Great gluten free restaurants in Winnipeg Manitoba

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A few months ago I went with my mom to visit extended family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I just realized I hadn’t yet written a post about my food experiences while in Winnipeg, oops! Sorry about that. Better late than never.

Just as I often do when travelling anywhere; particularly within North America I searched online resources to plan out where I’d like to eat. For Winnipeg I found this wonderful list of restaurants in Winnipeg produced by the Celiac Association – Manitoba Chapter members. While not all of these restaurants are entirely gluten free, the list shows which places can accommodate gluten free dietary needs.  I also used UrbanSpoon and specifed gluten free and Winnipeg where I found some other great gluten free options.

I know to someone who isn’t celiac this pre-planning of meals must sound absolutely ridiculous, but to us with dietary concerns it is imperative and super helpful. Yes yes it does take out the spontaneous factor, but as I’ve written about before, spontaneity with regards to food in my world just doesn’t exist as it does for others.

We were only in Winnipeg for a few days and I needed to be sure that I had a few options in my arsenal to ensure that my family was pleased with the choices of where to eat, but also to ensure that depending on their food whims, that I could be accommodated comfortably as well.

While my mom is willing to eat different ethnic foods, most of my extended family has a very basic flavor palette and this had to be taken into consideration when trying to pre-plan meals out with them. I knew this in advance so that made it a bit easier. I however did not want to always be eating in major chain restaurants that I could just as easily go to when in Edmonton. When I’m away from home, I like to try new and different places that I cannot get when I’m at home.

Here’s a list of a few of the places we tried out (in no particular order):
  • Buccacino’s Cucina Italiana- located at
    150 Osborn Street
  • Park Tower- located at Unit 1,
    Unit 1, 2015 Portage Avenue
  • Jonnies Sticky Buns- located at
    941 Portage Ave 
  • Pembina Village- located at 
    333 Pembina Highway
  • Kay’s Delicatessen- located at
    339 William Ave 
  • Clay Oven- located at
    240, 1600 Kenaston Blvd 
  • Pizza Pizza- varied locations, we got delivery
I am not going to write about each of these places in too much detail as I could likely go on and on for far too long. Here are a few snippets about a few of the places we tried. Bottom line EACH ONE WAS AWESOME!

Buccacino's on UrbanspoonBuccacino’s Cucina Italian  is right around the corner from my grandmother’s house and in the heart of the action in Winnipeg. They offer gluten free pasta, beer and even a few desserts. All of their sauces are gluten free. It was so nice, as always, to be able to go to an Italian restaurant and enjoy “normal” food with everyone else with limited alterations. (I don’t consider asking for gluten free rice pasta as a major inconvenience).



Jonnies Sticky Buns on UrbanspoonSince I had pre-planned we were able to stop at Jonnies Sticky Buns right after getting our rental car and on our way to my grandmothers’ house. Holy crow am I ever thankful that I found this place! They have gluten free sticky buns as well as non gluten free ones called “Sorta Cinni”. They are vegan and made with a variety of alternative flours including quinoa and tapioca. They are divine! So good that I stopped on my way out of the city to pick up more and even brought one home to Edmonton for my friend. Extra bonus, they are normally priced. They do not charge and arm and a leg for the gluten free factor as many other places do. Even more importantly, they are amazing, have great texture and tons of flavor. From a diabetes perspective they were a carb counting guessing game, but I really didn’t care how much insulin I had to take they were so amazing and somehow I managed to guess pretty bang on correct. (Sorry I can’t remember what I guessed)



At the time that I was in Winnipeg, Jonnies Sticky Buns was only making gluten free buns on particular days, but I was able to call ahead and order some to be picked up. I would strongly recommend that if you are in Winnipeg, you make sure to stop in and try these fabulous sticky buns.

