We all have plenty of times when we don’t feel like turning on the oven, like right after a long run, a tiresome day at work, or during a summer heat wave. All of those factors can make heating up the kitchen utterly dreadful. Luckily, the culinary world is creative, and there are tons of cooking methods and recipes that don’t require using an oven and still taste incredible. We’ve rounded up eight no-oven (or even no-cook!) recipes.
This traditional Hawaiian dish has gone mainstream in recent years. Made with your choice of rice and topped with sushi-grade raw fish and crunchy raw veggies. Save money by making your own at home with salmon, avocado, and homemade spicy mayo.
Lettuce wraps are so refreshing in the summer heat. And what could be easier than mixing up some healthy tuna salad and throwing it on a piece of lettuce? This recipe subs in avocado for the mayo in traditional tuna salad, so it’s packed with healthy fat. It also calls for sriracha, Dijon mustard, and cilantro to amp up the flavor. This is the perfect classy lunch or lazy dinner no-cook recipe. For a plant-based protein, try this chickpea lettuce wrap recipe.
Toast is not only one of the easiest and most delicious dishes to whip up after a run–it’s also versatile. Take your toast beyond avocado or peanut butter. This set of recipes include options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, all without needing to use your oven.
If you haven’t jumped on the instant pot (or pressure cooker) train, what are you waiting for? This gadget does all the work for you and can help you make creamy risotto without the constant stirring or heating up your kitchen. Just put all of the ingredients in and come back later to a perfect dinner.
Utilizing your freezer is the best way to cool down when the day starts out hot. These delicious yogurt bites are smooth and creamy. With fresh fruit and granola all packed into one delicious frozen bite, these are the perfect protein-filled post-run treat.
Salads are another way to go if you want a quick meal that doesn’t require any heat. This one has crunch, heat, and an explosion of tropical flavors. Not only is it simple to make, but it will impress your dinner guests. And, because it doesn’t have lettuce, it won’t get soggy if you prep it on Monday to enjoy throughout the week. Here are more summer salads you can also try to switch things up.
You know when you want a chocolatey bite in the middle of the afternoon, but you don’t want to dig into a candy bar? These Cherry Cacao Energy Balls are the solution. Made with dates, almonds, pitted cherries, oats, and cacao, they are the perfect pre-run fuel that doesn’t require any baking and satisfies your sweet-tooth.
A nice substitute for traditional tuna salad, chickpea salads are a protein- and fiber-filled lunch option that keeps you full all afternoon. With the addition of walnuts for crunch, this sandwich serves up a ton of nutrition in a delicious, easy-to-make, no-cook recipe.