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When life gives you lemons, make these no-oven, no-bake lemon tarts!

 

The second I saw these bright lemon tarts in a recent edition of the Joyous Health newsletter, I had to have the recipe. How creamy and divine do these look? I’m so happy to share the recipe here with you.

 

Joy McCarthy will be speaking about gut health at Gluten Free Garage from 1:15 to 2 pm

 

These tarts were created by none other than holistic nutritionist and bestselling author Joy McCarthy, a woman who completely embodies her name. You just have to follow Joyous Health on Instagram to know what I mean. Lucky for us, Joy is returning as a vendor and a guest speaker to this year’s Gluten Free Garage! Be sure to stop by her table, where you’ll find her cookbooks, Joyous Health and Joyous Detox, along with her organic teas, body care (balms, body butter, deodorant and more) and new hair care products.

Joy will be giving her 45-minute talk “Gut Feeling: How your microbiome affects your mood, skin and stress levels” at 1:15 pm on Sunday May 27 at Gluten Free Garage. The microbiome encompasses tens of trillions of microbes that live on you and in you. The food you eat daily, your natural health supplement regimen and your lifestyle can either support these microbes or hamper them, allowing bad bacteria and yeast to proliferate. It’s absolutely fascinating how these microbes impact your mood, your skin and even your stress levels. In this session, you’ll learn about all the delicious and nourishing gluten-free foods you can eat daily to support a joyous microbiome!

Please note: All speaker sessions take place in the Wychwood Barns Community Gallery at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The entrance is off of Wychwood Avenue (the northeast side of the venue). Space is limited so please arrive a few minutes early and form a line.

“I wish my words could adequately describe it. I will try…it’s tart, sour, sweet, fresh and bright. Like an explosion for your salivary glands.” —Joy McCarthy

 

And now for Joy’s lemon tart recipe, which we know you are sure to enJOY!

CREAMY LEMON MACADAMIA NUT TART
(makes 4 tarts)

Ingredients

For the bottom:
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/4 cup almonds
10-12 medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil

For the filling:
3 large eggs
1 tbsp lemon zest
¼ cup honey
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut butter

Garnish:
dollop coconut yogurt
chopped macadamia nuts
coconut flakes

Instructions

To make the bottom crust, place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until crumbly.

Using 4 individual tart pans, evenly divide the bottom crust between them. Press the crust down firmly. Refrigerate or place in the freezer until it sets, about hour in the freezer or a couple of hours in the fridge.

Meanwhile, make the lemon curd topping. In a large pot on the stove on low heat, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest and honey. Add the lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla extract and coconut butter and continue to whisk on medium heat until everything is melted and the mixture starts to thicken. This process may take 10-15 minutes.

DO NOT STOP WHISKING :) Whisk continuously until it thickens.

Once the bottom crust is set, pour the lemon curd mixture into each cup. Put back in the fridge or freezer and wait until it’s set to enjoy. It will take about an hour in the freezer and a couple of hours in the fridge.

 

GlutenFreedom’s Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

This Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake, created and photographed by Rachael Hunt of GlutenFreedom Inc., is free from gluten, dairy and nuts!

 

Gluten Free Garage sponsors Italpasta and Fiesta Farms sent Rachael Hunt, founder of GlutenFreedom Inc. (and my good friend), on a shopping spree to gather the ingredients to create a delicious family-friendly and allergy-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free) pasta dish. She made a creamy tomato pasta sauce, otherwise known as a rosé. This kind of sauce is typically laden with heavy cream and butter, but not the GlutenFreedom version! (All the ingredients for this dish are available at Toronto independent grocery store Fiesta Farms.)

 

 

Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

Ingredients
1 package Italpasta fusilli (or penne)
1 shallot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small eggplant, diced
1 bunch spinach
1 jar Neal Brothers tomato and basil marinara sauce
1/2 cup Yoso cashew cream cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
chili flakes (optional)
fresh basil (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package. When cooked al dente, strain but set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water.

In a large saucepan, sauté shallot, red pepper and eggplant until slightly softened. Add in marinara and season with salt and pepper. Mix in cashew cream cheese, stir thoroughly.

Wilt spinach in sauce. Remove from heat and add in cooked pasta.

Transfer pasta mixture into a large baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool, garnish with fresh basil and chili flakes.

 

Rachael Hunt has been living with a severe gluten intolerance since 2013. She founded GlutenFreedom Inc.—a resource for dining, cooking, traveling and living gluten free—to provide a platform for others navigating the challenges of going GF. Here she’s at the checkout counter at Fiesta Farms with all the ingredients for her Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake.

 

We are so excited to welcome back Italpasta to Gluten Free Garage
for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!

