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Living in Denver during the hot and dry summer months is a lot like living in an oven, so cooking during these months should focus on innovative recipes that don’t add to the heat. Have fun outside this summer, then come home and cool off with one of these delicious, no-oven needed summer bowl recipes.

Acai Bowls

Acai bowls are a great way to have a nutrient-packed meal that works as breakfast but tastes like dessert. The frozen ingredients mean you’ll stay nice and cool, and the protein, fiber, and vitamins in the ingredients will keep you sharp all day long.

–3.5 oz frozen pure acai

–½ cup frozen berries

–1½ banana, separated. Slice the ½ and save for topping

–¼ cup yogurt of your choice–try greek yogurt for a protein boost

–1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

–1 cup granola

–drizzle of agave nectar

In a blender or food processor, combine the acai, berries, whole banana, agave nectar, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Pour half the mixture into a bowl, cover with half of the granola, then cover it with the rest. Top with the other half cup granola and sliced bananas.

Grain bowls (with a twist)

If it’s too hot to boil water for making rice or quinoa, swap the grains for cauliflower. Simply pulse the vegetable in a food processor and voila! You have a delicious, low-calorie, high-fiber “rice” to act as the base for your bowl. The best part about grain bowls is how creative you can get with your toppings. Combine whatever fresh veggies you have and top with tahini, soy sauce, olive oil, Sriracha, or your favorite salad dressing.

–1 head cauliflower, riced

–chopped or sliced vegetables: peppers, cabbage, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli–anything will work!

–protein from chickpeas or edamame

–tahini

–spices, as desired

Scoop the riced cauliflower into the bottom of a bowl. Layer with sliced and chopped vegetables and your protein. Drizzle tahini or the dressing of your choice on top. Enjoy!

Poke bowls

Like grain bowls, poke bowls are taking over the summer food scene…and for good reason! These traditional Hawaiian dishes are packed full of nutritious ingredients that provide you with the opportunity to customize. Use ahifrom your grocery store or fish market, or swap out the fish for this delicious watermelon version.

–1 cup microgreensor sprouts

–½ cucumber, thinly sliced

–¼ cup pickled ginger

–1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

–1 avocado, thinly sliced or cubed

–6 cups cubed watermelon

For the dressing, combine a tablespoon each of peanut oil, minced ginger, and sesame oil. Stir in one tablespoon of minced ginger and one tablespoon of sesame seeds. Add one teaspoon or more of Sriracha, to taste. Start your bowl with the micro greens, then add your vegetables, and top with your protein or watermelon. Pour the sauce over, and stir to combine.

These recipes are endlessly customizable and will keep you cool all summer long–even when you’re outside. Enjoy these meals on your beautiful new balcony in the Denver Tech Cente rat the Flats at VillaRosso. Our one-and-two bedroom condos feature customizable options, and you still have time to choose finishes! To start the process of creating your dream home, contact us now.