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Life’s a picnic with Meghan and Josh

Meghan Telpner UnDiet Cookbook 3

The couple that UnDiets together, stays together (Photo: Catherine Farquharson)

 

5 QUESTIONS for nutritionists Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis

What’s your motto?
Meghan:
Today is the day!
Josh: The best way to get started is to get started.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island
Meghan:
Assuming it’s a desert island ripe with fruit trees and wild greens:
1. Josh Gitalis
2. A solar-powered high-speed blender
3. A hula hoop

Josh:
1. Meghan Telpner
2. A knife (I’m practical like that)
3. My ukulele

Why gluten free?
Meghan: Why not gluten free? I have a gluten sensitivity and have been in remission from Crohn’s disease for a full decade on a gluten-free diet. I first went gluten free in 1998 when I was diagnosed with depression and almost instantly the cloud lifted. I went gluten free again as I began developing symptoms of IBS in 2004. In the last three years, Josh and I have been strictly gluten free after we each did our own respective research. My feeling has always been “when in doubt, get it out.” To maintain optimal health and stave off inflammation and brain degeneration, I opt for a complete gluten-free life. In 2016 it’s remarkably easy, especially compared with what I went through in 1998 during my first attempt.
Josh: Having worked with hundreds of clients with serious health issues, I have seen the problems that gluten causes for people. I have also scoured the research on the topic and it has been substantiated by science that no one can properly digest gluten. Since I am always trying to better myself health-wise, gluten is thus not a part of my healthy diet and lifestyle.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Meghan:
I have two favourites: my Almond Bread (see recipe below) with ghee usually alongside a fat-rich elixir, which includes Josh’s Elixir blend, some healing herbs and loads of fat.
Josh: I usually enjoy a paleo-style nut bread with ghee and a hot elixir with a variety of herbs, some healthy fat, collagen, and sometimes a drop of cinnamon essential oil.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
Meghan:
I started a cooking school without having any idea how to cook! I really wanted to learn and to help people gain confidence in the kitchen. My first cooking class in 2008 included six recipes, the only six things I knew how to make.
Josh: In my first-year university kinesiology class of 1,200 peers, I was the fastest speed walker. I still often pass people on the sidewalk.

 

TKTK

This simple Grain-Free Almond Bread may replace your favourite bread.

 

Grain-Free Almond Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients
½ cup cashew cream*, coconut kefir or organic yogurt
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2½ cups whole raw almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup arrowroot starch
2¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs, or 2 servings of chia paste
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp coconut syrup (optional)
2 tbp sesame seeds (sprinkled on top)
1 tsp rock salt (sprinkled on top)

*cashew cream: blend 1 part soaked cashews with 2 parts water

Make It Like So
Preheat the oven to 325°C. Grease and dust a loaf pan.

Mix together cashew cream and cider vinegar and set aside.

Grind almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds in a food processor, coffee grinder or high-speed blender until you have a fine meal.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients—eggs/chia paste, cashew cream, oil and coconut syrup.

Mix wet and dry together until there are no lumps, but don’t over-mix. Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and rock salt.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes—until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and feels firm when you press down. Allow bread to sit for about 5 minutes before removing it to a cooling rack. Best stored wrapped in the fridge.

Dynamic duo Meghan and Josh will inspire you to have “A Happy and Awesome Gluten-Free Life” at noon in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Let them eat pasta!

Italpasta is back

One of my first thoughts after our daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009 was: “What about pasta!?!” She loved her noodles, and so did I! The day after her diagnosis, we cleaned out our pantry and got rid of every single product that contained gluten. We felt it would be safer for her and easier for us all if our whole house was gluten free. In those first few gluten-free years, we ate rice pasta, which often wound up a goopy mess on the plate and just didn’t taste like the pasta I knew and loved. I was ready to kiss pasta goodbye. And then we discovered Italpasta gluten-free pasta. Certified by Canada’s Gluten Free Certification Program (GFCP), Italpasta’s GF penne, fusilli and spaghetti are made from a blend of rice and non-GMO corn. The texture is bang on and you’d never know it’s gluten free. It is now our family’s go-to gluten-free pasta—and, believe me, we’ve tried them all!

 

The Italpasta team, from left: Chef Gianni Ceschia, Laura Dal Bo and Perry Battista

Italpasta has been a huge supporter of Gluten Free Garage over the years. Here’s the team at our last pop-up, from left: Chef Gianni Ceschia, Laura Dal Bo and Perry Battista.

 

Pasta makes people happy!

The Italpasta booth at Gluten Free Garage always has a lineup of people waiting to get their hands on whatever delicious dish Chef Gianni is making onsite. It’s a gluten-free pasta lover’s dream come true!

 

If you've never tried

Italpasta gluten-free penne rigate with tomato sauce.

 

“We are very pleased to once again join Gluten Free Garage on May 1st as a lead sponsor,” says Frank DeMichino, COO of Italpasta Limited. “It has grown to become not only a must-visit community event but also a rich resource for the gluten-free community. Given that a significant number of Canadians are affected by celiac disease, we are pleased to offer a gluten-free pasta without sacrificing good taste or quality.”

And that they do. Grazie, Italpasta.

my insta week

The cold snap couldn't stop me. Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends. #justbecause

Lunch at Hotel Gelato with my girlfriends #wheninRome

 

Throwback to the time Bunner's came out with the delectable fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat

Throwback to the time Bunner’s debuted the fauxstess cupcake #retrotreat

 

Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree

Garlic love, naturally #glutenfree

 

Baked apples before shot #comfortfood

Baked apples before shot #comfortfood

 

Can't. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes

Can’t. Stop. Roasting. #sweetpotatoes

 

My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl

My hubby is the best wing man #Superbowl

 

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baby it’s cold outside

Step 1: Peel sweet potatoes.

Soup’s on! Peel and cube sweet potatoes.

 

Step 2: Roast sweet potatoes.

Roast sweet potatoes (this step is not necessary but I find that the soup is even more flavourful when you roast the potatoes).

 

Step 3: Coarsely chop onion. Add coconut oil to a large saucepan and cook onion. Stir in ground coriander and curry powder.

Coarsely chop onion. Add coconut oil to a large saucepan and cook onion. Stir in ground coriander + curry powder.

 

Add sweet potatoes, stir and then add hot stock.

Add sweet potatoes, stir, then add hot vegetable stock.

 

Add beans and puree.

Add white beans (I used cannellini), and puree.

 

Stir in balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in balsamic vinegar + maple syrup. Add salt + pepper to taste.

 

Mmmm

Enjoy with a dollop of yogurt, chopped parsley and hemp seeds!

 

Sweet potato white bean soup
2 tbsp coconut oil (original recipe called for 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp vegetable oil)
½ onion, coarsely chopped
1 rounded tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground coriander
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (and roasted if you have time)
946 ml carton of vegetable broth (I used Pacific Foods’ low-sodium version)
19 oz can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
plain Greek yogurt (optional)
chopped fresh parsley (optional)
hemp seeds (optional)

Add coconut oil to a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add onion. Cook about 5 minutes until soft but not brown.
Stir in curry powder and coriander, for about 1 minute.
Add sweet potatoes and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
Add hot stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes (or until sweet potatoes are soft).
Add half of the beans and puree until smooth. Add remaining beans.
Stir in vinegar and syrup. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Hemp seeds are a nice touch, too.