Sweet Baby Ray's Gluten Free BBQ Sauce

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Our biggest issue with Costco is frequency of having an item in stock.  One week you found your favourite sauce, the next week they don't carry it anymore.

That would be the case with the last BBQ sauce we were using.  Infact, not only are they not carrying the BBQ sauce, but they actually do not have ANY BBQ sauces in stock.


When we had pork ribs on the menu for the week and needed more sauce, I knew Costco was out of the questions.  Hopefully in summer they restock.  I guess they don't understand that in Alberta, we BBQ all year round!

So I turned to Superstore.  They had a bunch of BBQ sauces, including one of the sauces we buy at Costco, just a smaller bottle and more expensive.  So I decided to try something new.  I noticed the Sweet Baby Ray's "The Sauce is the Boss!" is labelled gluten free.  I hadn't heard anything good or bad about the sauce, so I really didn't know what to expect.

And the results?  I really enjoyed it.  I bought the regular and the Honey.  They had one other flavour.  The sauce was not too sweet, nor was it too tangy.  It was kind of just right.  It goes for about 2.50 to 3 bucks a bottle.  I really do recommend this sauce!

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Classico labeling sauces as gluten free

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Look for Classico labeling some of their pasta sauces as gluten free.  Especially some of the sauces like their Alfredo, which other brands would thicken with gluten.


We recently tried the Classico Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo sauce.  Mixed it in with a can of crab meat and gluten free penne.  It was really tasty and was also a hit with the kids.  We will probably stick to our regular tomato sauces, but continue to buy these Classico Alfredo sauces.

Note:  We added the pesto sauce to this, which is not labelled gluten free, but also did not contain any gluten ingredients, and no may contain warnings.

Because of this, be sure to read every label every time!

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Betty Lou's Gluten Free Fruit Bars

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Amanda found these amazing fruit bars at Sobey's called Betty Lou's Fruit Bars.  They are certified gluten free, and no only taste amazing, but taste like what they say they taste like.


In the photo we have strawberry pie, blueberry pie and peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Well, as Amanda is a huge peanut butter fan, she went straight for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich which she loved.  At $2.30 a piece they run the same price as any specialty bar, maybe even a little less.

You gotta try these out!

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Best gluten free crepe recipe

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I don't make crepes often, but when I do, they are the best!

I've posted in the past about gluten free stuffed french toast that I've made using the America's Test Kitchen cookbook.  Well although, they also have a crepe recipe, I've found using the french toast batter from the french toast for crepe works really well.  On top of that, the stuffing from that recipe works great as a sweet crepe filler.  So basically, you can make the stuffed french toast, and use any left over batter and stuffing to make crepes.



Crepe Batter Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Kinnikinnick gluten free all purpose flour

Directions
First mix all ingredients together except for gluten flour.  Once mixed in, slowly mix in gluten flour to get as smooth as possible.  Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes.

Stuffing Ingredients
8 ounces of cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Directions:
Warm cream cheese in microwave until soft (30 seconds at a time).  Mix all the stuffing ingredients together until smooth.

Cooking Directions:
I'm not the best at this, but what I do is warm up a non-stick man to medium heat.  Make sure you let it warm up for a minute or two.  You want that pan hot when you put the batter on the pan.  Pour a 1/4 cup of banner in the middle of the pan and lift pan from element and tilt the pan to spread batter around thinly to fill the entire pan.  Put back on element to cook batter for 30 seconds and dollop and spread on some filling (either the one listed above or be creative!).  Gently use spatula to folder over edges and plate.


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Gluten Free Potato Cheddar Soup by Johnny's

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I recently saw this soup at Costco, certified gluten free Potato Cheddar soup from Johnny's.

Lucky for me, Costco was sampling some so I got to try some without having to buy any.  We always buy the Johnny's Dill Ranch dressing which is really tasty and the kids love using it as a veggie dip.  So I was expecting something pretty tasty and it was.  This box of twenty 24 servings is about 11 bucks and worth it to have on hand for a cold winter day.


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Someone found gluten free wontons

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It was not to long ago when I got a message from someone looking for a gluten free wonton.  They said it is one things that they truly miss!  I didn't have a response for them.  I only know of great gf spring rolls we get from Bens Meats.

