Hats off to the Edmonton Chapter of the Celiac Association!

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I'm frequently in touch with Lori Simon, Program Coordinator for the Edmonton Chapter of the Celiac Association.  The Celiac Association essentially runs on volunteers, and Lori is the only paid staff member to keep things running for the Edmonton Chapter.

She helps coordinate many if not all of the Edmonton Chapter events, including the Anti-Panic Sessions, Celiac Dinners, Fundraisers etc.  She has now even took over the task of running their social media efforts and I must say she is doing a bang up job!

Lori is doing a great job sharing relevant, informative and interesting information about Celiac Disease, products, and events through the Celiac Edmonton Chapter Facebook Page and @EdmontonCeliac on Twitter.  Their following is rising quickly and their posts are generating great discussions.  I am following them on Twitter and Facebook, I hope you follow them too!

Congratulations Lori and the Celiac Association are your great efforts!

Connect with the Celiac Association today:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/EdmontonCeliac
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edmonton-Chapter-Canadian-Celiac-Association/296692389521

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Eat Gluten Free at Chopped Leaf in Downtown Edmonton #yegfood @ChoppedLeafYEG

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Salad bars are starting to pop up across Edmonton. First Freshi in West Edmonton Mall and now a new salad joint opened up in downtown Edmonton that has plenty of gluten free options for a healthy lunch.
Indicates gluten free options on menu

Chopped Leaf is located on the main floor of Commerce Place.  Their menu has a green gf symbol beside all gluten free items listed on the menu which include:

Gluten free dressings:
Chopped Balsamic
Honey Mustard
Ranch Fruit Vinaigrette
Greek Vinaigrette
Evil Jungle
Creamy Lemon Dill


Gluten free soups:
Spicy Sweet Potato
Caribbean Squash & Sweet Potato
African Spiced Lentil
Thai Curry
Moroccan Chickpea
Potato & Fennel
Creamy Spicy Tomato
Creamy Corn Chowder
Thai Sweet Potato
Vegetarian Chili

Karla from Chopped Leaf also told us "Our Veggie Salad Rolls are made from rice paper and delicately rolled with crisp lettuce, carrots, peppers and fresh basil.  Ask for a gluten free dip such as the spiced up citrus Evil Jungle dressing."

Karla also suggested that when ordering gluten free or for any allergy to be sure to tell the servers so they are able to take the proper precautions for the meal preparation.  For instance, salads are typically garnished with pita chip, and servers need to know not to add this garnish.

After seeing the success of the healthy choice Press'd Sandwich (no gluten free options) in City Centre food court, I know Chopped Leaf is going to be hugely popular.  The downtown core is looking for fresh options like this that is something different than grabbing a meal from Sunterra (located above Chopped Leaf), or a sandwich from Subway. Let us know what you think about Chopped Leaf!


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Did you know you can donate Gluten Free Products to the Edmonton Food Bank?

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I recently saw a Kijiji post for someone trying to find a good home for some unwanted gluten free products.  They were willing to give it away.  I quickly emailed them to donate it to the Edmonton Food Bank because I remembered the Edmonton Chapter of the Celiac Association collects gluten free products for donation.

We all know how expensive gluten free products can be, so I would imagine donations are scarce when it comes to gluten free products.  After all, it is probably difficult for someone to give up a 8 dollar loaf of bread! So if you ever come across any unopened gluten free product that you no longer want, or maybe you bought some products for a visiting friend, or maybe you just feel the need to give, please remember you can donate to the Edmonton Food Bank.

Kelly Cailliau, Resource Development Coordinator for the Edmonton Food Bank explained to me that "Every month at Edmonton's Food Bank 15,000 individuals receive food help through our hamper program.  Approximately 15 of those hampers are Celiac hampers."

Considering that 1 out of 120 people have some sort of gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, that is not very much to go around.  Out of those 15,000 there are probably more than 15 that need a Celiac hamper.

Thankfully, Kelly went on to explain they do receive specific Celiac donations from two great corporate donors fairly regularly, Planet Organic and Kinnikinnick.  Great job guys!

Kelly also said "Apart from that as all donations are sorted we screen for Celiac friendly foods that are stored in a separate area, and saved for our Celiac hampers...  We routinely purchase Celiac friendly pasta, soup and cereal to supplement this stock."

Click here to find out more about donating food, money or time, to the Edmonton Food Bank.

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Gluten Free Thai-Style Chicken Soup - adapted from America's Test Kitchen #yegfood

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We often use America's Test Kitchen Cookbooks because they are really reliable for great recipes, and easily adaptable to gluten free recipes.  This is the first recipe we tried from the Slow Cooker Revolution Cookbook, that has 200 recipes.

