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20 easy, no-oven recipes for the summer

By Brittany Poulson, Contributor | Posted - Jul. 2, 2020 at 8:36 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — With the weather heating up outside, it's nice to have dinner recipes that won't heat the inside of your house, too. These 20 simple, no-oven recipes will be your best friends this summer as you work to keep your family fed and your kitchen cool.

1. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Burgers via Bucket List Tummy

(Photo: Sarah Schlichter)

These delicious and easy burgers are packed with antioxidants and can easily be made gluten-free without the bun.

2. Pan Seared Salmon with Summer Salad via Nourish Nutrition Co.

(Photo: Rebecca Clyde)

"This sweet and savory salmon dinner boasts plenty of summer flavors, including tomatoes, peaches, balsamic glaze and basil, making it the perfect flavor packed 15-minute dinner." —Rebecca Clyde, Nourish Nutrition Co.

3. Tropical Tuna Lettuce Wraps via Snacking in Sneakers

(Photo: Chrissy Carroll)

No cooking necessary for this delicious dinner. You'll whip up a mayo-free tuna salad that uses creamy avocado, sweet mango and aromatic red onions. Then scoop it into a lettuce wrap for a healthy, refreshing meal that packs in omega-3s and tons of vitamin C.

4. Pressure Cooker Lentil Curry via To Taste

(Photo: Lexi Endicott)

This creamy curry is hearty and full of mild but striking flavors.

"Made from pantry-staple ingredients and designed to work with any budget, this Instant Pot Lentil Curry is as easy as it gets!" —Lexi Endicott, To Taste

5. Taco Pasta Skillet via Your Choice Nutrition

(Photo: Brittany Poulson)

Tired of regular tacos on Taco Tuesday? Try a reinvented version with this one-pan taco pasta skillet recipe. Enjoy all the flavors of tacos in this family friendly meal!

6. Stuffed Cucumber Boats via It’s a Veg World After All

(Photo: Lizzie Streit)

These fun boats are a great no-cook recipe that comes together in just 15 minutes. This version features a base of Greek yogurt topped with a vegetarian chickpea salad.

7. Slow Cooker Picadillo via Laurel Ann Nutrition

(Photo: Laurel Deininger)

This dish has a mix of sweet, salty and tang all in one. With ground beef, spices, olives and the option of raisins, this easy meal is sure to be a favorite.

8. Homemade Ramen with Seasoned Ground Turkey via The Oregon Dietitian

(Photo: Megan Byrd)

Packed with veggies and lean protein, this recipe comes together easily and is a fun and healthy way to enjoy ramen noodles.

9. Pressure Cooker Hamburger Helper via KeyVion Miller Nutrition

(Photo: KeyVion Miller)

So much better than the boxed version, this super easy one-pot dish is cheesy, flavorful and done in 30 minutes.

10. Saucy Tomato and Artichoke Chicken via Fannestastic Food

(Photo: Anne Mauney)

This recipe is a definite go-to when you need something healthy and tasty — but fast. It can be on the table in 15 minutes flat, and uses only one pan.

11. Flatbread Breakfast Panini via Amy Gorin Nutrition

(Photo: Amy Gorin)

You can make this recipe on the stovetop in just minutes. Hello, breakfast for dinner!

12. Cavatappi Alfredo with Broccoli & Chicken via Hoorah to Health

(Photo: Christie Gagnon)

No need to dine out when you can make your own delicious pasta at home in just 20 minutes. This easy recipe is cheesy and creamy and perfect for busy weeknights.

13. Pressure Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken via Kara Lydon Nutrition

(Photo: Kara Lydon)

Make your own Chinese takeout at home. With the majority of cooking being hands-off cooking time, this easy and delicious recipe will have you licking your chopsticks clean.

14. One Pot Mexican Lentils via MJ and Hungry Man

(Photo: Min Mary Kwon)

No need to go to the store for this recipe.

"Made with pantry staples like lentils, black beans, frozen corn, and sweet potatoes, this hearty vegetarian meal is sure to become your next go-to busy weeknight meal." —Min Mary Kwon

15. Chicken and Veggie Egg Noodle Stir Fry via Bucket List Tummy

(Photo: Sarah Schlichter)

This "pantry-friendly recipe" comes together in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, and it’s one the whole family will love.

16. Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado via Leanne Ray

(Photo: Leanne Ray)

By using frozen, fully-cooked shrimp, this recipe is just about as easy as it gets. Simply chop and toss everything together in a bowl with fresh citrus and cilantro for a fresh and healthy dinner.

17. Scallops with Corn, Tomato and Basil Salad via My Cape Cod Kitchen

(Photo: Jenny Shea Rawn)

This salad makes for a fresh, colorful and tasty dinner ready in just 20 minutes.

18. One Pot Mac and Cheese via The Oregon Dietitian

(Photo: Megan Byrd)

This healthy version of a classic is full of summer veggies, lean beef, cheesy pasta, and comes together all in one pot.

19. Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa via Live Best

(Photo: Judy Barbe)

Using juicy pineapple, fresh citrus and crispy veggies, this zesty taco recipe is sure to make a regular appearance on your dinner menu.

20. Spinach and Chickpea Curry via Your Choice Nutrition

(Photo: Brittany Poulson)

This fragrant vegan curry recipe is an easy dinner for any day of the week. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s great on its own or goes well over rice or quinoa, too.

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About the Author: Brittany Poulson

Brittany Poulson is a Utah registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She shares her passion for health, food and nutrition on her blog,, where she encourages you to live a healthy life in your unique way.

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