Breakfast Bowls with Gluten Free Hollandaise

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I was first introduced to the breakfast bowl concept when I moved here to Edmonton and Amanda took me to Ricky's All Day Grill for the first time.  A place we don't eat at often anymore since her Celiac Diagnosis.

So I wanted to bring Ricky's All Day Grill to our home and make one of our favourite breakfast meals, the Breakfast Bowl.  The breakfast bowl is layers of breakfast goodness in a bowl with potatoes, meat, eggs, cheese and hollandaise sauce.  Really the only tricky part about making these at home is the hollandaise sauce.

Lucky for us, we know that Sobey's sells Mayacamas sauce mixes which are gluten free, including their hollandaise sauce.  The rest is pretty easy to pick up naturally gluten free.


So what is needed exactly for a breakfast for 2?

Ingredients:
  • 1 large potato diced
  • Gluten breakfast sausage (about two cups chopped), also any sausage will really do
  • 3 Eggs
  • Mayacamas Hollandaise sauce mix
  • Cheddar cheese
  • pinch of Salt
  • pinch of Pepper
  • Seasoning salt (optional)
  • oil for cooking
Directions:
This is where I make a mess!  Because I look to cook everything separately so I can easily layer everything.
  1. Make sure the potato is diced up into small pieces.  Heat up some oil in a pan and start to cook.  Season with salt and pepper. This should take about 10 minutes on a low to medium heat.  The potato tends to take the longest.
  2. Once you have the potato going, Chop up the sausage and start to cook in another pan.  This should cook fairly quickly
  3. Get started on the sauce and follow the instructions
  4. Beat the three eggs and have it ready and waiting for when the sausage is completed.
  5. Grate two handfulls of cheddar cheese.
  6. Grab two bowls to start plating.
  7. even distribute the potato into the two bowls
  8. Toss with seasoning salt if you want
  9. Layer the meat about 1 cup per bowl.
  10. While the pan is still hot, throw on the eggs, this should cook fairly quickly
  11. Distribute the egg evenly to both bowls
  12. Add hollandaise sauce
  13. Top with cheddar cheese!
Mmmmmmmmm so good!

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La Crema Caffe Revisited

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It is no secret that especially during the summer time, we like to go to La Crema for a lunch or brunch on the weekend.  What a great location for a cafe in beautiful downtown St. Alberta.

I don't think it is hardly a secret that La Crema serves up some of the best gluten free meals in the Edmonton area.  Just look at the La Crema Urbanspoon and you will see review after review praising their gluten free options!

My parents recently visited this winter, and we decided to make the drive down the Anthony Henday to St. Albert and have a lunch.  Usually Amanda orders their gluten free quiche and a gluten free Cesar salad.  This time, she decided to try something different as La Crema is carrying Udi's gluten free bagels for sandwiches!


Once again Amanda was not disappointed with the Bravo sandwich. Of course everyone will probably have their opinion on the choice of gluten free bread used, but Amanda happens to love Udi's gluten free bagels.  The bagel was stuffed with Italian meats and cheeses with a nice mayo sauce.  She was so full after we didn't end up getting a gluten free dessert (And La Crema has AMAZING gluten free desserts).

We can't wait until the summer time comes around and we start enjoying more brunches at La Crema.  Last summer La Crema had a brunch buffet on Sunday's with plenty of gluten free options, including gluten free squares.

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Gluten Free at Col. Mustards in Downtown Edmonton

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NOTE: Since we wrote this post, Coo. Mustard's has been closed for reno's due to a neighborhood flood.

It is definitely hard to make it out to all of the restaurants that are gluten free friendly in Edmonton.  Especially now that we have a kid!  So sometimes our readers, or restaurateurs make it easy for us and just write in.  Meg wrote  wrote in to tell us about Col. Mustards gluten free offerings and how they take great care of their Celiac customers and she quoted andn email from the owner:
Several of our full time staff are Celiac and eat here on a daily basis with confidence. We truly appreciate what an effort it can be to enjoy a gluten free meal out at a restaurant.
The posting below is up on our website. And I can also assure you as a Red Seal Chef I take this responsibility very seriously. As the post says we use separate boards, utensils, spreads & products all prepared on a separate work surface, we have a glutten free toaster as well.
All Bread products come from Kinnikinnick and are picked up weekly. Our facility also has a spotless health inspection record. With the ever increasing demand for gluten free choices for many people we are happy to provide many options.
  • We take great care using separate toasters, cutting boards and spreads.
  • Soups, three made fresh daily are gluten free whenever possible
  • Salads, any possibilities including rice noodle, bean or greens.
  • Pizza's, all available on gluten free crust.
  • Sandwiches, we carry white and multigrain and can do almost all of our creations on gluten free.
  • Desserts, Chocolate dipped peanut butter balls & Chocolate mousse.
And that's just for lunch our dinner menu includes all the salads and soups and pizzas as well as Pan Seared Salmon, Cioppino Pot, Eggplant Parmasean & Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps all gluten free! 
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Gluten Free Meatballs from Costco

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We just wrote about shopping at Costco for gluten free foods.  And we wanted to prove that it is certainly worth it.

