Tips for Gluten-free Meal Planning

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I want to thank Andrea Holwegner, BSc, RD from Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. in Calgary for this guest blog post.  Andrea Holwegner, the ‘Chocoholic Nutritionist’, is founder and president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. She manages a team of dietitians at her practice in Calgary, is a media expert for the Dietitians of Canada, and is a professional speaker.

A new survey from Udi’s Healthy Foods shows that more than four million Canadians have gone gluten-free, or have reduced gluten in their diets. No wonder so many Albertans are talking about gluten-free!

Let’s say you’ve decided to cut or reduce gluten – either for medical reasons such as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, or to support a family member. Removing gluten from your diet might sound simple, but it’s found in many foods in trace amounts – and many products can be cross-contaminated with gluten.

Purchasing pre-packaged, gluten-free products is easy. As a start, look for pre-packed food products – by brands such as Udi’s and Glutino – that are clearly marked ‘gluten-free’. The good news is that selection abounds; you’ll find everything from gluten-free bread and rice crackers to gluten-free corn tortillas and chips.

One of the biggest challenges in following a gluten-free diet is preparing your own dishes with gluten-free grains and starches. Here are some convenient, readily available options: potatoes, yams, corn, rice and rice noodles. Also, legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and black beans are nutritious carbs.

Watch out for hidden sources of gluten: soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, soups, licorice, chocolate and deli-meats, and even beer, can contain gluten. Pay close attention to the label. In terms of breakfast, many cereals (hot and cold) are available gluten-free. But watch out for oats! They are often cross-contaminated – unless specified as gluten-free.

You can also get gluten-free pastas and grains – like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat. Love the smell of freshly-baked muffins and cookies? Not to worry, you can get gluten-free flour.  As another tip, if you’re sharing the house with someone who is gluten-free, invest in separate toasters and condiment containers to avoid cross contamination.

Here’s a fun, tasty and convenient gluten-free recipe for you to try. Kids in particular will love it!

Gluten-free Hawaiian Whole Grain Pizza Fingers 

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) gluten-free pizza sauce
  • 4 slices Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 Tbsp. (30ml) chopped fresh pineapple, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. (30ml) gluten-free diced ham
  • Olive oil, margarine, or butter to coat pan.


Spread 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on one side of a bread slice. Top with half the cheese, pineapple, and ham and place another bread slice on top. Lightly coat a non-stick frying pan with olive oil, margarine, or butter and warm over medium heat. Add the sandwich and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown, flipping once. Transfer to a plate and make the second sandwich with the remaining ingredients. Slice each sandwich into four “fingers” and serve with the remaining pizza sauce on the side for dipping. Allow sandwiches to cool completely before packing for lunch to prevent sogginess. Makes 2 servings.

The recipe is from fellow Registered Dietitian Stephanie Clairmont, courtesy of

Good luck with gluten-free!

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Kinnikinnick, You Make Good Gluten Free Sugar Cookies!

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Our friend RL, ventured off to the Edmonton Kinnikinnick store in Edmonton for some gluten free holiday treats (Christmas and Chanukah - which is over already) and ended up picking up a package of Kinnikinnick's gluten free sugar cookie mix.  She loved them so much, she wrote us a guest blog post.  For those that don't follow our blog often, RL is one of our best friends, that eats gluten free, but is also vegetarian and kosher.  Lucky for her, all of Kinnikinnick's packaged goods are koser.  Here's her review of the gluten free sugar cookie mix by Kinnikinnick

Eating gluten free but still craving mom's holiday sugar cookies?

Good news, kinnikinnik makes a great sugar cookie mix! Add eggs, butter (I used dairy free margarine) and vanilla and you'll have cookies that taste like the real thing. Ice to taste and you'll have cookies that look the real thing too. I've gone through 2 boxes and I'm contemplating making a third. They are just that easy. And as with all kinnikinnik products the mix is soy free, dairy free, nut free and kosher!

Happy holidays!

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Transcend Coffee offers up gluten free baked goods!

Updated:  July 14, 2014

This post has been updated.  Transcend use to offer a wide selection of gluten free items as indicated in the original 2011 blog post below.  However they have now changed suppliers and are unable to offer such a wide selection.