We loved this recipe and was naturally gluten free with the proper chicken broth being used.  I can't wait to make this recipe again, it gave off such nice aroma's, and not to mention the compliments when bringing this soup to work for lunch!

Yum!
Ingredients
  • 2 minced onions
  • 6 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbs minced or grated ginger
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (we used Campbell's because it is gluten free)
  • 2 x 14 ounce cans of coconut milk (purchased at Superstore, Wal-Mart or even TNT Supermarket)
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, bottom 5 inches only, bruised (see further instructions) - purchased at TNT Supermarket
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (Blue Dragon found at Wal-Mart or Sobey's)
  • 10 cilantro stems, tied together with twine (we actually didn't add this)
  • 1.5 lbs bonesless, skinless chicken thighs (we used chicken breasts out of preference)
  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
  • 3 tbs of lime juice
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp Thai red curry paste (We found at Wal-Mart and at TNT)
Garnishes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 fresh thai, serrano, or jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded and slived thin
  • scallions, sliced thin lime wedges for serving
Directions
  1. Microwave onions, garlic, ginger and oil in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes and transfer to slow cooker
  2. Stir borth, 1 can coconut milk, lemon grass, carrots, 1 tbs fish sauce, and cilantro stems into slow cooker.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker
  4. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4 to 6 hours on low.
  5. Transfer chicken to cutting board, let cool slightly, then shred into bite-size pieces.  
  6. Let soup settle for 5 minutes then remove fat from surface using large spoon.  Discard lemon grass and cilantro stems
  7. Stir in mushrooms, cover and cook on hight until mushrooms are tender (5-15 minutes).  Microwave remaining can of coconut milk in bowl until hot, about 3 minutes, then whisk in remaining 2 table spoons of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and curry paste to dissolve.
  8. Stir hot coconut mixture and shredded chicken until soup and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with garnishes (we didn't garnish).
This recipe is for anyone with Celiac that enjoys a nice Asian soup!

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Just like me - celiac AND type 1 diabetes

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** I am sharing a blog post from a fellow type 1 diabetic blogged (Kerri Morrone Sparling @sixuntilme). Today Kerri had posted a guest post written by another fellow type 1 diabetic (Alissa Carberry) who also has celiac disease - Just like me!

I am an avid reader of fellow type 1 diabetes related blogs, some might even call it verging on addiction, but that's a story for another time. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the attached guest blog by Alissa Carberry via Kerri from SixUntilMe:


I know there are many more of us out there who deal with celiac disease (and type 1 diabetes too) and yet each time I read or hear of others like myself who have to deal with this stuff I am so happy. I know that must sound ridiculous, but I am happy to hear that I am not alone. Happy to hear that there are other people out there who have the same frustrations and face the same challenges as I do.

I think it's easy to forget sometimes that we are not alone. It's easy to feel alone and to feel isolated even if surrounded by friends & loved ones. Isolated because we have to deal with different struggles and seem so massive at times.

I know for me, since we started writing our GlutenFreeEdmonton.com blog and my own blog reading "addiction" I have found that my feelings of isolation have significantly decreased. I have found others like myself, others who understand my daily struggles. Others who understand and can relate to seemingly odd questions like "do you have an eating disorder?" and so on.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone out there who reads our blog and thank you to everyone who shares their comments & ideas with us. Words cannot express our appreciation enough. Keep doing what you're doing and help us decrease fellow celiac's feelings of isolation.

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A Couple Gluten Free Options at Julios on Whyte Ave

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Gluten free menu at Julio Barrios on Whyte Ave.
We learned that Julios on Whyte Ave has a gluten free menu.  This made sense to us, because typically corn flour is used in preparation of Mexican foods.  Since we're party poopers and didn't want the party crowd on Saturday night, we went on a Sunday afternoon so we could ask questions without being rushed.

Anyways, it's a fairly small gluten free menu with only 11 items on it.  Unfortunately they indicate that their Taco Beef contains Worcestershire sauce, which sometimes contains wheat.  It depends on which brand is being used, but I didn't ask which one they use and instead we just opted to not eat taco beef.  When we cook we use Heinz brand Worcestershire sauce because they do not put wheat in their formula.

Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free
tortilla's with refried beans
So looking over the menu, if the beef is not able to be eaten, there is chicken or pork but overall it basically turns into a gluten free appetizer menu, unless you are vegetarian.  Which isn't too bad, because Julios is a night time hang out, and you can certainly show up with some friends and have a plate of their famous macho nachos.

Note that the hard taco shells are gluten free, but they did make a special batch of corn flour tortilla's for us as well. We were told that sometimes the kitchen has the corn flour tortillas and other times they do not. If that's your preference, it's worth asking if they've got any in the kitchen.



