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3 Ways to Keep it Cool this Summer

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For us, the key to a satisfying summer meal is knowing where and what to cook. Whether grilling outside is your jam, or hanging indoors in the solace of your air conditioned home, there are options to keep cool. Check out three of our favorite tips and tricks to beat the heat!

1. Get grilling! Head outdoors and enjoy the summer air while you whip up a tasty feast. You’ll have plenty of fresh breezes to keep you cool. And while you’re out there, try:

Charred Salsa Verde Suiza Tacos

A typical taco night for us probably starts at the stovetop, but that’s not the case here! Rach makes a mean chicken taco with a grill and food processor.

Flank Steak with Jalapeno-Lime Salsa Verde

It’s not a grilling line-up without steak! Rach tops this sliced flank with a vibrant salsa verde to hit the spot.

Macho Gazpacho with Margarita Shrimp

Stale bread gets a second life in this spicy, yet cool gazpacho. Beyond the fresh medley of veggies, herbs, and of course, hot sauce, Rach makes it extra tasty with grilled margarita shrimp!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad with Chipotle Crema

Lay cheese, grilled chicken, grilled corn, chipotle crema and avocado on a bed of dressed greens for a delightful and filling salad.

Grilled Guacamole

A twist on our favorite avocado treat! Next time you’re in the mood for some chips and dip, give your avocados, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño a turn on the grill. The char gives the guac a whole new flavor.

Chipotle Fish Tacos

Grilled burgers in the summer are a given, but have you tried grilled fish yet this season? The meaty white fish, mahi mahi, is liberally seasoned with spices and combined with a creamy, citrus sauce to make “out of this world” tacos – it’s the perfect dinner for a large crew! Create what Rach likes to call a “fixings bar,” and have guests make make their own tasty creations with the flaked fish, lime juice, cabbage, avocado, cilantro, chipotle sauce and pickled jalapeños.

2. No grill? No problem! We like opting for a no-heat option like veggie-filled salads or easy-to-assemble sandwiches. Create these masterpieces inside your home to stay cool.

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Two red fruits create one hearty gazpacho! Hot sauce and lime juice mingle with the chilled, smooth blend to create a well-balanced soup that you can enjoy even in the hottest months of the year.

Chinese Chicken Salad

You’ve never tasted a chicken salad like this before! Creamy, salty peanut butter replaces your traditional mayo to give chicken salad a new life. Add some thinly sliced veggies and chili sauce to make this meal a winner.

Tomato Salad

In-season tomatoes are irresistible even without any special toppings, but when you add simple, fresh herbs and finely chopped onion, you have a salad that’s hard to beat!

Iceberg Antipasto Salad

A salad with meat is our kind of salad! Opt for a gluten-free night and still enjoy all the goodness of an Italian hoagie with this dish.

Lemon Tuna Salad

Rachael gives the classic tuna salad (a no-heat favorite) a reboot with our favorite summer flavor – citrus. Store any leftover mayo in the fridge for a light condiment for future sammies.

Major Grey Chutney Chicken Salad

Sandwiched between two pieces of soft, white bread, the Major Grey Chutney Chicken Salad packs lots of flavor.

3. Kick back with a cocktail! Nothing works up a sweat quite like running around the house. Entertain the laid-back nature of summertime and sip on a one-of-a-kind cocktail.

Not-Your-Kid’s Creamsicle

A flashback to your younger years! Enjoy the unbeatable combination of creamy and fruity in this drinkable adult-version of a creamsicle.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

It’s what you love best about your basic margarita, with a spicy, grapefruit twist! Just like its classic brother, we like pairing this drink with some tasty nachos or tacos.

Bottom-of-the-Jar Bourbon Bee’s Knees

Bourbon is mixed with bee’s sweet nectar to create this sipper, perfect for that last drop of honey. It’s the bee’s knees!

John Cusimano’s Smoky Pineapple Margarita

Mezcal turns a traditional tequila drink into a sweet and smokey experience. As the finishing touch, John rims the glass with smoked sea salt.

Texas 40 Cocktail

Introduce some bubbles into your day. Enjoy this light, refreshing pink beverage when you’re craving something sweet and citrusy.

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Rachael Ray