One of our readers Susan emailed me this weekend with this great find!  She found gluten free wontons!
On the weekend I was at Lucky Supermarket in Edmonton (13851-127 St) and found GF wontons (wontons are one of the things I miss most since becoming gluten free).

They are very tasty (although the texture of the wrapper is typically odd - I found them very yummy and didn't mind the texture).  --Susan



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Burger Priest Answers Your Gluten Free Prayers

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One of our friends would talk about this burger joint in Toronto she would visit for a great gluten free burger.  Every visit we made to Toronto, we'd never quite make it down to the joint.  Great news is that The Burger Priest now has a location in Edmoton.  Downtown to be specific at Jasper Ave. and 109 Street, beside the Kyoto Japan.


The Burger Priest has two menus.  It has their regular menu, and their secret menu, which they say is the worst kept secret.  Needless to say their menu is a bit whimsical on religion like the Religious Hypocryte, which is their veggie burger topped with bacon.

Their website also has great information in their FAQ section about their gluten free options to help you make the decision if the burger priest is a place where you want to eat.  To round it off, they full out say they are unable to guarantee no cross contamination. They do say:

  1. They have a dedicated fryer for fries
  2. No filling in their burgers but cooked on the same grill as other contaminated items
  3. Their chili does not contain gluten
  4. They have a gluten free bun (when we visited it was from All But Gluten)
  5. They will also lettuce wrap the burger for you

During our first visit, Amanda decided she wanted to try the Red Sea burger which was topped with their very tasty chili.  We took a second take at the hamburger, because we had never seen the All But Gluten bun.  The bun was larger than their standard bun and looked fluffy, so we thought they put the wrong burger on in the gluten free bun.  But we were certainly mistaken and pleased because the All But Gluten bun was pretty damn awesome and went well with the Red Sea burger.  Their fries were really addictive too, and we were happy they are done in a dedicated fryer.  We basically shared a fry order because they are pretty large, and shared a milk shake as well (not the malted shake).

We will probably visit the Burger Priest again!


The Burger's Priest Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Gluten Free Options Available at The Rec Room

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The Rec Room opened up a while ago in Edmonton's South Common.  This is not to be mistaken with Ed's Room.  This is The Rec Room, which is actually owned by Cineplex Entertainment.

So total full disclosure, we have not eaten there, but a few people have asked about eating there, so I looked into this further for our readers.

I'll leave you with this picture for a moment.


Now that you are done drewling, I can tell you that The Rec Room has three restaurants in it. When I contact The Rec Room, I got a pretty great response from Kristin Tyreman, Community Marketing Manager.  Kristin supplied me with what I will call a secret gluten free menu.  I say secret, because unfortunately they don't have this on their website yet.

So with that being said, approach this menu with caution, and still ask questions.  Especially about the poutine as they do not indicate if they have a shared fryer or not.

Restaurant: THREE10
Social Plates
Wood fired olives
Smoked bacon caramel corn
Smoked meat deviled eggs
Wood grilled asparagus
Applewood smoked bacon-maple jam  (modified with no crostini)
Mussels (modified with no crostini)
Crab and artichoke dip (modified with no crostini)

Salads
Roasted beet salad
Market greens
Grilled organic salmon salad
Chopped chicken salad

Personal Plates
Wood-oven half chicken
Skillet mac and cheese (will be available with gluten free free penne soon)
Steak frites
Organic salmon  (modified with no onion straws)
Wood grilled pork chop
310 burger (gluten free bun coming soon)
Organic BC salmon BLT sandwich (gluten free bun coming soon)

Restaurant: The Loft
Bites
Burrata jar (no crostini)

Field
Rocket Salad
Warm roasted vegetables

Pizza's
All pizzas (gluten free dough coming soon)

Build your own sundaes
Soft serve ice cream (no brownies or donut holes)
Rec Room Sundae

Restaurant: The Shed
All poutines are gluten free if ordered with chicken jus gravy

I will update this as soon as the Rec Room confirms all the coming soon items are available.

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Woodvale Community Facility and Millwoods Golf Centre

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We recently attended a wedding at the Woodvale Community Facility at the Millwoods Golf Centre.  We were not sure what to expect catering wise.  When I RSVP'd I asked my friend if there would be a gluten free meal option for Amanda, and if not, that would be okay.  We were prepared to make due.  My friend got back to us saying the Chef will have something ready for her, and to just check in with him upon arrival.

The buffet was gorgeous and made up of several different salads, potatoes, veggies, chicken and a carving station for roast beef.

As tables were preparing to get their dinners, Amanda went to speak with the Chef.  He asked her to hold on a moment and that he personally prepared her meal.  We were very impressed.  To Amanda's delight she got nothing different that was at the buffet, minus a few things like a pasta salad and perogies.


Before the food was put out, the Chef prepared Amanda's movie.  He made sure her meal was uncontaminated, and made some adjustment where needed.  She got a plate off all the salads except for the pasta salad and a package of Litehouse gluten free dressing.  We assume the dressing prepared in the tossed salad was not gluten free.  He also prepared the roast beef for her, with a different gravy as the gravy at the table was once again probably not gluten free.  And finally, below, a gluten free cake slice with fruit!  YES!


It as an honour to be invited to our friends wedding, and celebrate her special day, and just a bonus that Amanda had a delicious meal.

Woodvale Clubhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Teal for Allergy Free Halloween

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Halloween project we can get behind.  Have you heard of the #tealpumpkinproject ? Put out a teal pumpkin to show that you have candy and non food treats available to give out. Enjoy Life sent us some amazing gluten free nut free, gluten free, dairy free treats to give out for Halloween. Learn more at foodallergycanada.ca.


The website says that mainly you need to have non-food treats available for the teal pumpkin, but as a parent of a child with a nut allergy and the husband of a wife with Celiac, I don't want only non food treats available for those with allergies.  So I a printing out a different poster, and saying we have nut free and gluten free treats available on it.

No kid should go without candy on Halloween!

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Find Gluten Free at Amaranth Whole Foods in St Albert.

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Amaranth Whole Foods in St Albert is a grocery store with organic produce and many other food items as well as a Health and Wellness department with supplements and personal care and a large bulk section and frozen section.

They started in Calgary 20 years ago and focus on organic foods and gluten free.  The store has a red dot program that marks gluten free products on their shelves for easy recognition of products and we can provide receipts for customers to help with claiming for your taxes.

Amaranth Whole Foods is located in the Enjoy Center in St Albert which has 10 different business under one glass roof on two levels. It is a great place to come out and wander thru the greenhouse, visit the spa, explore our other business partners and dine at our glass house restaurant.

Many customers that come to the Enjoy Center are not aware they have been there for over 5 years and recently celebrated their fifth birthday with a huge birthday party with delicious gluten free cake, pizza and over fifty free giveaways.

Enjoy Centre
101 Riel Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N 3X4
780-651-7367
www.amaranthfoods.ca

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Kinnikinnick is geared up for the 2016 Halloween Season

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Halloween is around the corner and the Kinnikinnick Fresh Store is ready to help make your Halloween a little more gluten free.  We went recently and picked up there witches fingers cookies and say (didn't buy), these gluten free treat packs for Halloween.



On top of these goodies that are available Chef Lori from Kinnikinnick is having some free demo's October 27th and 28th, 2016.  Check out the poster below for details.



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Gluten Free Tahini Cookies

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Amanda loves baking, especially with the kids.  So when she came across a tahini cookie recipe in Today's Parent magazine, she jumped at the opportunity to adapt the recipe to be gluten free, because lets face it, tahini in a cookie?  Who would of thunk it, she had to try it and a great opportunity to bake with the kids. Also, I love tahini, especially as a dip.  I never thought of using it in a cookie.  So she had to try it.

What is great about this cookie is that in the magazine, it talks about it as being a great nut free cookie to make for kids.  When we tried it, we found out why, it doesn't taste like a peanut butter cookie, but the tahini really does add a nutty flavour to the cookie.  Lets just say, these cookies didn't last the week!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup usalted butter
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1.25 cups Kinnikinnick All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Optional: Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and lightly sprinkle with sesame seeds before putting in the oven

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl cream butter, tahini and sugars together with a mixer on medium until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).  
  4. Scrape down side of bowls and add eggs and vanilla and mix on medium for another 5 minutes
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.  Add to tahini mix, mixing by hand util incorporated.
  6. Drop 1 tbsp balls onto baking sheets leaving at least 2 inches between cookies.  
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until corners are turn golden brown.
  8. Transfer to cooling rack.