Julio Barrios

10450 82 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2
whyte@juliosbarrio.com
http://www.juliosbarrio.com/


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May is Celiac Awareness Month, here is a Workshop to attend! #yegfood #celiac

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May is Celiac Awareness Month!  I probably really haven't alluded to that all month yet.  So here is something to help raise awareness, and help educate those that are newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Reading product labeling to find out if they are gluten free or not can often be tricky.  The Celiac Association is a great starting point to learn.  They have a workshop this month.  Here are the details:


Event: Reading Product Labels
Host: Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association
Date: May 26 7pm
Location: Capilano Branch or Edmonton Public Library

Click here to read their Facebook flyer.

Or

Click here to register at the Edmonton Public Library website.


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Looking for Gluten Free Menu Options at Brewsters?

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Our first visit to Brewsters lasted all of 5 minutes.

We sat down, explained the gluten free restrictions, and was told that everything is basically deep fried in beer batter, so just have the salad. "okay, good bye".

Well, recently I decided to ask Brewsters on Twitter if they ever thought of brewing a gluten free beer.  Unfortunately they said they did not have the equipment.  Which was unfortunate.  I had only asked because Meredith sent me an article about a brewer in Ontario that started brewing a gluten free beer and was totally caught off guard by the demand.  I thought it would be a good opportunity.

Anyway, I thought to ask again about gluten free menu options at their Edmonton restaurants and I got some better answers than the first time. Gluten Free Menu Options:
  • BBQ Salmon and Spinach Salad (No BBQ Sauce)
  • Nachos
  • Wings with certain sauce (Not a dedicated fryer)
  • 8oz sirloin
  • Candied pecan salad
  • Fries (Dedicated fryer)
  • Lobster/artichoke Dip (With Nachos to dip)
  • Long beach salad
  • Steak and Sangria Salad
  • Butter Chicken (no naan)
  • Caesar salad (no croutons)
  • Some soups are gluten free
So essentially there is not a whole lot to eat, and there are risks of cross contamination.  I think of visiting Brewsters in Edmonton for eating gluten free like I do when going to Earl's; which is, not our choice to eat here, but if you had to go there, that is what you can try to eat.

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Gluten Free at Edmonton's Downtown Delta Hotel

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My unsteady hands taking a pic of the gluten free menu using my black berry
Liane Faulder (@EatMyWordsBlog) recently wrote an article in her Edmonton Journal - Eat My Words Blog called Gluten Free Menu at Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel.

It was a great find to see that not only the downtown Delta but all Delta's are ensuring they have gluten free friendly restaurants by carrying gluten free products. I ventured off to the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel during my lunch break to check out Cocoa's Restaurant at the hotel.

Their gluten free menu seemed pretty good.  They bring in their pizza crust and buns, but I didn't find out where they bring it in from.
A little more steady of a hand taking a pic of the Apps and Soups part of the gluten free menu
The gluten free menu is kept at the front desk.  Here is the menu:


Soup & Salad
  • Daily Market Gluten Free Soup
  • Roasted Garlic Caesar Salad
  • Artisan Green Salad (veg)
  • Fresh Spinach & Fruit Salad (veg)
Appetizers
  • Calarmari
  • Crispy Flat Chicken
  • Grilled Italian Flatbread
Pizza & Burgers
  • Two Topping Pizza
  • Char-Grilled Sirloin Burger
  • Char-Grilled Chicken Burger
Entrees
  • Pan-seared Pacific Salmon
  • New York Steak
  • Chicken Supreme
  • Alberta Certified Angus Sirloin
Desserts
  • Creme Brule
  • Fruit Platter
Essentially a nice menu to choose from and a good to know while traveling and around a Delta hotel.  Not to mention if you are in South Edmonton or Downtown Edmonton and looking for a gluten free meal.

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Rice Pasta Shells and Cheddar Cheese by Arrowhead Mills (Essentially, Gluten Free Mac & Cheese)

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Well, since Kraft Dinner is out of the question for Celiac's because to my knowledge they don't have a gluten free line of Mac and Cheese, we have to turn else where to get that quick fix.

We tried out a box of the gluten free Arrowhead Mills Rice Pasta Shells & Cheddar Cheese.

I'll admit, it wasn't the best, but it certainly was quick and easy to make.  It was a white cheddar mix, and the sauce might have not thickened up enough.  Amanda didn't eat her portion, so she opened up a can of soup instead for dinner.  You win some you lose some, but it might really be a matter of taste for this one.

We picked this up at Wal-Mart in West Edmonton.  I think I've seen this gluten free product in other places as well around the city.

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