I made a grated carrot salad on IG live this week because I know so many people are struggling with very hot temps and just don’t want to use the stove or the oven.  I offered a few no-cook options in this week’s dinner planner.  Another option is to let the supermarket cook for you – rotisserie chickens have a million uses; precooked rice is often in the freezer section and just need a minute in the microwave; there are lots of great seasoning blends and marinades for the grill; I dip into my pantry items like canned fish, canned white beans, olives, salsa, and chips with dips. Here’s your dinner planner for the week: 


Meatless Monday: Southwestern quinoa salad, black bean or chicken taquitos (My family would probably not need both.)

Tuesday: curried chicken salad on lettuce cups, grated carrot salad with avocado (I know a lot of you are battling hot temps and are looking for no-cook dinners!)

Wednesday: No-cook zucchini “fettuccine” with tomato sauce from Food Network; if you eat dairy, add cubed mozzarella or shaved parmesan, or add cooked white beans for protein. I would serve a small snack board on the aside with bread or crostini, olives, jarred goodies like stuffed grape leaves and onion jam.

Thursday: Greek turkey meatballs from Quicker Than Quick– so many ways to serve these!  Kids love them in pita with tzatziki or pasta/spaghetti squash with tomato sauce doctored up with dried oregano and fresh mint + feta; or in a bowl with rice (add some dill – yum!) or cauliflower rice and roasted veggies; or on a Greek salad bowl

Friday: Marinated seared ahi, black rice or sautéed cauliflower rice, any raw or roasted veggies you have + a sauce/dressing (the Chinese chicken salad dressing from QTQ is amazing here!)

Saturday brunch: Cucumber hummus turkey roll ups

Sunday: Pasta con le sardegrilled squash salad



Here’s what you can do in advance if it helps you: 


Cook quinoa. You can put together quinoa salad if you’d like

Cook chicken for chicken salad or use a rotisserie chicken

Wash butter lettuce if using to serve chicken salad


Make chicken salad


Make Chinese chicken salad dressing if using with the tuna steaks


Make meatball mixture

Make tzatziki sauce


Make marinade for tuna steak. You can marinate tuna steaks Friday morning. 

Cook black rice 



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