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How to Make the Best Gluten-Free Holiday Dinner

The holidays are approaching and you might be wondering what to serve family and friends. If you’re new to gluten-free living, making your holiday dinner free of gluten might sound more like more of a feat than a feast, especially if you’re accustomed to using wheat flour in your stuffing, bread, gravy and desserts. Don’t sweat it! There are loads of gluten-free recipes for these dishes that can replace or eliminate gluten-containing ingredients altogether. The best part is no one will even notice. Cooking from scratch is the best way to stay safe and if you buy anything that is…

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Savoury Holiday Brie and Spinach Breakfast Strata

Do you know how important it is to get quality sleep? It’s like REALLY important. Sleep is like taking a time machine straight to breakfast. So why not get some extra sleep on the weekend and prep your breakfast the night before by making this tasty strata (think savoury bread pudding)? With Queen Street Bakery’s chewy, light and airy Artisan Long Buns, this strata is a healthy and delicious way to start your morning. Prepped ahead of time, it’s the perfect solution to getting more ZZZ's. Savoury Holiday Brie and Spinach Breakfast Strata Ingredients 2 packages Queen Street Bakery Artisan…

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Spilling the Beans on Beans

Naturally gluten free, beans are more than just a musical fruit; they’re tasty, versatile and offer a wide variety of health benefits. What are beans, really? Beans are seeds from flowering plants in the “Fabaceae” family and fall under the “legume” classification. They typically grow inside pods. Aside from beans, other legumes include peas, peanuts, and lentils. There are a variety of beans, including but not limited to: lima beans, black beans, soybeans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), navy beans (white beans) and Romano beans (Italian string beans). Personally, I love creamy hummus, hearty pea soup, cooked lima beans and…

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Truffled Bread Crumbs

“Spaghetti aglio e olio” literally translates to “spaghetti with garlic and oil.” A simple recipe stashed up every Italian’s sleeve, this dish is a perfect go-to when your fridge is empty! Each family adds their own unique “touch” like chopped capers, strips of sardines, or a simple vegetable (broccoli is often a favourite). I’m adding crisped breadcrumbs for some crunch, along with a dash of truffle oil for dinner-party-worthy sophistication. I used Queen Street Bakery’s White Bean & Grape Skin Sliced Loaf for the breadcrumbs because of its lovely texture and mildly sweet taste. Feel free to use your favourite…

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What is Grape Skin Flour?

If you’re gluten free, then you’re probably familiar with the many gluten-free flours available today. But have you heard about grape skin flour? Personally, I didn’t know it existed until a few years ago. Although you can’t quite bake with it on its own, I’m quite impressed with how grape skin flour can add lovely texture, colour, aroma and flavour to recipes. Mildly sweet in taste and fruity in scent, Queen Street Bakery’s delicious and nutritious White Bean & Grape Skin loaf is made with the goodness of grape skin flour. Grape skin flour is exactly that—flour made from the skin…

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Classic Gluten-Free Stuffing

Don’t let the stress of the holidays get to you.  Whether you are making a traditional dinner with turkey and all the fixings or just a couple of roasted chicken breasts, nothing says Thanksgiving like some good, old fashioned stuffing!  This classic version is gluten free with the addition of Queen Street Bakery's artisan round buns.  The bread’s white bean base offers fibre as well as other vitamins and minerals and their sturdy texture ensures you have the best stuffing ever! QSB Classic Gluten-Free Stuffing Ingredients 1 Package Queen Street Bakery Artisan Round Buns ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter 4…

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Back to School & Lunch Tips for Children with Gluten Intolerance

Back to school can sometimes mean “back to worrying” for parents of children with food allergies and intolerances. If you fit this description, you might wonder whether your child is sharing snacks with other children at lunchtime or what will be at the bake sale. What about those Halloween, Valentine’s Day and winter holiday parties? Field trips, supply teachers, pizza day, the school cafeteria— your list of concerns is probably endless. The safety of gluten intolerant or sensitive children should never be overlooked as one can become quite ill with the tiniest exposure to gluten (even just a crumb). As…

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Four Cheese Toast Soldiers

Have you ever had toast soldiers? If you have, they were probably for dunking into soft boiled eggs—I’m sure it brings back some amazing childhood nostalgia! If you’ve never had toast soldiers, they are simply made of toast sliced into strips. Why not bring back those memories by making a quick batch of roasted tomato soup and serving it with grilled cheese toast soldiers? These ones will make your heart AND tummy happy! Queen Street Bakery's Romano Bean loaf offers a bold and savoury flavour, likened to a sourdough. This sharp taste profile pairs well with a variety of cheeses. These grilled…

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The Best Gluten-Free Sandwiches for Back to School Lunches

It’s quick, convenient and comforting for parents and children alike. A classic staple of the school lunch box for years, today’s sandwich no longer needs to be boring. There are lots of creative ways to spice up your child’s sandwich. How did the sandwich come to be and why is it so popular anyway? The word sandwich was named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat. They say he was a gambler and had asked his cook to bring him meat between two pieces of bread so he could eat without a fork and not…

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Top Off Summer with the Best Gluten-Free Barbecue

Sadly, another summer is coming to an end. Savor the final days with one more fabulous gluten-free family barbecue. If you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity, it can be challenging to eat foods that are nutritious and gluten free, particularly at barbecues. The key is to avoid processed and refined foods and eat real whole foods. Be mindful of cross contamination when grilling. When going to a party, request to have your food cooked first on a clean grill or over a clean piece of foil. Whether you plan to be the host or the guest, read these tips and…

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