Currently, as often as they can Transcend will have some gluten free cookie options and soups that vary.  Please contact the store location before visiting. You can visit their website at:


I have never went to Transcend for coffee or pastries in the past, but I know they are quite the swanky place to go visit to baked goods and a coffee.

Out of the blue I received an email from Transcend's Executive Chef.  Apparently one of our readers told them to contact us about some new gluten free menu options they will be serving.

Here is the low down on what's available gluten free:
  • 2 versions of Pao de queijo, which is a Brazilian cheese bun, one traditional and another with guava baked in
  • Pupusa, both pork and vegetarian
  • Arepa con chicharron using local pork
  • Many daily soups are gluten free as well (be sure to ask)
Also's Transcend's sister company New Level Bakery at the Argyle location does made to order gluten free baguette's and pizza crusts.

So if you are near one of the three Transcend locations in Edmonton, drop by to check out some of their gluten free items.

You can visit their website at:

or follow them on Twitter @TranscendCoffee

Downtown location:
Transcend Coffee (Jasper Avenue) on Urbanspoon

University area location
Transcend Coffee (Garneau) on Urbanspoon

South Argyle location:
Transcend Coffee Off 99th St. on Urbanspoon
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Gluten Free Lasagna Noodle from Italian Centre

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Last month, Amanda and I found an amazing gluten free lasagna noodle at the Italian Centre with their gluten free products.

The gluten free noodle from Farabella is imported from Italy and made from corn flour.  We find most "authentic" gluten free noodles from Italy are made from corn.  Just an interesting observation.

Previously we've always used Tinkanyada gluten free noodles because we know they hold up well, while cooking, and for left overs the next day.  What I really love about this gluten free noodle (which actually doesn't call itself a lasagna noodle), is that it is such a thin noodle.  Even the wheat noodles are twice as thick as these noodles.

I remember when visit New York (pre Amanda's Celiac), and having lasagna in Little Italy, the noodles for the lasagna being really think and layered really well.  It makes quite the difference in taste because you are not eating all noodle.  When Amanda made used the Farabella noodle the first time, it took me back to that authentic Italian meal we had.  It was so tasty, because you got so much of the sauce, and seasoning, and cheese mixed in throughout the layers.  We've since bought more of course.  But have only seen it at the Italian Centre across the street from West Edmonton Mall.  I can only assume they will keep these in stock, but because it is an imported product from Italy, you never know how long they will keep on bringing the product in.

Nice thinly layered gluten free lasagna
Please enjoy these noodles!

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Gluten Free Flour Blend by Robin Hood

Just in case you haven't seen this on the shelves yet, I wanted to let you know that Robin Hood has come out with a gluten free flour blend made from rice flour with sugar beet fibre and potato and tapioca starches.  We haven't tried it yet, because we usually stick with Kinnikinnick's gluten free flour blend.

You can find this gluten free flour blend at all major retailers in Edmonton.  It is always found where the flour's are kept.  But don't worry about cross contamination on the shelves.  They are sealed in a heave plastic resealable bag.  Just give the bag a good wipe down before putting it away on your shelves.

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Gluten Free for the Holidays in Edmonton

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So it's December 1st, 2013.  I thought this was a good time to write about some of the gluten free holiday goodies you can get around town this year.

Our family just started celebrating Chanukah.  It is a tradition to eat a jelly donut called Sufganiyah.  Last year was the first time we found someone that was able to make us a gluten free jelly donut.  We have Najah from RioVida to thank for that.  I was just able to sneak in an order just in time because Chanukah crept up on me this year and came early.

Not only is Chanukah on it's way by the Christmas Holiday season has probably hit full gear for many families already.  West Edmonton Mall is already a mess with everyone tracking down the perfect holiday gift and planning out the perfect Christmas meal.  With that being said, we can't talk food without talking gluten free.  So what type of gluten free goodies you pick up around town?

Here are a few things happening:

La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen

Alisha from La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen is sure to be busy with their assorted gluten free dessert trays and gluten free buffet menu.

Dessert Tray:
(butter tart pecan squares, shortbread cookies, ginger cookies, blondies, energy cookies e.g.)
Small (Approx.30 pieces)- $45
Large (Approx.50 pieces)- $65

Alisha also has a gluten free buffet benu for $24 a head.  The menu looks really good.

