Who loves Chachi's?

Holly shared us a review for Chachi's gluten free sandwiches!

Hi! Just wondering if you've had a sandwich at Chiachi's yet (in West Edmonton Mall and South Edmonton Common). I just ate there and it was really good - they even changed gloves and utensils for me. The gluten free bread didn't fall apart and it was nice to have a place to eat at the mall again since the Press'd in West Edmonton Mall closed.

All the gluten free sandwiches are listed on their website, and there's a pretty good selection. I tried the Clubbin and I actually enjoyed it more than Press'd, the garlic mayo was delicious!

Check out their sandwich menu.  Gluten free sandwiches are marked with GF.

Chachi's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Treats for this years Halloween 2017

It is certainly hard to find gluten free treats to give out for Halloween.  You usually just read labels and look for no gluten ingredients, or no may contains.  But not many halloween treats are labelled gluten free.

I'm going to start a list here, and I encourage you to email me a photo at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com of any other Halloween treats you find labelled gluten free.

Enjoy Life - gluten free chocolate crunch - Also nut free!
Should be found at Safeway, Sobey's and Superstore

YumEarth - gluten free gummy candy - Also nut free!
Found at Winners

Sunkist Fruit Snacks - Also nut free
Found at most stores
Suggested by Sharleen!

Tootsie products - including tootsie roll
Found at most stores

Read Tootsie's FAQ which has a gluten free statement.  And then check out all the gluten free candies they have!

Found all over

Check out Rockets gluten free statement.

Can you put gluten free pasta in an Instant Pot?

The quick answer is heck ya!

Amanda couldn't believe it when she made this gluten free pasta dish in the Instant Pot.  While I was away on business, Amanda just wanted something easy to make that our kids will enjoy.  She took a risk and decided to google making pasta in the instant pot.  There are certainly varying opinions on cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, let alone gluten free pasta.  But for us, it worked.  We probably wouldn't make gluten free spaghetti in it, but this gluten free penne just works perfectly.

The dish took about 15 minutes to make.  The instant pot heats up so fast in saute mode that the meat browns so fast.  Once that is done, it just takes 4 minutes to cook after the Instant Pot gets up to pressure.  Check out the recipe below.

This recipe was adapted from the The Holy Mess.

1 pound ground beef or sausage
8 oz (half box) gluten free penne (we used the pasta from Costco)
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¾ spaghetti sauce jar of water

  1. Click the "saute" button on Instant Pot and cook ground beef until brown, about 5-8 minutes. It does have have to fully cook through.
  2. Turn machine off.
  3. If desired, drain fat. (The more fat your drain, of course the healthier. A little bit of fat keeps pasta from sticking together.)
  4. Add 1 jar spaghetti sauce.
  5. Add ¾ jar full of water.
  6. Add pasta. Do not mix, but gentle push pasta into liquid and move around a bit to prevent sticking.
  7. Turn Instant Pot to "Manual" and set for 4 minutes.  Be sure to close the valve.
  8. Use quick release.  Mix and serve.

Poke is all the trend! Splash Poke has Gluten Free Options

This is a guest blog post from Geneviev

Friends and I had a quick lunch at Splash Poke on 109 St & Jasper Ave. They label their sauces for gluten free on the menu board. They mix it fresh, one portion at a time in front of you. Rice & vermicelli noodles for base are gluten free. The raw fish is unseasoned until you pick your sauce. They have cooked chicken, but it's pre-marinated and I didn't ask about it as I went with salmon & tuna. They have fried toppings that aren't gluten free so I stuck to sesame seeds and veggie options.

Splash Poke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Good for a gluten free laugh on a chilly fall day

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Gluten Free Sheet Pancakes Adapted from Tasty Junior

I totally got this idea from BuzzFeeds Tasty Junior, so nothing original here!  But I wanted to say I was able to successfully adapt it for gluten free.

Quite frankly, although I used the gluten free Kinnikinnick Pancake mix, you can probably follow their recipe and do a 1 for 1 substitute.

So for directions, if you are using the Kinnikinnick Pancake mix, just follow their directions.  You may need to make 3 to 4 batches to fill up the tray.  I added 1/2 tsp of baking soda to each batch to create some more fluff.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the batter across.  Then get creative with your toppings!

The picture below from top to bottom is:

  • Alternating strawberry slices and cream cheese scoops taken directly from the Tasty Junior recipe (link at top of page)
  • Alternating Banana and peanut butter (we used sun butter) and put one chocolate chip ontop of the peanut scoop.
  • Sprinkles!
  • Chocolate chips and cinnamon.

The website says bake for 15 minutes at 425, but that was really too much.  It dried out the pancake a little more than I liked.  So I would maybe do 400 for 10 minutes and just check from there.

Cut into squares and serve!

The Melting Pot is very fond-ue of gluten free

Amanda and I recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.  We have been wanting to try The Melting Pot Edmonton for a while but they are always booked!  But this time, I managed to snag a reservation two weeks out!

