Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nature's Emporium in Toronto (Vaughan, ON)

During a recent trip to visit family in the Greater Toronto Area we visited a new store called Nature's Emporium that opened up near my parents place in Vaughan.

The store is on Major Mac Dr just East of Jane Street located in what used to be a Price Choppers grovery story, so this is actually a big location.  As you can imagine, Nature's Emporium caters to the health and wellness crowd and offers a variety of products catering to many diets including organic, vegan and gluten free.

My mom often spoke about the place, and kept on telling me I needed to check it out when I came into town so we can pick stuff up for Amanda when we come into town.  She was certain they would have a lot to offer, and they did!

What I love about Nature's Emporium is the labeling on the shelves.  Very big, bold and clear.  They also have gluten free offerings in their fresh food section.  Which is great.  Even though the foods are prepared in the same kitchen as everything else, it was great to see offerings like gluten free crab cakes made fresh and ready to eat!  We went back twice to buy them because they were so good and not expensive.  We bought 3 for around $4 where we bought 2 frozen ones at Co-op here for $10!

gluten free crab cakes that were so tasty

We were so caught up in the crab cakes we didn't
even try these

Great labeling!

Lots of fresh gluten free breads from various bakers

Great signage and lots of selection

Mmm me love gluten free cookies!

Check this out if you are in need of some gluten free shopping during your next trip to Toronto.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gluten Free Coconut Crusted Salmon with Mango Salsa

I don't know how many people actually look at grocery store magazines, but you should if you are looking for something different to eat.  Amanda often opens the magazines or reads recipes in flyers, or even sometimes industry magazines like for dairy farmers.  We have found some great recipes in the past.  Most recently Amanda found this Coconut Crusted Salmon with Tropical Salad recipe in a Sobey's magazine.

Amanda modified their recipe to be a Coconut Crusted Salmon with Mango Salsa.

You would think this recipe was very sweet but it was a perfect combination of sweet and savoury between the crust with cumin, salt and pepper mixed in with the coconut and the salsa combined with wine vinegar and salt to cut the sweetness.

  • 4 salmon fillet portions (Approx. 5 oz, 150g each)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin1 mL
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper1 mL
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose gluten free flour15 mL (We use Kinnikinnick)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup medium desiccated unsweetened coconut75 mL
  • 3 tbsp pure 100% olive oil, divided30 mL
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar15 mL
  • 1 tbsp pure honey natural liquid15 mL
  • 1 large mango, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1/8 tsp both salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350ºF (190ºC). Season salmon with cumin, salt and pepper. Place coconut on a plate. Dust salmon lightly with flour, then brush with egg, and press egg-side down into coconut to create a crust. Do this on both sides to fully encrust the salmon and keep the salmon moist (This was Amanda's modification).

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Sear salmon on both sides (if you put coconut on both sides, otherwise just sear the coconut side) 1 to 2 minutes, until light golden brown. Gently transfer to oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest 3 to 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Add mango, pepper, and shallot overtop, and mix to coat evenly. To serve, set Salmon on plate and dress part of the salmon with the salsa.  You can also put the salmon ontop of the salsa in order to keep the coconut crust crisp.  Serve with rice.
Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sabor Divino in Downtown Edmonton

Sabor Divino is known for its fine dining family style Italian experience.  But did you also know that their chef has Celiac?  So they also do accommodate a gluten free diet.

During the summer we went to an invite at Sabor to sample their menu.  You may remember us posting about our visit on twitter and Facebook.

Some of the delicious we sampled that you can try at Sabor Divino are grilled calamari, piri piri prawns, lobster risotto, sable fish, paella and cheese cake in a jar (no crust).

Check out the storify below to see pictures and tweets from the August tasting.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Carl's Jr Let There e Lettuce Wrap

Want a fast food burger?  Have you tried Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Burgers on Stoney Plain Rd in the west end across from Superstore?

Carl's Jr. burger patties are gluten free and they serve it up in an amazing lettuce wrap.  I would compare the Carl's Jr. burger to a charbroiled Burger King whopper.  We started eating at Carl's Jr. for quick lunches with the family.  So grateful to have this option near by.  Their fries are shared fryer, so please be careful because they do have chicken fingers and onion rings so you may want to avoid the fries.  However, that doesn't hold back Amanda because instead of fries she orders one of their amazing milk shakes.  Yum!  Strawberry is her fav.

Click here to check their nutritional information with their gluten free sensitive information. Note this link is to the American website.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nature's Path Gluten Free Kid Friendly Cereal

I'm not going to lie, I didn't try these two particular cereals, but we recently came across two new Nature's Path gluten free cereals that we have not seen before.  In the past we have bought Nature's Path EnviroKidz gluten free Koala Krisps, Panda Puffs, but have never seen Jungle Munch and Choco Chimps until recently.

Hope you give these a try!  They will definitely be a hit with the kids.

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