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What to make when it’s too hot to cook

What a day! Boss was grumpy. Coffee machine was the fritz and to top it off you’re in your car on your way home from a long day and it’s so hot your steering wheels feels like a curling iron. The absolute last thing you want to do is cook dinner. Let’s activate one of my favorite emergency meal plans!

Chicken and Pasta Salad

Take 10 minutes and swing by the grocery store to pick up a roasted chicken, 12 store-baked cookies and quart of your favorite ice cream.

*Fact it costs as much to buy a whole chicken, season it and bake it yourself as it does to one pre-done at your average grocery store.

Take Kenny the Klucker home pull all the meat off the chicken being sure to pull out any unwanted fat or skin. While you’re doing that, boil water and drop it any type of pasta you may have in your pantry. Ramen noodles are an excellent staple because they cook so quickly and you can season them however you would like.

Chop up fresh veggies and fruit: grapes, can of mandarin oranges, tomato, peppers, cucumbers, apple or peaches. Toss all the ingredients with the chicken, pasta and fresh and veggies and finish with a simple vinaigrette whether in the refrigerator or homemade.

Easy vinaigrette dressing recipe

Here’s a simple “I can’t believe it’s soooo simple” vinaigrette:


3 table spoons mustard, any variety other than regular yellow mustard, preferably dijon
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup of rice wine or apple or red wine vinegar
Juice of a lemon or lime or orange-some type of citrus
¼ cup any oil vegetable or olive or grape seed oil
Pinch of salt and pepper


Marry all those wonderful ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a whisk and drizzle over the fruits, vegetables, noodles and chicken.

Ice Cream Sandwich recipe


Scoop out ice cream in a nice ball, sandwich between two cookies.

Here’s the fun part: Take any candy bar, Granola, chocolate chips, crushed sweet cereals or nuts and roll the edges if your ice cream cookie sandwich with the any of those tasty bits to seal the edges.

Sit back, relax, enjoy and chill!

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