chopped tomatoâ€¦ and whatever else you like, all tossed together with the same above dressing. Put it all together in a bowl, tossed to mix, and serve it up, topping each plate with a handful of smashed tortilla chips. Yum!
3) Chinese Chicken Salad. Okay, we're using leftovers again! This time it is grilled chicken breast, cut into strips. Throw that into a bowl of lettuce (Romaine works great), with slivered almonds, a can of drained Mandarin oranges, some chopped cilantro, Chinese noodles (you know you save those from Chinese take-out!) and toss together with a bottled Asian salad dressing... just look at your grocery store's selection -- there are a bunch to choose from!
4) Shrimp Stir-Fry. Easy button... all you have ... Continue
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