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 :)

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Organic Works Bakery Products Review

Earlier this fall I place an order with Organic Works Bakery from London, ON. You can read about  the earlier post here. I like that this company is gluten free AND organic - it's like the jackpot!

I've finally made it through most of the products I purchased and have a description of each below:

1. Double Chocolate Chai Cookies - these have a unique taste, are a little powdery (but they don't fall apart), and quite filling! I have them for a treat, and they are not too sweet :)

2. Focaccia Buns - With a similar taste as the Brown Rice and Herb Garlic Bread, these are extremely versatile. I've used them for sandwiches, cheese melts, and mini pizzas. The flavour is awesome, and goes well with veggies and cheese.

3. Cinnamon Raisin Bread - I love this bread toasted with just butter or jam. In fact, it was so good, I had to share with my Mom. She loved it so much I gave her the loaf :) This is a staple if you like cinnamon-raisin bread. I'll be ordering multiple loaves next time!

4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - These are my favourite cookies. They are soft, chewy, and just the right size. They could easily be mistaken for the "regular" oatmeal raisin cookies. I could probably eat the entire bag....and this is why I freeze them and just take out one (or 2) at a time.

5. Buckwheat, Rye Style Bread - This bread is just right. It's great for sandwiches, had a mild flavour, and can be toasted or left plain. It's a dark brown colour and packs 3 grams of fibre per slice. My personal favourite is toasting the bread and spreading natural peanut butter on it.

6. Nativas Naturals Sweet Raw Chocolate Nibs - now these are interesting! I am not really sure what I am supposed to use them for - but I'm assuming baking might be a good use? They are very bitter and have a very dark chocolate taste. I've been mixing them with ice cream and they pack a nice crunch and flavour.

7. Brown Rice Herb and Garlic Bread - Great for sandwiches, toast with butter and garlic toast! - Again, can be toasted or plain.

Now I still have 2 kinds left to try - the Brown Rice Bread (it looks like regular white bread) and the Honey and Quinoa bread. I'll update when I try those!

I love this company and will order again if they can ship via UPS again :) Thanks Organic Works!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa is a great gluten free grain that packs a good protein and fibre punch. It does take a little bit of getting used to the texture and look, however, it can make great side dishes.

One of my favorites is a quinoa salad. One of my co-workers gave me the recipe, which I think she tried from the Quinoa 365 book. This salad is so adaptable, you can put anything in it you like.

You will need:
1/4 cup red onion
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1 green onion sprig
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup of water or broth
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse 1/2 cup of quinoa and cook with 1 cup of water or broth for 15 minutes. Then let cool. I usually use broth as it takes away from the strong quinoa flavour.

2. Chop all your veggies and mix with the lemon juice and olive oil.

3. Add cooled quinoa to your mixture and you're done!

This is a great snack to keep in the fridge and it will last 4-5 days easily.

Also - experiment with different veggies you have on hand, or add some spicy ingredients if you like it hot!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Gluten Free Carrot and Lentil Soup Recipe

This time of year is a great time for soups - especially on those cooler days :) I love home made soups - they taste so much better than store bought ones, and I can be sure they have gluten free chicken or veggie broth!

Over the weekend I tried this Carrot and Lentil Soup from Canadian Living.

We didn't puree it completly, I like a little texture - but you can modify the puree part to your liking :)

As a side note - because we like hot things, we added some hot sauce. My favorite sauce is Dave's Insanity. I had a bottle from New Brunswick that lastest a long time, and I picked up another one while I was in Florida - a knife tip full goes a long way!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

President's Choice Gluten Free Products

Just a quick post - President's Choice has introduced a new gluten free line in their bakery. You can check out the selection here http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=search&keywords=gluten+free&_requestid=3061996&catIds=cat40002. It's the top 7-8 products I am referring to - the search included more than I was looking for.

Anyone spotted any in NL stores yet? I might try them - depending on the ingredients and any reviews I hear about them :)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Amy's Gluten Free Frozen Entrées / Frozen Dinners - Review

I really love Amy's products, and even after just a week in the US, I'm going to miss them when I get back to Canada.

Two frozen entrees I tried while I was in Florida included Amy's Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans, and Cheese Enchilada. From what I can tell, these products are listed as being available in Canada, however, I'm not sure if we can get them in NL (I have asked Real Food Market to see if they can get more Amy's products) or how much they cost. When I purchased them at Target, they were $3.25-$3.50.
Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal/Fait De Riz Espagnol Et Fèves Enchilada
The Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans was awesome - it is also dairy free. The food was tasty, cooked well in the microwave, and had 9 grams of fibre :) It has 31% of your daily sodium intake, but for someone who eats very little salt, I wasn't too concerned.  As usual, it was clearly listed as having no GMOs. How can you beat a tasty, non-GMO, gluten free ready to eat meal???

Cheese Enchilada/Enchilada Au FromageThe Enchilada with Cheese I shared with my very picky significant other and he really liked it. In fact, after he was finished, he said again it was really tasty. Need I say more? It was a cheesy, yummy, awesome enchilada that was ready in 4 minutes! The package has 2 enchiladas, each having 18% of your sodium intake - if you have sodium restrictions, and 3 grams of fibre.

