Two weeks ago we turned the AC on in our house – we hadn’t used it much at all since late November – and we discovered that some time in the last month or so, our unit had met an untimely death. Being an extremely hot natured person, I can deal with not having heat a lot easier than I can handle not having AC.
I know. You’re probably wondering why it’s a problem to not have AC in February. We had a couple “cold” days with nights in the 40’s, but the past week was in the high 70’s -reaching record highs for this time of year. Our thermostat is usually set on 68, making it pretty hard to get our very first world spoiled bodies to sleep at 76 degrees! Paul always says it’s a good thing I wasn’t a pioneer. He’s SO right. LOL.
From the initial HVAC house call to the time our new unit will be up and running will be about three weeks. I’ve been pretty creative with making meals that don’t cause the house to get any hotter than it has to be. I know I’m not the only person who will experience a broken air conditioner this year – so I thought I’d share my menu with you! It’s stressful enough to have the expense of replacing your whole heating and air system – so why add the extra expense of eating out all the time?
If you found this post because you googled “what to eat when the AC is broken,” you have my most sincere sympathy! 🙂
- Guilt Free Iced Coffee (instead of making a batch of cold brew, I just took my coffee to work and drank it in my cool office)
- Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Brown Rice
- Chopped Veggie Salads and Sweet Peppers with Hummus
- Chicken Salad – cook the chicken in the slow cooker or use a rotisserie chicken
- Club Sandwiches/Pickles/Fresh Fruit
- Chicken Sausage Skillet/Brown Rice (I keep cooked rice in the freezer, or use the microwaveable cups)
- Soft Tacos/Salad/Chips and Salsa
- Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes (you don’t have to brown the meat for this recipe!)/Steamed Broccoli
- BBQ Chicken Legs in the slow cooker/Tossed Salad/Steamable Veggies
- Chicken Sausage Dogs/Fresh Fruit
- Chick Fil A – because why not. 🙂
As you can see, the slow cooker and the microwave are your best friends!
I’m so thankful that our air died early in the year and not in August! We have ceiling fans in every room, a box fan and several little fans (I told you, I’m hot natured! 🙂 ), so it really hasn’t been too bad. Keeping the kitchen cool has been a big help, especially since I tend to get hot when I cook. I hope wherever you are, you’re cool and comfortable today! 🙂