Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Throwback: 68 Cheap, Healthy No-Cook Recipes

Sweet readers! Something new coming late today, but I figured this was a good time to re-post this one from last year. Enjoy, and stay cool.

Alas, CHG’s No-Cook month is slowly coming to an end. It’s been a joyous, ovenless journey, sweet readers, and we couldn’t have done it without the blistering sun or the stifling humidity. Thanks, Mama Nature.

Article-wise, we’ve already discussed 13 Ways to Cook without an Oven as well as 18 No-Cook Meal Ideas. This week, we’re giving you the actual recipes: 68 inexpensive, nutritionally sound dishes you can make without ever lighting anything on fire. (Hopefully.)

Each one of these links comes from either Cheap Healthy Good or my weekly Healthy & Delicious column over at (newly redesigned!) food dynamo Serious Eats. This means three things: A) we know they work, B) there are pretty pictures involved, and C) um … turns out there were only two things.

Enjoy, everybody! And as always, if you know of a really great no-cook recipe not mentioned here, please (please) add it to the comment section.

Black Bean Dip
Blueberry Salsa
Green Garlic and Garlic Scapes Pesto
Guacamole-Bean Dip Mashup
Lemony Hummus
Mango Salsa
Pesto (Don't toast pine nuts.)
Seven-Layer Taco Dip
Tomatillo and Yellow Tomato Salsa
Tomatillo Guacamole
Tomato Avocado Salsa
White Bean Dip

Creamy Caesar Dressing
Grasslands Herb Salsa
Horseradish Mustard
Lemon-Ginger Dressing
Spicy Brown Mustard
Vegan Mayo
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Buttermilk Cucumber Soup
Cantaloupe Soup
Fruit Gazpacho
Summertime Gazpacho

Chlorophyll and Awesomeness Salad
Chopped Salad
Grape and Feta Salad with Rosemary
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad (Skip toasting almonds.)
Relaxed Kale and Root Veg Salad
Strawberry and Avocado Salad

Autumn Apple Salads
Basil Tofu Salad
Beet and Cabbage BBQ Slaw
Black-Eyed Pea “Caviar”
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Chickpea Salad
Daikon/Jicama Mango Slaw
Greek Antipasto Pita
Greek Salad Skewers
Greek-Style Chickpea Salad
Greek Tofu Salad
Herbed Tuna in Tomatoes
Marinated Mushroom Salad
North African-Style Chickpea Salad
Orange Yogurt
Peach, Tomato, and Basil Salad
Refrigerator-Pickled String Beans
Sprouted Grains
Sublime Fruit Salad and Mint
Summer Panzanella (Bread Salad)
Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint
White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Wraps with Spinach
Yellow Tomato Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Mint
Zucchini Carpaccio with Feta and Pine Nuts

Cantaloupe with Honey and Lime
Chocolate Cherry “Ice Cream” Popsicles
Date Coconut Balls
No-Cook Berry Crisp
Plums with Orange and Mint
Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
Strawberry Mousse
Tamarind-Blueberry Granita
Three-Ingredient Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Basil Lemonade
Cranberry and Blackberry Champagne Punch
Mango Lassi
Sweet Lassi
White Sangria with Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes

Cherry Lemonade, Limeade, and White Peach Bellinis are all delicious, as well, but require simple syrup. There are ways to make it without using heat, but these three recipes all include a boiling step.

And that's it. Readers, any suggestions? We would love to hear.


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The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Fantastic post, thank you for sharing!!!

debbie koenig said...

Ha! I was just re-reading that post the other day, for inspiration. Very timely indeed.

Assistant said...

Wow what a great list of cheap and easy recipes! Mango salsa is my favorite... in the summer with chips or marinated with chicken.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Steff said...

Hooray! CHG is back! You've pretty much made my day. :)

Sally said...

The cantaloupe with honey and lime was very good.

I found this recipe for Gin and Tonic Sorbet. It also requires a simple syrup, but I just heat the water/sugar mixture enough for the sugar to dissolve. I don't have an ice cream maker, so I make it like a granita instead. I've also been making it with vodka instead of gin. It's very good on these hot summer nights, no matter how you make it.


Sunshine Alternative Mama said...

Simple syrup can be made with superfine baker's sugar (not powdered/confectioner's sugar). Combine equal parts Baker's sugar and water in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake for a minute or two until the sugar is completely dissolved. So easy, and no heat!

Thanks for the post! I think we may have the cantaloupe with honey and lime for dessert, or maybe breakfast tomorrow.

Nathalie said...

Thanks for sharing these great recipes! I often replace the simple syrup with honey, since I rarely use any other sweetener. To help dissolve the honey into the cold drink, just zap the honey a few seconds in the microwave and/or dissolve it in a small volume of warm water before adding the colder liquids.