When it gets hot you still need to eat dinner. I don’t know how you people do it who are living in hot weather year round, or at least for the full summer. Here in Seattle, “Hot” weather is anything over 75 degrees, and it only happens a total of 20 or 30 days I would guess. I’m from Western Washington, so I’m really not very good at living through heat beyond 80 degrees on an ongoing basis. I’m also not very familiar with cold meal recipes. Most of what I eat and grew up eating is hot food, cooked on or in the stove.

Thankfully I am extremely creative in the kitchen and thus can come up with a cold meal when pressured to do so. Since we’ve had one solid week of fully sunny days, my cold foods menu is growing. I’m please with myself. *smile*  And I’m still getting rid of leftovers in the process!

A few days ago we had a pasta salad that used up my pesto, some cucumber, an old salad mix, a can of beans, some cheese. It was good.

Ever since last weekend though, my fridge has been packed. It’s because we hosted a party and came home with a bunch of leftovers. Mostly fruit and juice, but still…crowding the fridge.

So I went hunting again yesterday for “dinner.”  Inspired by a potluck earlier in the day I got out some bulgur wheat and boiled some water. All you have to do is boil 2 cups of water and pour it over 2 cups of dried bulgur and let it sit for an hour. It puffs right up, no cooking required. My Tabbouleh inspired meal included the cooked bulgur, juice from one lemon, olive oil, 1/2 t. cumin, 1/2 t. pepper, a chopped up cucumber, 3 cups of chopped fresh parsley from the garden, the rest of the lettuce from the garden (even found a small slug still in it! eww!), a can of black beans, the rest of a turkey keilbasa, topped with ranch dressing and green onions from garden. (I didn’t have any tomato, which is traditionally in Tabouleh.). It was pleasantly satisfying and cold. Just what we needed last night, after digging in the garden, playing in the kiddie pool, hanging out the laundry, and packing for camping.

P.S. I’m eating the leftovers for lunch today.

My 2 year old loved it!