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20 Things to Make for Dinner Without Heating Up the Kitchen — Recipes from The Kitchn

I'll argue that I, more than many people, can attest to not wanting to heat up the kitchen in the summer months. That's because I live in a 600-square-foot apartment and even preheating the oven can kick our AC unit into high gear. So in order to survive, recipes that forgo these common cooking methods are the standard. Even if you live in a space larger than mine, I am sure you share a similar desire to keep your kitchen cool when the weather is stifling.

Here's what you're looking for. These 20 recipes skip the oven and the stovetop and instead lean on alternative cooking methods (or no cooking at all) in order to keep your kitchen (and you) cool as a cucumber.

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10 Breakfast Recipes for Lazy Cooks — Recipes from The Kitchn

We all have those mornings when we wake up completely disinterested in starting the day. We hit the snooze button, pull the covers over our eyes, and casually pretend that no one will come searching for us if we just stay in bed all day. On those days, the only thing that just may get things in motion is a grumbling stomach. In that state of laziness, there's no way a breakfast that involves a whole lot of effort is happening. Luckily, these 10 recipes are exactly what you need in that instant — low-impact but sure to quiet that grumbling stomach with something easy and delicious.

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How To Make Old-Fashioned Date Bars — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date bars have turned my daily dessert world upside down. You see, up until a few weeks ago I had never even heard about date bars, but after the first batch I knew I had found my new favorite, go-to cookie bar. These bars are made with only four major ingredients — dates, oats, butter, and a bit of brown sugar — and come together in about the time it takes the oven to preheat. They happen to be naturally gluten-free and low in added sugar, which means they're the kind of treat that makes a near-perfect after-school snack (but something that pairs deliciously with a bourbon night cap too).

That's not even the best part, though! Biting into these bars is the most delicious adventure in contrasting textures. The top is crisp and buttery with oat crumble, while the date filling is sweet as caramel and just as lush. The same oat mixture that crisps on top becomes chewy and nutty on the bottom of the pan. Personally, I call dibs on the corner pieces, but here's how to make a whole pan of these delicious old-fashioned date bars.

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Recipe: Sauerkraut and Sausage Roll — The 6-Minute Lunch

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The most important thing you need to know about this recipe is that it comes together in under six minutes and involves hearty sausage, tangy sauerkraut, sweet roasted red peppers, and plenty of grainy mustard, just for good measure. Oh, and it's all tucked inside a tender pretzel roll to gild the lily, because lunches need that sometimes.

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Your Guide to Making Honest-to-God 6-Minute Lunches — The 6-Minute Lunch

Making lunch happen can be a challenge sometimes when, more often than not, you hardly have the minutes to spare. Although I think you can spare six minutes. That's seriously all the time it takes to get these five lunch recipes together. These are real lunches, too — I am not talking about grabbing some pita chips and hummus and calling it a meal. Instead, I mean hearty sandwiches, extra-flavorful salads, and more, all made possible thanks to a few key ideas. Follow them and you're guaranteed to have a tasty, flavorful lunch in next to no time. Here's how to do it.

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Recipe: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Granola Wrap — The 6-Minute Lunch

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When your stomach is growling for lunch and your pantry is nearly bare, I bet you can still rummage up the ingredients for this satisfying wrap. Oh, sure, you're thinking it's just a hum-drum peanut butter sandwich — might as well make your standard PB&J — but this is not the case. Diced bananas sweeten the situation and a big handful of granola adds that textural crunch that so many peanut butter lunches are missing. What seals the deal, though, is that this wrap is quickly seared in a skillet, which browns and crisps up the outside and warms up the inside so the peanut butter begins to melt and become wonderfully gooey. Yup, this is far from your average peanut butter sandwich — and it takes no more time to make.

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