October 30, 2013

Gluten Free Apple Cranberry Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Aged Cheddar

First off I would like to thank all those who entered the Udi's Fall Comfort Giveaway Contest! The lucky winner is listed in my Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp post.

Although it feels a bit more like winter here in Calgary this week, fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy warm comfort meals. I wanted to give a few more of Udi's products a try and create an irresistible turkey burger. As turkey burgers are often a bit dry, I decided to add a few tasty elements like apple and cranberry to create a moist and sweet burger. And of course I couldn't leave it at that, so I tried the new trend of stuffing my burger with cheese. Topping it off with one of Udi's Gluten Free fluffy hamburger buns made it the perfect burger. The results were delictable! Even my husband who is a red meat fan when it comes to burgers asked if I was going to make more in bulk and freeze them. Hope you enjoy and it may leave you wanting more!




Apple Cranberry Turkey Burger Stuffed with Aged Cheddar

1 lb ground turkey
1 large Apple, peel included
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup breadcrumbs made from toasting piece of Udi's All Grain bread and processing it
1 large egg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
4 white aged cheddar cubes or a few small slices per burger
4 Udi's Classic Burger buns, toasted
Garnishes for burger: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc

Maple Mustard Burger Sauce
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp mayonnaise

1. Mix together ground turkey, apple, cranberries, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning in a large bowl until well mixed.
2. Make two thin patties per burger. Place cheese in the center of one patty and place other patty on top.
3. In a grill pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add turkey burgers and cook for 8-10 mins on medium heat flipping a few times until cooked through.
4. Place burger on toasted bun and garnish with toppings and maple mustard burger sauce.  Enjoy!

October 28, 2013

1 Batter 2 Ways- Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Mini Bundt Cakes

Fall always means the beginning of pumpkin season!!  For the month of October (and November for some) we get to indulge in all things pumpkin- lattes, cookies, cakes, muffins, pies, jack-o-lanterns, etc. 

I found a great recipe for a pumpkin bread on Food.com while prepping for my mother in law's birthday and I adapted it into two other great recipes that can lend themselves to a mini bundt cake desert, as well as a breakfast or on the go muffin recipe.  As I am not fond of overly sweet baked goods, neither of these recipes are too sweet, so feel free to enjoy one or two!

My daughters also had a birthday party to attend and to fancy up the muffins to make them birthday party worthy, I decorated them with chocolate cream cheese frosting.  I also found this great tip on Pinterest where you take a Mike and Ike's Candy and use half a tooth pick to make a whimsical cupcake topper. 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread, Muffins or Bundt Cake Batter

2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp applesauce
1/2 cup sugar or agave nectar
1 large egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of equal cloves, nutmeg and ginger)

1. Mix together butter, sugar, egg, canned pumpkin and vanilla extract. 
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix. 
4. For bread, pour into a prepared loaf pan and bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes. 




Gluten Free Pumpkin Mini Bundt Cakes with Pecan Crumble

Batter from above recipe
4 tbsp butter melted
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup pecans
1. Grease mini bundt cake pan. 
2. In a food processor combine the ingredients above until the pecans are small chopped size. 
3. Put a bit of crumble topping into the bottom of each mini bundt cake pan. 
4. Top with cake batter. 
5. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. 
6. Let cool a bit before turning pan over and removing bundt cakes or topping will stay in the pan. 
- Delicious served with vanilla bean ice cream!
 

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins 

Batter from Above Recipe
1/2 cup Chocolate Cream Cheese Topping or Plain Cream Cheese with melted chocolate chips stirred in (I used the new Chocolate Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread)
1/2 cup icing sugar

1. Grease muffin tin and pour batter into sections. 
2. Bake at 350F for 25-30 mins. 

Optional Cream Cheese Frosting 

1. Allow muffins to completely cool. 
2. In a separate container, mix together cream cheese and icing sugar. Add to a piping container and decorate muffins. 
3. Get creative with topper ideas- we used Mike and Ike candy and inserted 1/2 a toothpick into them to create a popsicle topper. 

October 12, 2013

Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp and an Udi's Giveaway!!

