Cheese and grains are a pretty unbeatable combination. Greens make it an acceptable healthy dinner option.
When it’s really hot out, the last thing I want to do is cook. While stovetop meals and sheet-pan dinners may be great ways to warm up your apartment during the winter, they’re just recipes for sweating during the summer. From June to September, if I’m actually going to convince myself to make dinner rather than ordering out, I need ideas that will fill me up without heating me up.
Most people think of dinnertime as the time when sit down to a warm, hearty meal, but food doesn’t have to be warm or hearty to fill you up. Salads, cold soups, sandwiches, and more don’t need any time over fire or in an oven, but they’ll satisfy your hunger just as well as something that might.
These 17 meatless recipes will help you make it through the summer, because you don’t need to cook them to enjoy them. Since they’re packed with vegetables and non-meat protein sources like tofu, tempeh, and beans, they definitely have all the protein, fiber, and healthy carbs you need. They’re tasty, too, but most importantly, they’re cool—and they definitely won’t turn you into a human puddle.
Anyone who’s ever been to a barbecue knows they’re not always the most vegetarian-friendly gatherings. If you’re lucky, your host will have a few veggie burgers or corn cobs on the grill. But more often than not, it’ll be greasy, meaty hot dogs and burgers as far as the eye can see.
Whether you’re vegetarian or not, having a few meatless options to choose from at a summer barbecue never hurts. And the thing is, it’s actually easier than you realize to throw something together. Most vegetables taste better with a nice char on them, so you can put anything from mushrooms to romaine lettuce straight onto the grill and expect great results. Plus, vegetarian favorites like tofu and halloumi (a type of cheese that won’t melt when you grill it) take less time to prepare than your average chicken breast or burger.
Of course, if you feel like getting fancy with it, there are exciting options like grilled pizzas and homemade veggie burgers that will help you flex your cooking skills. Whatever type of meatless, summertime recipe you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something you love in these 17 recipes. Bring them to a party or serve them at your own and watch the crowd go wild.
The main draw of an Instant Pot is that it can cook things way faster than normal. It also functions as a slow-cooker and a yogurt- and rice-maker, but its pressure cooking function is its biggest claim to fame. With it, you can make stews and braises that might have once needed hours in just an hour—often even less than that. (If you don’t already have one, you can get one here!)
Since things like stews, braises, and other meaty dishes are generally what take the longest to make, most Instant Pot recipes focus on those kinds of recipes. That means there’s not a lot of Instant Pot inspiration out there for vegetarians or anyone who wants to eat meatless once in a while.
We rounded up 15 vegetarian recipes that speed up the cook time of meatless ingredients like beans, lentils, and whole grains. And since these ingredients are packed with essential nutrients like fiber, protein, and healthy carbs, these meals are all pretty darn healthy, too.