Kay's Delicatessen on UrbanspoonKay’s Delicatessen is located right downtown and while it was not in an area that is heavily populated with other restaurants, they sure do get busy in there. I was just so pleased to be able to order a sandwich in a restaurant! Seriously, being able to order a clubhouse sandwich just as my family members did = one happy Amanda! It was excellent. I especially appreciated the servers’ knowledge of gluten free because I wanted to have a particular salad with my sandwich and she was able to explain to me not only that I couldn’t eat it but why.




Clay Oven on UrbanspoonThe Clay Oven has two locations and as I mentioned before, to my delight, my mom is willing to eat varied ethnic foods with me while some family members just plain are not. So we gave it a try when it was just the two of us. Wow, is all I can say. I mean, I love Indian Food and I am so thankful to have learned that I can in fact eat it.This restaurant was excellent. I would definitely go back there next time I’m in Winnipeg.


When I'm travelling I make a habit of printing off lists and carrying them around in my purse with me to ensure that I can have the information at my fingertips. Of course you could also simply use your smartphone to do the same, but I prefer to write notes all over the list, but maybe it's just me.

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Two years of gluten free living

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Holy! I cannot believe that I am already at two full years of gluten free living. Does this mean that it's my gluten-anniversary? Hmm we might need to find a better term to convey that one, it just doesn't have the catchy ring that dia-versary does (re: the anniversary of ones diabetes diagnosis). Either way, time has been really flying by.

I would like to thank everyone for all of their ongoing support and love. As you may recall, on September 6, 2011 Abisaac and I will be marking our two year wedding anniversary. To be honest, sometimes I wonder how he can put up with me. My silliness, my dietary needs, my ongoing frustration with said dieteary needs and everything else that goes on around us. I am a very very lucky woman to have someone so wonderful in my life who is strong enough to put up with all my nuttiness and still loves me no matter what comes our way.

I am also of course very thankful that I have been so well supported by family and friends throughout my learning process of living gluten free. It sure has been a process! From cooking new and different meals at dinner-time to hosting parties and gatherings of friends who are either gluten free or have other dietary restrictions, to failed attempts at baking followed by joyful masterpieces, just to list a few.  And of course, we have had our share of flops.

Here's my story of the most recent flop:
Abisaac and I were out recently and I chose to eat something that I knew was a higher risk for contamination. I knew there was a possibility of cross contamination and I still went forward and ate it anyways. I know it's a cop-out, but I am not even going to share wtih you all what this particular item of food was, partially because I am embarrassed and partially because I just don't want to (sorry everyone).

The point of the story is that I paid for this decision and my stomach was not at all happy with me and the stomach pains lasted long into the night and following morning. To add insult to injury, we then of course got stuck in heavy duty slow moving construction on the Whitemud in Edmonton. Let's just say that healthy feeling Amanda wouldn't have been nearly as frustrated and upset with the road construction as cross contaminated Amanda was.

While we were stuck in non-moving construction traffic I recall clearly telling Abisaac two very important things. Firstly, I said "next time I say let's have (that food) please please yell at me and say NO WAY!" Secondly, I said something about how I cannot believe that I used to experience that same type of pain and  stomach disruption each and every time I ate anything. Holy, I cannot believe I endured that kind of pain and stomach upset after eating virtually anything and I somehow just put up with it.

I would be willing to bet that there are many many others out there who have stories just like this one of poor choices leading to terrible painful outcomes. I know I won't! I have spoken with numerous people who are now Celiac and yet they put up with this kind of horrible and seemingly unmanagable stomach pain and upset after eating almost any food.

My question to you is, would you do it again? Do you do it again knowing that you'll pay for this choice in a very negative way?

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What's Gluten Free at Tres Carnales Taqueria?

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We’ve found a new and wonderful restaurant. It’s called Tres Carnales Taqueria. It’s a “fast casual” truly Mexican restaurant located at 10119 100A Street (Rice Howard Way) in Edmonton. The atmosphere in Tres Carnales Taqueria is lively, fun and hip and bouncing with energy. The staff truly loves what they’re doing, you can just tell by speaking with them. This is their passion, it’s obvious. The menu, while seemingly on the smaller side, is almost entirely gluten free. Not just gluten free but naturally gluten free which makes it even better!