I love the season of changing leaves and the cool fresh weather that Fall ushers in, plus it is my favorite clothing season with all the comfy sweaters, light jackets, leggings and my favorite footwear-boots! I also adore that Fall brings back a repertoire of recipes that warm our hearts and fill our tummies! That is why when Udi's contact me and offered me a chance to participate in their Fall Comfort Challenge, I was all in! They have also given one of my lucky winners the chance to win a $150 Fall Comfort Cooking Giveaway! (see below)

The gluten free way of life is becoming more and more prevalent throughout Canada. A recent study "Canada Attitudes to Gluten Free Study" commissioned by Udi's Healthy Foods discovered that an amazing 4.3 Canadians (12.3 per cent) have gone gluten free! Even those who are not medically diagnosed are finding benefit from the diet, as 21 per cent due to gluten intolerance and 15 per cent are eliminating gluten to support a relative or friend. Those surveyed reported a healthier weight, improved activity levels, improved gastrointestinal health and a better mood. Some additional facts from this recent survey can be explored here

With these facts being presented, the most common food item that Canadians on a gluten free diet struggled with was bread. Udi's was one of my first bread products that I actually enjoyed and I didn't feel so inconvenienced by being on a gluten free diet for life.  For this Fall Comfort Challenge, I have used a few of Udi's Products to create a wonderful and delicious Apple Crisp made from the Mighty Bagel (Cranberry and Seed Bagel) and Snickerdoodle Cookies!  The recipe is warm, fresh and makes a great quick dessert (or breakfast in the case of my little taste testers). 




Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp

5 apples, thinly sliced and diced
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

2 Udi's Gluten Free Mighty Bagel, toasted until golden and cut into fours
4 Udi's Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted

1. Combine apples, lemon juice, honey, chopped pecans and spices in a large bowl.  Mix to ensure all apples are coated. 
2. Pour apple mixture into small ramekins for individual crisps or a large baking dish. 
3. In a food processor, combine bagel, cookies and oil/butter. Pulse until mixture becomes a medium sized breadcrumb consistency. 
4. Spoon bagel and cookie mixture over apples. 
5. Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. 
6. Enjoy on its own or topped with yogurt or ice cream!

Udi's would love to spread the word about their wonderful gluten free products and have offered one of Gluten Free Twin Mom's a fantastic Giveaway!! Valued at $150 the giveaway includes Udi's Gluten Free Products, a wooden cutting board and a cozy throw!  

Contest ends October 30th and is open to residents of Canada only. Good luck!




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October 6, 2013

South Street Burger Company Serves Up Four New Gluten Free Signature Burgers

 

Growing up I had always said that if I could magically have gluten I would love to have a big juicy and tasty burger! My parents would buy me gluten free burger buns and we would try to create our own gluten free burgers. However the buns that were available at that time resembled a brick and left so much to be desired. After a few of these bad bun experiences, I used to opt for my burger without a bun. Burger buns have come such a long way and are now soft and delicious. 

I was lucky enough to be contacted by the trendy burger spot South Street Burger Company with an offer to try their four new signature burger combinations which are available on a gluten free bun. And of course I jumped at the opportunity! The company is affiliated with New York Fries which has been our go to location for fresh cut fries which are not cooked in oil shared with any other fried items so you can rest assured they are gluten free, plus they are fresh and delicious! 

Wednesday nights my daughters have gymnastics and by the time we are done there is never enough time to make diner. After class last week, we headed to South Street Burger to chow down on some new exciting burgers. I ordered the Nacho Burger which I easily customized to be made with a chicken burger and a gluten free bun (extra $1). Nachos are of my favorite foods and to combine this with a burger was a brilliant combination! All the ingredients were really fresh and the combination of cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and jalepeno sour cream which added a bit of spice made the perfect burger. 


My daughters ordered the True North Burger which featured maple infused onions, bacon, cheddar cheese and signature sauce. They gobbled up everything in record time and even loved the onions which are usually passed over. And of course we enjoyed a side of crispy fries! The burger buns were tasty, soft and light and had the perfect squish which is my favorite quality in a delicious burger bun. 

If you have been to a South Street Burger Company you will know that they have a toppings bar set out for you to customize your burger. I was super impressed that for our burgers, they were made in a separate area and with a set of toppings in a container dedicated just to their gluten free customers. I always appreciate any steps to help avoid cross contamination.

We will definitely be heading back again to try their two other new burger combinations. To be honest after finishing my burger, I wished I had more room to try one more! Comment below on what your favorite toppings and combinations are for your favorite custom burger. 

Check out the South Street Burger Company for a location near you! 

July 25, 2013

Gluten Free Garden Pasta Salad

Growing up both my grandparents and my parents had beautiful and lush vegetable gardens. I remember helping my grandma shell fresh peas and by the time we were done- half were in the bowl, half had been devoured! When I finally had a yard that could accommodate the garden, we went to work making a functional space to provide us with the fresh produce I had grown up with. 

