No sweat ideas: No cook meals

Forget about slaving over a hot stove, these seven simple recipes come together with no need for cooking

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Greens are great on their own, but salads can pack a protein punch if you add canned tuna or salmon, cooked shrimp, strips of deli-roasted chicken or slices of roast beef or salami. Deli-cart items such as sun-dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms or olives add even more flavour. If you don’t have bottled dressing, squeeze lime or lemon juice over salad and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs.

Try our Cumin Chicken Dinner Salad or our Chickpea, Jalapeno and Roasted Red Pepper Salad (top this one with strips of deli-roasted chicken or salami for a meat-lover’s version).

You can make a yummy sandwich with almost anything: start with sliced deli meat, canned tuna or salmon or leftover grilled veggies. Even humble peanut butter can be turned into dinner-worthy fare. Try peanut butter and jelly with bacon and a slice of cheddar – it’s surprisingly tasty!

The secret to a great sandwich is in the extras – swap boring mustard and mayo for hummus, roasted red pepper dip or baba ghanoush. Tuck in crushed toasted pine nuts, chopped shallots, sliced pickled beets, capers, pitted Bing cherries (great on a chicken curry sandwich) or slices of apples, pears or peaches. Switch regular sandwich cheese for something new – try smoked cheddar or gouda, creamy goat cheese or garlicky Boursin, or treat yourself to a thick slice of brie or cambozola.

Check out our Fast Thai Tuna Wraps or our Mile-high Antipasto Sandwiches.

On those days you want something other than a leafy green salad try grated carrot salad or coleslaw or drizzle chopped veggies with a bottled vinaigrette and snip fresh chives overtop.

Round out your meal with our Minted Zucchini Slaw.

Aside from ice cream or fresh berries, there are loads of desserts that don’t require cooking. For example, chocolate wafers with whipped cream and chocolate sauce are pure chocolatey goodness.

A refrigerator pie is also delish – and easy to make in a hurry. Use crushed cookies for the base and fill with cream cheese sweetened with sugar and summer-fresh fruit.

If you’re a chocoholic, don’t miss our Frosty Double-Chocolate Cake. If you prefer fruity desserts try our Refrigerator Berry Pie.