Who loves Chachi's?

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Holly shared us a review for Chachi's gluten free sandwiches!

Hi! Just wondering if you've had a sandwich at Chiachi's yet (in West Edmonton Mall and South Edmonton Common). I just ate there and it was really good - they even changed gloves and utensils for me. The gluten free bread didn't fall apart and it was nice to have a place to eat at the mall again since the Press'd in West Edmonton Mall closed.


All the gluten free sandwiches are listed on their website, and there's a pretty good selection. I tried the Clubbin and I actually enjoyed it more than Press'd, the garlic mayo was delicious!

Check out their sandwich menu.  Gluten free sandwiches are marked with GF.


Chachi's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Treats for this years Halloween 2017

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It is certainly hard to find gluten free treats to give out for Halloween.  You usually just read labels and look for no gluten ingredients, or no may contains.  But not many halloween treats are labelled gluten free.

I'm going to start a list here, and I encourage you to email me a photo at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com of any other Halloween treats you find labelled gluten free.

Enjoy Life - gluten free chocolate crunch - Also nut free!
Should be found at Safeway, Sobey's and Superstore


YumEarth - gluten free gummy candy - Also nut free!
Found at Winners

Sunkist Fruit Snacks - Also nut free
Found at most stores
Suggested by Sharleen!

Tootsie products - including tootsie roll
Found at most stores

Read Tootsie's FAQ which has a gluten free statement.  And then check out all the gluten free candies they have!

Rockets 
Found all over

Check out Rockets gluten free statement.

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Can you put gluten free pasta in an Instant Pot?

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The quick answer is heck ya!

Amanda couldn't believe it when she made this gluten free pasta dish in the Instant Pot.  While I was away on business, Amanda just wanted something easy to make that our kids will enjoy.  She took a risk and decided to google making pasta in the instant pot.  There are certainly varying opinions on cooking pasta in the Instant Pot, let alone gluten free pasta.  But for us, it worked.  We probably wouldn't make gluten free spaghetti in it, but this gluten free penne just works perfectly.

The dish took about 15 minutes to make.  The instant pot heats up so fast in saute mode that the meat browns so fast.  Once that is done, it just takes 4 minutes to cook after the Instant Pot gets up to pressure.  Check out the recipe below.


This recipe was adapted from the The Holy Mess.

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef or sausage
8 oz (half box) gluten free penne (we used the pasta from Costco)
1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
¾ spaghetti sauce jar of water

Instructions
  1. Click the "saute" button on Instant Pot and cook ground beef until brown, about 5-8 minutes. It does have have to fully cook through.
  2. Turn machine off.
  3. If desired, drain fat. (The more fat your drain, of course the healthier. A little bit of fat keeps pasta from sticking together.)
  4. Add 1 jar spaghetti sauce.
  5. Add ¾ jar full of water.
  6. Add pasta. Do not mix, but gentle push pasta into liquid and move around a bit to prevent sticking.
  7. Turn Instant Pot to "Manual" and set for 4 minutes.  Be sure to close the valve.
  8. Use quick release.  Mix and serve.

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Poke is all the trend! Splash Poke has Gluten Free Options

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This is a guest blog post from Geneviev

Friends and I had a quick lunch at Splash Poke on 109 St & Jasper Ave. They label their sauces for gluten free on the menu board. They mix it fresh, one portion at a time in front of you. Rice & vermicelli noodles for base are gluten free. The raw fish is unseasoned until you pick your sauce. They have cooked chicken, but it's pre-marinated and I didn't ask about it as I went with salmon & tuna. They have fried toppings that aren't gluten free so I stuck to sesame seeds and veggie options.



Splash Poke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Good for a gluten free laugh on a chilly fall day

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Gluten Free Sheet Pancakes Adapted from Tasty Junior

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I totally got this idea from BuzzFeeds Tasty Junior, so nothing original here!  But I wanted to say I was able to successfully adapt it for gluten free.

Quite frankly, although I used the gluten free Kinnikinnick Pancake mix, you can probably follow their recipe and do a 1 for 1 substitute.

So for directions, if you are using the Kinnikinnick Pancake mix, just follow their directions.  You may need to make 3 to 4 batches to fill up the tray.  I added 1/2 tsp of baking soda to each batch to create some more fluff.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the batter across.  Then get creative with your toppings!

