Monday, February 18, 2008

Gluten-Free Feast

A little while back we hosted a dinner party at our place. One of the guests is allergic to gluten. Always up for a culinary challenge I decided that the entire meal would gluten-free. I looked to successful blogger Gluten-Free Girl for recipes, did some internet research and found that cooking with these restrictions is remarkably easy. It's similar to eating Atkin's diet-style, except you can have rice, beans and corn so it's actually a lot tastier. On the menu:
  • black bean soup with cilantro and sour cream (sautée 1 onion in olive oil, add 2 cans of beans, the juice of one lime and simmer for 20 min.)
  • polenta topped with sauteed mushrooms
  • roasted butternut squash, above, (brush with olive oil and season with nutmeg, garlic powder and sea salt)
  • spinach quiche (1 pound chopped spinach, 1 onion chopped, 1 container ricotta, 2 eggs. Mix and bake for 40 min. at 350 degrees.)
  • roasted salmon (lemon juice and butter)
  • green salad
  • Japanese rice crackers and hummus
And for dessert, these incredibly simple peanut butter cookies and fresh fruit.


Restaurant Gal said...

Thanks to Your Evening Sift, I just found your site. As a gal with a gluten and soy allergy, I am thrilled to see what's cooking at your place!

C.L.J. said...

You're a good friend, to prepare a GF feast like this. A you've discovered, it's not really a hardship to find and prepare a magnificent GF meal. And it appears you did it without having to resort to a trip to Whole Foods.


sara said...

RG and CLJ - thanks for stopping by. Yes, it was surprisingly easy. It also felt a lot healthier - with fresh vegetables and protein and less starchy stuff.