Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gluten Free Falafel from Today's Parent

Before having kids we never would have thought that a magazine like Today's Parent would have really good recipes.  We always looked online, or food specific magazine.  Well, we've managed to find some gems that are not only tasty but kid friendly, including this falafel recipe with tahini dip.

Ingredients:

  • 1 540 Ml can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp ground corriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (divided)
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs
Tahini Dip
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Put chickpeas, parsley, garlic, egg and spices in the food processor, and pulse until blended
  3. Keep food processor running and pour in the 4 tsp of olive oil
  4. Then stir in bread crumbs
  5. Make into balls (or flats) and place on lined cookie sheet
  6. We like to brush the falafel with oil before putting into the oven
  7. Place into over for 15 minutes then flip for another 15 or toasty on top.
To make tahini dip, just place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

M&M Meat Shop Gluten Free Country Style Chicken

If you haven't shopped at M&M Meat Shop yet, you should.  And if you haven't tried their Country Style Chicken yet, you should.


So does that look good or what?  And guess what it tastes and smells amazing too.  I don't think I ever thought i'd see a main stream brand come out with this style of chicken, and now i've seen two, with M&M and Pinty's (for chicken fingers).  We made these bad boys with some french fries and broccoli to make it a nice homey meal.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Catelli Gluten Free Fusilli Pasta With Feta and Spinach

May is Celiac Awareness Month and Catelli is giving away gluten free pasta for a year! wait what?  Ya!  gluten free pasta for a year!  So what should I do first?  Give you contest details or a great recipe we came up with using their pasta?

Okay okay, I'll give you contest details and hope you stick around for the recipe.  Between May 4 and May 31, 2015 visit the Catelli Facebook Page to post your favourite pasta recipe in their Gluten Free Pastabilities Challenge.  The three people whose recipes get selected and have the highest number of likes on Catelli’s Facebook page will receive a year’s supply of gluten free pasta, courtesy of Catelli. Catelli will post their official rules and regulations when the contest starts.  One more extra bonus, here is coupon to buy some Catelli Gluten Free Pasta.  You're welcome.  Read about Catelli's gluten free pasta at the end of this post.  Did you know their pasta is made in a dedicated gluten free facility and is certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program?

Now for my contribution.  We want to share with you a simple pasta recipe that works great with Catelli's gluten free fusilli.  We don't really have a name for it except for Fusilli Pasta with Feta and Spinach.

Gluten Free Pasta with Feta and Spinach

Ingredients:
  • 1 Box of Catelli's gluten free fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 bag of spinach
  • 5 tbsp of butter (or olive oil to substitute)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
Directions:
  1. Make pasta according to directions in a large pot.  Be sure to salt the water well it really adds good flavour.  Don't add oil to the pasta, because although you may believe it helps the pasta to not stick, it also stops any sauce and flavours from sticking as well.
  2. Drain pasta and add back to pot.  Turn burner to medium or less.
  3. Add butter and garlic and mix in for flavour and allow butter to melt and coat pasta
  4. Add feta and spinach and toss around until spinach turns a nice deep green.  You don't necessarily want to cook down the spinach.  Just make it nice and soft.  It will add volume to your pasta.
Serve in shallow bowls and eat with your favourite gluten free baguette.  Lucky for us in Edmonton, Kinnikinnick Foods has fresh gluten free baguettes available weekly.

About Catelli® Gluten Free pasta
  • Made from a unique four-grain blend of white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa.
  • Available in Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne and Macaroni (photo attached).
  • Delicious taste, smooth texture.
  • Voted the Best New Gluten Free Pasta by Consumers.*
  • Rated extremely high** by consumers in blind taste tests for taste, texture, colour and appearance.
  • Produced in a dedicated gluten free facility.
  • Certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification Program.
  • Made with ingredients that are declared GMO free: white rice flour, brown rice flour, corn flour, quinoa flour, monoglycerides (from vegetable/palm oil).
  •  310 calories, 2 grams of fat per serving (85 g) of pasta.
  •  Low in sodium (0 mg), source of fibre (3 g) per serving (85 g) of pasta.
  •  Cholesterol and preservative free.
  •  Easy to digest, with the great taste and texture of regular pasta.
  •  Available at all major retailers across Canada, in the pasta aisle.
  •  Suggested retail price: $2.99

Friday, May 1, 2015

La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen Celebrates Celiac Awareness Month 2015

La Oliva: Gluten-Free Kitchen is the culmination of a lifelong dream for Edmonton's Alisha Duret.  This May La Oliva: Gluten-Free Kitchen is a new sponsor for our blog.  I was happy to welcome Alisha and her dream aboard as a sponsor because of all the great work she does in Edmonton, including all of the gluten free classes and gluten free pop-up dinners she hosts along with her catering.  Check out La Oliva's event line up for May:

Saturday, May 9th- Gluten free bread making class - 3 hour class- everyone will get to make their own loaf of artisan bread and they will also get to learn how to make wraps, cinnamon buns and english muffins. (SOLD OUT). *More bread making classes will be offered in the Fall.

Sunday, May 10th - Spanish Tapas Dinner- This dinner will include 8 Spanish tapas and 2 desserts, all gluten-free!  For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the link below: Click here to register.

Friday, May 22nd - Date night- Let’s travel to Greece! - This is a unique date night or birthday gift for a friend! Join us in our beautiful commercial kitchen for a 3 hour demonstration style cooking class. You will enjoy four different courses served with wine and will be given the recipes so that you can make the dishes in your own home. Click here for more information or to buy a ticket.

Sunday, June 7th- Gluten-Free Cravings in Sherwood Park (Agora Community Centre)- La Oliva: Gluten-Free Kitchen will have a booth set up at this event and will be sampling some of our baked goods as well as a savoury dish. We will also have breads and pastries for sale.

What else is new? 

La Oliva is also selling several products through SPUD.ca. Click here for a full listing of La Oliva's products on spud.ca.

La Oliva is now selling baked goods through Transcend Coffee and Coffee Bureau. At Transcend, we are offering the following gluten-free treats:

  1. Banana bread (dairy-free, grain-free)
  2. Gladiator cookies (vegan)
  3. Pecan butter tart squares

At Coffee Bureau, we are offering granola bars but will soon have a few more treats to offer.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May is Celiac Awareness Month! Check out 2015 Actvities

May is the biggest month of the year for the gluten free community because it is Celiac Awareness Month.  The Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter is the busiest raising awareness about the disease by visiting various venues across the city to answer questions about Celiac Disease and the gluten free diet.

Check out the flyer below from the Edmonton Chapter to learn more about the festivities around the city.  So if you have questions about Celiac Disease and the gluten free diet, find the volunteers from the Edmonton Chapter at one of thee information tables and have a chat.

You can learn more about Celiac Disease at www.edmontonceliac.ca.


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