In the sweltering summer heat, the idea of walking into the kitchen and turning on the stove, let alone the oven, to cook a meal seems intolerable. Thankfully, not every ingredient needs heat. To give you (and your kitchen) a break, here are three pantry staples you can prepare simply by soaking them—no cooking necessary.
Soaking oats overnight softens them and allows them to absorb a lot of extra flavor, all without heat. The base is very simple and the rest is up to you. Start by mixing equal parts by volume of rolled oats and liquid (water, skim milk, nut milk, yogurt, coffee or a combination of these) in a bowl. Then, stir in as much sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave) as you like, along with any toppings you want to add (fruit, nuts, seeds, spices). Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. Test out these overnight oats with honey, almonds and strawberries for a quick and easy breakfast, or spend a few extra minutes prepping this extra-healthy muesli that combines oats with grated apples, flax seeds, goji berries and mint.