Deviled Eggs: I like to take chicken salad on a picnic, but my mother liked to take fried chicken. To accompany the chicken, she always took a batch of deviled eggs. They're better made the day before so you can pack and go the day of the picnic. Make sure to leave them in the cooler until you're ready to eat.
Fruit Salad: My grandmother made this simple salad -- apples, bananas, crushed pineapple and orange juice -- for my mom and her siblings; my mom made it for her kids and now I make it for my family. It's ideal for a picnic because it doesn't contain mayonnaise, sour cream or Cool Whip. Serve it straight from the cooler as a refreshing fruit salad or as dessert.
Fruit Tea: Soft drinks and Kool-Aid might be easy to pack for a picnic, but they're not as refreshing as an ice cold glass of fruit tea. This dressed up sweet tea uses lemon juice, pineapple juice and, the secret ingredient, ginger ale!
Sauteed Pork Chops: You won't heat up the kitchen when you cook these pork chops. They cook in just 11 minutes! The only thing you need other than the ingredients is a skillet with a lid.
Hamburger Macaroni Casserole: A reader once described this dish as homemade Hamburger Helper, but better. The macaroni doesn't even have to be cooked separately. Everything is cooked in the same pan and, from start to finish, takes less than 45 minutes to cook.
Broccoli with Lemon: This recipe starts with fresh steamed broccoli. If you don't have time to steam the broccoli, microwave a package of fresh broccoli florets that's sold in a microwave-safe bag. You can mix up the rest of the ingredients while the broccoli is in the microwave.
Potato Salad: You might not think of this dish as quick, but it can be when you don't have to peel, cut and boil potatoes. Ore-Ida Steam 'n Mash cut Russet potatoes -- which cook in only 10 minutes in the microwave -- can be substituted for fresh potatoes. No one will ever taste the difference.
Check back next week for this series finale: foods that won't heat up the kitchen.