Don’t Cook — Assemble: Simple Recipes That Don’t Require Any Heat

Last time we wrote about barbecuers and their love for food that is so passionate it helps them withstand all kinds of heat. But you’re not that kind of person, are you? You’re someone who wishes they could jump out of their own skin when the heat waves come. And we can’t say we don’t understand you because the heat is really starting to get on our nerves.

When it’s as hot as it has been, standing next to a stove is the last thing on anyone’s mind. That’s not difficult to understand either because not only does the stove warm you up, but your whole home too. So, let’s all refrain from cooking for the time being. But we have to eat something, you say? And how do you make food without cooking it? Easily, we’ll show you the way!

Follow along to learn a variety of no-cook recipes you can make by only mixing and assembling.


Hot Girl Summer Salad

We’re sure you’ve heard about this salad before. Being a hot girl is mandatory every summer, and apparently, this salad will help you achieve your dreams. We won’t question that because this meal is full of nourishing nutrients your body needs to survive and operate optimally. That’s why it’s okay even if this salad doesn’t make you lose weight, it will help keep you healthy.

What are the ingredients, you wonder? They’re as follows:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • ½ red onion
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • ¾ cup Italian Dressing Roma Classic
  • ½ cup pepperoncini peppers
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


We know what you’re thinking — how is this a no-cook recipe if you’re supposed to boil eggs? Hear us out. The eggs don’t need your attention while they’re boiling. So, you’ll be free to step away from the stove while they’re reaching your desired level of doneness. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Finely chop all the veggies and hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Add the dressing and spices and toss until the salad is evenly combined. Feel free to use a different amount of dressing or different veggies. This recipe doesn’t need to be followed to a T, so if you don’t like hard-boiled eggs, feel free to make them soft.


Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Yet another salad? Don’t worry about it because this is the type of salad you can easily put on top of bread. Seriously, you can make it into a chicken sandwich without a hassle. All you’ll need is some rotisserie chicken leftovers. Now, many people wonder how long can leftovers last in the fridge? The answer is 3-5 days, so if your chicken is older than that, it’s best not to use it.

Here’s the ingredient list:

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken leftovers
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 3 ribs celery
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Blue Cheese Honey & Shallots Spread

And the instructions? We feel like you don’t need a step-by-step for this one because it’s that easy. All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and use them as a spread on buns or crisp lettuce leaves. If you’re wondering what to do with pulled pork leftovers? Add them to this recipe by replacing the chicken, and voila!


Lime Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Let’s move on to a delicious, summery breakfast that everyone can make. We’re sure you’ve heard of these before because smoothie bowls are very popular all over social media. And now we’ll teach you how to make one yourself. The list of ingredients can be swapped, added, and subtracted however you want. But if it’s your first time making a smoothie bowl, we suggest following this recipe to a T.

You’ll need:

  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 3 tbsp Cold-pressed honey
  • 2 tsp grated lime zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Much like our other recipes in this blog, this one won’t have instructions either. Why? Because you simply need to take these 11 recipes and combine them in a blender. Blend until they’re smooth, and your smoothie bowl is good to go. You can top the bowl with extra bananas, coconut flakes, and granola, but this step is optional.


Strawberry Balls

Lastly, let’s talk about something you can make just as easily as any other recipe in this blog. Not only that, but we’re sure that these strawberry balls will be your next favorite thing to snack on. They’re nutritious, tasty, and will give you enough energy to get you through until it’s time for your next meal.

Curious about the ingredients list? Shop or find these in your pantry:

  • 200 gr fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup traditional oats
  • 2 tbsp white chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp acai powder
  • 2 ½ tbsp shredded coconut to coat

And how do you make this delicious snack? Process strawberries until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients and process again until combined. Create balls with your mixture and roll them in extra coconut for coating. Thank us later!

No-Cook Recipes Are Delicious

Be careful around these no-cook recipes because getting addicted to them is easier than you think. It’s understandable because you don’t have to cook anything at all, only assemble! If you’ve never tried a recipe like this, we urge you to because, if anything, they’re fun to make.

And if you’re looking for unique and locally-sourced ingredients to assemble recipes with, look no further than our Local Food Market. Happy cooking!

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