15 Healthy Must-Haves for Easy No-Cook Meals: Precooked Protein, Salad Kits & Beyond

Jul 31 2019
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

With this summer heat, I just don’t want to turn on the oven. What can I keep on hand for quick & easy no-cook meals?

Keepin’ Cool Carol
Answer@2x Hi Carol,

I’m with you! I’ve been sticking with salads and slaws this summer to cut down on stove time. Here are my must-have proteins, veggies, and more for easy no-cook meals… Mix ‘n match!

Precooked Proteins

Shrimp & chicken are perfect… They’re readily available at supermarkets already cooked, they taste great cold, and they go well with just about anything! I also love pouched tuna as well as plant-based proteins, like the kinds by Loma Linda.

Light/High-Fiber Breads (and Bread Alternatives)

Bread isn’t off limits… Choose light or high-fiber kinds for classic sandwiches and wraps. Or go low-carb by swapping out bread for lettuce cups or cucumber subs. So fresh!

Prepared Veggies

Even no-cook veggies often require a lot of prep time… washing, peeling, and chopping. For easy assembly, stock up on bags of broccoli slaw (perfect for my Cranberry Tuna Slaw), veggie noodles, and salad kits. Fill your pantry with canned veggies (like hearts of palm noodles!), or spiralize your own veggies for noodle-licous cold salads

Sauces & Dressings

Take your flavors up a notch with a variety of low-calorie sauces! I love chunky salsas, yogurt-based dressings, reduced-calorie BBQ sauce, and hot sauce that makes everything taste like Buffalo wings!

Toppings & Seasonings

Your meal is lookin’ good. Now for the fun part: toppings! Finish off your culinary creation with crushed baked tortilla chips, slivered almonds, reduced-fat cheese shreds, chopped fruit, and my personal favorite… 

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