Cool Meals Beat Summer Heat

Too hot to cook? Beat the heat with these healthy, budget-friendly Giant Eagle® recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.
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Slow cookers aren’t just for winter – chili and barbeque pork or beef are great starters for taco salad or as a filling for a bun or wrap.

Keep cool

Make-ahead or partially-prepared meals minimize your time in a hot kitchen. Put dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with these tips:

  • Fire up the grill. Bring out the flavors of London broil, pork tenderloin, chicken breasts or fish with spice rubs or marinades; make kebabs by alternating grape tomatoes, meat, peppers and onion on skewers
  • Cook on the weekend. Bake and freeze Roasted Vegetable Lasagna made with fresh eggplant, home-grown zucchini and vine-ripened tomatoes; cook a pot roast or brisket and freeze slices to add to salad or sandwiches, or mix with veggies for a quick stir-fry
  • Discover the magic of the microwave. Put together an Enchilada Casserole using lean ground beef or ground turkey; shun the stove with our microwaveable version of Risotto with Edamame and Arugula
  • Pull out the crockpot. Slow cookers aren’t just for winter! Chili and BBQ Pulled Pork or beef are great starters for taco salad or as a filling for a bun or wrap; reduce fat by browning meat and onions first, then draining the fat before adding them to the cooker
  • Eat main dish salads. Raid the garden for the ingredients for this Broccoli Salad, or combine asparagus, pear and pine nuts for a delicious Summer Salad

Take advantage of seasonal favorites

Celebrate with a Smoothie

Blend frozen fruit and non-fat yogurt for a cool, vitamin-packed treat. Quick and portable, smoothies are great for breakfast or on your way to the gym. Add protein powder, tofu, nut butters or fiber-rich flaxseed to boost the health quotient. You’ll find these and other supplements in the health and wellness aisle at Giant Eagle®.

For more ideas, consult your store’s registered dietitian or email

Brought to you by the Registered Dietitians at Giant Eagle and Market District®