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Help! It's Too Hot To Cook!

We don’t judge. You CAN eat ice cream for dinner, but it’s probably not your healthiest option. Restaurants are air-conditioned and simple but can get expensive over the summer. And frankly, we get tired of salads day after day. Here are a few reminders of better ways to eat when the dog days of summer hit.

Stovetop cooking is a good way to avoid heating up the whole house. Be sure to match the size of the pan to the heating element, so the heat gets into the pan and not the kitchen.

Have breakfast for dinner! Cold cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, and eggs are all easy choices.

You can use your microwave oven too. They’re fast and efficient, and they use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens.

Seems like a no-brainer, but if you DO need to use the oven, don't open the door to take a peek at what's cooking. Instead, turn on the oven light and look through the oven window. Opening the oven door sends waves of heat out into your kitchen. It also drastically lowers the temperature inside the oven, which increases cooking time and wastes energy.

Fill your slow cooker with chicken, vegetables, salad toppings, and even desserts! Put it in the basement where it won’t heat up your living area.

Use an electric skillet, toaster oven, or indoor grill to make a quick grilled sandwich. With some fruit on the side, it’s the perfect summer meal.

If you’re one of the Cool Kids who have an air fryer, there are thousands of great recipes online. A hot meal is just a few buttons away!

Lastly, the outdoor grill is our favorite suggestion. There’s nothing like the taste of grilled veggies, burgers, chicken, ribs, or – well, pretty much anything – fresh off the grill on a hot summer day!

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