What to do when you don't have gluten free breadcrumbs for your dinner?

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It happens sometimes right?  You run out of gluten free bread crumbs, then what?  Or maybe, you just don't want to use the gf breadcrumbs because, well, it is kind of expensive compared to regular breadcrumbs and you just want to find something else to coat your fish.

Well, if you were stuck like us when we made this fish, it is time to get creative.  With what you do have!  Your cupboards or pantry might be full of gf goodies that can be ground up until a crust. 

Initially for this recipe I was going to use the gf Chex cereal.  A whole box of cereal probably cost as much as a small box of gf breadcrumbs, so quite the deal!  But when I went into the cupboard we only had the Chocolate stuff, and I DID NOT want chocolate covered cod.

Next step, snack shelf and BINGO!  I spotted the Quaker Crispy Minis, with smack dab on it labeled gluten free!  And cheesy minis too.  So I grabbed some handfuls of them, and crushed them up to make a breadcrumb.  And these are really inexpensive too.

I dredged the fish in the Johnny's Dill Ranch dressing and then coated in the crushed minis. 

Heated a pan with oil and fried.  This was one TASTY dinner.  We have two kiddo's that just devoured it too.  It was win win all around.  Cheap, tasty and kid friendly!


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Just before bed 3 minute gluten free oats using an Instant Pot.

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We have written in the past about ready to go overnight apple cinnamon gf oats.  Well this week we tried the exact opposite, with what I call just before bed 3 minute oats.

We got a new toy for the kitchen!  We didn't really know what to try first with our new Instant Pot. We heard so many great things about it, especially all the safety features put in place for the pressure cooker function.


We have a young family so didn't want to risk messing up dinner while trying how to figure things out, so we tried simply adapting a 3 minute oatmeal recipe that comes with the Instant Pot by crossing it with our ready to go apple cinnamon gf oats.

Ingredients:
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup water
1 cup uncontaminated gluten free steel cut oats (We use Only Oats found at Bulk Barn)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2-3 apples peeled and cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 raisins (optional)

Only Oats gluten free oats

Directions
Put everything in the instant pot and seal
Use manual setting, set for 3 minutes
After 3 minutes use natural depressurize method by hitting cancel and letting sit for 20 or so minutes before safely opening the lid using the Instant Pot guide.

You can basically mess around with the recipe and put what you want.  What I liked about the Instant Pot method is that it was more moist than the slow cooker recipe we had.  When the recipe was complete, we put a container of it in the fridge and had it for breakfast in the morning.  I didn't need to add any extra water for warming up.

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If you haven't tried Earth's General Store Downtown or original Whyte Ave location, you should!

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Like the title says, if you haven't been to Earth's General Store Downtown or original Whyte location, you should!

A couple great things about Earth's General Store.

ONE

They carry gluten free products!  And lots of great products!

TWO

They support local small Edmonton businesses.  After all they are one themselves!  Check out this recent tweet about bringing in Alisha's breads from La Oliva Gluten Free Bakery.


THREE

The downtown location serves lunches!  And often gluten free lunches.  Check out this recent post about a gluten free lunch they served.  Looks yum eh?


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Chef Lorne Soles @ the Royal Coach Dining Room

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I will try not to ramble on to much here but we FINALLY made it to the Royal Coach Dining Room at the Chateau Louis Hotel for the Saturday night gluten free prime rib buffet.

Yes, if you haven't heard, currently (as of Feb 2017),  Chef Lorne Soles makes his prime rib buffet 100% gluten free.  Everything from gluten free croutons for a ceasar salad to the most amazing gluten free dessert table.  I took some pictures, and even did a Facebook Live video because I was so excited to share with everyone.

The star of the show, the prime rib, cooked to a perfect medium
So, why a special gluten free buffet day?  Chef Lorne Soles saw the demand and tried it out for one Saturday.  It was successful.  Afterall a gluten free dessert table like this is worth the price of admission:
The co-star a full gluten free dessert table, cakes, tarts, puddings
and everything else you would expect.
After he had his first successful gluten free buffet he decided to make the last Saturday of each month his gluten free prime rub buffet.  I was more than happy to help him promote this!  But too busy to try it out.
Lemon grass and ginger pork medallions
The gluten free buffet was so successful in 2016, that at the beginning of 2017, Chef Lorne decided to make every Saturday the gluten free prime rib buffet night!
Honey dijon roasted chicken
Chef Lorne Soles was kind enough to send us an invite because of all the help we have done promoting the Saturday evenings.  We finally were able to take him up on his offer.  We really didn't know what to expect, however we knew we weren't going to be disappointed because we only have heard good thing from others on Facebook.
Veggies, cheese tray, and salads.  not in the picture, soup of the
day and a cesaer salad station.
Our experience was beyond expectations.  We couldn't believe the level of details Chef put into the gluten free buffet and how much of the he made in house that I thought may have been brought in.  When I looked at the dessert bar, I was sure he brought it in from Wow Factor or maybe one of the boutique gf shops, but he told me he made the whole dessert table.  Which was amazing on it own and worth every penny.

Shrimp and lobster risotto
Below (although hard to see), is a plate I put together with the prime rib au ju and in house made horse raddish with some olives, mushroom salad and tasty mash potatoes.  So basically what I'm trying to say, is you need to go Saturday evening to be sure that Chef Lorne Soles doesn't stop making Saturdays gluten free.
My full entree plate put together.
The other best part is that Chef doesn't keep a static menu week after week, the buffet changes every Saturday!  The only thing that stays the same is the prime rib!  So you can return many times over and possibly experience something different.

Royal Coach Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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