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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.



Ingredients
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

Directions

  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.

5 Things you probably didn't know about Gluten Free Edmonton

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Our first post was all the way back on January 6, 2010 and it was on How we prepared for the gluten free diet.  It was a really short post!  Did we even know what we were doing back then?  Heck, do we know what we are doing now?

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I say "our and we" a lot because there is one Celiac, but two people running this blog. My name is Abisaac, and my wife is Amanda.  Amanda was diagnosed Celiac in 2009, a couple weeks before our wedding.  Read Amanda's Celiac Story.

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This will be our 745 post!  That is a lot of information!

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We do what we do because people keep on asking us too.  And they keep on giving us information to share, because we can't do this on our own!  We need you to help us.
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Our all time most viewed post to date is people trying to find out if Manwich is gluten free!  So is it? Edmonton must love their sloppy joe's.



Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin

This is the lazy mans post because I just can't bring myself to typing out the recipe and I can't find the link on Tip Hero because they have so many Banana Muffin recipes and I don't know which one Amanda used, except for the one she wrote down to adapt for gluten free!  So I took a picture of it!

These muffins turn our so fluffy and freeze and warm up really well!  We love'em and the kids love'em



So here is the recipe!  We use Kinnikinnick's gluten free flour.  We always find their gluten free flour works best for 1:1 substitutes.




What you didn't know about spring rolls made in Saskatchewan

We have been attending the CRAFT Beer Market, Gluten Free Brewmaster for several years.  Kerry from Care Bakery has been developing the menu for the event for at least the past two years.

This year she had Saskatchewan spring rolls on the menu.  

GF Spring Roll from GF Brewmasters Event
What the heck is a Saskatchewan spring roll?  Well, she told us that in Saskatchewan, restaurants make their spring rolls with rice paper.  All the same fillings.  So they are all naturally gluten free.

Let's jump over to Edmonton now at Nha Trang Restaurant across the street from the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  Amanda decided to grab lunch from their one afternoon, hoping to be able to have a vermicelli bowl.  Well she got that and more.

After speaking with one of the people at the counter, they pointed out that most of the items on the menu are gluten free.  When it was pointed out that the spring rolls were gluten free she naturally questioned it.

Gluten free spring roll from Nha Trang
They said they make their spring rolls with rice paper.  Which makes me like to believe they are bringing a little bit of gf Saskatchewan to Edmonton!

Vermicelli bowl with gf spring rolls 
Amanda said it tasted great, and she was so happy that she was able to order a vermicelli bowl with the spring rolls because every other time she has to omit it in the order but still pay the same price.

You can find Nha Trang on skip the dishes, so you don't have trek across the city if you are not nearby.


Nha Trang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nichol's Cafe in St. Albert

Ashley shared a great find in St. Albert.  Ya, that;s right, St. Albert!

She checked out Nichol's Cafe located in the Riel Business Park.  Ashley says the owner has Celiac Disease and keeps the kitchen mainly gluten free.  I would like to think Ashley takes great care in cross contamination.

Ashley tried out their teriyaki chicken with rice and ginger beef with noodles and said it was delicious!


They also have burgers, that can be lettuce wrapped or in a gluten free bun that was introduced in a recent Facebook post.


You can check out Nichol's Cafe menu on SkipTheDishes.com, or visit their Facebook Page.  I think all Nichol's Cafe is missing is a good website to get you all the gf information you need in one spot.  Apparently they also have gf baked goodies.