When booking my reservation, I made sure to note a gluten free meal, so when we arrived at our table, the server was already on the ball, and knew we were having a gluten free meal and went over the menu with us, which was basically open except a few things. So I won't really go over all that here, but I want to give a few tips.
  1. Like any restaurant, cross contamination is an issue.  Know that when you eat with a group, it is better that the whole group eats gluten free so the fondue pot is not being contaminated.  This includes sauces etc.
  2. Go over the menu with the server, so you know what is, and what is not gluten free.  They will be happy to help.
  3. Don't look so shocked when they bring you a plate of gluten free brownies and cake for dipping!  Scroll right to the bottom for lots of yum!

Above, we chose the spinach and artichoke appetizer.  The wait staff prepped the fondue in front of us with some veggie broth, cheese, artichoke hearts and spinach.  It was served with gluten free bread, veggies and apple for dipping.

Next course was salad.  Above is the wedge salad with ranch, bacon, Gorgonzola and slices of tomato.  Below is their house salad with a mustard dressing with egg and tomato.

For the main course we decided to order our own plates and share.  Above is the surf and turf and below is the traditional.  There were a couple items that were not gluten free, so they just swapped out to any protein of our choosing.  Yum yum yum yum.  I forgot to take a picture of the broth we cooked this in.  The waitress gave us the cooking times.

Below is all the sauces they gave us (minus two that were not gluten free).  I can't remember all of them, but I remember a few being a currie, a blue cheese, and a sweet and sour.

Now for the star!  Dessert!  OMG!  We ordered the original with chocolate and peanut butter.  They served it with to slices of gluten free cake and a piece of gluten free brownie!  yum yum yum yum!  It was also served with pineapple, banana, strawberry and marshmallow.  Personally, the marshmallow was my favourite to dip!

So basically, you should eat here!
  The Melting Pot Edmonton Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

5 things you should know about gluten free labeling laws in Canada

1. To be labelled or marketed as gluten free, products levels of gluten protein need to be below 20 ppm

"Health Canada considers that levels of gluten protein below 20 ppm generally do not represent health risks to consumers with celiac disease."

2. A product DOES NOT have to be made in a dedicated gluten free facility to meet the gluten free label requirements

"There are no regulatory requirements prescribing that dedicated facilities must be used in the production of gluten-free foods. Regulated parties are responsible for ensuring that sufficient processing controls are in place to consistently produce gluten-free foods that meet all regulatory requirements."

3. Health Canada allows oats to be labelled gluten free as long as they meet the standard requirements

"Health Canada has published a position indicating that the majority of people with celiac disease can tolerate uncontaminated oats, which are oats that have been specially produced to ensure they do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains."

4. No low gluten or reduced gluten claims are permitted.

"Low gluten" or "reduced gluten" claims are not acceptable in Canada.."

5. Gluten free beer claims are allowed with gluten free grains, but not with a non gf grain.

"Health Canada and the CFIA do not object to the use of a "gluten free" claim on a beer-like product derived from a non-gluten grain if it meets the requirements outlined for "gluten free" claims"

Read Health Canada's gluten-free claims section of their website.

Have any questions or concerns, reach out to your local Health Canada office responsible for labeling.  Click here for contacts.

Gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina

This is totally a guest blog post from Kevin! Thanks for sharing!

I just wanted to make you aware of the gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina. My girlfriend is recently gluten sensitive and we've had trouble finding a pizza place that has good gluten free crust. Vaticano's GF pizza crust is incredible, and as someone who doesn't have to eat GF, I really do enjoy their GF crust.

gluten-free carbonara
Thank you for sharing Kevin!

Message us on facebook or email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com if you want to hare a guest blog post.

Vaticano Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In a hurry gluten free scallop potato

Scallop potato is a delicious dish.  Especially if you like creamy cheesiness!

Unfortunately it takes forever to bake a scallop potato.  We should know, we've practically starved our kids waiting for the potatoes to cook on several occasions.

We were in a pinch the other day, and wanted potato, but we had had enough roasted potato for the week and wanted something different, but we couldn't wait an hour.

Amanda went searching the web and found a recipe from Taste of Home to make a scallop potato in the microwave in in a bout 25 minutes.  Yes that sounds crazy, running the microwave for 25 minutes straight.  But don't worry, you run it for 8 minutes at a time, so your potatoes won't become radioactive killer potatoes.

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour (we use Kinnikinnick)
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (we used a mandolin on the thinnest setting)
1/4 cup chopped onion


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in gluten free flour, salt and pepper until smooth. 
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. 
  3. Stir in cheese until melted. 
  4. In a 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray, layer a third of the potatoes, onion and cheese sauce. 
  5. Repeat the layers twice. 
  6. Cover and microwave on high for 25-30 minutes, (8 minute intervals) until the potatoes are tender.  You may have to mix the sauce or potato around a bit.