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Spicy Sriracha Chicken Salad

Okay, so this salad was born out of a rad trip to the Calgary Farmers Market this weekend. I have to give a huge shout out to the Cherry Pit for their amazing pre-shredded cabbage, carrots and amazing bunches of kale and cilantro, as well to Bee Land for your amazing honey! Spring time is always amazing for finding fresh inspiration and healthy eats.

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Imitation Gluten-Free “Cheddar Bay Biscuits”

So part of going gluten-free is breaking up with your favourite restaurant foods…one of mine just happened to be the red lobster biscuits. After several years of trying to convince myself that I was better off without them, I could not lie to myself anymore. Last night my mom for sunday supper had bought a box of gluten-free Bisquick mix for biscuits to go with our pot roast. We got creative and added in some cheese and some garlic butter and we found ourselves no longer yearning for our red lobster biscuits, because we have found them!

These biscuits are super quick and easy to make and cheap (hello, Bisquick is inexpensive, and a huge time saver!).

Enjoy,

ingredients: 

1 box of gluten-free bisquick, (follow package directions for the biscuits on the back of the box, this will require 2 cups of gluten-free bisquick, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup of shortening and 2/3 cup of milk)

1.5 cups of old aged cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup of garlic butter melted, to brush the tops*

Method:

  1. Prepare the biscuit dough as per package directions, shred cheese and fold into the biscuit dough, bake as per package directions.
  2. Once out of the oven, while the biscuits are still hot brush the melted garlic butter over the biscuits and enjoy!

* Garlic butter can bought at the grocery store next to where the regular butter is sold or you can make your own by combing 1/4 cup of softened salted butter with 2 cloves of minced garlic and a teaspoon of either fresh or dried parsley, stir, melt and enjoy!

Pumpkin Loaf

I fell for pumpkin spice many moons ago and while many people have adopted fall as being the season of “pumpkin spice” I still had yet to really hone my own pumpkin spice bread recipe, that is until today!

In celebration of the first day of fall I decide to play with my family recipe for banana loaf, which I realized made the perfect base to play with, take out bananas, add in a little pure pumpkin puree, and a little unsweetened apple sauce and some pumpkin spice and you have the perfectly balanced spiced pumkin loaf recipe!

So here is the recipe for the perfect pumpkin loaf, enjoy everyone!

Ingredients:

2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill really yields the best texture but you can substitute another kind, if the blend you’re using has xanthan gum added in already then omit)
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of coconut sugar (you can use white sugar, but I prefer the rich and deep flavour of the coconut sugar)
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup of oil (olive oil , vegetable oil or coconut oil will all do fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Method:

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt whisk to combine and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl cream eggs and coconut sugar together and then add oil, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree and apple sauce, stirring to combine.
  3. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring them until just combined (DO NOT OVER MIX: gluten-free batters get tough when over mixed, keep it light)
  4. Fold in chopped pecans, and in a greased 9×5 loaf pan and put into a preheated 350° fahrenheit oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.

Spicy Thai Red Coconut Curry

Fall is always a little chillier, the colours are inspiring though and there something about food that is spicy and whose colours match the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of Fall that I love. So it was time to mix it up with some Thai Red Coconut Curry.

After making this it dawned on me that some shallots, mushrooms or some shredded carrot would be phenomenal additions to this dish.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of oil (I like coconut or olive oil)
1/2 small white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 inch nub of fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 of each, red and yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste ( I say 1-2 so you can adjust the heat as necessary as it can be spicy but since I love spice I always add 2, should you dislike spice, omit the red pepper flakes)
1 can of coconut milk (I prefer the full fat kind but low-fat would work too I am sure)
2 teaspoons soy sauce (ensure the kind you are using is gluten-free) this adds some seasoning and brings out the flavours in the dish quite nicely.
1 pound of thinly sliced chicken or shrimp
Basmati rice or rice noodles (rice noodles are my personal favorite, follow package directions to cook both rice or rice noodles)

**Basil, bean sprouts, crushed cashews or peanuts, and sriracha make for fabulous garnish and condiments.

Make it:

1. heat a large skillet or wok pan at medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat the pan.
**if using chicken or shrimp cook these in the pan first prior to adding in onions etc, and cook chicken until browned on the outside or for shrimp until opaque and pink on the outside, remove from pan before cooking the curry you will add these back in add the end).

2. add onion to the pan, decreasing the heat to medium and saute until the onion begins to soften and cook (4-5 minutes)

3. Add in minced garlic and ginger to pan and stirring, fry until fragrant (about 2 minutes), once fragrant add in the sliced red and yellow bell peppers (also to fry for 3 minutes)

4. To the pan add the Thai red curry paste and mix in with the peppers and onions and allow that to fry with the paste for about 2-3 minutes (frying the paste is something I learned from my mom watching her make curry with pastes my whole life, it allows the spices and flavours in the paste to be deepened and brightened.)

5. Add in 1 can of coconut milk to the pan, along with 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of sugar (I prefer a non-refined sugar such as coconut sugar, but white or brown sugar would also suffice).

6. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for 10 minutes (if using shrimp or another protein, this is when you would add it back to the pan to continue cooking and absorb some of the flavour)

7. serve over basmati rice, or my personal favorite rice noodles.

 

 

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate with Whipped Coconut Cream

You can also read this recipe as well in the Amber Approved Magazine 2016 Fall Edition.

For the Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate:

This recipe is a single serve

Ingredients

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1.5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of pure dark maple syrup (the darkest grade you can find)

1 teaspoon of Chai Spice (I really love The Silk Road Spice Merchant’s blend but any other garam masala will do here if you liked to make your own chai spice take 1 teaspoon each of cardamom, all spice, ground cinnamon, cloves and 2 teaspoons ginger)

1.5 tablespoons of semi sweet dairy free chocolate chips (I prefer enjoy life foods brand).

Method

 

  1. Take a small sauce pan and start to heat your almond milk over medium low heat
  2. After about 1-2 minutes add in your cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice
  3. Whisking constantly to ensure the chocolate chips, cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice have dissolved and the chips have melted and are well incorporated, continue heating and whisking until you’ve reached your ideal temperature.
  4. Once heated to your liking, remove pot from heat, and pour into a mug, top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai spice or cacao powder if desired (while not necessary the coconut whipped cream melts into the hot chocolate, making it even richer and creamier than before.)

 

Whipped Coconut Cream

Makes about 1-1.5 cups of whipped cream

*This recipe should be started a day in advance to accommodate the chill time of the coconut milk.

Ingredients

 

1 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk (low fat will not do)

¼ cup of powdered coconut sugar (powdering your own coconut sugar is super easy, just toss it into a high speed blender or coffee grinder)

½ teaspoon of pure organic vanilla extract

 

Method

 

  1. Chill coconut milk overnight or for at least 8 hours prior, ensuring not to shake or tip the can to encourage the separation of the cream from the liquid.
  2. Chill a large bowl (stainless steel works best) for 10-15 minutes prior to making your whipped cream.
  3. Remove coconut milk from the fridge, being careful not to shake or tip your can and once the lid is removed, with a spoon, scrape the cream from the top of the can, into your bowl, leaving the liquid behind.
  4. With an electric mixer, start whipping your coconut cream at high speed, after about 30 seconds add in your powdered coconut sugar and vanilla, and continue whipping for another 2-3 minutes or until the cream has thickened, and soft peaks have started to form.

Spoon over your hot chocolate or any other dessert or beverage your fancy. This will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Borovsky 

Amber Approved Magazine: Fall Edition 2016

Hi everyone,

If you’ve missed me, sorry for the hiatus, being a full-time student and working on some new material makes me one flakey blogger, however here is some news for you to bite into and don’t worry its all gluten friendly.

Fall is this incredible time of the year, the colours change, the air grows crisp and if you’re familiar with Calgary’s climate, you may even see some of the white stuff falling from the sky come October (gross but that’s where comfort food and warm beverages come into play).

This season, I had the opportunity to create some recipes for my friend and colleague Amber Romaniuk in her incredible online publication of Amber Approved Magazine, a gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar-free magazine and I am very excited to be sharing them with each and every one of you! Each recipe is inspired by that crisp air, warm colours and spicy rich flavours that one could only associate with fall.

With seasonal changes always come large changes for myself somehow, and this was a step that was scary and exciting all at the same time. So from my kitchen to yours, please check out the link to view Amber’s magazine and my sweet treats, I hope everyone likes them.

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Enjoy & Thank’s for reading,

Chelsea
The YYC Celiac

P.S. if you enjoyed the mouth watering photos that accompanied by recipes, please thank my dear friend, Alexandra Borovsky.

Churros & Johnston Canyon

After fianlly finishing all 3 of my spring semester classes, I took a deep sigh of relief and started baking and went on a nice relaxing hike…

I was also exceptionally lucky to receive the Calgary Cooks Cookbook for Christmas a couple of years back from some very good friends at the time from Una Pizza + Wine, and got to play with the Anejo recipe for their churros. Now I had never had the experience of eating a churro prior to being diagnosed celiac, but my boyfriend sure had and he LOVED them.

Now of course, the original recipe was not gluten-friendly as it was made with wheat flour but with a little ingenuity and some help from Cup 4 Cup flour, they became a absolute hit. The only modification Scott said would be made next time was to use granulated sugar over the powdered sugar which the recipe calls for.

I forsee churro’s being a household favorite from here, all that is next is to perfect a mini donut!

 

20160624_130121I was also able to go on a beautiful hike through Johnston Canyon, and up to the ink pots, which was super rad to see because I had never had the chance before to see them.

This was a stunning walk, and a fabulous day to connect with nature and decompress after a long week of final exams from my spring classes. The hike round trip took my boyfriend, Scott and myself about 3.5 hours in total, which included a short rest and snack break at the ink 20160624_132844pots.

 

We concluded our fabulous day of hiking with a stop at my favourite and most celiac friendly restarurant, The Wild Orchid Bistro, if you have not already heard of it, believe me when I say that you NEED to! Everything that is made is 100% gluten-free, yes thats right 100%, and the ginger beef is to die for. Be sure to read my restaurant review for more information on this fabulous restaurant.

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