Eat Real Food: 10 Easy No-Cook Suppers

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Try one of these easy, no cook suppers for quick summer fare.

10 Easy No Cook Suppers


You don’t have to cook every night. Just eat real food. – Chef Thierry Rautureau, as quoted in The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

As I mentioned awhile ago, reading Kathleen Flinn‘s book was a huge boost to my cooking experience. Its emphasis on cooking at home and focusing on the basics was a great reminder that good meals don’t need to be complicated. The above quote was so simple, but helpful, I had to make a note of it.

The chef in question had been explaining how some nights after a long day of work, he just wants some good bread and jam and a cup of hot cocoa, what I imagine to be the french equivalent of “Breakfast for Supper”.

It made so much sense!

We don’t need to abandon ourselves to fast food or meals from a box, simple no-cook “meals” can be just as good and filling as a four-course feast.

Just make sure you’re eating real food.

Here are some easy no-cook suppers to pull together on these carefree summer nights.

1. Hummus, flat bread, and crudite veggies

2. Hard-cooked eggs, fresh fruit, and a whole-grain roll

3. Apple slices, almonds, cheese, fresh baked bread

4. Cottage cheese, cut-up melon, whole wheat toast

5. Yogurt, granola, fresh berries

6. Sliced cheese and meats, crackers, and in-season fruit

7. Salad of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic. Add baguette slices to sop up the juices.

8. Rice cake or whole grain bread with a swipe of nut or seed butter, sliced fruit, and a glass of milk

9. Fruit smoothie, made with yogurt or protein powder

10. Drained tuna or salmon tossed with chopped celery and fresh dill, crackers, fresh fruit

Summer dining can be simple!

In the heat of summer, light meals are often preferred. These “meals” are all good old, healthy, real food. Add a glass of your favorite summer beverage and watch the sunset with someone you love.

What’s your favorite no-cook supper?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Thank you for this post! I often forget that I don’t have to turn out a four course meal every night. The simple meals are often the best because I still have energy left over to actually enjoy sharing a meal with my family, and we can eat them in a variety of places.

  2. Hillary says:

    I LOVE this post. If I thought I could get away with it, I would do this everyday. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and some days I just don’t have the energy in me.
    We save these dinners for really bad RA days, and nights when the kids have sports.

  3. Fantastic list! Filing this away for the dog days of summer… πŸ™‚

  4. Great post – I just finished the book on your recommendation – it WAS great and I did rethink some of my already ‘basic, do it yourself’ kitchen things because of it. I need to sell my kids on this idea I think – maybe it’s the teen thing – they’ll eat meatless without much issue, but I have a breakfast food hater, and I have a salad hater [she eats it when served but would balk if it were the main meal LOL] – but it’s something worth making an effort for – fresh bread WOULD make a different for sure!

  5. Great list, and if our summer ever returns I will be sure to refer back to it – 9 degrees c here today!

    My favourite quick and healthy meal at the moment is this raw pasta sauce, came across. I was a little unsure before trying it but everyone thought it was so good and it was super easy.

  6. When we grill chicken, I always grill a few extras to cut up and serve for no-cook meals. It works with salmon and grilled veggies too.

  7. We recently went vegan as part of treating my husbands cancer homeopathically, and we do this a lot! There is so much other stress in my life that these kind of meals make my life soo much easier! And, honestly, little kids eat better this way (at least mine do) so if there is something they’re not really in love with, they dont have to eat a lot of it πŸ™‚

  8. Great ideas. I don’t cook much in the summer because of the heat and lack of AC. But I think the fresh baked bread might count as cooking. πŸ™‚

  9. I’m bookmarking this right now to make my days (and nights) easier! Especially with a new baby on the way and busy season coming again for my CPA husband, it’s not worth making a mess in the kitchen!

  10. I love all of these things, and I’m pretty sure my son would be fine with meals of this kind. However, my husband would not consider these to be meals. They would be appetizers, snacks or dessert. There are lots of nights when I would love to just serve some vegetables and cheese and be done. Alas. He also doesn’t consider salad to be a meal item, but an accompaniment.

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