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Summertime Lazy Meal Tips

Summer is the hardest time to stay motivated to cook. We do not have AC in our house and the idea of using the stove or oven is very unpleasant when it’ll just add to the heat. Eating out becomes a common default for our family, along with making sandwiches or salads. Today, I thought I would share some thoughts and tips on tackling dinner during the hottest time of the year.

Cook on the Cool Days

This tip requires you being aware of the weather forecast. If you know when the temperature is going to be on the lower end, take advantage and utilize the oven on those days.

Slow Cooker is Your Best Friend

While a crock pot produces heat, it’s not nearly at the same level of an oven. Slow cooker meals are usually very simple to throw together. They also save you time at the end of the day. And if your family has varying schedules, people can eat when they want or need to while the food stays warm for everyone else.

Leftovers Are The Best

Leftovers are a great option for when you don’t want to put any effort in cooking. When I was living on my own, I would intentionally cook more than needed, so I would get 3-4 meals worth out of one cooking session.

Don’t Eat If Your Not Hungry

My appetite decreases if it’s extremely hot, so sometimes I just won’t eat. If you’re not hungry when everyone else is eating dinner, that’s okay. Eat when you do have an appetite, because forcing yourself can make you feel worse. Keep hydrated though!

I am not a dietitian. Please take this advice with a grain of salt. For those that have had an eating disorder, this could possible be the worst advice ever. I do this because I’d rather eat when I’m actually hungry, not when it’s the ‘right time’ to eat.

Stock Up On Things You Like

Now, I do not do strict meal planning or meal prepping. I typically eat what I am craving for at the moment. I know what I like so I always try to keep certain staples stocked. If I make something that produces leftovers, I know that I will be okay with the idea of eating the same thing multiple times in a short period of time.

Most of these tips are geared towards those who have to suffer without AC. If you don’t mind cooking in a terribly hot room, continue on! Personally, I find cooking to be a chore during the summer, but it’s not healthy (both physically and financially) to rely on fast food. The tips I’ve shared are ones that I have found that have benefited me in the past when I was living down in California.

What’s your summertime dinner routine?