Four Quick Dinners for Hot Summer Nights

Kids Love Sandwiches!

Feeling like it’s too hot to cook? I hear you! Our house is positioned in just a way that the kitchen gets NO airflow. We’ve been able to do without A/C for most of the summer, so I’ve been suffering through.

Of course the easiest way to skip slaving over dinner is to order from us. (Wink, wink.) Otherwise, how about some quick sandwiches to please the whole party?

Yes, it seems like for the under 10 crowd, you put anything on bread, even vegetables, and it goes down great. Ironically, my girls peel everything off the bread and eat it seperately (deconstructed??) but they’ll eat whatever the insides are so I don’t comment.

The Pulled Chicken Sandwich is a great crockpot recipe. Set it up in the morning and you’ll be golden (or, er… spicy, saucy red) after work.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries
We use a really unique sauce for this pulled chicken. It's somewhere between barbeque sauce and a mole. Pair the sandwiches with simple sweet potato fries for a hearty, healthy meal. Use a slow cooker or Instant Pot depending on your mood and timing.
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Change up the Roasted Vegetable Sandwich by grilling the veggies. Pro-tip – just grill double on a previous night then toast the bread to help the goat cheese melt.

Roasted Veggie Sandwich
Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches
Looking to up your sandwich game? Well, look no further. Roasted peppers and goat cheese go together like Bert and Ernie in this gussied-up quick dinner.
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Speaking of do ahead – grill a few extra chicken breasts the next time that’s what’s for dinner to prep for the yummy, Healthy BBQ Chicken Salad. 99.9% of the time I’m going to vote to put a sandwich on bread, but this is one that’s fun as a lettuce wrap.

BBQ Chicken Salad Recipe
Healthy BBQ Chicken Salad
The recipe itself uses up leftover chicken, that last bit of BBQ sauce, just a handful of craisins, etc. Use whatever is on hand for this tasty meal.
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Finally, the Tomato, Brie and Pesto Sandwich… I miss a lot of festival food this summer, but perhaps none more than this sandwich from Le Reve at Bastille Days. Try making it at home (possibly with a chambord margarita like the one from Louisa’s during this festival) and remember fun summers past.

Brie, Tomato and Pesto Sandwich
Brie, Tomato, and Basil Sandwich
I love to recreate this delicious sandwich from my favorite Tosa haunt, Le Reve, whenever tomatoes are in season.
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All good sandwiches need a snappy side. My favorite for this time of year is the Fruit and Feta Slaw. (This recipe is shown with the quick and easy Tortilla-Crusted Fish from Costco. That does require an oven (oh! Or maybe an air-fryer), but I think they are always good to keep on hand.) While I typically make it with peaches, apples or pears would be great.

Tortilla-Crusted Fish with Slaw
Tortilla Crusted Fish with Fruit and Feta Slaw
This delicious store-bought fish goes straight from the freezer to the oven, so let's spend a minute on the side. The cool and slightly sweet slaw is a perfect complement to the spicy-ish fish.
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So that’s what we’re making around our house. What’s a favorite sandwich combination in yours?

Happy eating!