Its a scorching hot and humid summer heatwave, the 7th day in a row, and you just spent your day traveling to and from work in an hot steamy airless packed subway and bus. There is a respite for a few hours at work, thankfully there is AC there. When you do get home you strip and plop yourself on the couch with your fan on High aimed right at you because you only have AC in the bedroom. After 30 minutes of ‘chillin’ a horrible thought comes to mind: there is NO WAY I am cooking dinner but what am I going to eat? Panic stricken, you remember to reach for the new practical book you just got: The No Cook No Bake Cookbook!
My story above is not a work of fiction. This perfectly describes several days this summer during of the few intolerable heatwaves. I do not tolerate heat and high humidity. I get home so wiped out I have no energy or desire to hang around in a room with hot appliances. It’s definitely a good day for salad but after a week I get fed up and run out of ideas. I was thrilled to receive a cookbook with a lot of original ideas for meals without heat. It may be a bit cooler now but there maybe still be a heatwave before then end of summer.
In the The No-Cook No-Bake Cookbook by Matt Kadey you will find 160 pages filled with hearty breakfasts to mouth-watering entrees and even delectable desserts. I found several recipes to be quite creative and fun. A few we predictable simple recipes you probably already do at home. But they are a minority. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well. Anything with meet usually requires that you have this meat as a leftover in the fridge. But we all have occasionally leftover chicken in the fridge. And I do not think this book is limited to heatwaves, it’s great when you are just not in the mood for a big meal production and want to do something more simple.
Here are a few recipes you will find in the cookbook: Salmon Mango Ceviche • Teriyaki Tofu Wraps • Peach Prosciutto Salad • No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake • Tex-Mex Chipotle Beans • Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa • Salami Pizza Stacks • Moroccan Chicken Salad • Roast Beef Wraps • Blueberry Overnight Oats • and Fresh Fruit Smoothies.
The first recipe I prepared was the Tofu Carpese Stacks on p55. I thought it was a very well balanced meal (added with a slice of bread) with loads of beautiful tomatoes and some tofu as protein. And it was really pretty too.
Tofu Carpese Stacks
- 2 medium tomatoes sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 8 ounces soft tofu drained and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- For each stack, top a slice of tomato with one of the tofu slices and a dollop of pesto. Repeat with another slice of tomato, another slice of tofu, and an additional dollop of pesto. Top with a third slice of tomato.
- Garnish with balsamic vinegar and pepper.
Another recipe I tried and played around with was the Blueberry Chia Jam found on p27. I substituted the blueberries for figs and the cinnamon with lavender. That is what is so great about this recipe. You could make a jam with any fruit you want without having to cook it.
The secret is chia seeds. As you know these seeds gel when mixed with a liquid (see pic with book cover). Just puree this chia gel with fruit and a dash of sugar and voilà. You can use way less sugar than you would find in a regular jam too.
I have posted different versions of a great tofu pudding recipe before, here is another variant. I had some leftover silken tofu from my fist recipe of I just blended it with a bit of the jam and I had Fig and Lavender pudding! Not only is this pudding vegan and dairy free, it is also a raw food recipe. There are several recipes in this book that would qualify as part of the raw food diet. To learn more about the raw food diet check out my previous post on the subject.
Wow, This recipe is not only can diet but also recover your health My father must love this! He’s old and usually sick. If ho read this content, he will become grain-free exactly. You bet!
Amazing! Very unique combination and love the surprise in flavor. Lately I see a lot of fig recipes but this one is definitely unique and intrigued recipe!
I love all the different textures and flavors here. That’s on substantial stack!
Wow, these look amazing! The book sounds very interesting, will have to give it a read.
I think that we all need those kinds of recipes, especially for weeknights or when things get so busy but you don’t want to get takeaway! 😀
It sounds like a great cookbook not only for heat waves but for anytime of the year. I’m going to go add it to my wish-list. The stacks look so yummy!
Great book to have especially on those hot and humid days. I like the idea of the Fig Chia Jam. Although I am not a fan of tofu, the Tofu Caprese Stacks look delicious!
That sounds like a great book! I love your fig chia seed jam. The tofu carpese stack looks marvelous, Eve.
I love the idea of a no cook, no bake cookbook…especially for the summer. Your stacks look amazing…your fig jam is an exceptional addition 🙂
Too tired to cook? Too hot to cook? My solution?
Go hungry. Does wonders for your waistline.
Though, I’m certain your method is much healthier.
Sounds like a great book! I like both the recipes though I am yet to try out Chia seeds. The salad looks so pretty and will definitely be filling with the tofu in it. I am going to make this soon…thanks for sharing!