Gluten-Free in Montreal: Crudessence Restaurant

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With two locations, one in the Plateau and one near Concordia, Crudessence is a great go to for a healthy gluten-free meal or veggie juice. While I am not always in the mood for raw food, Crudessence has a great menu that is 100% gluten-free and all the desserts I have tried have been amazing (actually amazing- vegan or not).

My go to for lunch is the Exceptional wrap with chipotle quinoa wrapped in a nori and a rice sheet with avocado, lettuce, sprouts, red pepper, carrot and onion. To go with my wrap I ordered the Vert-dur juice with kale, parsley, fennel, apple, celery, lemon and ginger.

My other go to is the Lasagna with layers of sliced zucchini, fresh basil, sun dried tomato sauce and macadamia ricotta, served with caesar salad.

This restaurant is not for everyone, but almost everyone. If you don’t like things that taste “too healthy” this might not be the place for you. But if you are open to new things I would definitely try it and make sure to order the brownie with “ice cream” for dessert!

They also sell their own products, offer delivery and host cooking classes.

Crudessense

There are two locations. I always go to the one on Mackay near Sherbrooke.

2157, Mackay St.
Montreal, QC H3G 2J2
514.664.5188

105, Rachel St. West
Montreal, QC H2W 1G4
514.510.9299

http://www.crudessence.com/

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Gluten-Free Product Review: Doritos Bold BBQ & Skittles

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Sometimes us celiacs want to eat garbage too and there is something comforting about finding out your childhood favorites are safe to eat once again. While I admit these foods are terrible for you I do like knowing they’re gluten-free!

Our recent Game of Thrones viewing party required junk food and I was amazed to see that Bold BBQ Doritos are now labeled gluten-free. My favorite candy, Skittles, have been labeled gluten-free for a few years now. While the two don’t really go together, their gluten-free existence make me happy. Enjoy your gluten-free junk (in moderation ;))!

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Gluten-Free Passover Dinner

Toasting friends and a great gluten-free seder.

Toasting friends and a great gluten-free Passover dinner

The title of this blog comes from my friends and family who are my GFBFFs (gluten-free best friends forever). I am very blessed with a group of friends who are very accommodating to the fact that I have celiac disease and constantly go out of their way to assure I can eat safely whether it be at one of their homes or when we are out.

This was on display this past week when my friend invited us all over for a Passover dinner that was 95% gluten-free and 100% vegetarian. I always find it easier when cooking for a group to keep the meal 100% gluten-free or at least to keep the non gluten-free items completely separate, in this case we prepared the glutenous part of the meal in a different area and served it separately. Here are some ideas to help make your next Passover more gluten-free friendly.

On the menu:

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup: We used a gluten-free mix and added garlic, onion, carrot and celery to the broth.

Vegetable Latkes made with potato starch and “matzo meal” made from gf kosher for passover crackers: we didn’t really use a recipe. We grated carrot, zucchini and onion in a food processor, removed the excess liquid and combined the veggies with eggs, potato starch and the crackers (which had been pulsed pulsed in a blender). Then we fried them in oil. It was that easy.

Flourless chocolate cookies: http://food52.com/recipes/19209-divine-gluten-free-chocolate-cookies-no-seriously These were delicious and according to the hostess easy to make. A great anytime gluten-free recipe.

Prepping Dinner

Two of my GFBFFs Prepping Dinner

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup Mix

Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup Mix

Gluten-Free Kosher for Passover Crackers

Gluten-Free Kosher for Passover Crackers

Gluten-Free Veggie Latkes made with zucchini, carrot and onion

Gluten-Free Veggie Latkes made with zucchini, carrot and onion

Flourless Cookies

Flourless Cookies

Gluten-Free in Montreal: Where to buy gluten-free products

Gluten-Free Macarons from Point G at Jean-Talon Market

Gluten-Free Macarons from Point G at Jean-Talon Market

It has gotten easier find gluten-free products in Montreal. Here is a list of a few places around the city find what you need:

Health Food Stores:

I am definitely biased towards smaller stores that magically carry all the gluten-free products I need. I definitely get frustrated when I go into one of those huge health food stores (not naming any names) and they don’t carry gluten-free oats, almond flour and other basics.

