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Easy Kitchen Recipes That Don't Heat Up Your Home

by Waverly Wilde

Turn up the flavor without turning up the heat with these amazing recipes.

A Cool Slice of Heaven

In the height of a summer heatwave, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven … and then leave it on while pizza cooks. Talk about sweltering in a sweat storm! 

That’s where this pizzadilla recipe comes in. Italy meets Mexico in this fusion recipe that will give you the flavors you want without having to mess with the oven.

Food for Your Noodle

Put down that phone -- there’s no need to have the local Chinese restaurant on speed dial this summer. Instead, get your Asian cuisine fix with this cold peanut sesame noodle with chicken recipe. 

You’ll only need a little bit of heat -- and your favorite type of peanut butter -- to cook this one up.

Some Snappy Snapper

Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to forgo using the oven entirely -- you just have to make sure you are using it at a lower-than-normal temperature. 

Slow-roasted snapper is a perfect way to do this, and gives you a succulent seafood dinner to look forward to all day long.

Top-Tier Tomatoes

Is there any vegetable that feels more summery than tomatoes? We don’t think so, and there’s no better way to use some then with this summer gazpacho recipe. Have some fun while you slurp this down in the summer sun.

Burrito + Sushi = Heaven

We’ve already hit a fish dish, but if you are a sushi lover, this one is for you! Yes, you there in the balcony! And all of our other sushi eating friends out there.

Even better, this crab California roll burrito is well, also a burrito, which means it is pretty much perfect in every way. Enjoy!

Bringing BBQ Back

Slow cooker pulled pork? You don’t have to ask us twice. Bring your favorite summertime BBQ sauce, because this recipe is going to have you coming back for more … and more.

We all Scream for Ice Cream

There’s nothing better than refreshing, cold ice cream on an annoying, hot day. These striped yogurt-and-sorbet “ice cream” sandwiches may make you use your oven for a little bit, but they’ll make up for it by cooling you down afterward.

A Berry Good Time

It’s time to put that slow cooker to good use: It does cook things on a low temperature, after all! And we couldn’t end this list without mentioning some pie ... 

Slow-Cooker berry cobbler is just what this summer ordered -- sweet, warm, and gooey, but without the need to warm up your whole kitchen with an oven. It’s the perfect way to end a hot and sweaty summer day

When it comes to summer cooking, the less heat you use the better. Take some of these recipes out for a spin -- you never know which one will end up being your new summer favorite!