MMM Amy's! I hope we can get these in NL and not cost a fortune!

Stoneyfield Organic Yogurt - Review

I love having yogurt in the morning, and while there are lots of gluten free choices in Canada, the US has SO MUCH MORE! Especially when it comes to the individual sizes - which is great for trying lots of flavours!

I picked up a bunch of Stoneyfield Organic yogurts when I first got here. Some of the flavours included vanilla, strawberry, fieldberry, blueberry and cherry. They were all marked GF on the side of the container.

All the yogurts were creamy and tasty - and most of the ones I had were fat free.

The greek varieties were also awesome, and again came in individual serving side containers.

What I like about the sizes of the individual cups in the US is that there is 25% of your daily calcium, so you can just eat one and get a great milk serving :)

I also tried 2 of their smoothie flavours - Strawberry and Wildberry. Again, these were marked GF and very handy for on the go.

A couple years ago you could get Stoneyfield at Dominion, but then they stopped carrying it. They had a couple varieties I used to get. Not sure if they can carry it in the future!

Anyone try any other flavours?

Monday, 5 November 2012

EOS Lip Balm - Organic and Gluten Free Lip Balm

I don't write much about personal products, but I've been running out of my regular lotions and lip balms so I'm trying to find some varieties without parabens or artificial chemicals.

The EOS lip balms are this little egg/sphere shaped product and come in super yummy flavours such as summer fruit and tangerine. I actually saw them at Costco in St. John's the last part of October. It was a 4 pack for $9.99.

I picked up a couple while I was in Florida at Target for $2.99. I love them! They go on smooth, taste and smell awesome and are easy to pocket around.

They are certified organic by USDA organic and clearly state they are gluten free, paraben free, petroleum free and phthalate free.

Anyone try any other flavours?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Lundburg Sea Salt Rice Chips Review

I've been meaning to try these chips for awhile - I am pretty sure you can get them at both Sobeys and Dominion, and in multiple flavours. I decided to try the Sea Salt variety.

These are a cross between a tortilla chip and a cracker so they are a little thicker (and thus able to hold toppings such as salsa or guacamole better).

I liked these chips for a quick snack - they do have a hint of salt flavour - but nothing overpowering. I think you could also top with a soft cheese as well and they would be tasty.

These are made with 70% organic ingredients and contain no GMOs :) They are certified by the non-GMO project and you can find the little symbol in the left hand corner.

These are about $4.29 in NL, but the US price is about $2.50. Anyone try any other varieties of these?

Amy's Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Review

Amy's has such wonderful food choices. It's non-GMO and they also have lots of organic choices as well :)

Chocolate Cake - GFI picked up an Amy's Gluten Free chocolate cake - it's gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It comes frozen, and the suggested serving size is 6 (but you can get more if you just want smaller pieces). You need to defrost in the fridge for 2.5 hours and then you are good to go.

The cake has a wonderful chocolate taste, it's smooth and has a pound cake consistency. It just screams for some white milk to accompany it.

This cake is just so wonderful, it is comforting, chocolatey, but not too sweet. Because it was just me eating the cake, I've left it in the fridge for a couple of days and it's still moist.

The cake is a great product to have on hand for a quick dessert, or an everyday treat!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Rudi's Gluten Free Bread Review

Ah - my adventures in Florida continue. At Publix, I picked up a frozen loaf of Rudi's Gluten Free white bread. It was only $3.99 for a regular size gluten free loaf (about 15-17 slices).

While the bread is not organic, Rudi's doesn't use GMOs in their foods (their other line of regular breads are organic).

The texture of the bread is soft and wonderful. It is a little lighter than Kinnikinnick, and has that wonderful white bread taste - sometimes you just want some good home made white bread :)

It is good both toasted and plain - and makes a wonderful avocado sandwich. I am hoping Real Food Market might be able to get it in as they sell the regular Rudi's line.

 Here's to hoping I can find this product in NL in the near future!

UPDATE: you can purchase Rudi's from Canadian Alternative Foods - It's $6.49 a bag and flat rate shipping of $12 for Canada. They have cinnamon raisin, original, and multigrain :)

Amy's Garden Vegetable Lasagne Review

Ah - the wonderful United States of America. I arrived down here on Tuesday, and have been scouring grocery stores looking for new products to try! I made a trip to Whole Foods as well as Target and Publix so far. The selection is amazing! I have so many things to write about, but I'll start with the Amy's Gluten Free Lasagne.

Garden Vegetable LasagnaThe Lasagne is like a frozen dinner sort of thing - it was about $4 at Whole Foods which seemed reasonable. I haven't seen it in NL, but after trying it - I am hoping I can find it somewhere :) Like any frozen dinner you can microwave it, or this one also gives you the option to cook it in the oven. I went with the microwave option and in 5 minutes it was ready to eat. I thought it tasted really good - not too spicy, but a great sweet tomato flavour - especially for a frozen meal.

The noodles cooked well, and the veggie filling was very tasty. It was like a comfort food :) The box clearly states it does not contain GMOs, and contains many organic ingredients. This is a great option for a quick meal, or an option to take to work.

 Here's to hoping I can find this product in NL in the near future!