Simple Summer Tricks
Summer is a time when many of us want to spend less time in the hot kitchen, and more time enjoying life with friends. Below are a few of our chefs’ quick tips to reduce your prep time and hassle—and increase your fun—during the hottest days of the year.
Slice and Ice
Don’t settle for the same old summer drinks! Our favorite way to fancify your beverages? Cut fresh watermelon into chunks, line them on wax paper and freeze. Watermelon is about 90% water, so you can use it to replace ice cubes in lemonade, iced tea, or sparkling water for a colorful and flavorful twist. And, because they’re already in your freezer, it’s a tasteful, no-hassle upgrade.
No Oven Required
Whether you’re hosting last-minute, or just looking for a quick pick-me-up dessert, our partner USA Pulses’ 5-minute mug cake is sure to please. Blend chickpeas with honey, almond milk, and vanilla—then add flour, baking powder, and cocoa. Pour in a mug and microwave for 2-3 minutes. The leftover liquid from the chickpeas (aquafaba) can be used in other recipes like vegan mayo.
If just the idea of cutting onions makes your eyes water, try sticking them in the fridge first. Pre-chilling onions will release fewer of the irritants that make your eyes water. It’s a good idea any time of year, but especially when it’s hot in your kitchen.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.