Archive for January, 2014

Gluten-Free Bisquick Comes to Canada!

For several years, I have been buying gluten-free Bisquick in the United States. I’ve even had family and friends buy it for me on trips and bring it back. It looks like that won’t be necessary anymore: gluten-free Bisquick is now available here in Canada!

Gluten-Free Bisquick

One of our readers found it on the weekend at Sobeys, and we were able to buy some today at the Sobeys in Downsview Mall for $5.99. It’s made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, too! Although the ingredients are primarily rice-based, this mix makes the best gluten-free homemade biscuits I’ve ever had.

You can use gluten-free Bisquick as a one-to-one replacement for regular Bisquick (or any baking mix, for that matter). If you’re looking for recipe ideas, here are some of our favourites:

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Eating Well With Pinty’s!

So this happened last night:

Pinty's GF chicken breast chunks

What you’re looking at is five gluten-free, breaded chicken breast chunks (and a side of plum sauce, included with the meat) from Pinty’s new EatWell line! This line of products (all gluten-free) includes:

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Sobeys’ Compliments Brand Launches Gluten-Free Line!

Updated with more products!

Last year, Loblaws’ President’s Choice brand launched a gluten-free baked goods line. Since then, they’ve expanded into baking mixes, pastas, and crackers. The other day, we were picking up some Udi’s bread at our local Sobeys, and we noticed that there is now a Compliments line of gluten-free baked goods, rolls, and breads!

The product list includes:

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Gluten-Free on the Run (The 2014 Edition)

We’ve updated our popular Gluten-Free on the Run post (originally published in 2011) with the latest and greatest information. There have been some big changes to the menus at McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and Subway in particular!

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What’s For Dinner? Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken!

Why We Love It

Although this slow-cooker recipe takes a bit more prep work than others, it’s well worth the effort. Its hearty flavours are perfect for cold winter days.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices gluten-free bacon
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • One 28-ounce (828 mL) can diced stewed tomatoes, with juice (you can also use whole canned tomatoes and chop them)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 bone-in chicken thighs (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Method

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble when cool.
  2. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 3 to 6 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, pepper, and bay leaf. Cook for 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Add tomatoes and their juice and salt; stir well.
  3. Place chicken thighs in a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Sprinkle the bacon over the chicken. Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low.
  5. Remove the bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Tips

  • This recipe is also great with bone-in pork chops.
  • A hearty side dish of roasted root vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, and carrots) rounds out this meal nicely.

(Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/wine_tomato_braised_chicken.html)

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Going Gluten-Free at Cha Baa Thai

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most adventurous of eaters. (For evidence of this, count the number of reviews where I order steak frites.) However, I am trying to broaden my horizons, so when friends suggested Cha Baa Thai in Bedford for supper last weekend, I was excited to give it a try. Our friends had called in advance to check out the gluten-free options, and were told that anything on the menu (excluding desserts) can be made gluten-free on request. (The same menu is also available at their Halifax and Burnside locations.)

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