The picture below from top to bottom is:

  • Alternating strawberry slices and cream cheese scoops taken directly from the Tasty Junior recipe (link at top of page)
  • Alternating Banana and peanut butter (we used sun butter) and put one chocolate chip ontop of the peanut scoop.
  • Sprinkles!
  • Chocolate chips and cinnamon.


The website says bake for 15 minutes at 425, but that was really too much.  It dried out the pancake a little more than I liked.  So I would maybe do 400 for 10 minutes and just check from there.


Cut into squares and serve!


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The Melting Pot is very fond-ue of gluten free

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Amanda and I recently celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary.  We have been wanting to try The Melting Pot Edmonton for a while but they are always booked!  But this time, I managed to snag a reservation two weeks out!


When booking my reservation, I made sure to note a gluten free meal, so when we arrived at our table, the server was already on the ball, and knew we were having a gluten free meal and went over the menu with us, which was basically open except a few things. So I won't really go over all that here, but I want to give a few tips.
  1. Like any restaurant, cross contamination is an issue.  Know that when you eat with a group, it is better that the whole group eats gluten free so the fondue pot is not being contaminated.  This includes sauces etc.
  2. Go over the menu with the server, so you know what is, and what is not gluten free.  They will be happy to help.
  3. Don't look so shocked when they bring you a plate of gluten free brownies and cake for dipping!  Scroll right to the bottom for lots of yum!


Above, we chose the spinach and artichoke appetizer.  The wait staff prepped the fondue in front of us with some veggie broth, cheese, artichoke hearts and spinach.  It was served with gluten free bread, veggies and apple for dipping.


Next course was salad.  Above is the wedge salad with ranch, bacon, Gorgonzola and slices of tomato.  Below is their house salad with a mustard dressing with egg and tomato.



For the main course we decided to order our own plates and share.  Above is the surf and turf and below is the traditional.  There were a couple items that were not gluten free, so they just swapped out to any protein of our choosing.  Yum yum yum yum.  I forgot to take a picture of the broth we cooked this in.  The waitress gave us the cooking times.


Below is all the sauces they gave us (minus two that were not gluten free).  I can't remember all of them, but I remember a few being a currie, a blue cheese, and a sweet and sour.


Now for the star!  Dessert!  OMG!  We ordered the original with chocolate and peanut butter.  They served it with to slices of gluten free cake and a piece of gluten free brownie!  yum yum yum yum!  It was also served with pineapple, banana, strawberry and marshmallow.  Personally, the marshmallow was my favourite to dip!



So basically, you should eat here!
  The Melting Pot Edmonton Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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5 things you should know about gluten free labeling laws in Canada

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1. To be labelled or marketed as gluten free, products levels of gluten protein need to be below 20 ppm

"Health Canada considers that levels of gluten protein below 20 ppm generally do not represent health risks to consumers with celiac disease."

2. A product DOES NOT have to be made in a dedicated gluten free facility to meet the gluten free label requirements

"There are no regulatory requirements prescribing that dedicated facilities must be used in the production of gluten-free foods. Regulated parties are responsible for ensuring that sufficient processing controls are in place to consistently produce gluten-free foods that meet all regulatory requirements."

3. Health Canada allows oats to be labelled gluten free as long as they meet the standard requirements

"Health Canada has published a position indicating that the majority of people with celiac disease can tolerate uncontaminated oats, which are oats that have been specially produced to ensure they do not contain more than 20 ppm of gluten from wheat, rye, barley, or their hybridized strains."

4. No low gluten or reduced gluten claims are permitted.

"Low gluten" or "reduced gluten" claims are not acceptable in Canada.."

5. Gluten free beer claims are allowed with gluten free grains, but not with a non gf grain.

"Health Canada and the CFIA do not object to the use of a "gluten free" claim on a beer-like product derived from a non-gluten grain if it meets the requirements outlined for "gluten free" claims"

Read Health Canada's gluten-free claims section of their website.

Have any questions or concerns, reach out to your local Health Canada office responsible for labeling.  Click here for contacts.

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Gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina

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This is totally a guest blog post from Kevin! Thanks for sharing!

