Hot summer days can make it hard to stay motivated to cook nutritious meals. Who wants to be in the kitchen when the temps rise? If you want to beat the heat but still serve the family, here are five summer-friendly meals that will keep you cool. No oven required.

Supper Salads

Salad is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think "no cook." Rather than relegating it to a side dish, why not let salad be center of attention? Serve up a hearty taco salad by layering shredded lettuce; diced onions, tomatoes, and orange peppers; black olives (drained); and shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Serve with shredded cheese and whole-grain tortilla chips.

Summer Rolls

This fancy-looking dish is simple to put together! Pick up rice paper wrappers in your grocery's Asian food aisle, or seek out a specialty market. Slice vegetables into thin strips (carrots, cucumbers, and avocado are perfect!) and set aside. Strips of crab (imitation works!) are a great addition, and have a mild flavor that kids will love! Dip a rice paper wrapper in a shallow bowl of warm water for about 10 seconds, layer the toppings, and quickly roll. The key to summer rolls is to work fast — the rice paper tends to get a little sticky! Cut rolls in half, and serve with soy sauce for dipping.

Wonderful Wraps

All the goodness of a sandwich, but more fun to make! Caprese Wraps are particularly good on hot summer days. To make, spread pesto on a whole wheat wrap. Layer sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar, and wrap.

Zucchini "Pasta"

An awesome way to use up this summer vegetable. Use a mandolin to slice zucchini lengthwise into very thin "noodles." Place in a strainer, and let drain for about 10 minutes. You may even want to pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. For a Greek twist, toss with kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Finger Foods

It's OK to eat with your hands! Keep in mind that summer meals don't have to be elaborate affairs. Create a kid-friendly raw bar by cutting up veggies, tearing off pieces of naan, and serving with hummus for dipping. Offer shrimp cocktail for more adventurous eaters — and the adults!

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