Keilans Creamery Ice Truck - Serving Gluten Free Friendly

Keilans Creamery was born out of friendship and a deep love for really good ice cream. You can find their ice cream truck around Edmonton. Follow @KEILANSCREAMERY to find our where they are.

So why a post about an Ice Cream truck? Amanda noticed a sign about being gluten free friendly because of Celiac Disease in their family. So she asked a few questions and tried the Chocolate peanut butter. All flavours are gf except for one. They switch up spoons when requested but as always because of waffle cones hanging around can't guarantee no cross contamination but Amanda enjoyed this tasty treat.


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Easy Guacamole with Litehouse Gluten Free Guacamole Seasoning Mix

So we typically make a pretty easy guacamole with salsa and mayo, but Litehouse made it easier and tastier with their guacamole seasoning mix.  They started labeling some of their spices and seasonings as gluten free to help Celiac's make easy purchasing decisions.  They sent us over a jar to try.

To make the guacamole all you need is two avocados, a few squirts of lemon juice and 1/4 of the jar.




Then mix together and presto!



A very yummy, well seasoned guacamole that I could not get enough of.  Seriously it was so easy.

Are Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells Gluten Free?

Well it looks like Old El Paso has started to label their corn taco shells as gluten free!  Amazing to have that confirmation from big brands.  We have always used Old El Paso taco shells because the ingredients never suggested there was gluten in it, but now I can confidently promote it as there is a  gluten free label on the package now.  Check out these Old El Paso Stand n Stuff boxes found at a Dollarama recently.  The Bottom left corner has the box labelled as gluten free.  


Steakout Pizza & Grill brings on the Gluten Free

We recently tried out Steakout Pizza & Grill TWICE because we had to go back to try more of their menu.  That is how impressive their food was. yum yum yum. 

Let's first start with their pizza.  They make REALLY tasty and cheesy pizza's to die for. More of the New York Style pizza rather than the new trendy flat bread pizzas. Their gluten free pizza comes in only large and you build your own. Each topping is 2.50 per. Which works out to be only a little more than their large special pizzas when you add 3 toppings.  So the difference in price is not huge. (Plus they almost always have a Groupon).

The pizza below live and feta pizza.  Yes there are plenty of lives and feta, but like a said, they make their pizza's really cheese and bake them to perfection.  Their crusts are not made in house, so that certainly helps with reducing cross contamination.



We also tried their sandwiches served with a gluten free bun and uncontaminated french fries. This is the gluten free Philly cheese steak.  To make the fries uncontaminated the chef has a pot of oil ready to go when requested that is set aside for gluten free. This does make the meal take a little longer to come out, but worth the wait for safer food!


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Club House Hearty Beef Slow Cooker Stew Mix

So Amanda recently came across these Club House slow cooker mixes that they got certified gluten free.  They are basically just add and go mixes.  Wednesday evenings are a bit of a rush now because we have soccer at 6:15pm and its tough to get dinner ready, eaten and cleaned up in time to get out the door.

This past Wednesday seemed like a good idea to try it out.  And you know what?  It was pretty amazing.  However, we made a few modifications to the directions.

1. It asks for 2lbs of beef and we had nearly 3.
2. It asks for 4 cups of veggies and potatoes and we had 4 cups of veggies plus 2-3 potatoes
3. Because we added all of this extra we add an extra 2 cups of beef broth (Make sure you check the label of the broth you use)

I think even if we didn't add the extra veggies and beef, it may need the extra liquid, but this still turned out amazing.

I put the beef down first and poured the broth to make sure the meat was covered.  Then I added the veggie and potato and poured the sauce over it.  I mixed up gently the sauce with the veggies and then tuned the slow cooker on low before we left the house in the morning and came home from work to an amazing aroma.  Amanda thickened the broth a bit when she got home buy scooping out a ladle into a bowl and mixing it with a 2 table spoons of corn starch and then pouring it back in and sitting for a couple minutes to cook a bit longer to thicken up.

Definitely going to be buying these again!

Easy peasy gluten free!

Glutenberg Beer, Beer without the Gluten

From left to right Blonde Ale, White, America Pale Ale, IPA, Red
We recently attended an event sponsored by Glutenberg, a Quebec based brewer that started in 2011 and has won numerous awards including gold, silver and bronze awards in the “Gluten-free beer category” at the World Beer Cup.

At the beer event, we tasted all five of their beers, paired with some delicious food supplied by Care Bakery at CRAFT Beer Market Edmonton. 

I won't talk about all of the beers, because really you need to taste them for yourself at CRAFT, or track them down at your local liqour store.

My two favourites were the Glutenberg Blonde Ale and the Glutenberg Red. I found the two beers very contrasting from eachother, so it really shows the range of beers they make well.  The Blonde Ale was nice and light while the Red was very strong, almost stout like.

The blonde has aromas of pears and fennel and pairs well with marinated olives, cooked meats, pad thai, endive salad, goat cheese.  Which is why this was served as the welcome beer at the event.

The red has aromas of roasted nuts, coffee and caramel and is paired well with grilled meats and cheese burgers.  Because of some of its sweet tonnes, this beer was paired up with our dessert which was a gluten free coffee crisp cake.

Check out their website, read about their beers and the awards they've won.  Then head down to CRAFT Beer Market and try one!

Ready to go Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Breakfast at our house can be a in hurry sometimes.  With two kids, its usually some cereal or quick oats trying to hurry the kids out the door to day care. 

