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With the heat index already exceeding 100 degrees in the New Orleans area, the last thing I want to do in the evenings is turn on my oven! It’s just too darn hot for that! To keep the heat out of our kitchen during the summer, I have been utilizing my crockpot, grill, and stovetop as much as possible. Here are 10 easy summer meals to help keep your kitchen cool during these hot summer days!

meat and veggies on the grill

Slow Cooker Pizza Stuffed Peppers

We love stuffed peppers at our house, and this recipe for Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers combines pizza AND stuffed peppers in the crockpot!   What’s not to love about this meal?!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Tostadas

This slow cooker Mexican Chicken Toastadas meal is perfect for Taco Tuesday! This recipe calls for chicken thighs, but you can easily substitute chicken breasts.

Summer Crock Pot French Dip

I love a good French dip and this is so perfectly easy and delicious!

Instant Pot Burrito Bowl

The Instant Pot is the new crock-pot and this Instant Pot Burrito Bowl recipe is healthy, full of protein and easy to make!

One Pot Cheesy Pasta & Sausage

One of my FAVORITE ways to cook is the one pot method. Not only does it cut down on the heat you use, but also the dishes! A quick, low maintenance, delicious cheesy pasta and sausage meal in one pot! What more could you ask for?

Foil Pack Salmon on the Grill

We love salmon in our family but we usually broil or cook it in the oven. It’s just too hot for that, so we have taken to these nifty salmon foil packs on the grill. They cook the fish and veggies in one neat packet. Clean up is a breeze too!

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich

Pick up a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery and whip up this chicken Caesar croissant sandwich recipe. The cranberries add a sweet touch and the flaky croissants are buttery deliciousness!

Southwest Bean Salad

I love a good southwest bean salad, especially during the summer. To make it more filling, I mix the bean salad with quinoa. This vegetarian meal dish is good heated up or served cold!

Cool Spicy Noodle Salad

Here is another cold, filling salad that utilizes a rotisserie chicken. The ingredient list for this cool spicy noodle salad is long, but its mostly spices, so it comes together very quickly. 

Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packets

I love foil packets, especially when you can cook them on the grill. These lemon herb steak foil packets cook up perfectly and I love how the asparagus compliments the steak.

I hope some of these will inspire you to beat the heat in your kitchen! What are some of your favorite summer meals?

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