Ginger Lime Dinner

The heat index is supposed to be around 105F today.  I will not be turning on the oven for even a second!  When we first looked for a house to rent, central air conditioning was not something I worried about.  I was more worried about finding a home that had a low cost heating source. I failed on both accounts.  Our heat is EXPENSIVE and having only a single window air conditioner upstairs makes for long, warm summers.  Not only do I not want to cook when it’s this warm, I don’t really care to be home!

One of my go to meals when the temperatures are soaring is grilled chicken and mixed salad.  This is a great way to clean out my vegetable drawers.  It also is a meal I can take to the lake or park. I like to mix up the marinade I use and have been dying to try Honey Ridge Farm’s Ginger Lime honey glaze.

Ginger Lime Grilled Chicken

I cut up some chicken breasts and tossed them into a ziploc bag with 1/2 a bottle of marinade.  I covered my grill with a piece of aluminum foil to keep the liquid from dripping directly down.  This is a sweet marinade and I love how it caramelized on the chicken, but wouldn’t like to to caramelize the heating element of the grill!

Ginger Lime Salad Dressing

With the rest of the bottle of marinade I made a salad dressing.  The other 1/2 of the bottle + 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp vinegar and a little water.  Getting the consistency is really a matter of personal taste.  You can thin this down or you can leave it thicker.  Any mixture of vegetables for your salad will work.  I used lettuce, spinach, shredded carrots, cucumbers, crushed peanuts and edamame. Save any leftover dressing – it’s delicious on a lot of things!

What are your go to meals when it’s too hot to turn on your stove?

*Disclaimer – I was not compensated for this post however I did receive free products to use.