Mc Donald's Gluten Free Lettuce Wrap Hamburger

Although McDonald's will never claim gluten free on their menu because of cross contamination risk, they do have plenty of options that do not contain gluten.

With that being said check out their Nutrition Centre and download their ingredient guide.  They list ingredients for all of their items, and indicate gluten when included in a menu item.

Some tips:
  • McDonald's french fries do not contain any gluten, and infact are fried in dedicated fryers due to the sheer volume of fries that are made.
  • A McDonald's hamburger patty does not contain any fillers, but always check the seasoning and sauces you put on it.
  • The new create your taste system allows you to customize your burger down to the T.
  • Did you know that you can order a lettuce wrap burger at McDonald's which gives you a quick and easy gluten free option with an order of fries?

Why is it important to check their website before each visit?  The McDonald's ingredients list is often updated and quite extensive.  Each section is split into two parts.  It first lists off the menu item, and what comes with that menu item.  It then lists ingredients of each element of that menu item.  The document is 30 pages long, so it is quite extensive, as it should be.

What else do you need to know about eating at McDonald's?  There is definitely a risk of cross contamination, so approach with caution.  Just like when you are eating at any other restaurant ask if they can clean utensils and clean the food prep surface for you to help reduce the risk.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Roast

We made this roast in the slow cooker and it was amazing.
  • We used 5 cab boneless blade roast tied
  • 4 tsp veg oil
  • 3 onions chopped medium
  • 1 lbs carrots cut into chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves minced 
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomato 
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves

  1. Brown roast on all sides in 2 tsp of oil for about 10 minutes and place in slow cooker
  2. Cook onion and carrots in same pan with another 2 tsp of oil for 5 minutes until just softened.
  3. Stir in garlic for 15 seconds
  4. Stir in wine scraping up bits and reduce t half (1-2 minutes) and pour all into slow cooker
  5. Add crushed tomato, broth, thyme, bay leaves to slow cooker. 
  6. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 9.
  7. Remove roast to tent and rest.
  8. Discard bay leaves 
  9. Scoop half of the liquid and veggies into blender or food processor and let cool before blending into sauce.
  10. Carve roast and serve on plate with remaining veggies. Pour some sauce on top of roast and serve the rest in a saucer.

Toppits Gluten Free Breaded Fish

Toppits is an importer and supplier of frozen foods to the Canadian foodservice, retail and manufacturing industries, specializing in seafood.  They are located in Ontario, and recently have stared to produce gluten free breaded and seasoned fish certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Certification Program.

We tried this delicious Lightly Seasoned Haddock and really enjoyed.  We last saw it on sale at Sobey's.

If you are ever in the greater Toronto Area, be sure to check out their store front in Vaughan at
301 Chrislea Rd.

Udi's Commercial Buns on sale for everyone

You don't often come across an item made for restaurant services available for retail.  However, David, from Ben's Meats couldn't resist to make these Udi's gluten free buns available for everyone because they are that different from their store bought ones.

Dave first tasted this bun at a restaurant when travelling had tracked down the restaurants supplier.  Once he found out it was Udi's, he put a call in to his stores suppliers and got a hold of them for sale.

The first thing that makes these stand out is that they are all individually packaged.  Awesome for longevity of the item in the freezer.  We all know, once we open that package of buns in the freezer, there is a good chance for moisture getting in and ice freezing to the bun for the next time you have the produce.  The individual packs also make it easy to travel with it.

Ben's Meats sells them for $2 a piece or a case at a nice discount.  Why promote this one item at Ben's Meats and not the rest of their gluten free products?  Well, that's because we already wrote about all of Ben's Meats amazing gluten free products.

Don't know what to make?  We made these delicious Montreal smoked meat sandwich with cheese and a pickle.

Have you tried the gluten free cake from M&M Meat Shops?

Written by Amanda:

I wanted to start off by saying Happy 2016 to everyone! I know that everyone starts off their new year with resolutions and plans and ideas of how to better make use of their time. Well, I am no different. Over the holidays I was attending a gathering and was looking to bring a fancy dessert. I, of course, had left it to the last minute and was scrambling to find something large enough to feed a crowd but nearby to my home to ensure fast pick up. I had high hopes initially of baking some delicious gluten free dessert, but reality set in and I quickly realized that it just wasn’t going to happen.

I stopped in at my neighbourhood M & M meats and decided I would try their new Gluten Free Too-Tall chocolate cream cake.

It was giant in size, it was absolutely delicious and I would 100% buy it again. My only complaint and that’s not even the right word, was that because of the size it was hard for us to finish it all. I would have preferred that it come pre-sliced or in two sections so you could decide how much to serve at a time. Really, if that’s my only criticism, I’d say it was pretty darn great! We opted to wrap up the uneaten portion and refreeze it for another time.

No one knew it was Gluten Free and I even questioned repeatedly “are you sure this is gluten free?” It was delicious.

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix

Betty Crocker has a bunch of gluten free mixes.  This is the first time we tried this particular Betty Crocker Devil's Food Chocolate mix. Two thumbs up. It earns the name devil's food chocolate. 

