Brian and I hosted our first Gluten Free Living: Dinner & Discovery event last night. It was even better than I’d hoped!
We had six guests, old friends and new friends, some totally new to the lifestyle and some who have been living it for a while now. We spent a great evening cooking, eating, chatting and learning. It is so nice to be able to share the excitement and frustration of living Gluten Free with others who are on the same path. We all had tips and questions and ideas to share…. it was wonderful!
We started dinner off with appetizers and sharing our stories about how we had each come to be (or consider becoming) Gluten Free. While everyone was snacking on fresh guacamole and corn tortilla chips Brian demonstrated how to make Avocado Brownies. (MINI Food Processor: Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper …. buy one, you will love it!)
One of the things we want to do with these Dinner & Discovery parties is showcase the products and tools that we’ve found to be really useful for cooking Gluten Free. Remember, we’re not getting most of our food out of a box anymore, we’re making it.
We also want to share the recipes that we KNOW work. When we first went Gluten Free, Brian and I ruined so many recipes because we either didn’t have the right tools (ever try putting one avocado in the full sized food processor?) or we didn’t understand the new foods (hello, coconut flour) that we were working with.
Once the brownies went into the oven, I grabbed the roasted spaghetti squash and demonstrated the way they should look and feel when they are done. I also showed everyone how easy it was to go from squash to spaghetti…. something I hadn’t quite believed would be so easy when I first started making spaghetti squash.
With the demonstrations done, we headed to the dinner table and dug in. Conversations wandered from food to travel and families and back again…. it was wonderful. Good friends and good food…. good for the body and good for the soul.
- Wildtree’s Fresh Guacamole with Corn Tortilla Chips
- Roasted Spaghetti Squash
- Dill-iciois Chicken Bites with Wildtree’s Hearty Spaghetti Sauce
- Avocado Brownies
- 1 large, Ripe Avocado
- ¼ c Butter
- ½ c Honey
- 4 oz Bittersweet Baking Chocolate
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- ¼ c Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 tbsp Vanilla
- 1 tbsp Coconut Flour (sifted)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Fine Sea Salt
- ¼ c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (to sprinkle on top)
Preheat oven to 350°
Cut avocado in half, peel and add to mini food processor. Process until VERY smooth.
Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave or over a double boiler.
In a stand mixer, combine avocado and all remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and whip until very fluffy (3-5 minutes).
Spread batter into greased 8×8 or 9×9 and sprinkle the top with chocolate chips.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Remove when toothpick comes out clean.