Chicken with Olives and Peppers

After reading the description of this recipe, we knew it was going to be the perfect dinner to honour my brother. Earlier this month would have been Dan's 42nd birthday. He passed away suddenly in 2012. He is part of the reason why I started Gluten Free Edmonton.

When he passed he left us with a blog full of amazing recipes which we like to pull from to honour his memory. We searched through his Haggis and Herring blog hoping to find this specific recipe which we were not sure existing on his blog.


We only had a memory of an amazing chicken recipe with olives he would make us when we visited him Toronto.  When I read the recipe description, it put us to tears, and we knew it was the recipe we were looking for.
"My Chicken with Olives and Peppers recipe has become a standard for dinner parties and the holidays. I always keep it in my back pocket for occasions when dinner is with a friend or family member who doesn't eat cilantro (one of my favourite flavours for Friday nights)." --Dan
This is exactly when we ate this meal, on a Friday night for shabbat dinner with family and friends.

Dan liked cooking with many flavours, so we knew we were in for a treat.

Check out the Haggis and Herring for the full original recipe, because we halved the recipe and added zucchini.

Ingredients

5 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, sliced (we used a couple handfuls of cherry tomato)
1 large onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 can pitted olives, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (we used parlsey)
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, sliced
to taste salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and cook uncovered for an hour.

Details
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Yield: 10 servings

This lemon olive chicken recipe is delicious and we hope you try it at www.haggisandherring.com.

You won't believe what we found inside this gluten free turkey roast

In the past we've bought Granny's gluten free slow cooker turkey roasts, and have really enjoyed them.  They are marked gluten free and everything!  A while back I picked up another one at Safeway, found in the deli section in the freezer.  Very little shelf space so you have to pay attention closely to the freezer to see them.

Some time after we decided to make it!  So in the morning, I setup the slowcooker, put the turkey in and let it ride.

When Amanda cut into the gluten free turkey roast she was in disbelief when she found stuffing inside!

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She made me recheck the photo, because she thought I picked up the wrong package.  But really, it was gluten free, and it WAS gluten free stuffing inside!  Granny's uses a gluten free corn bread stuffing.  So how bout that?


10 things you didn't know about your friend that has Celiac Disease

1. They do not like being told what they can't eat.  However, they may ask some questions for them to determine what is safe for them to eat


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2. No, they can't "just have that table spoon of flour" used in that sauce

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3. They probably keep a bottle of gluten free soy sauce on them at all times


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4. Yes, they think it is outrageous that they have to pay more for gluten free bread, and no they don't want to make their own gluten free bread, because do you bake your own bread every morning? 

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5. They aren't trying to be annoying at a restaurant, they just want to make sure they don't get sick while enjoying an evening with you

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6. When they ask "can I bring anything?" when invited to your home home, it is most importantly because they are being polite.  It is an added bonus that this will ensure that they have something safe to eat without them imposing on you.

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7. Not being able to eat gluten isn't that tough. But you saying "it must be tough" sure doesn't help

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8. Being told by wait staff "oh, a lot of our gluten free customers eat it and it doesn't bother them", is not the same as being told, the chef will prepare something safe for you.

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9. No, they can't just cheat

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10. If your friend sent you this, they are trying to tell you to stop worrying

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Grain of Rice in West Edmonton

We recently had a stay-cation and tried to eat a few new places to write about.  We managed to find a couple places to try to share with you.

Through recommendation from a friend, we checked out Grain of Rice in the west end on Webber Greens Dr. and Winterburn Rd.  It is an Asian restaurant serving up a variety of tasty dishes.

Their website talks about locally sourcing ingredients and getting back down to the basics.

We shared a couple items on their menu that are marked gluten free.  Be sure to read the menu carefully and ask questions because not all protein options for a menu item are gluten free.  For example we had the vermicelli, but only the pork is gluten free.  We also tried the gai lan with chicken.  That was Amanda's favorite dish, she really loved the gai lan, which is described as a Chinese broccoli.


The vermicelli was just delicious.  Amanda was a bit worried about the pork, because she is not a fan of pork, but loved it.  And the portions were generous.  I love how they cut the pork too.


Finally we shared salad rolls, which were very tasty as well.  They gave us fish sauce, because the regular sauce it comes with is not gluten free.




Grain of Rice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Grilled romaine, where have you been all my life?

I've heard friends talk about grilling their romaine.  I thought they were crazy, but I recently tried it because we had a wilting romaine, and I thought, what the heck?

I googled what to do with the romaine, and I found a recipe I liked.  I sold it to my kids as BBQ'd Cesar Salad.