Amanda made the cake with the Betty Crocker Whipped cream cheese also labelled gluten free.  The cake was light and fluffy and rich and flavour.  It also had a pretty good counter life because it made a pretty big cake so we ate it all during the week and it did not get hard and dry, or any less fluffy.

We used a bigger pan than it called for, so it wasn't as tall as it could be, so next time we will probably use a small pan.

We definitely recommend the Betty Crocker gluten free Devil's Food Chocolate mix!

Ben's Meats Revisted - Lots more gluten free!

David from Ben's Meats keeps tabs on our blog and Facebook page to learn what's new in the gluten free world.  David is the Owner of Ben's Meats located on Stony Plain Rd and is also has Celiac Disease and therefore keeps a lot of gluten free products in store, including all deli meats.

What can you find gluten free at Ben's Meats?  Besides his deli meats, David keeps a freezer full of gluten free pizza crusts, crusts, meat pies, ravioli pastas (yes gf ravioli), perogies and a whole lot more.  David also has a dedicated gluten free fryer where you can buy gluten free chicken strips, chicken nuggets, spring rolls and french fries. Mmm Spring rolls!

Ben's Meats is located at 15726 Stony Plain Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 3Z5

Prana's Gluten Free Coconut Chip

Prana Organic sent us some samples of their new coconut chips to try out,  Prana's coconut chips are GF Certified, non-GMO but most of all pretty tasty.  I look coconut to begin within, so they really didn't have to twist my arm to try these out.

I thought these were going to be your standard coconut chip/coconut bacon that everyone has been selling, but these are truly more like a chip, sliced in thin moon shapes, and made crisp.  What makes it even more of a chip is the seasoning they come in, spicy chili, sea salt and pepper, BBQ and original.  I didn't want to spoil them and open all the packages, so I tried the original and sea salt and pepper.  The seas salt and pepper was a nice surprise to an already tasty food.  I can't wait to crack up the BBQ and spicy chili when I get the chance.

You can find Prana products at most natural and organic food stores.  We've also seen Prana products at Costco!

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor! - El Cortez serves up yummy gluten free food!

We were recently invited to El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar to sample their new 2015 winter menu.  Amanda and I always love Mexican food.  Not just because Mexican food uses a lot of corn flour, but because the flavours are bold and beautiful.

We arrived at the event about a half hour into things, so other bloggers and foodies were way ahead of, sampling the delicious flavours El Cortez has to offer.  But we didn't just jump into things, after all, we have to watch what we eat.

It didn't take long for us to find out who was in charge of the event.  After asking one of the smiling servers to speak with someone from the kitchen, Cressida, El Cortez's Marketing Manager came out to speak to us.

We were happy but not to surprised to find out that Cressida has Celiac as well (and that's why we got invited), because she was confident we could enjoy El Cortez's new winter menu.

El Cortez is definitely a happening place to be.  Restaurant upstairs, and bar and lounge downstairs in the cantina.  Very trendy dark yet bright decor that we loved.

Restaurant upstairs. - Very modern, very hip, very trendy
Pretty amazing stairs down to the lounge
We sampled quite a bit of their menu and pretty much enjoyed all of it.  My favourite bite was the cucumber salad and Amanda's favourite bite was the Molten Queso Dip with Chorizo.  Quite frankly, we could have kept on eating if we didn't have a baby sitter waiting for us at home!

The presentation of all the samples were great, and I imagine will be just as beautiful off the menu.  So a little disclaimer for the following photos.  What was served at this party was not complete orders, these were bite size orders for everyone to sample.  If you just want to see what you can order gluten free, scroll right to the bottom.  Cressida was amazing, and within 5 minutes of leaving El Cortez, she emailed us a marked up version of the menu crossing off non-gluten free items, and marketing what can be made gluten free just by asking for their home made corn tortillas.

An assortment of their dips.  The far right is the Molten Queso that Amanda loved

This was probably my second favourite bite, Snapper Ceviche (Remember that small bit is NOT $12, you get a full order)
My favourite bite, the Cucumber Salad with jcama, charred corn and lime dressing

This pumkin caramel custard was actually the
first thing we tried!  Delicious!
Marked up menu so you can see what is and is not gluten free.

El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Options Available at The Underground Tap and Grill

The Manager from the The Underground Tap and Grill is located downtown contacted me about their lunch and dinner menus that feature many clearly labelled Celiac friendly options.

Ontop of a gluten free menu options, The Underground Tap and Grill does carry gluten free beer options on their drink menu, and will have added a gluten free dessert to their upcoming 2015-016 winter menu.

Although there is risk for cross contamination, their manager Kristin said they take allergies very seriously when preparing our food. 

A few of the Manager's favourite gluten free options are
  • the cuban stew
  • vegetable pakoras (which are also vegan friendly), 
  • the poutine au canard. 
  • Decadent dessert (a chocolate molten lava cake with homemade vanilla bean ice cream)
The gluten free beers served are from Omission brewing. 

It is important to note though that their ciders on tap can't be guaranteed to be gluten free because their selection of beers rotates a lot and this would risk cross contamination of gluten from previous beers getting into the ciders even with proper line flushing.

You can check out their full menu online that indicates all their gluten free friendly options.

Underground Tap & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato