5 Healthy No-Cook Weeknight Dinners

Don’t want to slave over the stove during the hottest summer days? Make these five no-cook recipes instead.

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There’s no need to slave over a hot stove during the dog days of summer. These healthy dinners are ready to go without lighting a flame.

Whip out your spiralizer or trusty mandoline to make these pasta-free “zoodles.” Top with a tomato puree and you’ve got a delicious, low-cal meal in less than an hour.

Build a well-balanced salad for an easy-to-cook weeknight dinner. Bobby Flay combined avocado, tomatoes, olives, chickpeas and tortilla chips so you get a healthy dose of vegetables, good-for-you fat, protein and carbs.

This roast beef sandwich is dressed with watercress, tomatoes and red onion. To help cut fat, regular mayo is combined with nonfat plain Greek yogurt, plus horseradish for some kick. Enjoy this sandwich with a no-cook soup like Ellie Krieger’s no-cook White Gazpacho with Grapes and Toasted Almonds.

Head to your local farmers market to pick up fresh heirloom tomatoes and turn them into this refreshing dinner. Serve 2 per person for a dinner-sized portion.

Photo by: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Armando Rafael Moutela, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Use leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken to make a simple, high-protein weeknight salad.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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