I just wanted to make you aware of the gluten-free pizza at Vaticano Cucina. My girlfriend is recently gluten sensitive and we've had trouble finding a pizza place that has good gluten free crust. Vaticano's GF pizza crust is incredible, and as someone who doesn't have to eat GF, I really do enjoy their GF crust.

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Thank you for sharing Kevin!

Message us on facebook or email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com if you want to hare a guest blog post.

Vaticano Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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In a hurry gluten free scallop potato

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Scallop potato is a delicious dish.  Especially if you like creamy cheesiness!

Unfortunately it takes forever to bake a scallop potato.  We should know, we've practically starved our kids waiting for the potatoes to cook on several occasions.

We were in a pinch the other day, and wanted potato, but we had had enough roasted potato for the week and wanted something different, but we couldn't wait an hour.

Amanda went searching the web and found a recipe from Taste of Home to make a scallop potato in the microwave in in a bout 25 minutes.  Yes that sounds crazy, running the microwave for 25 minutes straight.  But don't worry, you run it for 8 minutes at a time, so your potatoes won't become radioactive killer potatoes.



Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour (we use Kinnikinnick)
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups milk
1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (we used a mandolin on the thinnest setting)
1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in gluten free flour, salt and pepper until smooth. 
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. 
  3. Stir in cheese until melted. 
  4. In a 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray, layer a third of the potatoes, onion and cheese sauce. 
  5. Repeat the layers twice. 
  6. Cover and microwave on high for 25-30 minutes, (8 minute intervals) until the potatoes are tender.  You may have to mix the sauce or potato around a bit.

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5 Things you probably didn't know about Gluten Free Edmonton

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Our first post was all the way back on January 6, 2010 and it was on How we prepared for the gluten free diet.  It was a really short post!  Did we even know what we were doing back then?  Heck, do we know what we are doing now?

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I say "our and we" a lot because there is one Celiac, but two people running this blog. My name is Abisaac, and my wife is Amanda.  Amanda was diagnosed Celiac in 2009, a couple weeks before our wedding.  Read Amanda's Celiac Story.

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This will be our 745 post!  That is a lot of information!

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We do what we do because people keep on asking us too.  And they keep on giving us information to share, because we can't do this on our own!  We need you to help us.
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Our all time most viewed post to date is people trying to find out if Manwich is gluten free!  So is it? Edmonton must love their sloppy joe's.



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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin

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This is the lazy mans post because I just can't bring myself to typing out the recipe and I can't find the link on Tip Hero because they have so many Banana Muffin recipes and I don't know which one Amanda used, except for the one she wrote down to adapt for gluten free!  So I took a picture of it!

These muffins turn our so fluffy and freeze and warm up really well!  We love'em and the kids love'em



So here is the recipe!  We use Kinnikinnick's gluten free flour.  We always find their gluten free flour works best for 1:1 substitutes.




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What you didn't know about spring rolls made in Saskatchewan

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We have been attending the CRAFT Beer Market, Gluten Free Brewmaster for several years.  Kerry from Care Bakery has been developing the menu for the event for at least the past two years.

This year she had Saskatchewan spring rolls on the menu.  

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What the heck is a Saskatchewan spring roll?  Well, she told us that in Saskatchewan, restaurants make their spring rolls with rice paper.  All the same fillings.  So they are all naturally gluten free.

Let's jump over to Edmonton now at Nha Trang Restaurant across the street from the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  Amanda decided to grab lunch from their one afternoon, hoping to be able to have a vermicelli bowl.  Well she got that and more.

After speaking with one of the people at the counter, they pointed out that most of the items on the menu are gluten free.  When it was pointed out that the spring rolls were gluten free she naturally questioned it.

Gluten free spring roll from Nha Trang
They said they make their spring rolls with rice paper.  Which makes me like to believe they are bringing a little bit of gf Saskatchewan to Edmonton!

Vermicelli bowl with gf spring rolls 
Amanda said it tasted great, and she was so happy that she was able to order a vermicelli bowl with the spring rolls because every other time she has to omit it in the order but still pay the same price.

You can find Nha Trang on skip the dishes, so you don't have trek across the city if you are not nearby.