We bought the gluten free Mamma Nonna's turkey meatballs that are available in the frozen foods section of Costco.  (We shop Edmonton's west end Costco)  These meatballs are marked gluten free on the packaging.  It didn't take long for us to try the meatballs because who doesn't like a good meatball?  We have our own meatball recipe that we make (more of a Jewish recipe rather than Italian).  So we really wanted something different.

Mamma Nonna's meatballs come vacuum packed in marinara sauce in sets of three and there are 5 pouches.  Thats a lot of meatballs for $15.  And these are not small meatballs either.  Although the packaging shows the meatballs in a sandwich, we wanted gluten free spaghetti and meatballs.  Amanda notice quickly that there was not really going to be enough sauce for a pasta meal, so she just pulled out her favourite sauce to mix into the pasta.

The meatballs themselves were not hard to prepare.  You boil water and put the packaged meatballs right into the boiling water.  The instructions said 2 minutes of boiling, but Amanda said she it really needed longer.

The tossed the meatballs in with our gluten free spaghetti, some extra sauce and chowed down. The meatballs were really good.  The gluten free meatballs were well seasoned and not bland at all.  The taste reminded me of the meatballs we used to have in Italian wedding soup.

We hope you also enjoy these quick ready made meatballs!

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Costco's Gluten Free Products are Growing and Growing

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Costco is one of those places that if you see something that you like, you better buy it, because you may not see it the next day.  It's always great going into Costco to browse and look at all the new and different products they have.  They often have some neat and interesting things to buy.  Not to mention the gallons of ketchup, mustard and laundry detergent, to name a few.

In the past I would have never thought to shop at Costco for gluten free foods, but over the past year, we have started to see more and more gluten free products showing up on the shelves at Costco.  Now, just like any other product they carry, if you see something, buy it, and buy lots of it, because you never really know if they will have it again.

Some gluten free items we have seen at Costco lately include:
  • Gluten free penne pasta (made from quinoa)
  • Gluten free turkey meatballs
  • Gluten free Mary's Gone crackers
  • Gluten free Multigrain Crunch Master crackers
  • Johnny's soups
  • Grimm's sausages, deli meats etc.
  • Gluten free fresh ravioli
Kirkland is also Costco's in house brand which also makes some gluten free meats like hamburger patties and hot dogs that we recently bought. As well their chicken stock in a box is also gluten free (Kirkland brand) but you have to buy a case of it so that might not work for everyone.

So if you have a membership, check out Costco, go often because they are always bringing in new stuff.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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Now before I even begin here, I will say that I know that everyone has their own varying opinions on the usage of oats in the gluten free diet. I will follow that by telling you that this is only my opinion and I do not need to be yelled at and told that I am doing anything wrong because everyone's opinion is equally valid and I am simply sharing a recipe that I personally enjoy.

Moving forward...I had a serious hankering for some oatmeal cookies the other day and while it has been a long long time since I have eaten a really great oatmeal cookie, I was inclined to go ahead and try my own recipe.  Of course I did use gluten free ingredients and I did use the brand called Only Oats in my concoction and the end result was perfection!

I found this recipe for regular thick and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies and I made a couple of alterations to make it gluten free friendly and of course I added chocolate chips instead of raisins because...well who doesn't like chocolate chips in their cookies? Duh.

Thick and Chewy (gluten free) Oatmeal raisin cookies 
Adapted from SmittenKitchen.com

Makes approximately 24 cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp table salt
1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips (could use raisins, nuts or other fruit)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. 

Scoop cookie dough using either spoon or small ice cream scoop (my preference for achieving same sized cookies) and place about 2 inches apart. Do not flatten cookies unless you want to. Not necessary though.

As I mentioned, I had a serious hankering for some oatmeal cookies and while others may not feel the same I personally choose (on occasional only) eat gluten free oats. I have chosen to limit my intake of oats, even if gluten free but that is my  personal decision. Your opinion may vary and your doctor may have suggested you do not eat oats, even if labelled as gluten free. To each their own is what I think.  

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More Gluten Free Passover Offerings

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It's that time again, Passover is soon upon us. Actually for those who do not know, Passover this year is celebrated on March 25 (at sundown) - April 2. For people living with Celiac disease, Passover offers a variety of foods that are not commonly found in the supermarkets. Last year we wrote about our gluten free Passover findings and we were then interviewed for the Edmonton Journal as well to share our story of dealing with Passover while gluten free.