However, Amanda found a recipe on the theyummylife.com that really helped with the rush mornings.  It's an Overnight, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal that is essentially ready for you in the morning.  Just wake up, scoop and eat!

Ingredients
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked gluten free steel-cut oats (We buy Only oats from Bulk Barn)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Directions

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

#yymhelp Alberta has lots to be proud of

I moved to Edmonton from Toronto almost 10 years ago.    It didn't take me long to fit right in to the city of Edmonton and the province of Alberta.  Although to tell you the truth, growing up a Toronto kid, I really never thought of being anywhere else but Toronto, so it still surprises me that I'm here.  But I am here, i'm loving it, and I'm proud to be an Albertan, and so should you.

I came to this province at the tale end of a boom, and have slowly seen the province go through the financial struggles it is currently battling.  It has been a common theme in my news feeds "Company x to lay off y number of employees".  I've had conversations with people from HR, where they've talked to me about the struggle of their decision making process to layoff people "It's not in our company values to do that... but we won't survive another 3 months of in the red if we don't"  These companies don't want to layoff staff.  Especially the oil companies.  They told me "I let them go now, I can't get them back when business picks up".  It was hard to see their struggles that would affect so many lives.

Then on top of the of the slumping economy and layoffs from the oil industry, a fire breaks out in Fort McMurray, the heartland of the oil industry.  The city that had people working to keep the province in prosperity.  A community that has been struggling really hard.  This isn't the first time a city has caught fire since I moved to Alberta.  I remember the devastation that came about when when Slave Lake caught fire.

Over 80,000 people evacuated a city in a remote area of Alberta, with only two ways out.  You either go North, or you go South.  North takes you to the work camps, and South takes you towards Edmonton.  Watching the videos being posted online was terrifying.  I don't know how I would have reacted.  But none the less, people were heading this way, with nothing but what they could grab before hitting the road.  Which probably wasn't much.

The next part is what we should all be proud of as Albertan's.  Nevermind West Jet, Oilers, Flames, Eskies, Labatt Brewery and even the NHL pitching in to help, but people like you and me were helping out.  People that run small businesses just stepping up to the plate.  People that have already been hurting from a slumping economy reached out to help.

Restaurants from around the city like Love Pizza, Earl's, New Asian Village and tonnes more were offering free meals to evacuees.  What made me most proud was the Celiac community stepping up to help the community as well.  I knew of three bakeries that stepped up to the plate;

GF Diner


Kinnikinnick



Celebrate, Gluten Free



There are lots of people that need help and it is the little things like this that make a big difference.  Even if the help was for one day, it is help.

The evacuees are going to be displaced for a long time, and there is lots of help that can be offered.  Not all of it has to be dollar donations, and not all of it has to be buying new products.  I've become to realize that basically everyone knows someone that has been effected.  Two of my co-workers are from Fort McMurray, so it was an instant "Is your family safe?  Is there anything they need?"  It didn't take me long to gather up some kids clothing from others, an extra stroller we had, and tooth brushe and tooth paste to make sure her family had some of the necessities.

Another thing you can do is donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services Clinic in Edmonton beside the University of Alberta Hospital.   Why donate blood? well as the Canadian Blood Services says, "It's in you to give".  The city just grew in population.  Not only that, patients at the healthcare facilities in Fort McMurray were emptied out and brought here.  There is always need of blood, and with an influx of population and what I imagine is over crowding at healthcare facilities here, it will definitely be needed.

GF Pub Night, Gluten Free Mothers Day Brunch and GF Pasta Night at GF Diner in Edmonton

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and who better to support this month than Ted from GF Diner with three great gluten free events in May.

First up, GF Diner will be having a Pub night with live music on May 6 from 7pm to 10pm.  Menu items are 10 bucks each, choose from Chicken bites to green onion cakes, or order a platter!  Can you imagine a full gluten free platter of pub grub? I don't think i've ever seen that before anywhere!

Next up, the more family friendly, Mothers Day Brunch.  On May 8th, GF Diner's kitchen will dedicate itself to its special Mothers Day brunch menu.

Finally, gluten free pasta night, May 13!  For 20 bucks, you get a buffet style pasta meal with baked mac and cheese, Lasagna, Cesar salad and much more.

Check out the posters below and visit www.gfdiner.com for more about GF Diner.




Gluten free Nut free chocolate stuffed oatmeal bars

I tried a new and super easy recipe today and let me tell you....It was delicious!!! I made a couple of modifications of course to accommodate our household (gluten free & nut free) and I think you will definitely like it.

No bake 5 ingredient gluten free nut free chocolate oatmeal bars. How can that be bad? I mean it, this could not possibly be easier. The most challenging part was waiting for it to cool enough to eat.

I adapted the recipe below from How Sweet Eats. Visit the blog at www.howsweeteats.com
Gluten Free Chocolate Stuffed Oatmeal Bars

Yield: makes 16 squares

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (I used gluten free oats)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter (I used WOW butter which is made from soy)

Directions:

Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil.

In a saucepan, heat the butter and sugar over medium heat, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Cook until it's bubbling and let it boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats until completely moistened. Set aside.

Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl. Melt in the microwave (30 seconds at 50% power, stirring after each time) or a double boiler until the chocolate chips are melted.

Press half of the oat mixture into the baking dish. Pour the melted chocolate over top, spreading with a spatula. Gently press the remaining oat mixture over top. Let cool completely or refrigerate (I love these cold!) - let sit for a few hours (3 to 3) before slicing.