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Dinners ideas to keep you cool

No need to sweat over a hot stove this summer. Check out these dishes designed to cool you off.

You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot. With temperatures reaching well into the 90s every day – even 100s — Central Texas is definitely feeling the heat.

So who wants to heat up the house making dinner?

Check out these dishes designed to keep you cool when it’s hot outside.

Gazpacho

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Gazpacho is a vegetable soup designed to be served cold. Gazpacho originates from the southern part of Andalucía. It’s a common dish in Spanish cuisine, and recipes can vary greatly by region and family.

Many recipes include tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt.

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Cold Noodles

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If you want to expand your palette, Korean cuisine includes a number of traditional cold noodle soups. Soups are a common part of Korean meals, and cold soups are eaten during the summer to help keep diners cool.

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Lettuce wraps

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Lettuce can be crisp and refreshing, and it’s also healthy!

Anything you can put in a sandwich can go in a lettuce wrap, but why limit yourself? You can fill lettuce with cold chicken salad or fajita vegetables – the possibilities are nearly endless.

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Spicy Foods

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Have you ever noticed that many cuisines from hot weather regions include a lot of spicy foods? Spicy food can make you sweat more, and perspiration is how your body cools itself.

Plus, eating spicy food might also make you reach for water, which cools off your entire body.

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Salads

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Salads can play more than a supporting role at dinner – they can also be the main course. Cool vegetables are a great way to keep cool, and you’ll also be getting extra fiber and vitamins.

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