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July 2, 2018
5 Delicious, No-Cook Recipes for Summer Fun

5 Delicious, No-Cook Recipes for Summer Fun

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

It’s July, and the heat is on!  If you’re anything like me, you want to eat well, but you lose your motivation to roast, broil and simmer when it gets too hot in the kitchen.  Luckily, we have plenty of easy, no-cook recipes that keep a variety of delicious Hood products on the table, which is especially helpful as the mercury rises. These are just a few of my favorites. 

Tomato, Cucumber and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Green Goddess Vinaigrette 

Nothing says summer like juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers! A flavorful green goddess vinaigrette made with Hood Heavy Cream highlights seasonal produce and takes salad to the next level. Fresh mozzarella is easy to find in the supermarket, which makes this dish a go-to for lunch or dinner. 

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Don’t get the wrong impression from the name of this recipe – there is no cooking involved! Store-bought roasted red peppers stand in for homemade, so it’s a heat-free, ready-in-a-flash dip made with Hood Light Sour Cream. Pair its rich, mellow flavor with fresh vegetables or chips, and use it as a sandwich spread, too. 

Smoked Salmon with Cucumber Salad 

This salad sounds involved, but it’s ready in just 10 minutes. Smoked Salmon Salad is quick to assemble and offers a convenient way to eat the recommended two fish meals a week. The dressing is made with Hood Cottage Cheese with Cucumber and Dill, which boosts the protein content and ups the flavor profile.  

Patriotic Parfaits

Patriotic Parfaits offer the perfect way to celebrate summer and its bounty of berries. This colorful dessert is packed with calcium and protein from Hood Simply Smart Fat Free Milk, as well as fiber from the fruit. Using instant pudding mix instead of cooking your own saves time and keeps you away from the stove. 

Chocolate Strawberry Pops

Two ingredients – Hood Simply Smart Chocolate Fat Free Milk and strawberries. What could be easier? Frozen pops are a great way to include some of the fluid that you and your family needs on hot summer days. Make a double batch to keep on hand for when summer snack attacks strike! 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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