Great to see you here again, Tam! I've been wandering in and out recently so I'm sorry I haven't caught up with your thread until now.
The soup recipe Czarina posted is incredibly yum. If you're looking for something to make when it's too hot for cooking soup there's always gazpacho
(a chilled soup that requires no cooking) or rice paper rolls. I love making rice paper rolls when it's too hot to put the stove on. I use a bit of rice vermicelli, but most of the filling is sliced veggies and bean shoots. The only potential fattening thing about them is the sauce you choose to use. You could use a combination of sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and lime juice to cut down on fat. Or just use a low-cal salad dressing.
Here's how I make them:Ingredients
rice paper (can be bought at most supermarkets)Filling
spring onions (green onions in some states, or eschallots), sliced finely
capsicum, red and green, sliced
tofu, marinated and sliced
You can also add a small amount of coriander, thai basil or vietnamese mint. If you can't find them, or don't like them, they're not vital.Dressing
You can use satay, though it's high in fat. Or mix some soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice. A low sodium, low fat option might be to use low-fat salad dressing, but I've never tried it so I can't tell you what it would taste like.Instructions
Put the rice vermicelli in a bowl and cover in boiling water. Leave for five minutes to soften.
Fill a dinner plate with cold to luke-warm water and place a couple of pieces of rice paper in soften (make sure you separate the rice paper and put some water between them or they may stick).
When the rice paper is soft put a piece on a chopping board. Place a small amount of filling inside, like you would with a spring roll, tuck in the sides and roll into a cigar shape. Place on a clean, dry tea towel or kitchen paper to drain. You can either serve them with the dressing as a dipping sauce, or add the dressing while you're making it so the dressing is inside the rice paper roll with the other ingredients (it's a bit less messy to eat this way!)
There are heaps of rice paper roll recipes on the web. Just Google them to see what strikes your fancy.