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Cold Green Beans and Tomatoes: Easy, Yummy, Perfect for Summer!

Cold Green Beans and Tomatoes: Easy, Yummy, Perfect for Summer!

This is a dish I used to make often, but hadn’t made in years. I made it again the other day and I was very pleased. There is no cooking involved, so it’s perfect for hot weather.

Combine in a glass bowl:

1 can French cut green beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice (I prefer petite diced)
About ½ medium, white onion, diced
Several cloves raw garlic, minced

Cover and refrigerate to bring out the flavors. I let mine sit in the fridge for a few days this time, but you could serve it in just a few hours, or even right away in a pinch.

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Hot Weather Eating

Hot Weather Eating

To endure the heat and still feed yourself, consider re-thinking your idea of a decent meal. You can piece together finger foods and salads, and still get plenty of nutrition.

Yesterday was unbearably hot, and there was no way I was going to cook. So, we had cold shrimp (the precooked, frozen kind), strawberries, grapes, and Swiss cheese.

Another one of my summertime favorites is a big hearty salad that includes cold cuts, followed by half an avocado (salted and eaten right out of the peel with a spoon), and later half a cantaloupe (also eaten right out of the peel with a spoon).

Chicken and roast beef both make good leftovers that you can toss into a salad or use to make sandwiches. When you plan to use the meat this way, you can cook it at your convenience, during the cooler part of the day.

Farmer’s markets and produce stands are a great source for fruits and vegetables that you can graze and snack on all day. You don’t have to do “meals” at all. Most of us lose our appetite when it’s hot anyway, and heavy foods will just make you feel worse in the summer. It is a wonderful opportunity to eat lots of fresh, raw foods!

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Chilled Soups

Chilled Soups

I love Vichyssoise. Summer is a great time to eat cold soup, so I plan to experiment with several different recipes. If you have a favorite chilled soup recipe, I would love to hear it!

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