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Kari Jun 19, 2008 10:08 AM

So, its been 110+ all week and not going to cool down, ok we might make 107 later. I refuse to use the oven. What are some good stove top or even better non cooking recipes for dinner?

  1. hannaone Jun 21, 2008 08:36 AM

    Bi Bim Guksu
    A cool summer dish, Bi Bim Guksu is a noodle based version of Bi Bim Bap. Fantastic for those hot summer days when you just do not want to cook anything time consuming on the stove top or in the oven.

    Servings: 4
    Total Time: 10 - 20 minutes (depends on knife skill)


    12 ounces memil guksu (buckwheat noodles/soba noodles)
    4 lettuce leaves (red or green loose leaf)
    1 large red cabbage leaf
    1 small cucumber
    1 carrot
    2 ounces sprouts (snow pea, radish, bean, etc)
    3 tablespoon Kimchi (http://www.chow.com/recipes/11302

    3 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
    3 tablespoon rice vinegar
    1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 1/2 tablespoon mool yut (Korean malt syrup) or honey
    1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoon Korean sesame oil
    1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

    Garnish (optional)
    2 green onion, rough chopped
    1/2 bunch chives, cut in thirds
    2 hard boiled eggs, halved
    Pickled daikon slices (http://www.chow.com/recipes/12006



    Place all sauce ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
    Taste, and adjust as desired. (ie; more Kochujang or vinegar, adding minced garlic, etc)
    Cover and refrigerate until use.

    Heat a pot of water to boiling.

    Wash/peel the carrot, cut into thin slices lenthwise, then cut each slice into thin strips.
    Place carrot strips into a strainer/basket and immerse in boiling water for about 1 minute (until just limp).
    Remove from pot and rinse under cold running water.

    Rinse sprouts well in cold water, place into strainer/basket, and immerse in the boiling water for no more than 30 seconds.
    Remove from pot and rinse again in cold water.

    Discard boil water.

    Hand tear the lettuce leaves into strips about 1/2 inch by 2 inches.

    Slice the cabbage leaf into thin strips.

    Peel the cucumber, then cut in half crosswise.
    Thin slice each section then cut into thin strips.

    Thin slice or shred the kimchi into thin strips.

    Heat a large pot of water to a rapid boil.
    Add noodles, return to a boil, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
    Remove from heat, drain, and rinse noodles under cold running water.

    Final Mix
    Divide noodles into 4 equal portions and place in serving bowls.
    Add equal amounts of prepared vegetables to each bowl.
    Place sauce in a single central serving dish or 4 smaller individual sauce dishes for diners to add as desired.
    Place any garnish elements in individual serving dishes for diners to add as desired.

    How to eat
    Add sauce to noodles/vegetables and mix well.
    Add desired garnish.
    Eat and enjoy.

    3 Replies
    1. re: hannaone
      Marsha Jun 22, 2008 06:12 PM

      This sounds very good, but I have a couple of questions:

      In the kimchi recipe, how long will the finished product keep? And what is a nashi pear?

      About how thick should the carrot and cucumber strips be?


      1. re: Marsha
        hannaone Jun 22, 2008 07:23 PM

        Kimchi keeps for a long time. It just depends on your personal "sour level", the longer you keep it, the more sour it gets.
        Nashi pear is the large round Asian pear, either greenish or yellowish in color. You see it sometimes in American markets as "papple" or "apple pear".
        The carrot and cucumber strips should be between 1/8th and 1/4 inch thick.

        1. re: hannaone
          Marsha Jun 22, 2008 09:23 PM

          Thank you. I can proceed with confidence now!

    2. l
      ldkelley Jun 21, 2008 07:50 AM

      Grilled pizza and sangria!

      1. u
        Undercover Jun 20, 2008 03:54 PM

        This has become my stand-by:

        The staple:

        -Naan (Indian flat bread) or pita bread
        (Brush both sides with olive oil, warm 2-3 mins in cast iron skillet, toaster oven, or grill--flipping half way through)

        The fixings:

        -Sliced Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Green Peppers
        -Goat Cheese and/or Feta
        -Hummus (i.e. Atheno's Red Pepper or Garlic Hummus)
        -Gypsy salami, Saucisson, Pepperoni, and/or Black Forest Ham

        1. t
          torty Jun 20, 2008 01:23 PM

          I know you said "no oven", but a thin seasoned piece of beef, pork or chicken, tossed on some crinkled foil and broiled for less than 10 minutes, thinly sliced over a salad full of interesting things is easy (plus minimizes clean up), light and satsifying. May want to pound the protein to thin it and shorten cooking time even more. The broiler for that short a period (no need to -preheat) should not create heat in the kitchen. Garlic bread can be tossed under the same flame at the same time to round things out.