To place an order for a tray or to get more information on the buffet, email or call 780-292-4167. I will be accepting orders until Dec.20th and the last day to pick them up will be Dec.23rd.

La Oliva also has gluten free cooking classes.  The classes are very exclusive, infact the December 8th class had already sold out by the time she emailed me this information.  Contact Alisha about future classes if you are interested.

Gluten-free Christmas baking- Sunday, Dec.8th from 1:00-5:00pm (SOLD OUT)
Gluten-free and vegan Christmas baking- Saturday, Dec 11th from 6:00-9:00pm


Kinnikinnick always has a wide variety of gluten free holiday treats for Christmas at their store.

Festive muffins
Mince tarts
Mince pies
Pumpkin pies
Pumpkin tarts
Assorted chocolates
Peppermint chocolate chip cookie
Gingerbread cookies in assorted shapes
Sugar cookies in assorted shapes
Special cupcakes
Assorted squares individual
Yule logs
Festive bread
Eggnog jelly rolls
Spiced Cherry buns
Lemon Cranberry twist

Kinnikinnick asks to have any special orders for Christmas in by December 13th!


Najah from RioVida will also have a few specials on for the holidays:

  • Cookie dough from $9 per tab makes up to 12 cookies  (chocolate chips , ginger bread for the holidays and short bread ). All cookie dough available vegan by request in 5 days advance 
  • 6 per package cup chocolate with Kahlua chocolate ganache cake $15
  • 6 tiramisu for only $15 
RioVida needs 4 days advance for any order to be fresh or available frozen any time after December 1 to 24

GF Diner
Ted from GF Diner just can't seem to get away from the kitchen!  That's great news that the diner is thriving. But he did manage to sneak away to let me know that they will have some special holiday dessert items in forms of squares, cookies, fruit cake etc., as well as some pies. Ted is also shaping together special events for the week around Christmas with some holiday dinner specials, special desserts and drinks  Follow GF Diner on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Holiday Recipe
What to make something yourself?  Cathy from the Sherwood Park Support Group shared this wonderful Breton Brittle recipe using Breton's new gluten free product line.

Have a favourite holiday recipe to link to?  Let us know and we will update this post.

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Quizno's Launches Gluten Free Bun in Edmonton


For those of you that don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we just wanted to let you know that Quizno's is testing a gluten free bun in Edmonton.  Why Edmonton?  Well we have our very own widely popular Kinnikinnick to thank for that as they are supplying a special order bun to Quizno's for the test.

This is at the 109 St / Jasper Ave. location
Not all locations may be carrying this bun, so look for the signage.  Amanda is still waiting to try our first sub.

So what do you need to know before eating at Quizno's?  Well at this point I have very little information except that they will have information on what is gluten free and what is not.  I believe I was told the beef is not gluten free and most of the sauces are.

No here comes the touchiest subject of them all.  Cross contamination!  Buyer beware!  Quizno's is a fast paced sub shop.  Don't eat there if you don't feel comfortable eating there.  Just like all restaurants (except for maybe GF Diner), Quizno's is unable to guarantee that your sub will not come into contact with gluten.  However, there will be processes in places to help reduce the possibility of cross contamination with items that contain gluten.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will not let restaurants that operate in a kitchen like Quizno's say they are completely gluten free.  Which is why you often see signs such as "may contain gluten" or "not recommended for Celiacs".  Restaurants have to have their disclaimers.

Also remember, the people working are just following orders.  If you are not happy with the process, gently remind them about cross contamination, but most importantly, contact head office at  Give them the feedback they need to know to improve the process to make you feel more comfortable.  If you are happy with everything, contact them as well!  Let them know you appreciate it.  The more feedback there is, shows them the more interest there is, which means they are more likely to keep the gluten free bun around.

