Hot kitchen

Summer is always challenging for me because any amount of cooking heats up my kitchen (and the whole dang apartment) so much. Once I start cooking dinner, I turn on the A/C full blast and pour myself a nice tall glass of iced water in preparation for the heat wave.

Last night I didn’t want to even turn on the stove, so I came up with this little dinner. Remember Seven-Layer Dip? That ever-present potluck dish that you always loved but never made at home? I made it. For dinner. And it was perfect. I’ve seen lots of other options for the layers, including sliced black olives (ew), sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Here are my lovely layers.

Seven-Layer Dip

  • 1 can vegetarian fat-free refried beans
  • 1/2 cup grated Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, minced

Spread half the beans on each of two small plates (a salad plate would work nicely). Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until warm. Sprinkle each plate with the remaining ingredients, and serve with your favorite tortilla chips (which, of course, are El Milagro brand, made right here in Austin, right?).

Makes 2 servings as an entree.

7 responses to “Hot kitchen”

  1. THAT’S IT!

    dinner tonight!


  2. WOW! That makes me so hungry! It really looks very good. love you

  3. yummy…think i’m gonna make this too! Love your latest posts and we got a “wallet” in common. I just haven’t posted mine yet, it’s for a swap. Speaking of..when shall we have ours again?! Hope you guys are doing well. We’ve been swimming a bunch, Solan is so into the water, maybe you can join us soon!

  4. it’s only missing a big mason jar of iced sweet tea to round out a hot summer’s meal!

  5. Love your rendition. . . beats mine to death. . . will give it a try this weekend. I am going to have to try your corn chips too. Hope I can get them here without having to drive to your neck of the woods.

  6. Hooray for easy dips! 🙂 Glad to have given you guys an easy peasy dinner idea…

  7. Sounds like a delish solution for the heat. I’ll have to stock up on the ingredients.

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