A quick list of five of our favorite hot weather meals. Living on a boat without air conditioning, I simply wasn’t going to cook hot meals for us. I prepared meals, sure . . . but I didn’t COOK them.
The first three weeks we were back on Barefoot Gal — in the boat yard, mind you — it hit 100°F. every single afternoon. To be honest, neither one of us wanted a hot meal and the idea of turning on the stove in the boat just seemed too hot (yes, we have AC but in this much heat and humidity, it struggles in mid-afternoon and we want it cool by bedtime).
So what did we eat? Mostly salads. A loaf of good bakery bread is a nice and easy side! Here are five of our favorite hot weather meals:
- Greek Salad with Chicken — I either buy the packages of pre-cooked chicken or use a can of chicken and just add it to my regular Greek Salad recipe (find it here or on page 151 in The Boat Galley Cookbook; low carb/keto version here).
- Chicken Salad with Grapes — a can of chicken, a bit of chopped celery, a handful of grapes sliced in half lengthwise and a dab of mayo. Sometimes I serve it on a bed of lettuce.
- Company Coleslaw with Ham — break up a small can (tuna-can size) of ham and add it to my recipe for Company Coleslaw.
- Waldorf Salad — add a can of either chicken or ham to Waldorf Salad (diced apples, celery, walnuts, raisins/dates/dried cranberries and a dab of mayo). If you have them, grapes are a nice add-in — they’re cold and wet.
- Rice Salad with Ham — I’ll admit that I have been boiling water every morning. Have to have my coffee! So a couple of times I’ve engaged in Thermos cooking and made rice for a rice salad for dinner (see recipe here).
We haven’t done much in the way of sandwiches for dinner lately but they’re good too. Chilled applesauce is nice as a side dish, and cold dill pickles always seem to hit the spot.
I tend to keep cheese and summer sausage on hand, too, and maybe once a week we just have an “appetizer dinner” — some nuts, olives, crackers and cheese & sausage and a bit of fruit.