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Guest Post: Low-Cook Summer Recipes

by Courtney on July 14, 2011

Today’s guest poster is not only one of my good, semi-local blends; she’s also an amazing photographer and makes some seriously good food. Seriously. Every time I read her blog, I leave my computer craving whatever it is she may have made for that day. And I can already attest to the fact that her Savvy Scones are out of this world. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on some this weekend!

Today, Julie is sharing some of her favorite summer recipes that require little, if any, cooking. Sounds perfect to me. Just try not to lick your computer screen too much like I did…


Hey everyone! I’m Julie from SavvyEats, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Courtney today. I don’t know about you, but it has been far too hot around here lately for me to want to spend much time standing over a hot stove. So I’ve come up with a list of summery recipes that call for minimal cooking and lots of seasonal ingredients!


GarlicVegetableCouscous. Fresh, light and filled with seasonal produce. Have a little as a side dish or more as a main course.


SpinachandTomatoPasta. For the nights when you want something a little more hearty but don’t want to spend much time standing over the stove.


HeartyRaspberryPancakes. Filling, healthy breakfast filled with seasonal produce. Doesn’t get much better than that.


SmokyCurriedPopcorn. Crunch and airy snack with a fun savory kick.


RoastedGarlicPotatoSalad. Instead of mayo, try using some spicy garlic scape pesto for a twist on the traditional potato salad.


SavvyDessertPesto. If you love pesto and you love mint, you’ll love this. I replaced the basil with mint and the garlic with white chocolate. Delicious with fruit or graham crackers!


What are your favorite summer low-cook recipes?

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1 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Yay, I love Julie! That spinach and tomato pasta looks incredible! I will have to make it the next time I visit my mother–she loves her some spinach!


2 Bethany July 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Quick & Easy granola bars~Oatmeal, honey, dry cake batter, sprinkles & vanilla extract. They are the best :)


3 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine July 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Dessert pesto? Love it! My favorite summer recipe is for Fruity Sangria – that counts, right?


4 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Those hearty raspberry pancakes look amazing!!!

And I just love making big salads with chicken or shrimp in them. Minimal work, minimal stove time. :)


5 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Dessert pesto! My soulmateee!


6 Heather July 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

seriously. it is SO FLIPPING GOOD. have you made it yet? DO IT!


7 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health July 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Oh my gosh those pancakes look awesome!


8 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl July 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

mmmm those pancakes look amazing! And props on the photography. If only I could make my food look that good!

My fave low-cook recipe (which is pretty much ALL of mine haha) is 2 minutes peach cobbler – take canned peaches, throw em in a microwave bowl, throw on some granola, stir together and enjoy!


9 Heather July 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

i can not WAIT until we are all reunited this weekend! and then AGAIN at HLS. HOOOOOORAY!!!


10 sara @ the foodie diaries July 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Dessert pesto? done and done. You have me sold! :)


11 Ann Claire July 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Those pictures have me drooling!


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