When you are looking for ways to cool off on hot days, I know you
turn right to organizing. While you might think that is crazy, there
are some great organizing ideas that can help you cool off in the
kitchen or at meal times.
Break out the slow-cooker. That’s right; it isn’t just for winter
soups and stews. There are great summer dishes for the Crock-Pot.
These keep you from heating up the house with the stove or standing
out on the deck where the temperature is 104 degrees.
Double your meat when cooking on the grill. By planning ahead,
you can easily make two meals.
Double chicken breasts so that another
night, you make a chopped
topped with strips of grilled
chicken. Or, double your steak and the next day, have grilled steak
hoagies for supper.
In the morning, make a
layered salad like this one by lining up your favorite
ingredients on a bed of lettuce. Cover and refrigerate.
Dinner is ready when you are without heating up the
Organize your meal prep differently in hot weather. Get a tad bit
earlier and work in the kitchen then. Prepare dinner ahead. Many
steps, from putting together a casserole or salad to marinating meat
can be done early in the day and refrigerated. Check out
How to Manage Five Easy Nights of Family Meals.
When organizing a meal plan for the week, consider the weather:
to make a couple of cool meals. A pasta or rice salad, green salad
with a protein or piled-high sandwiches, served with cold fruit, can
be a welcome break during the heat.
Pack lunch at breakfast, even if you stay at home. Prepare your
lunch when packing lunch for your spouse or for day camp. Pop it in
Tidy the kitchen, turn out the lights and it stays clean
Need to cook? Turn to those countertop appliances such as an
electric skillet, electric wok, or toaster oven to keep from heating
the kitchen with the stove or oven.
When grocery shopping, plan ahead:
Take a cooler or
an insulated bag along in the car.
Stack frozen and cold foods together on
the conveyor belt.
Ask that they be bagged together so that you
easily put them in your cooler, where they will help keep each other
cool until you get home.
When you get home from the store, take a few minutes to wash the fruit.
Cut up large items, such as watermelon or cantaloupe, so they are
ready to eat.