08/02/2012 04:02 EDT

Cooking In The Heat: 5 Dishes That Will Cool You Down


Ice cream, ice pops and frozen yogurt are more of the traditional cold treats for the summer. But if you're heading into a heat wave during lunch or dinner, you probably don't want to fill up on any of these.

Anthony "The Big Cheese" Mongiellois, founder of Formaggio Cheese has come up with five easy recipes for cool summer cooking.

And if you're looking forward to another summer long weekend, celebrate Food Day Canada on August 4 by trying one of these dessert recipes.

From mixed bean salads to steak on a bed of mushrooms and spinach, check out Mongiellois's 5 recipes for the summer:

5 Recipes That Will Keep You Cool

Steak And Mushroom Salad:


1lb - Steak - your choice or leftover

2 Boxes - Sliced White Mushrooms

Balsamic Vinegar

Pre-Minced Garlic

1 stick - Salted Butter

1 cup - Crumbled Bleu Cheese

2 Heads - Romaine Lettuce

1 medium - Red Onion


In a sauté pan melt one stick of butter, add two boxes of mushrooms sliced. The n add pre-minced garlic cook until mushrooms are softened. Turn off heat and add balsamic vinegar to taste.

In a large bowl add romaine lettuce, sliced steak, sliced red onions and crumbled bleu cheese. Then combine dressing and salad. Toss and serve. Serves 4

Cool Spinach Salad:


1LB Bacon

2.5 LB of Pre-Washed Baby Spinach

Pre-Minced Garlic

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup Deli Mustard


Cut bacon into half-inch pieces and cook until crispy. Add garlic to the pan in the last few minutes before bacon is done. Then add balsamic vinegar and mustard and heat back up to temperature. Place spinach in a stainless steel bowl big enough to fit the frying pan. Immediately pour pan contents over spinach leaves and cover using upside-down frying pan for five minutes and serve. Serves 4.

Kielbasa Kabobs:


2LB 26/30 shrimp, peeled and de-veined (cleaned with no tails)

1LB pkg Kielbasa

Bottled Italian Dressing

Wooden Skewers


Use two wooden skewers for each kabob instead of one. This helps with turning without spinning. Alternate shrimp and kielbasa until skewer is full. Place skewers on a flat pan and cover with Italian dressing. Allow to marinate for no longer than one hour. Grill until shrimp turns pink and eat.

Cool Bean Salad:


Can of String Beans

Can of Red Kidney Beans

Can of Chick Peas

Can of Whole Black Olives

Bottle - Balsamic Vinaigrette


Open cans and drain into colander to strain. Rinse with cool water and allow to drain. Add to bowl. Add balsamic dressing, cool and serve. Serves 4.

Cool Caprese Pasta Salad:


Mozzarella balls.

1LB Pasta

1 pint Grape Tomatoes

Fresh Basil


Cook pasta until al dente and allow to fully cool. Add fresh mozzarella dn all the contents of the container. Add grape tomatoes fresh basil, toss, chill and serve. Serves 4.