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Keeping Fit and Well

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Life has been pretty hectic over the past year and as such our days have been super tight on time. I wanted to give myself & Abisaac a huge pat on the back though. I know that might sound selfish but that is not the intention at all. My intention is to share our stories and to encourage other people to join us in our successes and create some of their own.
Back in August I purchased my first Beachbody exercise program. I opted for the 21 day fix. Some of you may have heard of this program before and others this might be the first time you’re hearing about it or any of the Beachbody programs. I convinced Abisaac to join me in working on this exercise program. I felt that I needed a partner to keep me on track to follow the program. I also felt that being parents to two bright, energetic and sweet little girls we could use some more time together, as well as exercise in our lives. Beachbody programs covered both areas in the comfort of our own home so to me it seemed like a win win win. How can anyone say they don’t need exercise and more time with their loved ones?
Since August we have completed multiple other beachbody programs and we have both seen tremendous success.  Let’s start with the 21 day fix program. This program is based on the idea that it takes 21 days to break any habit. I admit that at first I was uncertain about this statement. I can tell you now that I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.  The 21 day fix is a program created by trainer Autumn Calabrese.
Now you might be wondering what this all has to do with Gluten Free Edmonton. When I first looked into the 21 Day Fix Program and meal planning, I was careful to make sure this meal plan can be followed while maintaining a gluten free diet. I am pleased to say it was easy because the more I read into it the more I learned it was about portions and a well balanced diet.
As well, We all know that some companies choose to put more sugar and fat into gluten free foods to add flavor and compensate for the lack of gluten in their product. As a consumer, I do not want extra sugar & fat. As a type 1 diabetic who takes insulin I do not want to have to take more insulin to cover what I am going to eat. I also prefer (serious understatement) to maintain better blood sugar management & control. Well, I am pleased and proud to say that since we started our beachbody journey not only have we both lost inches on our waistlines, lost pounds in our weight, but I have seen better blood sugar control than ever before. I credit all of these things to our household focus on cleaner eating and daily exercise. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about any of the programs offered by Beachbody please contact me directly Amanda@glutenfreeedmonton.com.
“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most”
“It’s the start that stops most people”. This is a phrase that I heard today and wanted to share with all of our gluten free Edmonton readers.

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Our Gluten Free Experience at Riu Vallarta in Mexico

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It was over two years since our last vacation and we decided it was time to save up and go again. We had several things to consider when picking a resort.  

1. Family friendly
2. Some where warm and some where we don't have to cook or clean
3. Food restrictions - Gluten and nuts

The last time we were on vacation we stayed at the Riu Emerald Bay in Mazatlan, Mexico.  When it came down to our choices, we knew we had a good experience at the Riu Emerald, so we wanted to stay with the same family of Riu Resorts and ended up staying at the Riu Vallarta just outside of Puerto Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta.


We already know the Riu recognizes gluten free food restrictions on their website.  But they only go to the extent of saying that they don't have dedicated menu's, but try to accommodate.  Nut allergy/sensitive was different but easier to manage.  We noticed the chef's loved garnishing some of the desserts with nuts and peanuts were served at the pool side.  But we were able to easily avoid those.

As a resort, the Riu Vallarta in Mexico is beautiful.  It seemed a bit older than the Riu Emerald Bay, but you can see managements efforts trying to keep up with maintenance of the resort.  The staff were always nice, and the free flowing drinks when the kids heads were turned was a nice treat.

But enough of that, I know you really tuned in to hear about how we managed the gluten free diet at the resort.  Well, I talked to Amanda about this after the fact, and said it is almost safer for us to stick with Mexico because they cook a lot with corn flour.  However, we really don't know enough about Jamaican or Dominican food to compare.

So what does that mean.  Yes they have tortilla's made of flour, but they also make a lot of corn tortilla's.  And a lot of yummy dishes like tostadas and chimichangas.  Which is great for having breaded food items.  

So some things to look out for:
  • This is a buffet and it is hard to control cross contamination
  • Most fried tortilla's are corn, but a few items are floured and they do have other battered north american foods fried like chicken fingers.  So shared fryers can be a concern.
  • When you see a tortilla, ask if it is corn or in Spanish maiz.  It was really hard to tell sometimes.

Beyond that there was just some really tasty food to be eaten, some some of it there was no need to question.


