Gluten Free Beach Bars

Life can sure get busy. Over the past few months we have been working, traveling, sold our first home, and just bought a less than charming 99 year old house in Vancouver that we’ll be renovating over the summer. Our reprieve from the dust and noise will no doubt be picnics in the parks or beautiful beaches.

This afternoon our good friend had her birthday at Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen. I made a green salad and these yummy treats that are shamelessly stolen from somewhere (can’t recall where)! They were a huge hit. Coconut, chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, condensed milk, and almonds. So good!

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Gluten Free French Toast

I love french toast. I had given up for awhile when the search for gluten free bread left me less than thrilled but no more. Grab two slices of Udi’s bread, milk, eggs, a dash of cinnamon and you’re ready to go! Mmm, mmm. Gluten free goodness! Continue reading “Gluten Free French Toast” »

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Layered Lemon Cake

Lemons? Check. Eggs? Check. Gluten free flour? Check.

I’ve picked up the birthday card, the gift certificate, and all that is left is the cake. My mother-in-law is turning 50 and we’re so excited for her birthday. All of the family will be there and I’m making a cake.  The flavour of choice? Lemon.

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Blueberry Muffins

I have vivid memories of my childhood. I grew up in a place where family and food were always around. It was comfortable.

More or less raised in my parents’ restaurant, which had been my grandparents’ before that, the little me would climb onto a chair at the staff table for many of my meals. It wasn’t the grilled cheese sandwich, soup, or chicken nuggets that I loved. No, it was the blueberry muffins.

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Gluten Free Onion Rings

There’s a certain exhilaration that comes from running. I love the sound my feet make when they hit the pavement and the willpower it takes to convince myself not to give up.

Usually, I busy myself with the beautiful scenery: endless fields connected to the peaceful ocean, a tree holding an eagle’s nest, and the sun-kissed autumn shades that remind us just how fleeting fall is.

But, not today! No. Today, all I could think about were onion rings. We ran by the A&W and that was all it took. The artery clogging O’s were on my mind.

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Gluten Free Whoopie Pies

I’ve never had a Whoopie Pie before but I was browsing around on the Martha Stewart website and as soon as I saw the picture, I knew I really wanted to try it. The gluten-free version, of course.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make them. I’ve always been more of a bake via box kind of girl but lately I’ve been feeling more at home in the kitchen. More free to experiment and try the “hard” things and, interestingly enough, I’ve been preferring the homemade challenge to the store-bought one.

Maybe that’s just part of the process. Once you are gluten-free for a while you start to appreciate food and the complexities of it a lot more.

Either way, these were amazing and I couldn’t let any of my gluten-free friends miss out. The whoopie pies were more like two light puffy pieces of chocolate cake with a nice Oreo-like vanilla icing in the middle, rather than a cookie, but they were light, airy, and instantly gobbled up by my hubby and friends. Success!

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The Canadian company SoL Cuisine makes gluten-free, wheat-free, kosher, halal, low fat vegetarian burgers. The first one I tried was the Original Burger. I didn’t love it. It was a bit mushy and tasteless to me. The SoL Cuisine Spicy Bean Burger was great. It had loads of spices and made a nice Mexican burger. My go-to burger of choice, though, is their Vegetable Burger, made with organic corn, peas, green beans, carrots, and onions. So good.

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I love all of the vibrant colours that are out at this time of year. The mums in my front yard are yellow, orange, and red and so are the leaves lining the streets near our house.

We woke up to the sun peering in through the windows through the colourful autumn leaves that look even brighter against the blue sky. It was the perfect morning for a run along the dike in Richmond.

Later in the day, we went to the pumpkin patch. What is Halloween without a pumpkin? We can’t let the neighborhood trick-or-treaters down. Oh, who am I kidding? I love carving pumpkins! It’s a yearly tradition around here.

And since today was all about pumpkins, I also made pumpkin chocolate chip bars with almonds. Delish. Continue reading “A trip to the pumpkin patch… and pumpkin bars.” »

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It was love at first bite. Soft, yet crunch and utterly delightful.

Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crust is hands-down the best one I’ve tried. Our family likes it so much we have it at least every other week.

It comes in packs of two and freezes quite well. Best of all, it’s not too thick or too thin. It’s the perfect pizza crust for our house!

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After removing gluten from my diet, I was relieved. I finally felt better. The embarrassing flatulence was gone. The pain was gone. The runs? Also gone. My body was healthier and I felt more alive. I guess you could say I started to feel “normal” again.

Irony set in once eating salad became a bore and I started to realize that being gluten-free was anything but normal.

That’s when some dear friends came to my rescue, sending my hubby a list of all of the places I could go gluten-free grocery shopping in Vancouver. I was relieved once more.

I was over the moon to learn that gluten-free eaters could have pasta, bread, and sweets. It wasn’t long before I discovered the slew of horrible products on the market. Bread shouldn’t crumble the moment it touches your hand and pasta shouldn’t taste like mush. That’s how my journey to find better gluten-free products began.

So here are some great products, restaurants, and grocery stores to help you get through any gluten-free woes you might be having.

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