As the end of July approaches, our garden is in full bloom and we can begin enjoying our fresh vegetables and fruit. One of my favorite dishes to prepare on a hot evening is a pasta salad with fresh spinach, onions and celery from the garden. This has a slight Asian twist with the dressing and is great served warm or slightly chilled. Enjoy! 


Garden Pasta Salad

Two cups gluten free macaroni pasta-cooked
1 cup mandarin oranges slices
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 celery stalk diced
2 green onions diced
2 cups spinach
Half a colored pepper diced

Dressing
2tbsp mandarin orange juice
1tbsp soy sauce gluten free
2tsp sesame oil
2tbsp sweet red Thai chili sauce

Mix all above ingredients together and let marinade for 15-20 Minutes or longer and serve. 

July 18, 2013

'Stoked' for Gluten Free Oats Giveaway!



Oats are an amazing natural superfood offering fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also aid in lowering cholesterol and helping digestion.  It is no mystery why oats have been a popular food throughout the years and are again appearing as a staple in our diets.  It was only two years ago when I first tried oats.  And no I was not living under a rock!  Growing up I was told I could not have oats due to the concern of the oats being cross contaminated in facilities that produce other grains which are not gluten free.  Thank goodness there are now companies that are dedicated to producing gluten free oats which allows everyone to enjoy this wonderful nutritious food!   

I quite commonly use oats to make granola and I also add them to my baked goods to make them more heart healthy.  Oats are a perfect start to any morning or as a mid day snack to provide ample energy to carry out a busy schedule.  However, when it comes to oatmeal, I have never really found one I have really liked.  It is this exact reason that I was extremely excited to try Stoked Oats when they offered to send me a few samples to taste test. Stoked Oats is a local Calgary based company which offers oats which are wheat, rye and barley free.  There are four delicious flavor combinations:

  • REDLINE: Combining the goodness of oats with the addictive ingredients of coffee and organic chocolate chips.  Also featuring walnuts, flax, whey and chai seeds for an extra boost of superfoods.
  • BUCKING-EH: Adding a little bit of sweetness with this sugar free oats with the addition of apple, flax, mulberry, chai seeds, whey, currants and cinnamon.
  • STONE AGE: Boasting pumpkin seeds, flax, almonds, walnuts, whey, chai seeds and coconut. Extra bonus this variety is sugar free. 
  • APHRODISI-OATS: For chocolate lovers this mix sports flax, whey, almonds, chai seeds and organic chocolate chips.

I was lucky enough to sample a few of these varieties and my favorite was Bucking-Eh offering the amazing aroma and taste of cinnamon with a hint of sweetness from the fruity flavours.  Stone age was also another favorite as those who know me well know I am a coconut lover and I love the extra energy that the addition of the seeds and nuts offer!  Redline was a surprising delicious twist on oatmeal offering two of my favorite addictions- coffee and a hint of chocolate.  I found the oatmeal was tasty both with the addition of fruit and yogurt or on its own.  On all occasions (and there were many!) of trying the oats, they were very filling and helped me make it all the way to lunch without feeling hungry.  

Check out Stoked Oats on Facebook and Twitter for lots of insightful information regarding gluten free eating and eating healthy for an active lifestyle. Visit their website if you would like to order your own tub of gluten free oats. 

GIVEAWAY!!- Stoked Oats would like to make two lucky winners go crazy for their delectable oats!  Enter below to win a tub of Stoke Oats in the flavor of your choice and a Stoked Oats Hat! Contest closes August 7, 2013 and open only to Canadian residents. Good Luck!


July 9, 2013

2013 Calgary Stampede Gluten Free Style!

Yeehaw!! It's that time of the year again where Calgarians and visitors throughout the city adorn their favorite pair of jeans, slip on their cowboy boots and head down to the Calgary Stampede! A timely tradition for our city, this year is a bit more special as our tradition was at risk due to our recent floods. But Come Hell or High Water the show must go on!  Our city and its people have done an amazing job of joining together to help those affected by the flood and to make sure the Calgary Stampede marches onward. 

We were lucky enough to kick off our Calgary Stampede festivities this year with a backyard Stampede Breakfast hosted by our friend from Centre Street Style. She sure knows how to throw an amazing event with entertainment and delicious food. A stampede breakfast isn't complete without a pancakes, hash browns, eggs and bacon and they were all gluten free! My girls were begging for just one more pancake!!  There was also a toss the farm animal game and a colorful candy bar for  the kids (and the big kids too!). The fabulous entertainment was provide by country star Codie Prevost and his band whom got everyone to put their cowboy boots to good use on the dance floor. Cannot wait until next years event!