They’ll be sampling their new gluten-free pasta—made from a blend of corn, white and brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa—that’s GMO free and certified gluten-free from the Gluten-Free Certification Program. Available in penne, fusilli, elbows and spaghetti, it looks and tastes like regular pasta. We can’t wait to taste what they’ll be serving up at #GFG17!

symptoms of celiac disease

 

When our daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with celiac disease at three years old, she had 10 of the symptoms on this chart, plus more. She also wasn’t thriving, her hair wasn’t growing and she was throwing up every day.

When it comes to celiac symptoms, many people think that the digestive system is mostly affected, but this autoimmune disease goes way beyond the gut. The above infographic created by Gluten Dude lists 84 symptoms of celiac disease—”directly from the best source possible: those suffering with this disease.”

Gluten Dude kicked off Celiac Awareness Month with some education about the disease in a recent blog post. “Sadly, our disease is still greatly misunderstood and under-diagnosed. The only way to change that is to continue to educate the masses as much as we can. Not about the food, but about the DISEASE.” And then he goes on to list a bunch of important facts about celiac disease.

As usual, he tells it like it is, with no sugar coating. Which is why I’m a big fan of this dude. He makes me laugh, he makes me mad and he’s even made me cry. He pushes buttons, he challenges the status quo, he questions everything. And, as a true advocate in every sense of the word, he’s got the backs of people with celiac disease.

Gluten Dude’s latest food for thought isn’t about food, it’s about celiac disease. And it’s a must-read.

But, still, the food.

Jordan Middlebrook holds court

Are you ready to meet the king?

Are you ready to meet the King at Gluten Free Garage?

 

5 QUESTIONS for celiac advocate Jordan Middlebrook (King Gluten Free)

What’s your motto?
Own it. It’s just about really listening to your gut and owning what you do or say. Taking the chance on yourself and pushing some of your limits.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Popcorn, a flashlight and my daughter.

Why gluten free?
Celiac disease. :(

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Typically cereal. But, then again, whatever is available, too. Last night’s dinner is always a safe bet. I’ll eat cookies too. I don’t have a problem with anyone poo-pooing my breakfast choices.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
Female singers are my thing. There is something about how they bring emotion to their songs and make me feel things more than a male singer does.

 

King Gluten Free in all his glory

In his world, all that glitters is gluten free.

 

Jordan will tell you why “Celiac Disease is not a Buzzkill” at 1 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

 

Canadian Celiac Association is on ECHOage!

 

My baby turned 6 last week.

My non-celiac girl turned 6.

 

One of my proudest moments as a mother happened a few weeks ago as Franny and I were planning her 6th birthday soirée.

After going over her guest list, I talked to her about having an ECHOage party. Truth is, she’s been having ECHOage parties ever since her 1st birthday, but this year I felt she was old enough to really understand what it means and get involved.

ECHOage is an online birthday party service where kids get the gifts they want AND give to a charity. It was created by two brilliant Toronto moms who wanted to make birthday parties more rewarding for the kids and less work for the parents. Who can argue with that?

Here’s how ECHOage works: Instead of your average paperless invite, after customizing their invitation the birthday child chooses a charity. Guests are then invited to make a contribution. Half of the funds raised go to the charity of the child’s choice and the other half goes toward birthday gifts that the child wants—combining the good feelings of giving with the good feelings of receiving. But that’s not all…

ECHOage is also convenient and environmentally friendly! Everything you need—RSVPs, contributions, birthday messages, thank you notes—is included in the online guest tracker. There’s also a feature that allows parents to indicate any food allergies their child has, which I appreciate as the mom of a gluten-free girl. No paper invites, no piles of discarded wrapping paper, no running around returning unwanted or duplicate gifts. But, by far, the best part about ECHOage is the feeling your child will have from helping others; getting an awesome gift definitely sweetens the deal!

So Franny and I went on the charity page of the ECHOage website. We scrolled through the 200-plus (!) local and national charities that have partnered with ECHOage. There is a charity for every imaginable cause, from health to animals to the environment. We read the names and looked at the logos and we talked about what the various charities do. Then we came upon a familiar logo—the Canadian Celiac Association—and without a moment of hesitation, Franny said, “That’s the charity I want because Lily has celiac!” There it was, my proudest moment as a mother.

CCA logo

With her charity chosen and her invitations emailed, we planned the party. Franny wanted to have a “mock-over”—a mock sleepover, that is—with 10 friends and cousins coming dressed in their pajamas. They would do a craft (inspired by the Children’s Art Studio), then we’d order pizza, have cake, watch a movie and eat popcorn. And then their parents would pick them up. Franny requested her favourite appetizer, picked out the flick (Epic) and got the loot for her bags.

Franny ended up raising $152.50 for the Canadian Celiac Association and she got $152.50 for her birthday present—an underwater camera. But I think the best gift of all is the ECHOage award proudly taped to the wall in her room…and her big sister’s gratitude.

ECHOage awardThe next time you’re planning your child’s birthday party, go ahead and ECHOage it!