A plate of delicious seafood and fish.  Stuffed tomato with seafood salad.  A slice of season salmon.  A little salad with fresh bacon.  Some fresh prawn and a deviled egg with guacamole filling.  Yes there is brie there too.


The buffet had delicious "new york" steak.  Thinly sliced steaks, pan fried season with salt and pepper.  There was also always a chicken and fish.


Chimichangas, with corn tortilla
  

tostadas with corn tortilla.  Topped with pork, tomato, lettuce and cheese.


Some of the yummy salad bar options.


More salad bar options!


Yum dessert!  This is no crust cheese cakes made in mini cupcake tins.  
Obviously these were a big hit.


They made their own chocolate.  I lost count of how many of these I ate.


This is a personal favourite of mine.  Flan is a custard pudding.  So tasty.  I used to make it but it is a lot of work.  So I made sure it didn't go to waste at the buffet (daily)


This I shared on FB, it basically was a breakfast tostada, or a Mexican eggs Benedict.  Really good.  They also had a made to order egg station for whatever you wanted!

We know it will probably be a while, but we hope to go back soon.  So I just wanted to leave you with the thought of blue sky's and sandy beaches.





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Five ingredient no bake gluten free treat

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This tasty treat is pretty darn easy and tasty!
Chocolate Peanut butter stuffed oatmeal bars 
5 Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup gfree quick oats (we use only oats gfree uncontaminated quick oats)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (we used wow butter because of nut allergy)


Directions
  • Line 8x8 baking sheet with foil
  • In sauce pan heat butter with brown sugar until dissolved. 
  • Let boil 2 min
  • Remove and stir in oats and mix. Set aside
  • Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave or double broiler 
  • Press half the Oat mix in baking sheet. 
  • Pour chocolate peanut butter mixture on top and spread. 
  • Gently add remainder of Oat mix and spread. Let cool and yum!

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Easy One Pan Gluten Free Sausage and Vegetable

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This is one easy and tasty recipe! We make this sometimes when we just need an easy recipe that covers protein, carbs and veggies, and doesn't take all that much clean up, because it is all done in one pan!

Ingredients:
  • 5 of your favorite gluten sausage, cut into pieces (We used home made sausage from my parents neighbours)
  • 2 medium zucchini chopped
  • 4 medium to large potato chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry or grape tomato
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 Red pepper chopped
  • About 1 cup of white wine
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
With this recipe feel free to get creative with the veggies you put in!



Directions:
  • Turn on oven to 375 degrees
  • Put it all in one pan!
  • Pour white wine over sausgage
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook until potatoes are soft 30-30 minutes
Tip:  Keep an eye on the sausage that they don't dry out.  The sausage we used were not so greasy, so we had to pull them out part way through so they don't over cook and dry out.  You could also add the sausage part way through if you think your sausages don't need as much cooking time as the potato.



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Need Gluten Free Green Onion Cakes? Two amazing options in Edmonton!

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Edmonton has an unhealthy obsession with green onion cakes.  But can you blame Edmonton?  They are yummy!  There have even been petitions and websites to make Green Onion Cakes the official food of Edmonton.

So I'm pretty sure when someone learns they have to eat a gluten free diet, there is instant disappointment and fear that they will never eat another Green Onion Cake again.  Unless they make it themselves from scratch.

Well... at least for now, that is no longer the case.  The Kinnikinnick Fresh Store has started selling gluten free green onion cakes!  They sell them frozen so they last and can easily keep them in stock! Not only that, after Kinnikinnick posted their gluten free green onion cake, Ted from GF Diner reminded us that they also sell green onion cakes!  Two kinds!  One like Kinnikinnick, frozen for quick heat, and one dough so you can make yourself.

Time for a gluten free green onion tasting!

Here is the Kinnikinnick gluten free green onion cake:


Here is the GF Diner gluten free green onion cake:


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Quaker introduces gluten free quick oats and gluten free instant oatmeal

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We have not tried these yet, but just wanted to let everyone know that Quaker is now making a gluten free quick oats and a gluten free instant oatmeal in maple and brown sugar flavour.

These gluten free oats are certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Certification Program. You can see the logo on the side of the instant oat box in the picture below.

Read about the gluten free Quaker Oats products on the Quaker website.

Quaker Oats posted a FAQ about their gluten free oats.