Mmmm so good.
Turns out that the only thing on the menu that is not gluten free is the beef taco, but one of the Carnales (Daniel) explained to us that they are working on finding a recipe to make this item gluten free, but just haven’t had enough time yet. It is on their radar and that’s what matters to me.

I took this directly from their website:
“It started with 3 friends (or carnales in Mexican slang) who all collectively became inspired by the miracle of the authentic Mexican taco. Warm soft corn tortillas adorned with slow braised local meats and the freshest produce. They reminisced about the many days they had spent eating these delicious concoctions on a side street or near a beach, somewhere in Pacific Mexico. These same 3 guys happened to eat, sleep and breathe their passion for the restaurant experience. The collision was inevitable.

Together, they’re building Tres Carnales Taquería. The first of its kind in Edmonton, Tres Carnales brings you the Real Mexican Food experience. No Nachos or Burritos here friend! Tacos, Tamales, Tortas and the authentic flavors of México are the foundation of this new concept, slated to open in the downtown core in late spring 2011.”
Tres Carnales Taqueria serves different tacos (chicken, beef, pork, vegetable), home made guacamole & taco chips and we’re not talking about the from the bag kind at all. These are homemade and so delicious. You won’t find sodas and other common restaurant drinks at Tres Carnales Taqueria either. Instead you’ll enjoy Mexican beer (not gluten free), Sangria and the most delicious drink called Agua De Horchata a rice based drink that tastes just like rice pudding.

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Does Milestones have a gluten free menu? You bet they do

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A funny thing happened, Amanda went to visit Milestones to meet a friend for lunch during our visit to Toronto.  She found out they had a gluten free menu.  So obviously, after her meal their I was like "So you're going to write a blog post now right?".  Funny enough, when we got back from Toronto a reader wrote us about a great experience she had at an Edmonton Milestone and how she was happy to order off their gluten free menu.  So me being so excited every time we get an email from a user, I asked if she wanted to guest blog, and so.....

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Guest blog by @FionesB:

A couple of weeks ago I had my first gluten free burger at Milestones. I haven’t been to Milestones for years, mostly because I didn’t think they had much to eat that was gluten-free except for salads, but now they have a small gluten free menu with just a few items.

I started reading their menu preparing to be disappointed with bland offerings like plain grilled chicken or fish served with steamed veggies and rice, but what immediately caught my eye was their gluten-free burger. I knew I had to order it. The description is as follows: “Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and your choice of inspired burger toppings on a gluten-free bun. Served with crisp mixed greens in our house-made lemon-chardonnay vinaigrette.”

Now that I am reading the description again, I don’t remember being asked what toppings I wanted on my burger, but I do remember how it tasted – it was really good. The burger patty was thick and juicy and cooked perfectly, the gluten-free bun was soft and toasted lightly and the lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle made it perfect. I looked inside the bun to see if there were any condiments and I couldn’t see any, but I didn’t care because the burger was so juicy and even though the bread was toasted it wasn’t dry at all. It was the best burger I can ever remember having in my life (even when I could eat gluten)!

Gluten free toppings available:


  • Californian - House-made avocado salsa, tomato and double-smoked bacon
  • Four Cheese - Cheddar, pizza Mozzarella, Goat cheese, Feta cheese and roasted garlic
  • American  - Double-smoked bacon and Cheddar


The salad however, left something to be desired. It was basically spring mix (you know the mix you can get at the grocery store), with a tasteless dressing and nothing else. I took one bite and left it. But don’t let that discourage you, the burger is excellent and quite filling on its own so you won’t even miss the salad – I didn’t.

