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Beat the Heat with Cool Recipes

Doll in a pool.
Beat the Heat with Cool Recipes
Beat the Heat with Cool Recipes
Summer is the season for refreshing dishes! As a foodie, I am always on the lookout for tasty treats and, this time, I wanted to find meals that would also help me beat some of that summer heat. With sunglasses on and sunscreen in handI discovered 5 fresh and delicious recipes I encourage you all to trduring these sunny days.
Watermelon Salad
What could be more refreshing than watermelon? This big ‘n’ cool berry (yes, berry!) is often enjoyed by simply cutting it up into slices, but I tried to take it a step further and make a savory salad instead. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Watermelon cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • Diced cucumber 
  • Thinly sliced red onion 
  • Crumbled feta cheese 
  • Mint leaves 

Mix it all together, then add a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Ta-da! 

Mini Sliders
When my friends and I get together to swim, chat, and enjoy the sun, I love to cook up a selection of mini sliders. You can make these with meat, fish, veggies, and a ton of fun toppings! 
Here are a few ideas for fillings:

  • Black bean burger with tomatoes and avocado 
  • Pulled pork with crunchy coleslaw 
  • Crispy fish filets with cucumber and tartar sauce 
  • Fried eggplant with lemony ricotta 
  • Classic beef patty with pickles and cheese 

Doll outside with food and dogs.
Chicken Lettuce Cups
Tacos are one of my all-time faves when it comes to food, so I decided to use them as inspiration for this fresh dish – lettuce cups with BBQ chicken! Simply think of it as a a lil’ twist on the taco, where the shell is replaced by a lettuce leaf.  

Follow these steps to deliciousness: 

  • Barbecue chicken breasts until they’re grilled to perfection 
  • Shred the meat and mix in some BBQ sauce (if you want!) 
  • Slice avocados and chop up some red onion 
  • Place the chicken and avocados into individual lettuce leaves 
  • Top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime 

Crunch, crunch, crunch! Yum!

Homemade Lemonade
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! On the hot days when the sun is shining bright, there’s nothing like sipping on a cold lemonade…  

Here’s how you can easily enjoy this classic summer drink: 

Two dolls drinking lemonade and eating pie.

  • Boil water and add in some sugar 
  • Stir until it dissolves, then set it aside to cool 
  • Juice a few lemons and pass the liquid through a sieve 
  • Combine simple syrup, lemon juice and cold water 
  • Add in mint leaves or fruits for an extra touch of fun! 

Fruit Popsicles
No meal is complete without a sweet treat! And while my favorite is a warm slice of blueberry pie, I can’t help but reach for a popsicle when summer comes around. And this year, I decided to make my own – with fruits! 

Here’s how I did it: 

  • I got orange juice, strawberries, and kiwis 
  • I sliced the kiwis and blended the juice with the berries 
  • I added a bit of honey into the blend 
  • I poured the blend into popsicle molds 
  • I added in the kiwi pieces and froze them 

Then came the toughest part: waiting for them to freeze! (Hihi!) 

I hope these recipes inspire you and will help you beat the heat this season!
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