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Breton Brittle for the Christmas Holidays

In October I posted on Facebook about Breton's gluten free crackers.  Didn't take long for people to start scouring the city for them.  And oh boy is it worth it.  Initially found at Rexall's, now being spotted at other retailers like London Drugs.  Cathy from the Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group is one of those people that were scouring the city and wanted to share one of her favorite holiday recipes that she hasn't had since her diagnosis, Breton Brittle!  Please enjoy this guest blog post from Cathy

Do you have a few of those recipes…you know…the “special” ones that you make only at Christmas time? Well, I have a recipe that I’ve been making for close to 30 years now. Actually, let me correct that. I used to make it, until I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 13 years ago.  The recipe is for Breton Brittle and I found it in the Company’s Coming for Christmas recipe book. It’s made with Breton crackers. As we all know there was no such thing as gluten-free Breton crackers…until NOW! They finally came out with gluten-free Breton crackers and they are wonderful!

Of course, I scoured the city until I found some and rushed home to see if they would work in my recipe. I tried the recipe and it tastes just like I remember it did 13 years ago! It was fabulous!

It’s a very quick and easy recipe and so I thought I would share it with you

  • 28 Dare Gluten-free Breton crackers
  • 1 cup butter or hard margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Topping:
  • 1 small package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
First, you line a 9 x 13 cake pan with aluminum foil. Then overlap the crackers to completely cover the bottom, using 4 crackers across and 7 crackers lengthwise.
  1. Combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of butter in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Carefully pour the mixture over the crackers.
  2. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately scatter a small bag of chocolate chips over the top. Let stand for a few minutes, until softened. Spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or almonds.
  4. Now comes the hardest part - waiting for it to cool! I usually put mine in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled and hardened, just break it into pieces like you would any brittle.

Breton Brittle!
Voila! A fabulous treat that everyone will enjoy!

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What to do with gluten free snacks you don't like?

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So sometimes you come across gluten free snacks you don't like.  Luckily that doesn't happen very much anymore.  But when it does, you don't want to waste the food right?  Afterall, sometimes this stuff can be expensive.
Sweet chili tortilla Chip crusted cod

I have a tip that Amanda tried with flavoured chips that you don't like.  We recently samples a variety of flavoured chips by Way Better Snacks.  We loved them.  They tasted great, except for one flavour.  Just didn't sit well with us as a chip.  So what did Amanda do?  She used the sweet chili chips as a crust for fish!

Yum, that re-purposing of the chips worked out perfectly.  We picked up some Cod from Costco.  Amanda poured out handfuls of the chips onto a cutting board, and then used a rolling pin to crush them up (you can also through them into a food processes).  She didn't crush them up finely, had small little chunks.

She egg washed the fish and then rolled in the crushed tortilla chips and then pan fried in oil.  Yummy!  Let us know of any tips you have to save gluten free snacks you didn't like.

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GF Diner Brings it all Gluten Free to Edmonton

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Well, hopefully this isn't news anymore but an all gluten free diner opened up on Edmonton's Whyte Ave (82 Ave., between Gateway and 99 Street).  If you haven't been to GF Diner, drop what you are doing, don't finish this blog and go there now and then read the rest of this post...

... okay, so now that you've eaten there, what did you think?

We thought it was amazing.  We went in October when they were not officially launched.  So they did not have a full menu.  The diner is located in a small plaza, and is quite cozy, as it only seats about 30 people, so if its busy, expect a little wait.  But know its worth the wait.  We can't wait to come back to try more.  GF Diner is going to offer the great goodness that any diner offers, but all gluten free.  We went on a Sunday afternoon and had no wait to be seated (we expect the no wait won't last long).  We tried the Italian Pizzanini and the French Toast, all made to perfection and reasonably priced.  The Italian Pizzanini is a panini sandwich that uses an in house made thin gluten free pizza crust grilled and stuffed with salami, mozzarella, hot peppers black olives, tomato sauce, herbs and served with fresh cut fried potato chips.  The gluten free french toast comes with three pieces of bread, cut in half to make six pieces.  I recommend to order a side with the french toast, like bacon of the GF chips.

The GF Diner is in full operation now with a full gluten free menu.  Be sure to give it a try and support this diner that supports our Celiac community.  Ted Wolff, the owner tells me that he looks to expand the seating into a section across the hall in the plaza as well as have a store front to sell goods.  Great idea eh?  Be sure to show them your support.  I'm sure a store front in the south side of Edmonton will be welcomed, especially after the closure of Ed's Gluten Free Store.

