Without a doubt, humanity advanced leaps and bounds once it became clear that cooking over fire equaled better food. But sometimes, it’s just too hot or the day’s too long to even consider turning on an oven or stove. Luckily, plenty of recipes require no heat (or very, very little) and are just as flavorful and satisfying as their cooked counterparts. Here are 14 spectacular meals for those days when cooking just isn’t on the menu.
Every kitchen should be stocked with at least a few cans of chickpeas. Not only are chickpeas filling, but they can go straight into whatever dish you’re preparing without any cooking. This new recipe from Kay Chun calls for mashing and mixing them with a tangy lemon-tahini dressing, with scallions and celery for crunch. Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano adds a touch of umami. It’s up to you whether you eat it straight out of the