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The Most Epic Vegetarian Muffuletta Sandwich

Have you ever heard of a muffuletta sandwich? If not, let me give you a brief history behind this super delicious sandwich! Its roots began in southern Italy (originally, muffuletta was a round sesame bread made in Sicily), but the sandwich going by the same name originated in New Orleans, Louisiana and was created by Italian immigrants.  The classic sandwich always includes an olive salad, but it is almost always meat-heavy! My version is lighter on the arteries (after all, it is January and we are trying to improve our eating habits, right?). I also changed how the sandwich is…

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This New Year’s: Resolve to Adhere to Your Special Diet

Adhering to a special diet can be challenging, especially if it means giving up foods you love. Learning how to make good substitutions and experimenting with new recipes is key. Why not make it your new year’s resolution to stick to your special diet. After all, it’s better to stick to it than to get sick. Here are some tips to help you out. Create a support system Food allergens such as gluten, dairy and nuts are so common today, which means you are not alone. Speak with family members and friends about your dietary needs when the time is…

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Beat the Holiday Bloat

Even people with the strongest digestive systems get overwhelmed around the holidays due to an excess of processed foods, sugar and alcohol. Individuals with digestive disorders and chronic diseases can be particularly affected. Research has suggested these conditions (and chronic diseases) are the result of an overgrowth and imbalance of intestinal microbial flora, which consists of bacteria that help keep you healthy. This research dates back to the 1920’s when doctors like Dr. Ilya Metchnikoff recommended fermented milk (kefir) and yogurt to promote healthy gut bacteria. What should you know about the gut? You’ve probably heard about the “gut microbiome” by…

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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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Tagliatelle Aglio e Olio with Truffled Bread Crumbs

“Tagliatelle aglio e olio” literally translates to “tagliatelle 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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