Thursday, June 26, 2008

June 26th - "Too Hot to Eat" Pasta

I don't know about most families, but in our house it becomes nearly impossible to find anything that people want to eat when summer finally arrives. It's too hot to run the stove or oven, and all anyone really wants to do is sit around & sip at iced tea.

One thing I HAVE been able to feed the kids on these hot, sticky days is cold pasta salads. This is one of their favorite versions. (note: cook the pasta the night before, or first thing in the morning to conserve air-conditioning)

Todays lunch is quinoa pasta spirals with green onions, black olives, cherry tomatoes & diced cucumbers tossed with just enough cucumber ranch dressing to coat the pasta. On the side are the last of this seasons' bing cherries, a small plum... and GLUTEN FREE "Oreo" COOKIES!!!

For anyone else who happens to be gluten-free and has a little one that is pining for Oreos, these really do taste similar! The "cream center" is a dairy-free glaze-like paste, but the cookies themselves are actually rather good, and are enhanced by dunking in a cup of milk. I tried a few too, and they were surprisingly tasty as a rare treat dunked in my soymilk. It's not exactly the dessert of a refined connoisseur, but for a kid who's craving sweets it made a nice easy no-bake treat.

May 12th - Happy Mother's Day

Oh my, look what I found! I had completely forgotten about this meal until I went to post today's lunch.

For Mother's Day this year, we had a wonderful salad with plenty of dried cranberries, feta cheese & calamata olives, and hot dogs (for the kids) or portabella mushroom caps (for DH & me) along with Mandarin oranges. There was enough left over that we decided to have the same thing for lunch the next day!

We discovered on this day that my son (who has previously informed us that mushrooms were "evil" and to be avoided at all costs) LOVES grilled mushrooms! He ate nearly 6 ounces!!!