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Pictoral of the Gluten Free Living Health Show 2013 in Edmonton

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We had the opportunity to attend the Gluten Free Living Health Show and were happy to walk around and meet some of the vendors.  I don't have a full list of vendors that were there, but please enjoy this pictorial of some of the products and shops in attendance.

First off, of course Kinnikinnick was showcasing their fresh baked goods that you can get in the store.  This included their baquette, bagels and breads.  They are such champions for the gluten free industry and Edmonton itself.  Owner Gerry Bigam was there at the booth welcoming people. What a classy organization.  I feel silly I totally forgot to snag a shot of them.

I'm going to start off with the biggest surprise and impact for me, and that is Rexall's efforts towards the Celiac community.  They had quite the display of their Be line of snacks that have actually gone through the Gluten Free Certfication Organization to get the GF Certficiation.  Wow!  And below is a huge line of Glutino products they carry. Read more about Rexall Pharmacy's gluten free living.  Oh and we also got our flu shots on site.

Judy G was sampling her frozen ready made gluten free pizza's.  Did you know that Judy G is a Canadian Product?  Actually, better yet, it's an Alberta product made in Calgary!  #BuyAlberta!  You can find Judy G's gluten free pizza's at Sobey's!

I don't know if everyone has tried the gluten free Chex cereal that came to Canada two years ago, but if you haven't, Sunday was a good day to try.  It's usually NOT in the gluten free aisle, and instead mixed in with all the standard cereals.  Chex can be found at Sobey's and most other large retailers.

Previously this year, we had written about Silver Hills Bakery's line of gluten free breads. Once again, a great opportunity to try their breads if you hadn't already.  Their breads are Organic which sets them apart from the rest. So naturally you can find them at Earth's General Store, Planet Organic and Pangea Market.  We have also seen them at Costco!  This is a Canadian product out of BC.

I have to plug the Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter, not only because I am on the volunteer Board, but they do such great work, and get out to as many events as they can to raise awareness.  Their booth was packed with people getting some great information, that you can also find on their website

This was a delightful surprise.  Serving a lunch was Violino Italian Restaurant located in the High Street area. I didn't sample the food (should have though), but I did speak to the chef who talked to me about their menu.  He said they can certainly make practically everything on their menu gluten free.  Chef was telling me he was so surprised at the number of gluten free requests, that he just had to begin to accommodate the gluten free diet.  They currently have a separate prep area in the kitchen for their gluten free eaters.  Chef is also working on a separate gluten free menu to make the communication about what can be prepared gluten free and what can't much easier.
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Save-on-Foods had a presence at the show too.  We all already know that Save-on-Foods has a pretty good gluten free selection, which they had some of that selection displayed on their table.  But I learned something new at the show.  When in the store, Scan the QR Code you see below!  It takes you to a list of gluten free products they have in the store!  What? That's insanely smart!  Also 

Alisha from La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen was demonstrating her talents and doing cooking classes throughout the day.  Be sure to check out Alisha's website and learn more about her cooking classes and catering available.

Epicure was also on site, displaying all their gluten free spices and sauces.  Yum!

This was actually the only purchase Amanda and I made at the show.  Rooster's spices!  We had to try the masala curry powder, because it smelt so good.  This is another local company, as these spices are made right here in Edmonton.  All spices are tested to be gluten free and can be found at Sweet Treet on 50 street and at Darcy's Butcher in St. Albert.  Can't wait to try out our masala spice.

Charles from Tasty Gluten Free was being swarmed by people for his gluten free perogies.  Still the most widely visible perogies to be purchases.  If there are others, they are not as visible.  I know you can go to High Level Diner on thursdays for gluten free perogies, but that's about it.

Finally ole faithful CheeCha Puffs.  Why ole faithful?  This is one of the first gluten free snacks we found, before the big boys like Lays decided to amp it up and test gluten free.  We were one of the original supporters of CheeCha Puffs and were happy to be champions in the early days.

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#udisfallcomfort Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

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Fall time to me is comfort food.  Even more so than any other season.  You always want those warm and delicious meals.  That's why in our first #udisfallcomfort blog post, we posted about Amanda's chili recipe with gluten free garlic bread using Udi's gluten free baguette.