Nha Trang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Nichol's Cafe in St. Albert

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Ashley shared a great find in St. Albert.  Ya, that;s right, St. Albert!

She checked out Nichol's Cafe located in the Riel Business Park.  Ashley says the owner has Celiac Disease and keeps the kitchen mainly gluten free.  I would like to think Ashley takes great care in cross contamination.

Ashley tried out their teriyaki chicken with rice and ginger beef with noodles and said it was delicious!


They also have burgers, that can be lettuce wrapped or in a gluten free bun that was introduced in a recent Facebook post.


You can check out Nichol's Cafe menu on SkipTheDishes.com, or visit their Facebook Page.  I think all Nichol's Cafe is missing is a good website to get you all the gf information you need in one spot.  Apparently they also have gf baked goodies.






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We went to a BBQ, and a friend with Celiac did three things amazingly

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We are well into BBQ season, which can sometimes be tough at family and friends when there are hot dog and hamburger buns all over.  You just worry about cross contamination.


At the birthday BBQ, they were asking who was having what, I was wondering what Amanda was going to say, but instead a friend that has Celiac (and follower of this blog) that we recently met sprung into action.  It was great see the questions happen from at outside perspective. They did three things amazingly:
  1. Asked if the sausages were gluten free
  2. Politely ignored everyone else that started to chime in (and believe me it was hard for me to keep my mouth shut, but I did, because I knew I was watching a pro)
  3. Asked if theirs could be made first
Their approach was awesome, and would make anyone with Celiac proud. The master griller understood everything, was happy to help, and understood who he should be listening too.








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Chicken with Olives and Peppers

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After reading the description of this recipe, we knew it was going to be the perfect dinner to honour my brother. Earlier this month would have been Dan's 42nd birthday. He passed away suddenly in 2012. He is part of the reason why I started Gluten Free Edmonton.

When he passed he left us with a blog full of amazing recipes which we like to pull from to honour his memory. We searched through his Haggis and Herring blog hoping to find this specific recipe which we were not sure existing on his blog.


We only had a memory of an amazing chicken recipe with olives he would make us when we visited him Toronto.  When I read the recipe description, it put us to tears, and we knew it was the recipe we were looking for.
"My Chicken with Olives and Peppers recipe has become a standard for dinner parties and the holidays. I always keep it in my back pocket for occasions when dinner is with a friend or family member who doesn't eat cilantro (one of my favourite flavours for Friday nights)." --Dan
This is exactly when we ate this meal, on a Friday night for shabbat dinner with family and friends.

Dan liked cooking with many flavours, so we knew we were in for a treat.

Check out the Haggis and Herring for the full original recipe, because we halved the recipe and added zucchini.

Ingredients

5 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, sliced (we used a couple handfuls of cherry tomato)
1 large onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 can pitted olives, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (we used parlsey)
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, sliced
to taste salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and cook uncovered for an hour.

Details
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Yield: 10 servings

This lemon olive chicken recipe is delicious and we hope you try it at www.haggisandherring.com.

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You won't believe what we found inside this gluten free turkey roast

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In the past we've bought Granny's gluten free slow cooker turkey roasts, and have really enjoyed them.  They are marked gluten free and everything!  A while back I picked up another one at Safeway, found in the deli section in the freezer.  Very little shelf space so you have to pay attention closely to the freezer to see them.

Some time after we decided to make it!  So in the morning, I setup the slowcooker, put the turkey in and let it ride.

When Amanda cut into the gluten free turkey roast she was in disbelief when she found stuffing inside!

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She made me recheck the photo, because she thought I picked up the wrong package.  But really, it was gluten free, and it WAS gluten free stuffing inside!  Granny's uses a gluten free corn bread stuffing.  So how bout that?


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10 things you didn't know about your friend that has Celiac Disease

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1. They do not like being told what they can't eat.  However, they may ask some questions for them to determine what is safe for them to eat


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2. No, they can't "just have that table spoon of flour" used in that sauce

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3. They probably keep a bottle of gluten free soy sauce on them at all times


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4. Yes, they think it is outrageous that they have to pay more for gluten free bread, and no they don't want to make their own gluten free bread, because do you bake your own bread every morning? 

