By Somoca Latest Reply 2012-07-28 16:15:56 -0500
Started 2012-07-16 11:06:13 -0500

The summer heat is ever present. I wonder if anyone had a recipe for entrees or snacks that didn't require using the stove? Going out to eat everyday is not an option until I win the Lottery.

29 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2012-07-26 20:00:24 -0500 Report

there are some great recipes for frozen desserts in the recipe section. just search for frozen or click on the snack category.

Somoca 2012-07-26 20:09:03 -0500 Report

That wasn't the point of the discussion. I was thinking of a small conversation among DC friends exchanging ideas. Anybody can click and search.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-17 18:03:01 -0500 Report

Here is my favorite desert for summer.

Chocolate Mousse

1 package Chocolate Flavored Sugar Free Jello Instant Pudding (4 servings size)
1 1/2 cup cold lowfat milk
1 cup thawed Sugar Free Cool Whip

Prepare pudding and add in Cold Whip. Place in serving bowls. Refrigerate until set. Makes 4 Servings

You can top it with a tablespoon of cool whip with a strawberry on top.

Somoca 2012-07-17 18:35:58 -0500 Report

Just Joyce, I was so excited about the Nuwave I put the comment in the wrong place, LOL. The chocolate mousse sounds good.

Somoca 2012-07-17 18:33:42 -0500 Report

OMGOODNESS JUST JOYCE!!! I want to purchase one of those Nuwave items so BAD but I didn't know anyone who had one. I didn't want to waste my money. Does it really cook frozen foods nicely? Can I put an entire dinner in one?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-17 19:37:51 -0500 Report

I have never cooked anything frozen other than chicken nuggets, hot dogs or french fries. They came out perfectly. I have heated food that I have cooked and taken out and had no problems. I have cooked potatoes and meat at the same time depending on what the meat is. I have cooked a Half Turkey in it (it is just my sister and I so a whole turkey would be a waste). It comes with a rack that can be inverted giving you two different levels so you can put something on the bottom. I have cooked sweet potato pudding and dressing at the same time. The problem is you do have to watch and stir some foods. I made biscuits and put them in it. They did not do well. I just cooked chicken drum sticks directly on the rack and they were crispy like I had fried them.

My cousins Mother in Law baked a Ham in hers and it was delicious. I also have a rotisserie which I use to love until I got the oven. The oven in my stove is broken and I don't want to replace the stove until we finish the kitchen. So I am happy with my counter top oven. I saw the informercial for the Sharper Image version and it looks like it does the same thing.

The down side is the dome is plastic. I have gone through 3 of them. Over time they will crack and start splitting. The company replaces them as long as they are under the warranty. I bought an extra one. It is very easy to clean. The pan has the tendency to not want to come out of the base so I put balls of Aluminum foil on the legs in the base and it comes right out. It is not as fast as they say in the ad. I cooked a whole chicken in about 45 mins. That depends on the size of the chicken or turkey. The thing is that the food is juicy unless you cook it too long.

I actually love it and I cook all kinds of meats in it including bacon and sausage. The really big plus is I got mine for 20 bucks at the Flea Market from a friend who had no idea what it was.

Somoca 2012-07-17 21:16:14 -0500 Report

Those are the best buys. I got a 249.00 kitchenaid free standing mixer for 60.00 and it is the best and most used item in my kitchen. I LOVE it. I will look into the nuwave. Thanks so much :D

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-18 11:00:12 -0500 Report

The good thing about getting good deals is that you are not out of a lot of money if you don't like the appliance.

re1ndeer 2012-07-16 16:59:34 -0500 Report

Here is one of my light salads for when it is hot outside, it is very filling and good.

White Bean Salad

1 can Cannellini Beans, drained
1 small zucchini trimed and sliced thin
1/2 cup green beans trimmed and sliced
1/4 cup parmasan cheese (fresh)
1/4 cup Basil (fresh) torn
1 small lemon, juice and zest-grated
1/2 Tablespoon Olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place in a medium size bowl, toss to combine. serves 2.

Nick1962 2012-07-16 18:27:05 -0500 Report

Hey, thats a lot like mine, 'cept I substitute the green beans and zucchini with red pepper, scallion and some black olives. I use feta instead of parmesan, cilantro instead of basil, and lime juice instead of lemon.
OK well, the cannelinis are the same.

re1ndeer 2012-07-16 18:37:22 -0500 Report

Do you mind if i steal your recipe? I do like a change of pace, and generally it's the same recipe, right? (LOL)

Nick1962 2012-07-17 09:10:31 -0500 Report

Don't know that its really "my" recipe but steal away. This is a "clean out the frig" recipe and i don't think we've made it the same way twice. If we need to make a huge batch for a party, we use both cannelinis and black beans, add some corn for color…you get the picture.

Somoca 2012-07-16 11:08:34 -0500 Report

I thought I would get the ball rolling with a broccoli salad that I run to when I do not want to see my stove. Tri -color pasta, broccoli, shredded cheese, red onions and ham cubes light smothered in buttermilk ranch dressing and crackers. yum people. It hits the spot.