Today's recipe, a sweet warm dessert, gluten free bread pudding using one loaf of Udi's multigrain gluten free bread.  I'll have to admit, although bread pudding is a fav of mine, this is not my recipe.  Amanda's amazing mom who loves to experiment with gluten free baking, combined a bunch of recipes she found to make the perfect gluten free bread pudding into a chocolate banana bread pudding.  She is such a talent, I had to share this recipe warm comforting gluten free recipe.


  • 1 loaf Udi's multigrain gluten free bread cut into cubes and dried
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 to 1 cup banana chips
  1. Note before beginning: Make sure bread cubes are dry.  If necessary, dry in the oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if not already on from drying bread)
  3. Spray a 1 1/2 qt baking dish with non-stick spray
  4. In a double boiler combine chocolate and milk.  Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.  Let cool for 10 mins.  A double boiler is used to make sure you don't burn the chocolate
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until blended.  Gradually add the sugar and bear until thick (1 to 2 minutes) to make your custard.
  6. Add vanilla and slowly add the cooled milk & chocolate mixture.
  7. Put bread and banana chips in a pan.  Pour custard over and mix to make sure all bread is coated
  8. Bake for 20 minutes
  9. Push bread down again so custard rises and bake another 15-20 minutes until custard is set.
  10. Top with confectioner sugar if presentation if you want.
  11. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks

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A while back I got sent a sample box of Way Better Snacks by Simply Sprouted.  It took us a while to get around to sampling these guys.  But eventually we tried them, and when we did, we almost went through all the bags of tortilla chips at once.

What prompted us to try them is that we saw them at Sobey's Hawkstone, and thought "We should probably try these gluten free snacks eh?".  The tortilla chips are certified GF, non-gmo and OU kosher, so essentially it is a triple threat of a snack.  Way to go.  Way gave our friend RL the Black Bean tortilla bag to try first and she loved them.  We then opened up the Sweet Potato bag, and ate them up in a day.  I just opened up the multi grain bag, and loved them.  They are a bit salty (but they have unsalted flavours) but have a great texture and crunch to them.  They are square shaped, excellent for dipping.

Our least favourite flavour was the Sweet Chili.  I don't know how to explain why it was not our favourite, but it just wasn't.  But we did re-purpose the chip for something else that I will share in another post.

Hope you enjoy these snacks!

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Gluten Free Fusilli Pasta from Catelli made with a Bolognese Sauce

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Before we started running the Catelli Gluten Free Pasta for a Year Contest, we actually tried the pasta because we got really excited when we saw a name brand like Catelli put our a gluten free pasta.  When thinking about out what to make with the pasta (because we didn't just want to make anything), I thought this was a good opportunity to try another gluten free product we hadn't tried yet.  So I decided to make a bolognese sauce and I pulled out the Marc Angelo Italian sausages that are certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program.

The Catelli Pasta is made with white rice, brown rice, corn and quinoa.  I don't recall ever seeing that combination of flours before in a pasta.  We know each type has its own strength and weakness but it really worked for Catelli and they made a pretty good gluten free fusilli.  Catellie really wants you to buy their pasta, so they currently have an online coupon for a $1 off savings!  Click here for the coupon.

For this recipe, I used the sausage two ways so I didn't have to freeze any of the sausage after.  I opened up the casings of half the sausages to get my ground meat for the bolognes, and cut up the other half into chunks to add another texture to the pasta.  See the recipe below.

  • 1 box of Catelli gluten free fusilli
  • 1 package of Marc Angelo gluten free certified italian sausages
  • 2 garlic cloves minces (I used the jared stuff)
  • Half a container of spinach
  • Jar of your favourite pasta sauce
  • Chickpeas (optional)
  • table spoon of vegetable oil
  1. Heat a pot of water and follow directions on box to cook pasta
  2. Open up casings of atleast half of the sausages, and cut up the rest into 1 inch chunks
  3. Heat oil in pan and add sausage chunks and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Add un cased sausage and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked
  5. Add garlic and toss for 10 seconds
  6. Add chickpeas (optional)
  7. Add 3 quarters of the jar of pasta sauce (keep the last quarter just in case you want more)
  8. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes (keep sauce warming if done before pasta)
  9. Add gluten free Catelli fusilli pasta and stir
  10. Add Spinach and stir until wilted.  You may want to cover pan to help with the wilting.

