RachaelRachael Rachael, a mom of two daughters, is a freelance editor and writer who enjoys gardening and dreams of keeping chickens in her suburban St. Louis backyard. In her spare time, she helps to edit her husband’s science fiction books. Read more of Rachael's work at www.rachaelsjohnston.com or contact her by emailing rachael@mumblingmommy.com.

It’s hot outside and it’s dinner time, you need some new summer recipes. You loathe the thought of turning on the oven because it will make the house hotter and force your air conditioner to put in even more overtime. Here are three summer recipes my family enjoys during the warmest months that don’t require use of the oven, and that’s always cool.

Summer Recipes:

Beef Taco Skillet

(From Campbell Kitchen)

-1 lb. ground beef

-1 can (10 ¾ oz.) Campbell’s tomato soup

-½ cup salsa

-½ cup water

-6 tortillas (6 inches) cut into 1-inch pieces

-½ cup shredded cheese

Cook beef in skillet until browned. Pour off fat. Stir in soup, salsa, water and tortillas. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook five minutes. Stir. Top with cheese.

Open-Faced Crab Salad Sandwiches

(Adapted from Taste of Home)

-½ cup light mayonnaise

-1/8 tsp. salt

-1/8 tsp. pepper

-2 packages (8 oz. each) imitation crab, chopped

-1 cup shredded mozzarella

-¼ cup chopped sweet red pepper

-¼ cup chopped green onions

-1 loaf French bread

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Stir in the crab, red pepper, and onions. Spoon over slices of bread.

Toast in toaster oven until filling is warm and bread is lightly browned.

Quesadillas

(From my own kitchen!)

-1 package flour tortillas

-1 package shredded cheddar

– Cooked, shredded chicken or beef

– Salsa or taco sauce

Place tortillas on heated skillet. Cover half of each tortilla with cheese, meat, and salsa. Carefully fold tortillas in half. Heat several minutes until bottom of tortilla is lightly browned and crisp, then flip and heat until other side is lightly browned.

If desired, serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, and chopped tomato.

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