Ingredients

1 romaine
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Montreal steak spice
2 tbsp parmasean cheese
2 tbsp- 4  tbsp gf croutons (we got our gf croutons during Passover)
2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Cut the romaine in half length wise and flip cut side up
  2. Drizzled olive oil and Montreal steak spice over romaine cut side up
  3. Place on BBQ set to medium heat cut side down for 5 minutes, or until nicely charred. I read that the romaine can handle it.  Some pieces might should crisp up like kale chips, some will wilt, and some will char.
  4. When ready, place cut side up.  Drizzle Parmesan cheese, gf croutons and lemon juice.
Cut and serve! Amanda and I eat a whole half each.  We use a steak knife to cut because the lettuce is wilted and doesn't cut well with anything less.

Blaze Pizza delivers a great ultra thin gluten free crust

We recently tried Blaze Pizza in Edmonton.  We were not sure what to expect as we were not sure what type of pizza place it was.  Is it a Pizza 73 type pizza place with your standards? or is it like a Love Pizza with unique and creative pizza's?  Or was it like a Famoso with tradional stone oven pizzas?  Well I can tell you it is more of a cross between Famoso and Love Pizza.

The Pizza's are one set price with a $4 gluten free charge.

We went to the Brewer District location, which I think is one of the newer locations.  They have some processes in place to help reduce cross contamination.


  1. They change gloves
  2. They have a separate press to press the gluten free pizza crusts
  3. Separate sauce and ladle to use for gluten free crusts
  4. They have an allergen chart in the store
As always be sure to look over the staff that they are following their guidelines.  Staff are not always trained.

All of the toppings are gluten free except for the meatballs.  All the sauces are gluten free, but not all the dressings.  Be sure to check the chart before ordering.  Amanda loves the Q at Love Pizza, so she tried to build a similar pizza at Blaze for comparison.  Their crust was really thin, and the pizza was pretty good!



Blaze Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What is in store for Celiac Awareness Month 2017?

No words needed to explain this post!  Lots going on!  Running an event?  Send me your poster ad to add to this post! info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

Edmonton Gluten Free Festival


Gluten Free Brewmasters Dinner

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Stellas Gluten Free Perogies Contest!

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Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter Events

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Gluten Free Zuchinni Noodles - Using a spiralizer to make gluten free noodles

So last week I decided to do something different with our meal.  We typically have a carb with our meal.  Usually some sort of rice or potato.  If we are having pasta, we usually struggle to get in a veggie.

So I decided to try something different from a spiralizer cook book we borrowed from the library. We made zuchinni noodles!  I knew it was risky with kids, but I know they love the green pea pasta from Costco.  So I thought to try and trick them with another veggie pasta.  


To be kid friendly, I peeled the skin, so the zucchini looked more like a noodle.  Then I used the noodle insert to create long twisty noodles.  I then heated up some oil with garlic and sauteed the noodles for a minute before adding the sauce to cook it more until el dante. I can tell you hiding the fact this was a vegetable did not work as well as the pea pasta, but the kids still liked it.  They knew it wasn't real pasta, but powered through it.  I made sure to have a tasty sauce with it, and served it with a veal parmesan.




Does Subway Subs have a gluten free bun? Yes!

We heard a whisper last week of a Subway Subs in Edmonton serving up a gluten free bun.  Well, when we shared that whisper, it turned into a roar, as people began to report which locations they saw the gluten free buns at.

So, we came to the conclusion that we had to try the gluten free bun at Subway ourselves.



Like every restaurant there is high risk of cross contamination. So we took a few steps, to try and reduce, and they took a few steps to try and reduce the risk of cross contamination.
  • The buns are pre baked offsite, and pre packaged and brought into the store
  • We had them change their gloves and cutting knife.
  • We checked the allergen chart on their website to determine what toppings are gluten free
Tip:
You can always ask if the sandwich maker is able to get veggies from new container that maybe has not been exposed to other ingredients or buns.

So about the bun!  It is $1 extra for a 6" sub, which to me isn't that bad, although we all obviously wish there were no extra surcharges for gluten free right?  We had them microwave the bun instead of toasting the bun.  That got the bun warm and soft.


The bun itself was the perfect thickness and had a nice sweet tone to it. The location we went to at Tera Losa, tried to keep the buns fresh, by dating the bun and putting in the fridge to naturally thaw.  The buns are tossed after a certain date to keep freshness.

We also noticed that have a pre packaged gluten brownie, but Amanda had the gluten free chips. 

When I reached out to Subway Canada on Facebook, they informed me by June 1, 2017 all locations will have the gf bun.  They also let me know of their protocols, see below... so you can help yourself by ensuring they follow!


Subway Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Sensitive Menu at Smitty's in Edmonton

Smitty's in Edmonton is going beyond the Smitty's gluten sensitive menu.  In a recent tweet they let it be known that they have added gluten free dessets from Wow Desserts in Sherwood Park!

Ontop of of that they have gluten free soup and gluten free toast.

Our typical go to breakfast diner is Denny's, but we may now just have to check out Smitty's.  Check out Smitty's gluten sensitive menu and let us know what you think.




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