          1. n
            northside food Jun 20, 2008 11:55 AM

            Do you have a slow cooker? You could make a pot roast and serve it over grilled potatoes.

            1. BobB Jun 20, 2008 07:06 AM

              If you can get good seafood where you live, try making a ceviche. It's a traditional Spanish/Latin American dish where the seafood is chemically "cooked" by the action of an acid, typically lime juice. Google it and you'll find lots of variations, I'm sure you can find one that appeals to you.

              Delicious and generates no heat at all in the preparation.

              1 Reply
              1. re: BobB
                NYChristopher Jun 22, 2008 06:18 PM

                Another vote for ceviche.

                See also
                Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less
                by Mark Bittman

              2. f
                fern Jun 19, 2008 03:45 PM

                How about a Spanish omelet? Or any omelet, for that matter.

                Many of you will frown at this but I sometimes buy pesto at the store and then I fry up loads of potato and onion, then smear some pesto over the fried potatoes and pour beaten egg over all. I cook til set, cut into wedges and serve with a salad and fruit. It makes a tasty,quick supper.

                1. The Dairy Queen Jun 19, 2008 11:26 AM

                  Here's a recent similar thread you might find helpful, too!

                  As well as this one, which was an offshoot http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528304#3772701

                  As well as this one about being lazy and hot and having sweet potatoes http://www.chowhound.com/topics/530402

                  Or this one about Sunday brunch when it’s so hot http://www.chowhound.com/topics/530018

                  Here are some dessert recipes that don’t require an oven or a stovetop http://www.chowhound.com/topics/529727#3785842

                  Or, maybe, ice cream cake? http://www.chowhound.com/topics/53066...


                  2 Replies
                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                    Kari Jun 19, 2008 02:54 PM

                    Thanks for the links! Wasn't sure how to search.

                    I should of been a tad more specific. My family is very picky...veggies are out, no rice, little pasta...pretty much a meat and potato family. Most replies don't deal with that. We do grill a lot, but that gets old and hot if your the griller.

                    1. re: Kari
                      The Dairy Queen Jun 19, 2008 08:39 PM

                      Wow, those are some narrow parameters. How about making use of the pressure cooker?


                  2. k
                    kmr Jun 19, 2008 10:30 AM

                    Gazpacho! maybe some sandwiches (I've been using a "foreman" grill thing to make quick panini lately)...

                    Great big salads, add cooked chicken, steak, shrimp, whatever - your possiblities are endless. Chilled bean salads, pasta salads are great, too.

                    Quick stir fry meals. I made the mongolian BBQ on this thread last week, let everyone pick their veggies and sauce, and it was a huge hit, only took about 5 minutes of actual cooking time (and I got rid of the odds and ends in the vegetable crisper!)

                    Do you have a grill? Grilled veggies, a protein, and grilled potato wedges makes an easy meal, cooked outside.

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: kmr
                      chef chicklet Jun 19, 2008 03:31 PM

                      Sometimes we have deli sandwiches. Pepper turkey or a good rare roast beef on a French roll piled high with salad. A little olive oil, vinegar, dijon and pepperocini. And perhaps a coleslaw or pasta salad, with ice tea.
                      BLTs or egg salad sandwiches. So when its hot and you don't want to cook, these are pretty easy. Make the bacon in the morning or put it on a sheet pan on the bbq (line with foil and use that sheet pan only for the bbq)
                      Also I make smoothies. /We had strawberry and pineapple. And tonight I'm grillilng pineapple and having sloppy joes. i'm in out and no one gets hurt!

                      1. re: kmr
                        chef chicklet Jun 20, 2008 08:57 AM

                        Thanks for the reminder! Time to pull the panini press down!
                        I was thinking of Chicken Chowmein (I need to use the bean sprouts today)
                        I made up meat for burittos so we can reheat that up in the microwave and throw all sorts of cheese and veggies for a rollup taco or buritto.
                        Potato wedges? do you place straight-up on the bbq?

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