4 No-Cook Meal Ideas for Summer

It’s no secret that during the summertime, fresh, healthy meals made at home can sometimes become few and far between. For one, we’re all out and about a lot more than usual, and the idea of being stuck inside cooking isn’t all that appealing. And sometimes, it’s just too hot to have the oven or stove running anyway.

Simple, no-cook meals are perfect for summer, and are the perfect meal to enjoy on your own or with your family during your stay here at InTown Suites. You get the benefits of a delicious, healthy, homemade meal, without the stress, prep, and heat! Give these simple recipes a try:

Delicious Chicken Caesar Wraps.

Shopping List:

  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Grated cheese of choice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Romaine lettuce, washed and shredded
  • Red pepper, washed and diced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Large tortillas
  • 1 Rotisserie chicken
  • Bacon bits 

Directions:

Spread a tablespoon or two of caesar dressing evenly over the tortilla wrap. Dice cubes of white and dark meat from the rotisserie chicken and add on top of the dressing. Shake a few bacon bits on top. Add lettuce, red pepper, olives, salt, pepper, and cheese on top. Roll tortilla and place a toothpick through the center to keep it together. Enjoy!

Good-For-You 3-Bean Salad.

Shopping List:

  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can cut yellow wax beans
  • 1 can cut green beans
  • 1 green pepper, washed and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4c sugar
  • Salt
  • ⅓ c oil
  • ⅔ c vinegar (rice or wine)

Directions:

Drain and rinse all beans, and then place in a mixing bowl with onion and peppers. Gently toss. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well. Pour the dressing over the bean mixture, stirring to coat evenly. For optimal flavor, let the salad marinate in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

Quick & Easy Tacos.

Shopping List:

  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Small tortillas or tacos shells
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Onion, diced
  • Any color pepper, washed and diced
  • Avocado, diced
  • Lettuce, washed and shredded
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can corn

Directions:

Assemble tacos by creating layers on the flat tortilla or in the taco shell. Begin with black beans as the base, and then add corn, peppers, onion, lettuce, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Enjoy!

Tasty Greek Chopped Salad.

Shopping List:

  • 1 cucumber, washed and diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, washed and diced
  • 1 red pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • Feta cheese
  • Olives, sliced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ c oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the last 4 ingredients to form the dressing. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss the vegetables and chickpeas together. Add dressing, tossing to coat evenly. Crumble feta cheese on top. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

Top Attractions in Hampton Roads, VA

With our recent purchase of four new properties in lovely Hampton Roads, Virginia, we really couldn’t think of a better time to showcase some of the great things there are to see and do in the area.

A fantastic waterfront metropolitan, Hampton Roads is known for its shipyards, beaches, its ice-free harbor, and much more. It is also home to well known locales, like Virginia Beach and Norfolk. 

With the beautiful summer weather upon us, now is the time to explore. Discover some of the top attractions and things to do in Hampton Roads!

In Hampton.

- Visit the Bluebird Gap Farm.

An exciting, adventurous, and educational experience perfect for families, the Bluebird Gap Farm offers a 60-acre farm with over 150 domestic and wild animals. Here you’ll find whitetail deer, llamas, peacocks, horses, and goats, as well as a covered pavilion with picnic tables, an antique display barn, and much more!

- Take a Boat Tour.

One of Hampton’s highlights is, of course, the beautiful water that surrounds it. With so many boat and tour operators available, we recommend getting out on the water to experience it first hand!

- Explore the Sandy Bottom Nature Park.

A 456-acre environmental education and wildlife facility, Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a beautiful destination offering a nature center overlooking Sandy Bottom Lake, wetland marshes, and more – all ripe for exploration.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Hampton extended stay property.

In Norfolk.

- Wander Through the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

A beautiful botanical garden and arboretum, the Norfolk Botanical Garden is not to be missed! Explore many acres of gorgeous plants and flowers, including thousands of azaleas, rhododendrons, shrubs, trees, a Japanese garden, desert plants garden, and much more!

- Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art.

The Chrysler Museum of Art offers a collection of works from contemporary times to ancient Egypt. There are always exciting exhibitions in rotation, so be sure to check the schedule before you go!

- Tour the USS Wisconsin.

Berthed at Nauticus, the USS Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or a guided option that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WW II.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Norfolk extended stay property.

Newport News

- Explore the U.S. Army Transportation Museum.

Go back in time with a visit to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, a display of vehicles and other transportation-related equipment and memorabilia. 

- Walk Along the Newport News Park.

One of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi, the Newport News Park is a magnificent 7,711 acre oasis home to an incredible variety of native wildlife found in a natural setting of lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

- Visit the Mariners’ Museum.

One of the largest museums in North America, the Mariners’ Museum is where history comes alive! Explore many displays and exhibitions and get a sense of life at sea, deep sea exploration, and more.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Newport News extended stay property.

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