The only tip you need to serve safe gluten free dips

On a recent trip to Toronto we went to our favorite Mediterranean restaurants to have some delicious food.  When we ordered our apps,we found one of the greatest tips you need to serve safe gluten free dips.

At Me Va Me, they offer serving a large plate of crisp romaine lettuce leaves instead of pita and did not charge any extra because it was just lettuce.

So why is this the only tip you need?

  • No cross contamination if everyone is sharing
  • Most restaurants DO carry romaine, while not all carry a gluten free bread, let a lone a gluten free pita. 
  • The romaine lettuce leaves were perfect for scooping and eating
  • We didn't get filled up on carb loaded pita, and got to enjoy the delicous taste of the dips.
  • Finally, lets face it, the lettuce or pita is just a vessel for getting the dip to your mouth because spooning baba ghanouj directly into your mouth is apparently not appropriate (so I've been told) :-(



This is me scooping loads of dip into a big crisp piece of romaine lettuce.  It was delicious and worked so well!

So for any restaurant owner or chef reading this!  Offer some crisp romaine with your dips instead of pita for those that can't digest gluten!  For anyone eating a restaurant that wants some apps and something to dip with, ask for a plate of crisp romaine instead of bread.

Gluten Free Spring Rolls and more at Lan's Asian Grill

Lets start off by saying AMAZING.


Enough said right?  That is an order of gluten free spring rolls, which they are happy to substitute on an order of any of their marked gluten free menu items.


Check out their menu, lots of gluten free options, from Appetizers, to noodles, to their soups and stews.  All gluten free items are marked with GF.


On top of an order of gluten free spring rolls, Amanda ordered the yellow curry gluten free chicken.  It comes with a very tasty broth and a side of rice.  It had an amazing sweet tone, with a nice kick at the end.  Be sure you like some spice if you try this out.

The spring rolls came with some nice crisp lettuce leafs, and a fish sauce with sriracha and pickled carrots.  It went great with both the spring rolls and the lettuce.  I should know, because I stole some off of Amanda's plate.

Also note, that in general they seem great on allergies.  Our daughter has a nut allergy, and she was fine with no rashes by the end.  They made sure my noodle bowl was not garnished with nuts etc.  


  Lan's Asian Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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)