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.