Gluten Free Brown Butter Pasta

This is a really easy and tasty recipe to try out.  We were in a crunch to come up with dinner on a Saturday evening as other dinner plans fell through.  So Amanda tore through her Pinterest ideas that she saved and we adapted a really tasty pasta dinner using Great Value Gluten Free Penne and Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Panko Bread Crumbs.

Ingredients:

1 box of your favourite gluten free penne (we used Great Value from wal-mart)
1 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs (we use Kinnikinnick)
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 cup cooked protein (we used shrimp)
1 stick of butter

Directions:

  1. Brown or toast breadcrumbs in pan
  2. Cook pasta to direction of packaging
  3. Meanwhile, brown stick of butter but placing in hot pan, and reducing until golden brown.
  4. When pasta is read, toss with butter
  5. Then toss with grated cheese
  6. Then toss with gluten free breadcrumbs.
Serve and enjoy.  Add or remove amounts of breadcrumbs, cheese and brown butter to taste.



Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

I just made a gluten free green bean casserole and loved it!  This dish was a staple in my house growing up.  We loved it using the French's crispy onion.  Unfortunately the onion is not gluten free, so I thought to try this on my own from scratch.

First thing is first, get your gluten free Aylmer cream of  mushroom soup!  Found at most grocery stores including Wal-mart and Safeway.  If you have seen other gluten free mushroom soups, let me know!


This is what makes the recipe easy.  Simply mix a can of mushroom soup (don't add water) with green beans and top with Kinnikinnick gluten free bread crumbs and bake in oven at 350 for 20 minutes!


OR!

Make your own onion topper!  I sliced some onion and pan fried them with some vegetable oil until soft.  Added 3 table spoons of the bread crumbs and mixed and browned for texture.


Top on grean beans and enjoy!


Gluten Free Falafel using GoGo Quinoa Amaranth Flakes

A while ago I bought GoGo Quinoa's Amaranth Flakes at Winners.  To be honest, I don't know what it is exactly, but I know it is gluten free and it looks like something you can use multiple ways.  Amaranth is a high source of fibre and iron.  Check out the wikipedia explanation!

The box has a recipe for falafel, and I love falafel.  So I was excited to try this recipe as we already have a great recipe for a baked falafel from Today;s Parent.  I thought to share this one to compare.


This is what amaranth flakes look like


Ingredients:

1/3 Cup amaranth flakes
540 ml canned chickpeas
1 cup parsley
1 cup cilantro (I omitted out of preference)
4 garlic cloves
1 medium minced onion
1.5 tsp cumin
1.5 tsp paprika
1/4 cayenne pepper (I omitted out of preference)
4-6 tbsp of gluten free flour (We always use Kinnikinnick)

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients (we used a food processor) 

2. Form balls
3. Cook with some oil in a non stick pan, while flattening them out a bit.

Enjoy with some tahini sauce! (just add 2 part tahini, 1 part water, half part lemon juice and garlic powder paprika to taste)


Gluten Free Tip for Meeting Planners and Travelers on WestJet

I don't know how long this option will last, but WestJet is certainly onto something.

WestJet carries a gluten free snack box for travelers!

And it is only 8 bucks!

And comes with lots of goodies!


So where is the tip in this for travelers?  Fly WestJet!

I was going to a meeting, and I bought one for off the plane to see what it looked like when you opened it.  My intent was to bring it home for Amanda.  However my colleague that is Celiac was delighted I walked into the meeting with a gluten free snack box, since the hotel really didn't supply much in the way of a gluten free snack, except for a seran wrap of cut up fruits and or veggies.  Look at how happy Jan was when I handed it to her!

And the tip for Meeting Planners and Caterers?

This is so easy to put together and have on hand.  Look how happy my colleague was when I gave her the snack box.  Do you know how happy you can make your customers with Celiac Disease if they walked into a catered meeting, and was handed a gluten free snack box like this?  They will be walking away so happy telling everyone to book your venue, catering company or planner!

For smaller shops,  lots of the items here have a long shelf life.  Lots of great gluten free snack size items can easily be found at Costco.  A snack size veggie chip, a snack size Made Good Bar, etc.

Tips Caterers Serving Gluten Free Foods

I took a week long course recently that was held in the conference rooms MacEwan University.  It was a wonder space in their new Allard Hall building.  Bright colours, open space, you can see the students walking around with their creative juices, singing their scales, practicing their instruments and reading their poetry.

But really, this is about the catering there.  Not about what they served, but how they served it.  I am not going to comment on the food, selection, because they only served snacks for this course.  We were on our own for meals.

But what caught my attention is what every caterer should do.  Not just for gluten free, but for all allergens, like MacEwan University did.

See below:


This is the simplest way to remove confusion about what is being served.

  1. Colour code alergens with a legend
  2. Have the obvious disclaimer about cross contamination
  3. Place cards in front of each item being served with properly allergy markers.
Simple, easy to follow, and easy to understand.

The other tip to go with this is:
  • Keep allergens as separate as possible
  • Wrap items with nut or with gluten separately when possible
  • Ensure enough serving utensils are available to avoid people using one to pick up several items from different trays
Tip for someone attending an event that is going to be catered:
  1. Call ahead and speak to the catering manager.
  2. Allow them proper time to prepare you a meal that is going to meet your needs
  3. Ask what they will serve, ask about any procedures they have to reduce cross contamination 
  4. At the event, speak with staff or even better speak to the catering manager and confirm your conversation