Most of the U.S. is smack in the middle of a brutal heatwave this week. It’s so hot you could fry a slab of tofu on sidewalk, if you were into that type of thing. With temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s, most people aren’t very eager to spend time in the kitchen cooking over a hot stove. Luckily, Amber Shea Crawley‘s cookbooks Practically Raw and Practically Raw Desserts are full of delicious, easy-to-make recipes that don’t require heat to prepare.

In the mood for pasta for dinner? How about Spaghetti alla Marinara from Practically Raw, made with zucchini “noodles’ and fresh tomatoes. Or how about some Almond Butter Sesame Noodles made with no-cook kelp noodles?

Is it taco night? Try Practically Raw’s Fiesta Taco Roll-Ups, which are made with nut meat, non-dairy cheese and lettuce leaves.

Would you rather have pizza? Practically Raw has you covered there too, with recipes for both Primavera Pesto Pizza and Italian Sausage Pizza.

Ready for dessert? Practically Raw Desserts is packed with tons of no-bake sweet treats. How about some Pecan Chai Bars, which can be enjoyed straight from the freezer? Or Amber’s Famous Five-Minute Blondies II, which come together quickly and just need a little time to chill in the freezer before they’re ready to eat.

Would rather have pie? Practically Raw Desserts has many recipes for no-bake pies and tarts, including Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart with Macaroon Crust, Coco-Nana Cream Pie and the refreshing Summer Fruit Pizza.

If it’s a cold treat you’re looking for, try Amber’s Creat-Your-Own Ice Cream, made using cashews, non-dairy milk and your choice of flavor options.

Practically Raw and Practically Raw Desserts are both available in softcover, as well as digitally for Nook and Kindle so you can take them with you on your summer vacation.


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