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20 Really Cool Summer Recipes to Chill in This Hot Season

20 Really Cool Summer Recipes to Chill in This Hot Season

The scorching sun is currently ruling over us. The heat flash is so intense that even Thor, the God of Thunder, is at home, unable to do anything. And during this period, it is compulsory to keep yourself hydrated with enough liquid, to have a proper, balanced meal, and to refresh yourself through regular showers.

These may be very common tips; however, what is important are the ingredients you choose for your meals, and how you cook them. Be it refreshments, salads, main dishes, or desserts, you have to be careful in selecting, processing, and cooking your food. To help you out, here is a list of 20 summer recipes to keep you chilled out in this hot season.

1. Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

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    This is the perfect start to your lazy Sunday brunch. Raid your fridge, and take out all the leftover chicken, shred them, add asparagus, cream cheese, heavy cream, and all other ingredients, and enjoy your hot weekend!

    2. Strawberry Gazpacho

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      Gazpacho, a Spanish/ Portuguese dish, usually has tomatoes as its base. They are served cold, and are mainly made with raw vegetables. But this recipe has a twist to it. Instead of tomatoes, strawberries are used. Interesting? A perfecto meal on a hot summer day!

      3. Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup

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        This is a “no-cook” recipe, meaning, you literally don’t have to cook at all! The steps are extremely easy. This is a great cold soup for your family, or even for those sudden visits from your friends on a hot summer evening.

        4. Greek Turkey Burgers

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          Homemade grilled turkey burgers? Who wouldn’t fall in love with them? This meal may take some time to make, but it’s a total hit if you are having friends over. At your next hang out, you can definitely try this out!

          5. The BA Burger Deluxe

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            The burger is a gourmet gluttony! The grilly-juicy-yummy burger is an ideal dinner for those hungry teenagers who are on a sleepover, or even perfect for a family hangout!

            6. Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

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              If you have a pizza dough at home, and want to utilize it in some interesting way, then this is your recipe. The level of cooking is marked as “easy,” so you don’t have to spend too much on the cooking process.

              7. Thai Green Papaya Salad

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                What is summer without papaya dishes? One of my personal favorites, this Thai green papaya salad will refresh your belly, as well as your soul!

                8. Simple and Delicious Fried Rice

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                  Do you have leftover rice in the fridge, but don’t feel like eating it? Well, here’s a very simple summer recipe for you. In fact, you can easily make this even if you are dead-tired!

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                  9. Cajun-Spiced Skillet Shrimp and Rice

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                    This is another rice-related summer recipe that will not only satisfy your tongue, but will lead you to make this for days. It hardly takes half an hour to make, and this is a complete meal for a hungry family.

                    10. Mini Fish Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa

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                      Full of flavors, and full of freshness, this meal will flirt with your taste buds. This dish is very healthy to eat, and is rich in ingredients.

                      11. Sriracha Street Corn

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                        I love corn, whether I directly toss it on the stove, marinating with just butter, salt, lemon juice, and a pinch of red chilli powder, or when I add it to my fried rice and vegetables. And even I am absolutely crazy about this corn recipe! Even the most fussy eater will fall in love with this!

                        For better or for worse, we all have sweet tooth. Here are some summer recipes of desserts that are bound to make you supremely satisfied.

                        12. Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream

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                          Making ice cream at home is not that hard at all. You just have to know the right technique. And once you know the right technique, you won’t need to hit the shop to buy ice cream because you’ll become an expert at making it yourself. Try this chocolate oreo ice cream. This is guaranteed to take you to heaven.

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                          13. Grilled Peaches with Sea Salt Bourbon Caramel

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                            This is another homemade recipe with a twist. The ingredients are simple, but the taste is mind-blowing!

                            14. Rhubarb & Hazelnut Crumble Cake

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                              This is an absolute beauty, and a perfect dessert to serve to your guests. Loaded with flavors, and crunchiness from the hazelnuts, this is sure to win your and your guests’ hearts!

                              15. Cherry Berry Pie

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                                The recipe may look a bit complicated, and time consuming, but since the summer holidays are knocking at the door, you can easily attempt to make this while your kids are home. You can play around with the ingredients, and add your favorite fruits as well.

                                16. Banana Pudding Delux

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                                  For all the banana lovers out there, you surely would not want to miss this out! A heavy, filling dessert, this will make you go bananas.

                                  And summer would be incomplete without chilled refreshments! Drinks are a vital part of summer recipes. Here are few for you to try.

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                                  17. Lemon Mint Iced Tea… with Rum

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                                    This is the ultimate summer drink, I believe! The icy-cool tea is enhanced into more freshness with the addition of mint, lemon, and rum. It is a deadly combination, a must try on a hot summer afternoon to quench your soul!

                                    18. Coffee Strawberry Chiller

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                                      A delightful evening refreshment, this beautiful combination of coffee and strawberry will blow your mind away! Yum!

                                      19. June Bug: Orange Grenadine Refresher

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                                        Since June is already here, I think this is an excellent drink for this month. The color of the drink is very summer and inviting. This is one drink you must try for sure!

                                        20. Sparkling Spiced Cranberry Punch with Cranberry Ice Ring

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                                          This punch is sweet, yet refreshing, and is ideal for outdoor picnics, or parties. The ingredients complement each other thoroughly.

                                          With all these summer recipes provided to you now, I hope you will have a fantastic summer, and an equally fantastic vacation. Do try these at home, and enjoy your meals with your friends and family. Happy Summer to you all!

                                          Featured photo credit: Tattooed Matrha via tattooedmartha.com

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                                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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