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Gluten free pizza...mmm

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Even before my gluten free days I always enjoyed a good piece of pizza, who doesn't? However when I learned of my celiac diagnosis I admit I thought pizza would no longer be a food that I could enjoy. Since that day we have come to try a variety of different gluten free pizza crusts and mixes and while there are definitely benefits to each, my all time favorite (at home) is the pizza crust mix by Chebe. It's unfortunate that we cannot readily buy this mix everywhere and we have to either order it online from the USA and have it shipped via multiple wonderful friends who live in the USA and have family in Edmonton. OR my mom has to pick it up when she is visiting family in Winnipeg. Thankfully we have options at our disposal that probably not everyone has.

The point of this blog post is not to boast about my love of Chebe products and my frustration about them not being readily available in Canada (darn dual language requirement laws). The point of my post was to share a new favorite pizza topping combination that I had never tried before and now think will be top of my list when seeking something creamy and loaded with flavor. Of course I cannot take the credit for creating such a masterpiece, I wish I could.

I was looking for a use for chicken and ricotta cheese and I did not want to make a lasagne, which is what I often use ricotta cheese for. Instead I found this recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com/ and honestly all I typed in the search field was "chicken and ricotta" and wow was I impressed.

Fast and Easy Ricotta Cheese Pizza with Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Chicken


Yummy Ricotta cheese pizza w/ broccoli & chicken


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 (8 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 (3 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken in the butter until no longer pink and the juices run clear, 7 to 10 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Combine the ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon butter, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute; stir to combine. Spread the mixture over the pizza crust. Scatter the mozzarella cheese evenly over the pizza. Arrange the cooked chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms evenly on top of the pizza.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.
 * I did not remember to use the canned mushrooms, but I  don't think we missed out on anything.  I also barbequed the chicken with a brushing of pesto sauce on it before cutting into cubes. And I used the Chebe brand gluten free pizza crust mix.
What are your favorite pizza topping combinations?


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Gluten Free Spa Facial Service in Edmonton

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Did you know that gluten can be found in cosmetic products or even spa service products?  The Canadian Celiac Association has an article on labeling and use of gluten free cosmetics.  Why is it important?  Well The Canadian Celiac Association says it is important for people with Celiac Disease to have gluten free cosmetics that are applied to your mouth or face as a precaution to ensure you do not mistakenly digest any cosmetics (flakes, dust etc.) that could cause damage.

There are a variety of gluten free cosmetic and spa service products available.  For the next month we are featuring Facial Expression here in Edmonton that offers gluten free facials.  The owner, Heather approached us to help promote her services to the Celiac Community here in Edmonton and area.  Heather herself has Celiac Disease, so she is familiar with what products should be used for people with Celiac Disease and how important cross contamination is.

The products used for the gluten free facials are also:
  • cruelty free
  • no added toxins
  • no chemical preservatives
  • no petro chemicals
  • no artificial fragrances.
Cross contamination is handled by having separate bowls, implements and sheets for gluten free skincare clients. 

Heather is a certified Esthetician with many years experience in the spa industry and currently runs a home business to the standards you would expect from a professional spa.  Her permits from the City of Edmonton allow her to run her business out of her home in the Castledown's area and offers her services to women only.

Heather adds "Skincare for a Celiac is not a commonly promoted issue that is normally discussed in the Celiac community, but it is my personal belief that any product you put in and around your eyes, mouth and hands can make it into your body.  I have personally taken on this belief as a lifestyle choice and am offering my services to anyone else who is interested."

There are two types of facial’s offered by Heather; Prestige or Full Facial and if interested back facial’s (please inquire if interested) and deal with all kinds of skin types from: young to mature, oily to dry.

Click on the Facial Expressions ad at the top of the page to visit Heather's website and learn more about what she has to offer or call her at 780-700-3635.


