Great Gluten Free Dinner in Less Than 20 Minutes

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Update: At the time of purchase the ingredients did not indicate any contaminates. However, now M&M does say the meatballs may contain traces of gluten due to cross contamination.

Every week Abisaac plays softball during the summer, though this summer has been super rainy and there hasn't been as much ball being played. However, when he's off at baseball I am on my own for dinner. Most often I opt for leftovers from the fridge because after all who wants to let all of that great food go to waste? Not this girl! But...this time I just didn't want it. I couldn't see myself eating those things again. You know what I'm talking about here.

So I went for the super easy option...gluten free pasta. Now, if you know me you know that I am not a plain gluten free pasta with a drip of sauce on it kinda girl. I like my gluten free pasta to have loads of flavor and veggies and meat and even sometimes cheese.  Here's what I did this time, I hope you'll try it too.

First I went to M & M Meat Shops and picked up a box of their Fresh Solutions Meatballs in Marinara Sauce found in the refrigerator and then I added it to my favorite gluten free pasta (Tinkyada). I added in some frozen peas & carrots (mostly because the kiddo likes them). Then I added more sauce although I must say it did not really need more sauce. I used another gluten free favorite of mine, Newmans Own Sockarooni- "made with peppers, spices and the whole shebang!"

Each of these products is gluten free, however you MUST always read every single label because as you already know sometimes companies change up their manufacturing process, change up a small ingredient (usually a starch of some kind) or add in some of that nasty "malted barley extract".

Gluten Free meatballs, veggies and pasta. Yum!

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Canada-wide gluten free products, at your fingertips

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I was contacted by a new Canadian local website called that is an online commerce shop.  As described below it is essentially an online farmers market.  Read what they have to say:

You’ve taken a trip from Edmonton to Ottawa . You’ve just found an incredible product and it’s even gluten free! You buy a package or two to enjoy at home.

One month later and you’ve finished the last crumbs of your gluten free snacks and you have no plans to visit Ottawa again soon. You’ll have to do without your favourite new gluten free product.

Enter! is an e-commerce website where you can discover and buy delicious food and drink (including small lot wines!) directly from over 110 of the best artisan producers across Canada. Many of the producers specialize in great tasting, small batch, gluten free, and dairy free edibles.

It is your destination to discover and purchase from the best artisan food and drink makers in Canada. You can learn about the “terroir” of the individual producers; know how and where your food and drink are produced, and even learn the stories behind the makers.

Our goal is to connect local producers with food shoppers across Canada, enabling more Canadians to try the amazing food our country has to offer!

You will no longer have to have family and friends purchase your new food finds and ship them to you - you can purchase products from across Canada from trusted, hand-picked, local sources. Place your order any time of day or night and we provide excellent shipping rates.

So, the amazing and delicious new gluten free quinoa crackers from Ottawa you love? You can order them from and have them delivered to your home in Edmonton!

Our local producers offer an incredible variety of allergy-free items: gluten, dairy, nut, and soy free, as well as naturally-made, vegan, and organic. We love featuring the variety of local, gluten free producers and products Canada has to offer, like Ottawa’s enerjive™ Skinny Crackers. Korey Kealey, the woman behind enerjive™, was inspired by the benefits of quinoa. Gluten free, high in protein, and it promotes energy and a healthy metabolism - enerjive™ Quinoa Skinny Crackers were born! Flavours like chocolate, lemon berry, savory Italian, garlic cayenne, and rock salt make these crackers the perfect snack on their own or paired with a nice topping or dip.

So, the next time you find a new product on your Canadian travels, don’t pack the entire store in your suitcase or ask a friend to buy it for you - visit and shop Canada’s local food producers at your fingertips.

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Urban Diner for Dinner

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Wait, didn't we just write about Urban Diner?  Oh yes we did, but what I didn't mention is that we went back for dinner.  Why? because we wanted something different for dinner as one of our friends was visiting from Calgary.

We already knew they were gluten free friendly for brunch, so it was safe to assume they were gluten free friendly for dinner as well.  Well, I still wasn't going to take that chance and asked Amanda to call ahead to make sure there were some good gluten free options for her.  Because they serve gluten free bread, almost all of their sandwiches were great.  Amanda ordered the gluten free rueben sandwich (for anyone that knows Amanda, you know that is her go to sandwich if its on the menu).  She enjoyed it considerably.  They seasoned the bread, and had a little cumin curry dajon.  Something unexpected, but tasted great.  Yes of course, once again, I had to sample!

I believe the shepherds pie was also gluten free!  We will certainly be back to Urban Diner.

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Urban Diner Gluten Free Brunch

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Since I moved to Edmonton, I noticed how much Edmontonians love their brunch.  My 5 years here in Edmonton with Amanda who is from Edmonton has had me turn into one of those brunch lovers.  Since Amanda was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, we have not done so many brunches because of limited options.  We love La Crema Cafe but you can only go to one place so many times before you it gets old on you.  Places like Denny's and Ricky's All Day Grill work as well, but really, only for omelettes.

gluten free french toast
When a couple friends suggested to go to Urban Diner, we thought, why not?  Amanda called ahead and found out there is quite a bit of gluten free options, especially since they carry gluten free bread.

On our visit we went with two gluten free eaters, Amanda and our good friend RL.  The wait staff are very familiar with the menu and what is gluten free and what is not.  They also are happy to ask the kitchen staff to confirm if needed.  So please bother them if you have questions.

Diner Hash with gluten free bread
So what was ordered gluten free on this visit?  RL went for the Urban Diner french toast (gluten free), which is topped with cranberry/Mascarpone, Maple Fried Bananas.  RL just ordered it minus the mascarpone because she like many other Celiac's try to avoid dairy.  And oh boy did it look and taste great (yes of course I sampled).

Amanda ordered the Diner Hash, something Amanda was surprised she was able to order, but quite happy she was able too.  It was served with two eggs any way you want, and gluten free bread.  Something she looks forward to ordering again (and me picking off her plate too!)

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Gluten Free Buffalo Cauliflower from a great blog find

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I always love to share with our readers other great blogs that are out there and are dedicated to wonderful food. Since there are just so many one person can never truly see all of them. Here is a blog written by Kevin Lynch, that was created because of an interest in trying new foods and making use of a "closet sized kitchen". Having lived in a few places with super small kitchen spaces I can completely understand the issues that Kevin likely has faced in the kitchen. Closet Cooking is a great website and I am happy to share a couple of fabulous recipes that I have recently tried from this website.

Now, the Closet Cooking website is by no means a gluten free website, but there are definitely a LOT of great recipes on the site that are either naturally gluten free or can be adapted to be gluten free. 

If you're anything like me you love buffalo chicken wings but maybe make a point of only eating them on occasion because of the high fat content in most restaurant style wings. By following this recipe you will find that you get the same great taste without all that grease and fat. When I made this recipe the first time, both of us wanted to just keep picking at the cauliflower florets but we knew that we had to stop for fear of overdoing it.

Bet you can't eat just one!

Thanks Kevin at Closet Kitchen for sharing such a great recipe. And to think that it is naturally gluten free just makes it that much more appealing.

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower done buffalo wing style in a spicy hot sauce!

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (such as Franks RedHot)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted (optional)
  • blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping (optional)
  • celery stick on the side (optional)
  1. Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil, salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet, and roast in a preheated 400F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Toss cauliflower in a mixture of the hot sauce and butter and enjoy warm with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping and celery sticks on the side.

** My Note: You may find that depending on the size of the cauliflower you'll end up with too much sauce so just keep that in mind. The second time I made this recipe I used less of the sauce and avoided that pool of sauce at the bottom of the bowl, but still kept all that great gluten free buffalo flavor.

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Gluten Free recipes found in Canadian Living Magazine

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For some people, the whole idea of eating gluten free is simply a fad. But for many of us (myself included) it is because we have been diagnosed as Celiac or Gluten Intolerant or Gluten Sensitive. Whatever the reason, eating fully gluten free can be both a pain and very challenging  especially when it comes to baking and for that reason alone I can almost appreciate the whole gluten free fad business. 

While I do agree there are many issues with gluten free living being a fad, I do not wish to go into those right now. Instead I want to celebrate the fact that if nothing else, gluten free fad dieting has allowed me to gain access to more gluten free options and more main stream recipes to be found. I like both of those things.

Here's one of the recipes that I found in the May issue of Canadian Living Magazine. I do enjoy a good gluten free recipe in a mainstream magazine and this issue had a handful, but here's one that particularly caught my attention yum!

Gluten free Chocolate PB&J cupcakes
Makes: 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp each of xanthan gum and baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Peanut Butter Icing:
Half package (250g pkg) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla.

In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gun, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture; whisk for 1 minute (batter will thicken). Stir in hot water and vinegar. Spoon into 12 paper lined muffin tins.

Bake 350F oven until cake tester inserted in center of several comes out clean, 32-35 minutes.
Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely (make ahead: store in airtight container for up to 24 hours)

Spoon jam into pipping back fitted with small plain tip. Press tip into centre of each cupcake; pipe in about 1 tsp of the jam.

Peanut butter icing:
In bowl, beat together cream cheese and peanut butter until light; beat in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat in milk and vanilla until smooth. spoon into pipping bag fitted with a large plain tip; pipe onto cupcakes (make ahead: store in airtight container for up to 3 days).

Nutritional Info: Per cupcake
about 340 calories; 4g pro; 16g total fat; 51g carb; 2g fiber

Change it up: Gluten Free Vanilla PB&J Cupcakes:
Substitute 1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour for the cocoa powder

I must say as well that I do appreciate that the folks at Canadian Living magazine included a blurb stating "Note: to ensure all of your baked goods are gluten free, read ingredient labels carefully and ensure they explicitly state that the products are gluten free".

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Tim Horton's Introduces a Gluten Free Macaroon

In August of 2012 I posted on Facebook a pic of Tim Hortons.  In the comment stream, I talked about speaking to someone from their operations saying they are working on a gluten free treat.  Forward 11 months later and guess what?

Picture shared on Facebook from @YouHadMeatGF
Check out what people were talking about on Facebook about Tim Horton's gluten free macaroon!

Yup you are reading that correctly, that is an Tim Horton's ad for their gluten free coconut macaroon.  The macaroon is prepackaged and made offsite to avoid any cross contamination.  Tim Horton's also went through the Canadian Celiac Associations gluten free certification program which is continuing to grow.  The macaroons are also OU Kosher.

What do they look like in the packaging? Well check out this tweet of the gluten free macaroons by @YouHadMeAtGF's

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I love my slow cooker!

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Some might think that the slow cooker is meant for cold wintery nights when you just need a hot bowl of stew or soup, but actually I think they're perfect for using during those hot sweltering nights as well. For me, the thought of coming home to a house that smells like something has been cooking all day long (because it has) and dinner is ready when I walk in the door...well that just sounds excellent to me.

As well, in the summertime (to me) one should always consider using the slow cooker. Firstly you do not need to slave over a hot stove when you're already feeling beat and sweaty. Secondly, you can do all of the prep work the night before, when it's (hopefully) cooled off outside and your house is not a sauna. And thirdly, as mentioned before...dinner is ready when you walk in the door!

I have mentioned Stephanie O'Dea and her fabulous (gluten free) slow cooker cook books before, but here's a new recipe to share from the More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow cookbook, that we tried in hopes of getting some use out of our slow cooker in the summertime.

Not-So-Sloppy Joes
serves 8

2 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup A-1 steak sauce (I used HP steak sauce)
gluten free rolls or rice cakes for serving

 Using a 6 quart slow cooker, put the ground meat directly into the slow cooker, and add the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and A-1 steak sauce. Stir well with a spoon to combine the flavors. (If you don't have extra lean turkey in the house or you use a different variety of meat, you may want to brown the meat on the stove and drain the fat before putting it into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients).
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Stir well to break up the meat before serving on rolls or rice cakes.

I used HP steak sauce instead of A-1 steak sauce as they are pretty similar and that's what I had in the house. Also I did not have quite 2 cups of ketchup so I added a bit of water and I do not think it made a difference. Overall we all really liked this recipe and seriously it took me maybe 5 minutes to put it together. Great recipe. virtually not effort and a hot meal ready when I got home. What more can you ask for, right.

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Epicure Party Brings Gluten Free Delight to the Table

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One of our followers Kimberly, contacted me because she was having someone come to her place to host an Epicure Party when she found out that Epicure has a line of gluten free products (mainly gluten free dips and sauces).  This is something that I kind of knew, but had not experienced first hand, so I asked Kimberly if she can submit a blog post about it.  Here is what Kimberly had to say:

I decided to have an Epicure Party this past weekend. I’m not much for parties of this type but I heard their products are now gluten free. My 4yr old has Celiac Disease and its always nice to find new things that he can try AND hopefully like!

Shelly is a consultant with Epicure and she gave me a package of the Cha Cha Chili mix to make for the party to serve. It was great! Perfect flavours, not spicy but not bland either. (the ones I’ve tried making never seem to turn out!). Best of all, Devin loved it! Shelly also brought a variety of dips for us to try. Lemon Dilly was my favorite, Ranch was Devin’s and we both loved the fruit dip. Not only do they offer many different dips which you can mix with your own ingredients such as sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise etc. they have the pre-mix packages such as the Pulled Pork mix, Cha Cha Chili (which we made) and the Slow cooker Stampede BBQ Ribs. They also have seasonings for a Big Burger Sauce which Devin and I both loved too. Similar to the Big Mac sauce but WAY better.   It doesn’t end there, they have a variety of drinks which can be served hot or cold. On top of that, they have many different kitchen gadgets.

To end the day, we ate the instant Chocolate Pudding which Shelly gave us to try as well, I would have taken a picture but it didn’t last 2 minutes! The whole family loved the pudding. I love the way you can get different recipes and idea’s from the website. If you are in need of a nice gluten free change from the same old, just call Shelly, you can have a party and enjoy tasting different things or you can just order directly from her.

Shelly Ferguson

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Tasty Gluten Free Perogies

The Butchers Bus is branching out to a gluten free line of products called Tasty Gluten Free.  One of the first products they are introducing is gluten free perogies.  They wrote me in February to introduce me to their perogies, and we had an opportunity to sample them at Health and Wellness Show at the beginning of May.

We really thought the perogies were tasty, both the dough and the filling.  There is 6 perogie flavors in total.

The gluten free perogies can be found all across Edmonton:

Ben's Meat 15726 Stony Plain Rd Edmonton
K&K Foodliners  9942 82 ave Edmonton
Sweet Tweet 4345 50 st
Smokin Iron Farms 11401 50 st

The Butchers Bus @
South Edmonton Farmers market Saterday and Sunday
Beverly Farmers Market Tuesday 4:30 - 8:00
SWEF Market AKA Terwilligar  Wednesday  4:00 - 7:30
Millwoods Farmers Market  Thursday 5:00 - 8:00

Visit for more information.

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