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Favorite summer time foods kept light

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Now that summer was a few weeks away, it got too hot to cook. Who was the brave soul wanting to stand over a hot stove making dinner every night, even with the air conditioner going? For me, that was about as annoying as finding something to eat or having to cook without the air running.

Below was my list of five favorite summer time meals to make. One would think that someone would have to eat their food ‘at the ready“, or with girded loins like the Bible said:

Exodus 12:10-12

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is theLord's passover.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. (KJV)

Some people might have gotten a good laugh out of the above Biblical reference, that wasn’t the intent here. Because the weather was warmer, it was always a good idea to have food “made ready“ for whatever reason. Lighter foods were easier on the stomach if one were tired.

1. Salad Any kind of meat was good with this basic dish. Bagged salad or canned chicken and fish only needed draining. It was even better without meat. My mother ate lettuce and tomato one night with her favorite salad dressing. The only bad thing about salad whether bagged or fresh, once opened it had to have been eaten because it spoiled fast.

2. Vegetables This was my ‘go to’ when not wanting any starch. Sometimes using the above meat was good with this. With a class of ice tea, it kept one full. Any kind of pasta was great though. Once both were cooked, it was great eaten cold with a favorite beverage.

3. Asian My favorite was homemade stir fry. Two ounces of any kind of cooked meat or canned made a great meal with rice and one‘s favorite assortment of vegetables and soy sauce. Eggrolls were a great side too and sometimes the store bought variety made a great light late dinner.

4. Pita pockets These were just like Hot Pockets except that they weren’t hot. Stuffed with one’s favorite meat and veggie combination, it made a quick meal for on the go types during the summer. My mother bought me some pita bread and it was cut in half to make a pocket to stuff food in. My me and my friends made those one night and one said they rivaled the Burger King variety.

5. Panini’s My sandwiches were different from the store-bought variety in two ways they were made with healthy options and one got a whole sandwich. Even though the local Atlanta Bread made to die for paninis, one could’ve always afforded to buy them.

Salads required no pots
Salads required no pots Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Salads required no pots

This was great with cheese  meat, crackers or dressing. or by itself. Bagged or fresh, it had to be used to prevent spoiling. Adding a hard-boiled egg was good too. 

Great on a hot day
Great on a hot day Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Great on a hot day

Served with pasta, steamed, or boiled this dish was great with a favorite meat or by itself also. Once cooked, they could be eaten cold. The Today Show recommended the smaller meals be eaten at night.

Favorite go to
Favorite go to Cindy Ord

Favorite go to

Homemade, one was able to cut the fat. Great with noodles or rice and soy sauce. Chopsticks were optional though and no fortune cookie. 

Great on the go food
Great on the go food Jason Kempin

Great on the go food

Again, once the veggies were cooked or steamed, these pockets could be eaten cold. Warmed up with a favorite meat, one had their own 'Hot Pocket'

My Chicken Panini
My Chicken Panini Kim Taylor

My Chicken Panini

This idea came from the Redi Set Go infomercial. Unlike the store brand, one got a whole sandwich with less processed stuff in it that made it healthy.