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Plow and Harvest's Casual & Comfort Food Gluten Free Menu Options


We recently visited Plow and Harvest Casual & Comfort Food in Edmonton's west end, across from Mayfield Commons.  We had missed an opportunity to visit them during their launch party so it took a while for Amanda and I to actually go in for a visit.

I loved the decor of the restaurant.  It was very bright and the colours certainly fit the theme of the fresh rural foods being served.  They even had a big plow at the entrance of the restaurant.  Service here works a bit differently at this restaurant.

A greeter meets you at the door and gives you menu's.  You grab a seat on your own, browse the menu, and walk up to the cashier to place your order and tell them what table number you are.  everything is paid up front and all the food is made fresh in the back.  Certainly a slight variation of "fast causual" restaurants.

On their menu, all of their gluten free menu items are labeled as GF.  There is quite a bit of options available.  Amanda ordered the Heritage Roasted Turkey with a side of herbed mashed potatoes.  It came with some gluten free gravy and cranberry sauce.  The Turkey was slow roasted to perfection.  Very tender, and flavorful with the gravy (I snuck some myself).

They do have gluten free sandwiches available.  Downside is that you add an extra $3 for the sandwich, and I believe the sandwich is half the size.  I gave the suggestion that they should do what Press'd does, and that a full sandwich is actually 2 sandwiches to equal out the size.

Remember to always ask questions about what you are ordering and remind them that you are ordering gluten free.  Sometimes buns are part of the order and you don't want to end up with a bun on your plate or anything like that.

You can find Plow & Harvest both on Instagram and Twitter to ask questions.  They are very responsive:

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Gluten Free Royal Coach Dining Room at Chateau Louis Hotel in Edmonton

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I can't say Amanda or myself have eaten at Chateau Louis Hotel since her diagnosis, but Executive Chef Lorne Soles looks like they know how to put together a menu for the Royal Coach Dining Room.

At the beginning of the year Lorne contacted me about their menu for March and indicated all the gluten free options that were part of the menu.  Unfortunately life caught up with me and I never did post his request, so I recently contacted him about October's menu.  It does seem that Chef Lorne likes to keep a fresh menu by the season as the menu changes by the season.

Below are the Fall 2013 gluten free options at Chateau Lous Hotel's Royal Coach Dining Room.  Don't worry, if you are reading this and its no longer the fall of 2013.  Rest assure, that Chef Lorne has another great menu put together with gluten free options.

Chef indicated on the menu for me what is GF so I am only showing what is GF here, and seriously that is all the entrees except for two that weren't gluten free.  Looks like an awesome menu!

  • Prawns with Roast Garlic: Jumbo prawns flambed with brandy 8 GF
  • Escargot a la Bourguignonne: Plump escargot sautéed with garlic herb butter, mushrooms & onions 7 GF
  • Mushroom Caps with Crab: Snow crab meat blended with fresh dill and cream cheese, broiled in mushroom caps 8 GF
Soup & Salad
  • Seafood Salad: Chilled mussels, clams, baby shrimp & crab tossed in a fresh basil vinaigrette Served on baby greens full 9 half 5.5 GF
  • Baby Spinach Salad: With crumbled wild boar bacon and pickled pearl onions Roast beet vinaigrette full 6.5 half 4 GF
  • Fillet of Wild Sockeye Salmon: Brushed with Saskatoon berry butter 22 GF
  • Fillet of Red Trout Almondine: Pan fried in sweet butter with slivers of toasted almond 19 GF
  • Medallion of Veal: Tender milk fed veal with wild mushroom cream 21 GF
  • New York Steak: Canada Gold New York steak with tri coloured pepper corn sauce 28 GF
  • Atlantic Scallops: Sauteed with caramelized onions, flambed with Malibu rum finished with coconut cream and dried mango 28 GF
  • Steak Bourguignonne: Canada Gold top sirloin steak, seared to perfection and served with double smoked bacon, caramelized onions and wild mushrooms in a red wine reduction 6 ounce 20 or 8 ounce 23 GF
  • Beef Tenderloin with Jumbo Prawn: Medallion of beef tenderloin with jumbo prawn sauteed in garlic herb butter 27 GF
  • Roast Breast of Chicken: With roasted artichokes, sundried tomatoes & garlic cloves, deglazed with a splash of white wine 21 GF
  • Medallion of Pork Tenderloin: Pan seared, topped with pancetta & Sylvan Star smoked gouda 19 GF

