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When it's hot and you're lacking inspiration at mealtimes, these simple meal ideas will get you going again until the weather turns cool again.

Uff da.

It's hot.

So what do you make for dinner when you've already made your favorite don't-you-dare-turn-the-oven-on meals a number of times over?

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And when there is still a month left of picnics, barbecues, road trips, trips to the swimming pool, and just plain it’s-too-hot-to-cook-tonight meals?

So, if you’re like me and looking for healthy summer meal inspiration (or just new ways to use all the wonderfully abundant produce at this time of year!), here are a few new ideas to get you jazzed again – all the way until we’re buttoning up jackets and settling in with a hearty beef stew.


Primavera Potato Salad - a celebration of fresh garden vegetables!



(Don’t forget these 30 Sensational Summer Salads and these 25 No-Chill, Picnic-Perfect Salads!)

Gazpacho - it's a nutrient-packed meal that's perfect for hot summer weather





Lox Pizza: A Celeration of Spring

Lox Pizza :: Traditional Cooking School

Other Main Dishes


Cherries and Sunshine Trail Mix :: Just Making Noise

Light Bites

late summer meals Muesli

Grain-Free Apple Muesli :: Delicious Obsessions



This strawberry ice cream is silky, luscious, and everything homemade ice cream should be. This recipe is simple, flexible, and perfect for the hot days of summer.

Strawberry Ice Cream :: Nourishing Joy

Desserts and Treats

(Don’t forget that the e-book, Just Making Ice Cream, which – in my not-so-humble opinion- just happens to be THE go-to resource for homemade, nourishing ice cream, is available by suggested donation and supports the on-going work of Rancho Oasis for Youth, a ministry providing serenity amid chaos in Honduras.)


Kombucha Cosmopolitan: The Ultimate Kombucha Cocktail




Have other recipes you love that are great for hot weather? Link them up in the comments! The more the merrier!


When it's hot and you're lacking inspiration, these simple meal ideas will get you going again until the weather turns cool again.

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