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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, naturally gluten free & so delicious

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While feeding my blog reading addiction I stumbled upon this recipe for Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and I just had to try it out. The blog this super tasty recipe came from is called Eat Yourself Skinny. For me the alure of the recipe alone was eye grabbing. And when you couple it with my personal appreciation for already included carbohydate breakdown, provided by the author, this blog is for sure one I will have to check out again.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Serves 6
Serving size: 1/3 cup  Calories: 141  Fat: 4 g  Carbs: 2 g  Fiber: 5 g  Protein: 6 g  Old Points: 2 pts  Points+: 3 pts.
Courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 (15.5 oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry

Preheat oven to 400F. Arrange racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Stir together oil, chili powder, salt and cayenne in a large bowl. Add chickpeas and toss to coat. Divide the chickpeas between two large rimmed baking sheets. Bake, shaking pans occasionally and rotating pans from top to bottom shelves after 20 minutes, until chickpeas are browned and crisp, about 35-40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Note: I found that the chickpeas began to get soft the following day so I would recommend almost over baking them to ensure long lasting crispness. I may have underdone them the first time. Guess I'll just have to make them again...poor me, I know.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. I will defintely be putting these out at my next dinner party.

Addendum: Since trying these the first time, I have made them again and this time I used dried chick peas instead of canned. It turns out they do not lose their crispiness this way. However you must always soak dry chick peas overnight and then rinse and drain them before using them. Also in this recipe, the dried chick peas do not require as much time in the oven.  I over did some and they ended up on the trash. Oops.

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Review of 2011 Taste of Edmonton Festival - Gluten Free

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This year was the first year in a long long time that I was able to go to the Taste of Edmonton festival. In years past there have been menus put forth prior to the festival outlining the Celiac Friendly food items throughout the festival.

2011 Taste of Edmonton Festival went one step further for those of us with dietary restrictions. This year they put on each list of restaurants given to festival goers, the legend "V= vegertarian N= nuts C=Celiac Approved" and this to me was a fantastic option. As well this year the festival organizers went even one step further; in front of each restaurant booth at the Taste of Edmonton, on the sign showing which foods they were showcasing, they also included the legend for those with dietary restrictions.

To my pleasure there were a large variety of food options that were listed as "celiac approved", so many that we simply could not try them all. My mom and I tried the following items:
  • Alberta Beef Petit Tender w/ Blue Cheese Potatoes: Zinc restaurant - Just as I always do and just as we always recommend people do, I asked the woman dishing out this item about what is in the sauce they were putting on top of the beef. To my disappointment, she told me that she was not certain if it was truly gluten free friendly and therefore she did not feel I should eat it. When I asked her "why then would it be listed as celiac approved?" she had no answer for me. She told me that they cannot be certain because different people have been making the sauce throughout the festival. Then she went to serve me the beef, with no sauce, but with crispy onion strings on top (obviously not gluten free!) I quickly said no to the onion straws. I must say, this was my first attemp at the foods at the festival and it was very disappointing to me.
  • Papusas: El Rancho Spanish restaurant - This was an item I had eaten before and loved so I was very comfortable knowing that it was in fact gluten free friendly. However, while waiting for my papusa, I asked the man serving the foods what they use to coat their Mexican fried Ice cream (also being served at the festival) and when he told me "corn flakes" I sadly walked away thinking; I'm not going to be eating that as I am certain those corn flakes are not going to be gluten free. I later went home and looked at our previous post about this restaurant and found that this dessert is not listed at celiac friendly on their menu.
  • Pad Thai: Numchok Wilai restaurant- In my opinon there are certain commonly found foods in various restaurants that for me, tell me whether or not I would like the restaurant and and of their other menu items. Pad Thai is one of those foods. To me, if a restaurant can make a great Pad Thai then I am convinced that other menu items will be successful as well. This particular Pad Thai was fabulous. It wasn't spicy, it was a huge portion and I can say that becuase of it, I would like to try this restaurant out in the future.
  • Beef Lemongrass Skewer: Hoang Long Family restaurant- I recall going to this restaurant with friends in my pre-gluten free days and loving it. This booth was by far the most popular booth with the largest continuous line up at the entire festival. It seemed like everyone was walking around with a beef lemongrass skewer or multiples. I loved this booth.
  • Butter Chicken w/ Rice: Khazana restaurant- We used to live downtown and we often would pass this restaurant and yet we had never tried it before. I was quite impressed with their Butter Chicken. Similarly to the Pad Thai I described, Butter Chicken is a food item that I personally base my view of a restaurant on. This Butter Chicken dish was full of flavor and had a little kick to it, just the way I like it.
  • Home Style Chow Mein: Noodle Noodle restaurant - We did not try this food item, but I was curious about it. I have never thought of chow mein as being gluten free friendly, and to my delight, when we arrived at this booth we noticed that the restaurant had covered up the C on their poster thererby saying "oops we made a mistake and our food item is not celiac approved". Their knowledge of this error pleased me tremendously because this sort of error could be dangerous.
    
