During summer days, avoiding the sweltering heat might be your top priority. However, many favorite go-to dishes require the use of an oven or stovetop, which introduces unwanted heat into your home.
Instead of sweating in the kitchen and racking up energy bills, consider how to utilize seasonal, no-cook meals that will help keep your house cool and your bills low — as well as entice your taste buds. Create a chilled cucumber soup instead of a hot stew, or replace processed, sugary desserts with naturally sweetened, raw brownie truffles.
These summer recipes, below, serve as a refreshing change of pace in the heat of the season, and many of the ingredients can be easily grown in a home garden or purchased from a local farmers market. Make some for yourself to see how you and your house can beat the heat in an affordable and tasty way: