About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Gluten Free Toronto Adventure Part 1

The last couple of days I was in Toronto for work - and did some digging around to see what new and exciting things I could find in the Gluten Free world. Toronto is actually really Gluten Free friendly, and there are many high end restaurants that have gluten free offerings - there are also some regular chain restaurants that offer options too. I was staying at the Delta Chelsea - (Younge and Gerrard) and was close to lots of shops and restaurants. Seeing how I love pizza - I had to try the Pizza Pizza Gluten free crust. They have a sign which lists the toppings available that are gluten free, and similar to other gluten free pizza offerings, you get a personal size pizza - this one was about 9 inch. The crust was thin, not doughy, and tasted like real pizza! I was extremely impressed with mine and now wish we had one in Newfoundland! For the individual pizza with 3 toppings it was $12 - and worth every penny! One of my favorite things to do when visiting different places is to check out the grocery stores - not only do they have different gluten free foods, but a wide selection of fruits and veggies that you can't get here. At the Sobeys at 777 Bay Street, I found a great selection of products. One cookie I tried was "cookie it up" - blueberry cookies. They have a shortbread texture, and are absolutely delicious! I am sparing them along as you can't get them here! The dried blueberries add a nice contrast to the buttery flavour :) They cost $5 for the package - on par with other offerings. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Gluten Free Pancakes!

Seeing how last Tuesday was Pancake Day (aka Shrove Tuesday), I figured I'd share my secret to awesome pancakes! I use the Kinnikinnick Pancake and Crepe mix. It's great - you add 1/4 cup oil, 1 egg (you can probably use an egg substitute) and 3/4 water, milk or any combination of the two. I usually use 1/4 milk and 1/2 water - it makes the pancakes a little more substantial- however, more water will make them a little lighter :) This batter is very sturdy and I added chocolate chips and blueberries, and the pancakes cooked perfectly. Add some real maple syrup (from Costco) and you've got yourself a yummy breakfast, supper, snack etc. Also, you can freeze the leftovers so you have your own home made frozen pancakes to pop in the toaster whenever you want! MMMM nothing like fresh pancakes!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Boulder Canyon - Rice and Bean Chips

I've probably mentioned - I love to try new things! Today while I was shopping around Sobeys I picked up a bag of Boulder Canyon's Gluten Free (clearly marked) Rice and Bean Artisan Chips. I've had their Kettle Chips before and they were quite tasty with a good crunch! The Rice & Bean chips are actually quite thin but have a decent crunch. Mine were also small but I think the bag might have had a rough journey to the grocery store! The taste is quite unique - it's sort of a Mexican flavour with a hint of Indian. I could probably sit down and eat the entire bag! I bet they would be really good with hummus or guacamole! Per serving (35 chips)there is 11% of your daily sodium and 5 grams of fiber - overall a pretty good snack! I will definitely be purchasing these again! If you want to check out this flavour or their other products click here

Friday, 17 February 2012

Kinnikinnick SOFT Bread - Review

Yesterday was an exciting day -I received my two giant boxes from Kinnikinnick with the new SOFT bread products! Before I even had all the boxes unpacked I had to try a slice of bread. The loaf is bigger than the previous loaves and has a soft feel when you press down the package (like real non-GF bread). I put Nutella on my slice - no toaster - and ate the entire thing without a drink! That's impressive! Usually GF products are on the dry, crumbly side and require significant liquid - not this bread! It was absolutely fantastic. If I was blindfolded I would probably think someone was feeding me non GF bread!MMM soft chewy fresh white bread. I don't think you can ask for much more! Not only is the bread the most tasty bread ever - it also has the heart and stroke seal of approval. One of my biggest annoyances with GF products in general is the lack of fortifying ingredients and fibre they contain. Kinnikinnick has it covered! Per two slices of the white bread (yes white yummy bread), there is 5 grams of fibre, 140 calories and no preservatives! Kinnikinnick really deserves a medal for this one! stay tuned - I have a hamburger bun to test out for lunch!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Gluten Free Bar - Product Review

I'm always scouting out new products and am willing to try new products - some are awesome, others not so much. I came across this bar (called the Gluten Free Bar) on the internet. You can order directly from their site, and the bars are about $3 a piece. A little steep - but not unreasonable for a GF Protein Bar. I'll say up front, I'm not a huge protein bar person - I've tried a few in my day, and have never really found one that doesn't taste like a combination of cardboard and saw dust. This one was no exception. Perhaps it's because I don't like these types of bars to begin with, but all three flavours I tried were a non-hit. The bars were chewy, and had wholesome ingredients, so I would have been really happy if I liked the taste - but I digress. You win some, you lose some. These were not a re-buy on my Gluten Free list!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Chapman's Gluten Free Ice Cream Reviews

I love ice cream! Before I had to go gluten free, I absolutely loved Ben and Jerry's - and would make a point to try as many flavours as I could when I went on vacation to the US each year.

However, being Gluten Free, B&J's is not really an option anymore :( But, to satisfy my ice cream craving - I depend on Chapman's :) They are a wonderful Canadian company who have invested some time into making products for those with allergies. No only do they have gluten free products, but also lactose free, sugar free and peanut free products.

A couple of my favorite ice creams are the mint chocolate chip and the Neapolitan. They have a nice creaminess, and are super yummy! I also enjoy the Super Fudge ice cream bars. They taste exactly like the Fudgesicles I used to have when I was younger, but I think these even taste a little more chocolately!

Chapman's has gone the extra mile in labeling their products Gluten Free and because it is a "mainstream" product, the prices are exactly the same as their non gluten free products. This means you can score some good sales - cheap gluten free ice cream = 1 happy consumer!

If you haven't checked out Chapman's - you can click here and see a listing of their products that are gluten free.

PS the malt extract listed on the fudge sticks is derived from corn - the company gets that question a lot!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Pacific Foods: Gluten Free Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth is one of those tricky items to find that are gluten free. You have to be careful of the various "flavours" that are included in the ingredient list.

I really like the Pacific Organic Chicken Broth - the sign at the grocery says states it is gluten free - and their website indicates the same. There is no explicit stamp on the box - but I've never had any problems with using it! You can get the low sodium version as well if you are looking for less salt. A complete listing of their products and allergens can be found here.

There is definity more chicken flavour than the Campbells Chicken Broth - and while it's more expensive (it's $3.99 a carton at the Sobeys in Newfoundland) - it's well worth it!

There's nothing like chicken soup on a cold winter day!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Kinnikinnick SOFT BREAD!

Kinnikinnick Soft Bread products are now available on line! I placed my order last night, so by next Thursday, there should be a review. I've heard nothing but rave reviews on their new offerings - Hot Dog buns, Hamburger Buns, Multi-grain and white bread loaves. Of course, I ordered one of everything to try :)

Stay tuned - there are lots of reviews on the way!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Happy Planet Thai Coconut Soup Review

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing Costco and came across this Happy Planet Thai Coconut Soup in the fresh cooler section. It is completely organic, gluten free and has no preservatives! It comes in two pouches (with an ample expiry date) and is refrigerated.

While I'm always up to try new products, I've had some pretty horrible soups among other things - but for $7 I figured it couldn't hurt. I was actually happily surprised at both the taste and texture. The soup wasn't too runny which is always nice, and had chunks of corn, bamboo shoots, and LOTS of flavour. It had a good amount of heat to it - not so spicy you can't eat it - but spicy enough so I would classify it as spicy :)

You could easily add some noodles, chicken or anything else you had on hand to beef it up - but I thought it was perfectly fine by itself. You can easily get 2 large bowls out of one pouch, but I had 3 smaller portions with a sandwich.

This company makes lots of other fresh soups as well - but this is the first time I've seen any of their products around. Let's hope they continue!

If you are looking for a quick lunch or supper - this soup is a definite keeper!