    Chocolate peanut butter chunk from Tra Amica Cafe
    
    
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk: Tra Amica Cafe and Bar- WOW! This dessert was heavenly. I love love loved it. After being told that foods were not truly celiac approved I was leary, so just as I had in other booths I asked the woman serving what was in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk. To my pure delight she told me that this item "contains chocolate, peanut butter and cream" ahhhhhh that was music to my ears. I love chocolate an peanut butter together. It's gotta be an all time favourite of mine. It was the best food item in the entire festival as far as I was concerned.
There were many more food items available to try, but by this point we were full and satisfied and I was over the moon excited with my dessert choice. We did not eat any more, guess we'll have to be sure to try again next summer.

The moral of this story is that you should always be extra careful and remember to ask questions even if it's not convenient for those waiting behind you, because your health and safety are top priority and errors do occur.

I would however like to know, who it was that was responsible for determining if the food items being served were "Celiac Approved"? I think it might have been up to the individual restaurants, and that to me is not the best plan when serving food to large crowds of people.

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Top 10 gluten free Chex Cereal recipes from General Mills

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Okay so by now you all know that gluten free Chex Cereal is available in Canada and can be found at yoru local Edmonton grocery store like Wal-Mart, Superstore, Sobey's and the list goes on.  The cereal is actually flying off the shelves because not just the Celiac consumers have been wanted this product in Canada for a while.

Well, General Mills has been well prepared for the arrival of Chex cereal and has a collection of gluten free recipes using Chex.  These recipes range from gluten free chicken fingers to gluten free cheesecakes with a Chex crust!

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Click here for a full list of the Top 10 gluten free chex cereal recipes, or use one of the links below:
  1. Favourite Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free)
  2. Meat Loaf Squares (Gluten Free)
  3. Sweet 'n Salty Coconut Chicken (Gluten Free)
  4. Chicken Cordon Bleu (Gluten Free)
  5. Mini Mac-and-Cheese Cakes (Gluten Free)
  6. Layered Chex Mex Casserole (Gluten Free)
  7. Chex Cookie Pizza (Gluten Free)
  8. No-Bake Honey-Peanut Butter Bars (Gluten Free)
  9. Triple-Berry Mini Cheesecakes (Gluten Free)
  10. Chex Muddy Buddies (Gluten Free)
Any of these links no longer working?  Email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

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Looking for a fresh light gluten free salad? Watermelon and Feta salad. Yum!

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Variation on the checkerboard
So I "stole" this Watermelon and Feta salad recipe from a cruise ship because (A) it was so tasty and (B) it is just so simple and such a fresh tasty salad.

Ingredients:
1/4 of Watermelon
Feta cubed
balsamic vinegar
1/4 of a cucumber sliced

Directions
Cube watermelon and make a checkerboard with the feta on a small plates.  Place thinly sliced cucumber around the checkerboard, or you can put the checkerboard on top a bed of cucumber.  Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.  Don't worry if you don't have enough to make a checkerboard, you can make any variation of a checkerboard you want such as I did above.

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