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Baked Goods with Benefits

Unsure about legumes and seeds? You might want to take a closer look. These foods are not only nutrient-dense, they also work wonders in baked goods. If you want to boost the nutritional value of your baked goods, consider taking a break from traditional, nutrient-stripped refined flour options and try those packed with protein, fibre and nutrient-rich legumes like beans, lentils, chickpeas, and seeds like chia seeds. Made into gluten-free, allergy-friendly flours, these ingredients are not only good for you, they also give baked goods like breads, buns and pastas a moist and soft texture and delicious flavour. It’s true—your…

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Cinnamon Raisin Toast “Fries” with Raspberry “Ketchup”

Back to school is approaching quickly and this time of year begs the question, “what healthy after school snack can I serve my kids?” There’s always the good ol’ veggie platter, but why not make your table a little more exciting with some faux fries! These crispy sticks can be dipped in a delicious raspberry jam, making a tasty treat for those hungry kids as they come home from a long day at school. Hey, why not add these “fries” to your fruit platter at your next barbecue? Why should the kids have all the fun?! Cinnamon Raisin Toast “Fries”…

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Food Day Canada: A day to celebrate all things Canadian + food
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Food Day Canada: A day to celebrate all things Canadian + food

Have you heard about Food Day Canada (FDC), an annual celebration of the food we eat? Established in 2003, FDC is an exciting opportunity to be loud about and proud of everyone that plays a role in food production, from farm-to-table, including the countless farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers, home cooks and manufacturers (like Queen Street Bakery!). It’s a time to think about those who work hard every day to provide Canadians with an abundance of nutritious and delicious foods to help keep us healthy! FDC’s overall mission is to actively promote the growth and study of Canadian food culture! This…

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Why You Should Get Chummy with Chia
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Why You Should Get Chummy with Chia

You are probably familiar with chia seeds, which are often referred to as a “superfood,” a term used to describe foods that offer health benefits. Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica L., and were a major food crop in Guatemala and Mexico. Historically, these seeds were cultivated as early as 3500 BC, and were offered to Aztec gods in religious ceremonies. Read on to learn more about this nutritionally dense, naturally gluten free and versatile food. Nutritional information Chia seeds are rich in minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus and zinc. They are also rich in nutrients such as…

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Old Fashioned Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bread Pudding

I know it’s summer and everyone is all about fruit desserts. But I love a good, old fashioned bread pudding because it’s fast, satisfying, and can be made ahead for entertaining with ease. You can also modify this dessert to suit your needs. Heck, you can even add chopped strawberries or peaches along with quality vanilla ice cream to finish it off.  If that doesn’t say summer, I don’t know what does! Old Fashioned Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bread Pudding Ingredients 1 Queen Street Bakery White Bean and Grape Skin loaf, (toast the 12 slices and cut into 1” squares)…

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Preparing Your Gluten-Free Child for Summer Camp
Diverse active camp kids have their hands together in a circle. They are playing together at the park or school or they are at a sporting event. They are wearing bright colors. Photo shot from low angle viewpoint looking up at their hands. Focus is on the hands. Their faces and trees are blurred. It is a bright sunny day.

Preparing Your Gluten-Free Child for Summer Camp

With summer upon us, you might have camp on your mind. And if your child (or a child you care about) is gluten free, you might be concerned about your child’s meals. Luckily, today camps take special care and consideration when it comes to accommodating children’s needs, including food. Communication is key. Not only are parents their children's advocates—parents need to teach their children how to be their own self-advocates. Here are some tips to help you protect your gluten-free child this summer. Many of these tips are also applicable to school, travel, parties and other social gatherings. Schedule a…

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Tuscan Bread Salad

Whenever I smell tomatoes off the vine and basil, I think of the Tuscan sun! When you pair those awesome summer tastes with other seasonal goodness, and then top it off with these glorious croutons, you have a company worthy meal that will bring everyone to the patio this summer! Tuscan Bread Salad Ingredients Croutons 4 Queen Street Bakery Artisan Buns 2 tablespoons Olive Oil Dressing 1/2 cup Olive Oil 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil (or other mild oil) 1 teaspoon Garlic, minced 2 tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar Salt…

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Celiac Disease: Tips for Those Newly Diagnosed

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and a great time to spread awareness about the disease. Celiac disease is a gastroenterological, autoimmune and digestive disorder. It is complex and is linked to hundreds of symptoms; some people have many of them and some people have few to none. That’s why it can take years before it is diagnosed. In fact, most people living with celiac disease are undiagnosed. I became very sick at 18 months old and suffered from a wide range of symptoms, particularly those related to my gastrointestinal tract. I had anemia, severe weight loss, was malnourished and…

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Loaded Black Bean Burgers

The birds are chirping and spring is upon us. Do you know what that means?  Summer is following behind very quickly! And you’ll be so busy cleaning up your patio that you won’t have time to find that perfect meatless burger to serve to your vegetarian friends. Well, we’ve done the work for you! This is a hearty, high protein burger that will satisfy even the most intense carnivore. Make up a batch and keep some stashed away in your freezer for days when you need a quick afternoon lunch. Simply defrost it quickly in the microwave and then crisp…

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The Best Gluten-Free Breakfast in Bed for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day approaching, why not make an epic breakfast in bed for the special mother or “like a mother” lady in your life (or yourself)? Homemade is best made, so show you care by preparing a wonderful nutrition-packed meal to fuel and pamper her. Here are some delicious ideas to get you started. 1. Assemble a mouthwatering breakfast sandwich Create a savory breakfast sandwich by layering your mother’s favourite sliced cheese, sunny side up egg, sliced bacon (or turkey bacon), sliced tomato and lettuce between two slices of Queen Street Bakery Romano bean sliced loaf. Comparable to a sourdough,…

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