These products have been spotted at several Save-on-Foods locations across the city.

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.


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Gluten Free Pineapple Dream Dessert

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I can tell you that this is one delicious recipe that we adapted from Amanda's Cooking Blog.  It's not a cake, and its not a tart, simply, it is a delicious dessert!  Amanda found this recipe because she was looking to replicate an amazing dessert her friends mother makes during one of the Jewish holidays.  This recipe caught her attention, because it was pretty close.  The only thing was that this recipe contained dairy to make the filling more smoother.

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups graham crumbs - We used the Kinnikinnick Smore'Ables
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained well


Directions

Shell
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  • Melt butter in microwave and let cool.
  • Crush smore'ables (unless you bought them crushed already) and combine the crumbs and butter.  
  • Preserve 1/2 cup of crumbs for topping
  • Press 2 cups of the crumb mixture firmly into an 9×9 square pan
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. 
  • Place on wire rack to cool.
Filling
  • Use mixer to beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. 
  • Turn mixer to low and add the powdered sugar.  Add one cup at a time to avoid clumping. 
  • Beat mixture well until smooth.
  • Add a large spoon full of the drained crushed pineapple and stir. 
  • Spread the cream cheese and pineapple mixture over the crust.
  • Fold remaining pineapple into Cool Whip
  • Spread Cool Whip on top of the cream cheese mixture. 
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of gluten free graham cracker crumb mixture on top. 
  • Refrigerate over night to firm up.


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Love Pizza Serves Up Delicious Gluten Free Flat Bread Pizza's

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It was not that long ago that Edmonton was voted one of the top 10 places in the world to eat pizza. I'm sure most people were baffled by this!  I sure was at first.  Pizza doesn't really come to mind when you think of Canada, let alone Edmonton.

But when you look closer at whats out there in Edmonton, there are some damn good pizza places. Some of them even serve up gluten free.  Just check out places like Parlour, Famoso and CRAFT Beer Market.

This was not on the list of top pizza places put it out in April 2016, but have you checked out Love Pizza yet?  Love Pizza is fairly new and is located downtown at Jasper Ave and 109 Street in the same plaza as Save-on-Foods.  And yes, it very trendy, with their flat bread style single serve pizza's.  But I think they are the real deal.  They do not only have clever marketing, fun photos, and a great in restaurant atmosphere, but they have a delicious menu.

So now, remember this is a pizza place, it is very difficult to reduce cross contamination, but they try.  They switch gloves, specially indicate gluten free pizzas coming through the oven to alert the next person to touch the pizza etc.  So obviously, approach with caution and be vocal.

But damn it is worth it and very tasty!  Their website indicates that they source from local businesses where they can, including Gold Forest GrainsIrvings Farm FreshSpolumbo’s Fine Foods, Pinocchio Ice Cream and more.

We've gone several times and have love the City Market and The Q.  Below is the Meatatarien and The Q.  Basically we have not been disappointed yet.



BTW, kids eat free on Sunday and they also have a loyalty app!

LOVEPIZZA Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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What you need to know about the Gluten Free Pita at Pita Pit

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We are pretty sure all Pita Pit locations now have the gluten free pita available.  But here is what you need to know about their gluten free pita:


  1. The gluten free pita did NOT break or fall apart!
  2. The gluten free pita was actually soft!
  3. Pita Pit is not a gluten free environment.
  4. Gyros, Falafel, BBQ Rib and Buffalo chicken are NOT gluten free
  5. From their breakfast menu, Meat The Day and Sausage Sunrise are NOT gluten free
  6. Teriyaki sauce is NOT gluten free
We went to the University location just on Whyte Ave.  We've also been contacted by the owner of the Jasper Ave. location about the gluten free Pita as his wife is Celiac, so they try to keep everything as clean as possible.

Keep up to date with their full allergen guide!

Pita Pit Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

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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.

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Gluten Free Options on the Taste of Edmonton Menu 2016

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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.


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NEW Quaker Gluten Free Oats

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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.

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Keilans Creamery Ice Truck - Serving Gluten Free Friendly

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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

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Easy Guacamole with Litehouse Gluten Free Guacamole Seasoning Mix

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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.

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Are Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells Gluten Free?

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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. 


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Steakout Pizza & Grill brings on the Gluten Free

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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

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