Are Cheerios Gluten Free? What you need to make an informed decision

By now a lot of you know that Cheerios is slowly making their products gluten free.  A lot of the regular Cheerios you will already see labelled gluten free.  And some other lines like this Multi-grain cheerios has already been seen at places like Costco labelled as gluten free.

So what's the deal?  Are they or aren't they?  They are made of oats, and not wheat right?

Well, Amanda and I certainly have our own opinions on the matter, but I want to help you make your own informed decisions if eating Cheerios is right for you.

So a few links you can check out:

Here is information from Cheerios itself on its gluten free products: http://cheerios.ca/glutenfree

They also offer a link that talks about their process of making gluten free cheerios :http://cheerios.ca/glutenfree/ourgfprocess

Okay, so those first two links may seem a little bias, since it is coming from the manufacturer itself. Especially since there is still a population of Celiacs that still get sick when eating gluten free Cheerios or any oats for that matter.

The next set of links is from Health Canada who seems to have done some research on Oats.  As the Cheerios links say, oats are naturally gluten free, but cross contamination from other crops raises the risk of cross contamination.  So Health Canada has statements on Uncontaminated Oats and Specially Produced Oats.  I also want to share Health Canada's labeling regulations.  Finally statements from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Gluten-Free Claims.

I hope this helps everyone out a little bit better to make informed decisions about eating the gluten free Cheerios.

Gluten Free Options on the Taste of Edmonton Menu 2016

Taste of Edmonton 2016 is just around the corner starting July 21 and running until July 30!  Every year the Taste of Edmonton crew has done a great job at working with the chefs and restaurants at indicating gluten free menu items.

This year there are 18 gluten free items* from the food stands and an additional 7 gluten free items from the food trucks. *They label it as Celiac Approved.

To make informed choices about what you eat, I asked Taste of Edmonton how an item is approved for someone with Celiac.  The Media Coordinator, Alexandra Key Marichales told "...every restaurant and food truck provides us with information on all their dishes. This includes whether or not they are using local products, if their items are vegetarian and if their items contain gluten etc.".

Amanda's favourite item on the menu is the chocolate peanut butter truffle from La Trattoria.  We are surprised not to see New Asian Village, but are looking forward to trying the Khazanna butter chicken and the Casa12Doce Food Taco's!

Remember to use your instinct about eating foods.  Taste of Edmonton is a fast paste rushed environment so there is lots of chances for cross contamination.

You can click on the image below to download a PDF of the 2016 Taste of Edmonton menu.


NEW Quaker Gluten Free Oats

Kim recently shared this on our Facebook Page, that she found new Quaker Gluten Free Oats at Save-on-Foods.  The gluten free oats come both in instant gluten free oatmeal packs and quick oats containers


Quaker has posted an FAQ to learn more about their gluten free oats including "Does Quaker Test Their Products?" and "Does Quaker meet the government standard of 20 ppm".  Check out their gluten free FAQ.

We haven't seen these products first hand yet, but Kim says they have the Celiac Association Certification Program stamp on them.  Quaker does have other products certified through the certification program such like Quaker Crispy Mini's.

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.


Keilan's Creamery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Steakout & Drifters Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.