 

We are looking forward to heading down to the grounds on Wednesday to see my cousin perform in the Grandstand Show with the young Canadians.  I also cannot wait for my girls to experience the superdogs, chuckwagons and visit all the animals in the barns. One of my favorite things about the Stampede is all the yummy foods you can enjoy in one place!  It is the one time a year I let myself indulge in a candy apple!! When you head to the grounds this year, make sure to check out these gluten free eats: 


  • SaltSpring Noodle Bar: Enjoy a pineapple curry or spicy pad thai served on brown rice. 
  • French Cut Fries: Who doesn't love fries as a tasty snack?
  • Jumbo turkey legs: guaranteed to give you your daily intake of protein. 
  • Naaco Truck: Savor the flavors of  their delicious Bolly Chips and Naaco Bites which are chicken bites battered in corn and chickpea flour. They also offer all of their Naaco entrees served with rice instead of naan which are an excellent gluten free alternative.  If you are super sensitive, ensure to ask about any cross contamination in the deep fryers. 
  • Los Compardes: one of my favorites offering up a Mexican feast of fresh tacos: steak, pork, chorizo and a variety of quesadillas. 
  • Booster Juice: for your midday fruit intake. 
  • Lemonade Stands: to quench your thirst grab a refreshing lemonade available in a variety of flavors. 
  • Sugar Creek Kettle Corn: a bit of sweet and salty in every bite of popcorn.  
  • Avatara Pizza: offering gluten free pizza with a variety of delicious toppings. 
  • Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Stands: last but not least, when the heat becomes to much or you need a night time nible, make sure to check out the many ice cream and frozen yogurt standard for a tasty treat
To make sure Stampede is super enjoyable, always exercise caution and double check with the vendor before ordering any items listed above. 


I hope you all get to enjoy your little piece of the 2013 Calgary Stampede and get to indulge in a treat or two or three! 


June 7, 2013

Gluten Free Korean Chicken

Do you always feel in a rush to get a healthy and quick dinner on the table?  Lately this has been my challenge on the few nights that I am actually home and get to cook.  I have been test driving a few Pinterest Recipes and have made a twist on one of the favorites I found called Korean Beef.  We have made quite a few variations of it and is very simple to make.  Since my husband has become quite the cook lately to help out, it is also one of his favorite recipes to make. 

In my last post I reviewed Organika's Coconut Oil in my Gluten Free Mango Banana Muffins recipe.  I decided to try another recipe with the coconut oil and also incorporate another product they sent me called Coconut Aminos which can be used as an alternative to soy sauce.  Coconut Aminos is made from the sap of the coconut trees and is a valuable source of amino acids, minerals and ranks low on the glycemic index.  I first used Coconut Aminos when I was doing a cleanse and was required to have items without soy and with low glycemic rankings.  Organika's Organic Coconut Aminos made the recipe a bit sweeter with its subtle hint of coconut and without the saltiness of normal soy sauce.  I may be a bit biased as coconut is one of my favorite flavors, but you can never go wrong with Coconut Aminos as a great gluten free alternative.   


Gluten Free Korean Chicken
Inspired by Lizzy Writes: Korean Beef

1 lb Ground chicken
1 tbsp Organika's Organic Coconut Oil 
1/3 cup Organika's Organic Coconut Aminos (or soy sauce if preferred)
3 tbsp brown sugar (more if prefer sweeter)
3-4 cloves of garlic

salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp Sriracha
1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 peppers, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1-1 1/2 cup rice or quinoa

  1. Cook rice or quinoa in a pot until fully cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, melt coconut oil in large wok.
  3. Add ground chicken and cook until browned.
  4. In a small bowl combine garlic, salt and pepper, ginger, brown sugar, aminos and Siracha.
  5. Add mixture to ground chicken and cook on low heat.
  6. Add broccoli and peppers and cook for 4-5 minutes until vegetables are tender. It is also optional to cook these items separately and serve on the side. 
  7. Pour rice into large platter and then cover with chicken mixture. 
  8. Garnish with green onions and additional Sriracha if desired. Enjoy!
Also as a big shout out to my wonderful, helpful and supportive husband, check out his YouTube Kryllyk Video Game Channel. 

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