Vegan pasta salad

For vegans....

This pasta salad is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

 

The Ultimate Vegan Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) diced red peppers
2 zucchinis, halved and sliced
1 cup (250 mL) cherry tomatoes
2 Japanese eggplants, halved and sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
1 box (340 grams) Italpasta Gluten Free Penne Rigate
½ cup (125 mL) chopped parsley
¼ cup (60 mL) chopped basil
1 tbsp (15 mL) Italpasta White Wine Vinegar
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp (45 mL) toasted walnuts
Pinch chili flakes

Instructions
Preheat a grill over medium high heat. Toss red pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper in a grill basket. Arrange basket on the grill and cook until charred and softened, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 6-8 minutes.

While the pasta cooks, purée parsley, basil, white wine vinegar, garlic, walnuts, chili flakes and season with salt and pepper. With the motor running drizzle in remaining olive oil.

In a large bowl toss together cooked pasta, grilled vegetables and pesto dressing, serve warm or room temperature.

 Italpasta is a Gold sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

Fries before guys

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

 

Flashback to Gluten Free Garage in the fall of '14 with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

Flashback to fall 2014 Gluten Free Garage with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

 

This year Gluten Free Garage is hosting an unprecedented number of vegan and vegetarian vendors. But we know that there are many gluten-free carnivores out there who will be asking: “Where’s the beef?”

Enter Hero Certified Burgers.

You know what my beef is with Hero Burgers? Their french fries, which themselves are gluten free, are made in a shared fryer, so there is a risk of cross-contamination. Hence, my daughter, and everyone else with celiac disease, cannot have them. Which is a bummer, because Lil loves fries.

But I appreciate that Hero Burgers is very clear about this in their communications, because it keeps people with celiac and gluten intolerance safe. Also on the plus side, most of their proteins (except for the hot dog) and condiments are gluten free and they have gluten-free buns from O’Doughs that are warmed in a dedicated toaster. And, most recently, they added gluten-free naturally smoked beef bacon to the menu.

Click here for a full list of the gluten-free offerings at Hero Burgers.

Back to the fries. You may wonder why Lily is eating them in the above photos. Is it an act of gluten-free child rebellion? No, she knows how much it sucks to get glutened. It’s because at Gluten Free Garage the Hero Burgers food truck serves up fries—and poutine!—made in a dedicated fryer with fresh, clean oil. So Lily and her fellow celiacs get to order a side of fries with that!

GFG sponsor Hero Burgers / Photo: Lewis Mirrett

Keep on truckin’ / All photos by Lewis Mirrett

 

Hero Certified Burgers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Marni Wasserman keeps it clean

Marni and her new pup Goji

Marni and her adorable new pup Goji

 

5 QUESTIONS for culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman

What’s your motto?
Everyone can eat more plants!

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Sweet potatoes, almond butter and my dog Goji.

Why gluten free?
It’s so much easier for my gut to digest. Also, when you choose clean, wholesome gluten-free foods they are fun to prepare and build recipes with. The versatility and variety of meals to make is off the charts!

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Green chia porridge.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I love ’80s music and butterflies.

 

Green Chia Porridge

Get the recipe for this Green Chia Porridge on Marni’s Instagram @marniwasserman

 

Marni will teach you how to “Clean Up Your Gluten-Free Act” at 3 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Win this shopping cart from Fiesta Farms!

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This could all be yours (minus the actual shopping cart)!

 

Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway!!!

Fiesta Farms, the official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, has loaded up a shopping cart full of our fave gluten-free products, local and imported. Valued at $700, this gluten-free giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more!

Enter to Win
♥︎ Fiesta Farms staff will hand out ballots at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 1st. Make sure to get one!

♥︎ Fill out your ballot and head about 5 blocks south to Fiesta Farms to submit it at the express checkout.

♥︎ The winning ballot will be drawn on May 16th and Fiesta Farms will call the lucky winner.

Bonus: When you hand in your ballot at the store, you’ll get a free Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free instant oatmeal cup, compliments of Fiesta Farms!

 

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Some of the products in the Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway:
Earth + City
Giddy Yoyo
Grain-Free JK Gourmet
Italpasta
Jax Coco
Mad Mexican
MadeGood
Neal Brothers
No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce
…and more!

Fiesta Farms is a Gold sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.