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5. They aren't trying to be annoying at a restaurant, they just want to make sure they don't get sick while enjoying an evening with you

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6. When they ask "can I bring anything?" when invited to your home home, it is most importantly because they are being polite.  It is an added bonus that this will ensure that they have something safe to eat without them imposing on you.

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7. Not being able to eat gluten isn't that tough. But you saying "it must be tough" sure doesn't help

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8. Being told by wait staff "oh, a lot of our gluten free customers eat it and it doesn't bother them", is not the same as being told, the chef will prepare something safe for you.

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9. No, they can't just cheat

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10. If your friend sent you this, they are trying to tell you to stop worrying

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Grain of Rice in West Edmonton

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We recently had a stay-cation and tried to eat a few new places to write about.  We managed to find a couple places to try to share with you.

Through recommendation from a friend, we checked out Grain of Rice in the west end on Webber Greens Dr. and Winterburn Rd.  It is an Asian restaurant serving up a variety of tasty dishes.

Their website talks about locally sourcing ingredients and getting back down to the basics.

We shared a couple items on their menu that are marked gluten free.  Be sure to read the menu carefully and ask questions because not all protein options for a menu item are gluten free.  For example we had the vermicelli, but only the pork is gluten free.  We also tried the gai lan with chicken.  That was Amanda's favorite dish, she really loved the gai lan, which is described as a Chinese broccoli.


The vermicelli was just delicious.  Amanda was a bit worried about the pork, because she is not a fan of pork, but loved it.  And the portions were generous.  I love how they cut the pork too.


Finally we shared salad rolls, which were very tasty as well.  They gave us fish sauce, because the regular sauce it comes with is not gluten free.




Grain of Rice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Grilled romaine, where have you been all my life?

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I've heard friends talk about grilling their romaine.  I thought they were crazy, but I recently tried it because we had a wilting romaine, and I thought, what the heck?

I googled what to do with the romaine, and I found a recipe I liked.  I sold it to my kids as BBQ'd Cesar Salad.

Ingredients

1 romaine
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Montreal steak spice
2 tbsp parmasean cheese
2 tbsp- 4  tbsp gf croutons (we got our gf croutons during Passover)
2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Cut the romaine in half length wise and flip cut side up
  2. Drizzled olive oil and Montreal steak spice over romaine cut side up
  3. Place on BBQ set to medium heat cut side down for 5 minutes, or until nicely charred. I read that the romaine can handle it.  Some pieces might should crisp up like kale chips, some will wilt, and some will char.
  4. When ready, place cut side up.  Drizzle Parmesan cheese, gf croutons and lemon juice.
Cut and serve! Amanda and I eat a whole half each.  We use a steak knife to cut because the lettuce is wilted and doesn't cut well with anything less.

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Blaze Pizza delivers a great ultra thin gluten free crust

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We recently tried Blaze Pizza in Edmonton.  We were not sure what to expect as we were not sure what type of pizza place it was.  Is it a Pizza 73 type pizza place with your standards? or is it like a Love Pizza with unique and creative pizza's?  Or was it like a Famoso with tradional stone oven pizzas?  Well I can tell you it is more of a cross between Famoso and Love Pizza.

The Pizza's are one set price with a $4 gluten free charge.

We went to the Brewer District location, which I think is one of the newer locations.  They have some processes in place to help reduce cross contamination.


  1. They change gloves
  2. They have a separate press to press the gluten free pizza crusts
  3. Separate sauce and ladle to use for gluten free crusts
  4. They have an allergen chart in the store
As always be sure to look over the staff that they are following their guidelines.  Staff are not always trained.

All of the toppings are gluten free except for the meatballs.  All the sauces are gluten free, but not all the dressings.  Be sure to check the chart before ordering.  Amanda loves the Q at Love Pizza, so she tried to build a similar pizza at Blaze for comparison.  Their crust was really thin, and the pizza was pretty good!



Blaze Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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What is in store for Celiac Awareness Month 2017?

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No words needed to explain this post!  Lots going on!  Running an event?  Send me your poster ad to add to this post! info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

Edmonton Gluten Free Festival


Gluten Free Brewmasters Dinner

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Stellas Gluten Free Perogies Contest!

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Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter Events

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