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5 no-cook recipes this week

These stuffed tomatoes look elegant, but they’re simple to make. Stir up the shrimp salad with shrimp, celery and mayo, and then hollow out the inside of the tomatoes.
These stuffed tomatoes look elegant, but they’re simple to make. Stir up the shrimp salad with shrimp, celery and mayo, and then hollow out the inside of the tomatoes. iStockphoto

After a long day of work during the summer, sometimes the last thing you want to do is heat up the kitchen and prepare an elegant meal.

That’s where no-cook recipes come in handy. Simple and satisfying, these meals take little preparation, but provide rich, fulfilling dinners during the busy workweek.

This week, try making the meals below and load up on the veggies and fruits that are at their prime right now. We’ve chosen salads, wraps, and even soups that are perfect for enjoying this time of year – all with slimmed down calories.

Take these meals to the beach, on a picnic, or just enjoy them at home after work. These dishes will keep you feeling refreshed on summer evenings:

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  • Monday: Chipotle chicken taco salad 

    Have a fiesta with this lightened up Mexican meal. Forget the enchiladas and nachos, and pack in the protein and fiber with the chicken, avocado and more, all for less than 250 calories!

    Per serving: 249 calories; 8.2g fat, 25.1g carbohydrates, 23.3g protein, 7g fiber

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    Tuesday: Shrimp salad-stuffed tomatoes

    These stuffed tomatoes look elegant, but they’re simple to make. Stir up the shrimp salad with shrimp, celery and mayo, and then hollow out the inside of the tomatoes. Low in calories and fat, this recipe only takes 35 minutes to make.

    Per serving: 192 calories; 6g fat, 12g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 2g fiber

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    Wednesday: Raw cream of spinach soup

    Soup in the summer? You read that right! Avocado, spinach and tomato juice provide many nutrients to this wholesome, chilled soup. It gets its strong flavor from raw garlic, ginger and shallot.

    Per serving: 338 calories; 31g fat, 13g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 4g fiber

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    Thursday: Creamy avocado and white bean wrap

    This tasty vegetarian wrap include white beans, ripe avocado, sharp cheddar, and onion. The spicy slaw adds some crunch to this filling meal, which only takes a quick 25 minutes to make!

    Per serving: 346 calories; 17g fat, 44g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 13g fiber

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    Friday: Turkey Waldorf pockets

    Ready in jut 10 minutes, this recipe incorporates deli turkey, low-fat mayo, plan yogurt and whole-wheat pitas. Grapes also add a sweet, juicy touch to the sandwich.

    Per serving: 410 calories; 8g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 42g protein, 6g fiber

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