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

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#udisfallcomfort Chili and Gluten Free Garlic Bread for the Fall

In celebration of Udi's Fall Comfort celebration, I wanted to share our favourite fall recipe.  As the leaves begin to call, and the air begins to chill, there is nothing like a large pot of chili stewing for dinner.  And what better to serve with chili but a nice garlic'd up toasted baguette (from Udi's of course).

The chili recipe may be a bit different, not because of Celiac Disease but because Amanda is not the biggest fan of kidney beans, so she came up with a recipe that avoids all the beans she doesn't like and adds a bunch of vegetables that she loves.  When she first made the chili I was really skeptical with the added beans and vegetables.  Afterall, I had never heard of baked beans and a bag of coleslaw. Have you?

Check out this chili recipe:

Udi's gluten free baguette with garlic butter dipped into some chili

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups shredded coleslaw (we buy a bag)
  • 2 cups sliced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1 chopped green or red onion
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (including liquid)
  • 7.5 oz can of tomato sauce
  • Can of baked beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Franks Red Hot
  1. Brown beef until crumble and drain fat
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add celery, green pepper, diced tomatoes with liquid, tomato sauce, can of baked beans, chili powder, oregano, salt and Franks Red Hot.
  4. Simmer for 45 minutes until vegetables are tender and liquid is reduced.
  5. Add coleslaw at the end and stir in.  It will add a little texture to the chili, but will still cook from the heat of the chili.
Sounds great eh? Now what to have with it?  Some home made garlic butter (well we use margarine) and a toasted gluten free Udi's baguette.

Never made your own garlic butter?  Here's how:

  • 1/4 cup of margarine
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp of Italian season
Pretty simple, mix together and spread on bread.  I use a hand mixer to whip up the margarine a little,  You may want to work with the ratios until you find the balance of garlic to margarine that you like.

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La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen

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You may have noticed one of our new sponsors for the month of October is La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen.  If you haven't visited Alisha's website yet, I suggest you do.  Alisha is just starting up a completely gluten free kitchen for catering and classes.

Alisha learned to bake from her mother at a young age and followed a passion for cooking through a career in the food industry. Alisha has gained inspiration, knowledge and recipes through her various trips. She has travelled to Asia, Western Europe and Latin America. Her favourite cuisine is Spanish.

Like many others, Alisha's diagnosis of Celiac Disease was a long journey of confusing symptons.  Her diagnosis of Celiac Disease inspired her to start up La Oliva, a gluten-free catering and cooking class company.

La Oliva: Gluten-Free Kitchen crafts food in a 100% gluten-free environment at the Blue Skys Arts Lofts (10575 114 St). For any inquiries, please contact La Oliva at

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Look no further than Dollarama for some gluten free snacks

It didn't surprise me when I noticed some gluten free treats at Dollarama, but what did surprise me was that they actually have some pretty good gluten free options.  The Dollarama I visit the most is in City Centre.  I tend to browse the Dollarama on my lunch break.  Sometimes to pick up a few items like sponges or doggy bags for home, sometimes just to browse and see what type of neat little chachkas they have in store.

During one of my lunches, while walking down the snack aisle, I particular product caught my eye - Pop Corners!  A product that is actually marketing as gluten free.  They sell for $2 at Dollarama.  So I dug a little more, and of course Dollarama carries Lays potato chips.  Many of the Lays flavours I certified gluten free under the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program.

Then I just decided to browse some ingredients of other snacks like the 'no name' chips Chip Flix and Crunch 'n' Munch which looked safe to me according to the ingredients listings.

So, next time your at a Dollarama, don't count them out for grabbing a quick snack or treat for yourself, and a package of sponges for a dollar to boot!

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