We get it, no one wants to turn on the oven, morph the kitchen into a temporary sauna, and then sit down to a hot and sweaty meal. But you need something for dinner—something that’s preferably a tad more exciting than another salad, sandwich, or smoothie (which you probably had for breakfast anyway). So we’re here to help, by rounding up 6 of the most innovative no-cook lunches and dinners that you can make in minutes. (Snack AND lose weight with this box of Prevention-approved treats from Bestowed.)
Forget traditional sandwich wraps. Cut carbs and boost flavor by harnessing the power of in-season Swiss chard. Though sturdy Swiss chard leaves can be loaded with countless fillings, we love this taco-inspired blend of avocado, corn, beans, tomatoes, sweet potato, cabbage, and cilantro from Golubka Kitchen. Think of it as summer’s answer to the burrito.
Don’t worry, this dish from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen may sound fancy and exotic, but it’s actually insanely simple to make. Jumbo precooked shrimp deliver loads of protein, while mangos, lime juice, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro pack a zesty punch that’s perfectly balanced by the creaminess of the avocado.
Yep, sandwiches on kabobs are officially a thing, which makes us wonder what else we can put on a stick and call a trend. Regardless, though, The Almond Eater has captured our attention (and taste buds) with this innovative-yet-simple deconstructed version of a turkey, lettuce, tomato, and cheese.
While we’re not necessarily fans of dried seaweed by itself, we love it loaded with omega-3-rich tuna, cucumber, carrots, and avocado. Consider this recipe from Plating Pixels to be sushi sans rice, which is perfect for anyone avoiding grains or reducing their carb intake. Bonus: Nori wraps—a form of seaweed—are packed with iodine, calcium, iron, vitamin C, and magnesium. Talk about a superfood.
Summer rolls are insanely delicious (and light!), but we bet you’ve never thought to make them. Lucky for you, My Invisible Crown spells out the simple process of layering shrimp, avocado, and a variety of veggies onto delicate rice-based spring roll wrappers. All that’s left for you to do is find your favorite dipping sauce.
Sure, it may be called a sub, but we guarantee there’s no bread here, so it can hardly be considered a sandwich. By loading ham, cream cheese spread, and mustard into a hollowed-out cucumber, Make the Best of Everything teaches us the important lesson that lettuce wraps aren’t the only way to nix refined grainsfrom the equation. One tip: Consider peeling the skin beforehand so it’s easier to bite through.