This year I was able to find a bunch of new products as well as those listed last year. At the Sobey's location in the west end (18370 Lessard Road Edmonton) I found the following gluten free kosher for Passover items:
  • Manischewitz gluten free kosher for Passover Crackers
  • Liebers gluten free Coat 'n' bake Bar-b-que flavor (similar to shake and bake)
  • Manischewitz gluten free noodles (both fine and wide)
  • Gefen gluten free thin noodles
  • Manischewitz gluten free yellow cake mix with chocolate frosting
  • Streit's gluten free chocolate cake mix & vanilla cake mix with chocolate frosting
  • Yehuda gluten free matzo (found at IGA, not at Sobey's)



There were also some gluten free pound cakes found in the freezer section. Now, I did not buy all of these items for our house, but I was pleased to see that there continue to be more and more gluten free kosher for passover options available each year.  The other thing that was impressive to me was that the costs of the gluten free kosher for Passover items was no more than the non-gluten free kosher for Passover items. Things like this make me very happy to see.

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Kale Chips, naturally gluten free

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I am not normally a person who's out there following the next big craze of foods, but I have to share that I caved a bit and I had to give this whole Kale craze a try. If you know me, you'll know that I could happily reach for a salty snack over a sweet snack any day. Now, that being said salty snacks are not healthier (or less healthy) than their sweet counterparts (kinda). The point of my rambling here is that I'd happily choose chips and nuts over candy and sweets, but there are some salty treats that are of course healthier than others....enter in the Kale chips craze!! While they certainly are not chips they do satisfy the salty cravings and carbohydrate wise they register as virtually nil (horray!!). As a person who is used to being on the go all the time at work and now finding myself at home with a little one, I have found that I need to be extra careful about my snacking. I cannot simply sit and eat a bunch of salty snacks without it adding to my waistline. Well, again enter in the Kale craze. Thank goodness there's a healthier alternative for when you're craving a crispy, salty snack.

I had to do a bit of looking around to find the Kale but I eventually found it at Save-on-foods. I found this super easy recipe or list of instructions for making Kale Chips from The Morning Fresh, a fellow food blogger and here's what we ended up with.


This may not look like much, but it was too much to fill two large soup bowls, overflowing! All of this came from one bunch of Kale. I must share with you though that while this was a super super easy recipe, I managed to way too much salt on the first batch (the black bowl on the left) and we ended up throwing it in the garbage. The white bowl on the right was salted perfectly and tasted awesome. I would definitely do this again. Maybe some of the food crazes that go on are not entirely outrageous and are possibly worthy of my attention on occasion.

What is your favorite new food item that seems to be all the craze these days?


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MyFries in Edmonton Serves Gluten Free Poutine

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As always, we welcome guest blog posts from our readers.  I love the Bloggers that just eat their way through a city, but Amanda and I are not always as adventurous  and because of the nature of our blog,  people just love to write in and share their experiences.  So it certainly saves us a trip to a restaurant or store.

This guest post is from Emily who visited MyFries:
Just wanted to let you know about a new french fry joint that's recently opened up in Edmonton. They're called My Fries, located at 16934 107 Ave NW, in a complex along with Fat Burger, Dairy Queen, etc. Their premise is the "healthy fries"; all their fries are baked and their ingredients are fresh and free of trans fat.  They offer sweet potato fries as well. They also have a gluten free gravy. I haven't tried anything but their basic poutine, but it was so delish, and, I have to say, much better than La Poutine. They offer different poutine combinations as well, and I'm not sure which of these options are gluten free but I'm sure you would love to look into it :)
So what do you like best, MyFries or LaPoutine?

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Gluten free pita and dips from The Happy Camel

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The Happy Camel is a staple at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market.  But what I didn't realize (but Amanda knew all along), is that they do have a store front in Edmonton's West End behind the Callingwood Dollarama and beside the Bottle Depot.  So you don't have to wait until Saturday to buy their dips.  What's that I said?  Buy their dips?  Yup, I said it, you can buy their dips, because most of then are gluten free.  Infact they have been making gluten free vegetarian dips and spreads for years.

On top of that, not too long ago The Happy Camel started to make gluten free pita's from corn or potato.  We have tried them, and they are decent.  They certainly make a nice dipping vehicle. The Happy Camel is unable to guarantee no cross contamination since they make the gluten free pita in a kitchen that also process their standard pita's.  You can typically pick up their gluten free pita frozen at their store location.  They do also have it at their kiosk at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market.

You can often find The Happy Camel also setup in other Farmers Markets.

As for their dips and salads, be sure to try out their hummus and Amanda's favourite baba ghanouj!

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