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breaking bread

We heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) so we got out our favourite loaf of gluten-free bread from the freezer

I heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) and I wanted to partake. So I whipped up an open-face avocado sammie with Organic Works Bakery’s gluten-free quinoa and honey bread.

 

And so it went

I wish I could share this with you. But since I can’t here’s how to make it: Toast bread and top with avocado chunks, honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper. Take a bite.

 

Lucky for us, FEAST now carries Organic Works Bakery's bread!

Lucky for us, FEAST now carries our favourite gluten-free bread so we don’t have to travel to London, Ontario get it.

 

But we've been known to do so in the past...

But we have been known to do so…

 

Any way you slice it, gluten-free people can have their sandwich and eat it too. For all the sammie lovers out there, check this out.

Organic Works Bakery will be selling and sampling their many varieties of GF bread at Gluten Free Garage—raisin cinnamon; quinoa maple; buckwheat, chickpea and flax; buckwheat chia—along with more of their delicious baked goods. And, get this, owner Peter Cuddy is bringing along the bakery’s buckwheat farmer, George, who grows 300 acres of buckwheat for Organic Works on his farm!

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the chip that keeps on giving

When it comes to snack time,

When it comes to snack time, Neal Brothers Foods is always there for us. At least once a week the kids ask for “blue nachos” (made with Neal Bros’ Organic Blue Corn Tortillas with Flaxseeds) and we serve it with a side of their tasty salsa (mild for the kids, hot for hubby) and some homemade guacamole. And the Organic Cheese Puffs, Pops and Twists are always a big hit. Now Neal Brothers has a seat at our dinner table, too.

 

Pimp your chicken with Neal Brothers new kettle chips and mayo dips

Pimp up your chicken with Neal Brothers Kettle Chips and Mayonnaise.

 

Neal Brothers Kettle Chip-Crusted Chicken with Truffle Mayo

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise
Neal Brothers Kettle Cooked Pink Himalayan Salt Chips (or any flavour)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Liberally coat the chicken with the mayo.
Crush the chips, to about ½-inch squared or smaller.
Press the chicken, mayo side down, into the chips, coating quite thickly.
Place in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy with some extra mayo on the side.

Tip: Switch up the mayo and chip flavours for a variety of taste sensations—Sriracha mayo and Srirachup chips for a Buffalo-style chicken; Lime mayo and Vij’s Delhi-licious chips for a Far Eastern flavour; and Classic Mayo and Smokey BBQ chips for a crowd pleaser! Try it on fish, too.

 

You can also kick it old-school and eat these chips right out of the bag!

You can also kick it old-school and munch on these chips right out of the bag! BBQ is my go to.

 

At Gluten Free Garage, Neal Brothers will have you covered for chips, dips and a whole lot more from GFG regulars enerjive and Bix Bakery and newcomer Hippie Foods!

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the grain-free gourmet

JK Gourmet

JK Gourmet’s new honey-sweetened artisan chocolate comes in four tempting flavours: roasted almonds, almonds & blueberries, almonds & cherries, almonds & black currants. But no need to feel guilty for indulging—it’s made with raw, organic, fair-trade, dairy-free Ecuadorian dark chocolate!

 

Celiac may be the first disease most people associate with gluten free, but for JK Gourmet founder, cookbook author and colitis sufferer Jodi Bager, going “g” free (as in gluten and grains) was a key ingredient to being symptom free for the past 16 years.

Launched in 2001, JK Gourmet makes natural whole foods and baked goods—free from grains, gluten, sugar and preservatives—that taste out of this world and make you feel great, regardless of your reason for going gluten free.

JK Gourmet was one of the first of its kind to bring choice grain-free ingredients together with culinary expertise (and far too many health benefits to list) and stays on top of the trade by coming out with irresistible new products on a regular basis.

We’ve been huge fans of JK Gourmet’s granola forever and these days we can’t get enough of their new artisan chocolate (drop by the JK booth at Gluten Free Garage and taste for yourself!). But with the fall season well underway, nothing makes us feel as warm and cozy as this rustic apple pie, made from none other than JK Gourmet’s famed almond flour.

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the art of cooking gluten-free pasta

Our go-to gluten-free pasta: Italpasta's Gluten-Free Spaghetti, made from a mix of rice and non-GMO corn.

Our go-to gluten-free noodle: Italpasta’s Gluten-Free Spaghetti, made from a mix of rice and non-GMO corn. For pasta lovers who don’t want to give it up. (We love it with our turkey meatballs.)

 

If you’ve ever cooked gluten-free pasta, you know about its tendency to end up a mushy, sticky mess. We’ve been there, done that. So we turned to the pros—Italpasta—for some advice on how to cook gluten-free pasta.

5 tips for cooking gluten-free pasta

#1: Always cook gluten-free pasta in lots of water, preferably 5 to 6 quarts per pound of pasta.

#2: Season your pasta water with one tablespoon of salt per pound of pasta after it begins to boil. Gluten-free pasta gets a boost of flavour from properly seasoned pasta water.

#3: Stir pasta immediately after adding to water and continue to stir for the first 30 seconds to avoid sticky noodles or pasta stuck to the bottom of your pot.

#4: Undercook and test. Some gluten-free pastas will become mushy if overcooked. Start testing your pasta 2 minutes before it is fully cooked (according to package instructions) and check every minute until al dente. Italpasta Gluten-free pasta is made from a delicious combination of rice and non-GMO corn that helps to ensure you get the perfect plate of pasta every time.

#5: Never rinse your pasta. Rinsing gluten-free pasta not only cools down your cozy meal, it can also give noodles a gummy texture.

Made in Italy and approved by Canada’s Gluten Free Certification Program, Italpasta has become a go-to for gluten-free fusilli, penne and spaghetti.

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winter survival salad

Survival salad

It’s been a looonnnggg winter and my body needed this salad. I literally loaded it up with everything I was craving. It’s packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, protein, iron, fibre, calcium, beta-carotene and more. And I’ve eaten it every night this week. It goes like this:

Winter Survival Salad

arugula
spring pea mix (pea shoots, radish, red choi, buckwheat)
chickpeas
avocado
beets (steamed)
red onion
peeled grapefruit segments
raw walnuts
honey goat cheese

Dressing:
really good extra virgin olive oil
balsamic reduction
Himalayan pink mountain salt

 

Survival salad closeup

Every mouthful is a delicious, nutritious treat.