A few of my favourites are in my old neighborhood:

A Votre Sante in NDG/Westmount: This store near Vendome Metro is small but carries most of my favorite products like JK Gourmet Almond Flour, Cream Hill Estates Oats and Udis’ Bagels.

Fleur Sauvage on Monkland: Another good bet with a range of products.

Gluten-Free Bakeries:

Le Marquis Sans Gluten, near Jean Talon Market: This is a great place to find fresh bread, cakes and products. A rarity in Montreal, a real bakery full of fresh baked goods, 100% gluten-free.  (https://thegfbff.com/2013/11/10/gluten-free-in-montreal-le-marquis-sans-gluten/)

Cookie Stephanie, in the Old Port: Great coffee and lots of cookies and cupcakes. I’m a big fan of the carrot cake and it’s definitely worth the detour on my way home from work to pick a few little loaves up (https://thegfbff.com/2013/11/28/gluten-free-in-montreal-cookie-stephanie/)

Mi & Stu, in Mile End: This 100% gluten-free bakery makes products sold across the city and they have a small store front. Their challah bread and rolls are amazing. I would recommend calling in advance to get something specific, particularly if you would like to make a special order (they have made things egg free for me) and to make sure they have what you are after. This is a great place to pick up dairy free/gluten-free cupcakes for a party.

Gluten-Free Specialty Stores:

Louise Sans Gluten, in Dorval: This is gluten-free heaven. While a little out of the way, unless you live in Dorval, this place is worth the trek. The store features pretty much every gluten-free product you can imagine and some fresh baked goods such as cookies, cakes and mini donuts. They make an amazing baguette twice a week, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays (call first to check).

Boutique Point G, on Mont-Royal in the Plateau: All their macarons are gluten-free and delicious. They can also be found prepackaged at a few bakeries across the city and make a great gift or dessert to bring to an event/party.

There are lots of other places in the city. These are just a few of my favorites.

Nachos- The Perfect Gluten-Free Snackfood

Easy Gluten-Free Nachos

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics, at least I do. This isn’t really a recipe, more of a reminder of how good nachos can be. This winter has been pretty brutal and sometimes you need a little comfort food. Nachos are the perfect comfort food in my books. They are delicious, filling, crowd pleasing and super easy to prepare.

So get out your favorite corn chips, cheese and veggies and make the best nachos ever. Sometimes snack food for dinner is just what you need! And it’s kinda healthy, look there’s vegetables! We didn’t this time but you can add beans, chicken or beef for more protein!

Ingredients:

  • Corn chips (most are gluten-free, but always check!)
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Veggies: chopped red peppers, jalapenos, red onion, green onion and avocado (add the avo only after baking)

After baking in a 450 F oven  for 5-10 minutes (or as much time  it took to brown the cheese a little, you can also broil) we added chopped avocado and served with salsa and lime on the side.

Tip: tinfoil is the lazy nacho makers BFF! Minimal clean-up.

There are no rules! Try a bunch of different combos!

Some more ideas:

  • blue corn chips or flavored chips
  • beans (black beans or refried beans)
  • more protein options: chicken or tofu
  • different cheeses (you can used Daiya for vegan nachos)
  • more veggie options: tomatoes, corn, sprouts..
  • olives or pickled jalapenos
  • fresh herbs (coriander or chives work well)
  • serve with : sour cream, guacamole…

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GF BFF

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Never underestimate the value of a good GF BFF.

I use the term GF BFF often. I use GF BFF to refer to a great new gluten-free product, an amazing gluten-free recipe and most importantly, when a friend does something that is incredibly understanding of my dietary restrictions, like making a huge completely gf feast for a group or stocking my favorite bread in their freezer. GF BFFs are invaluable and I hope this site can serve as a resource in maintaining a gluten-free diet in an easy, healthy and positive way.

Just like on my previous blog, Gluten-Free Montreal, I plan to feature my favorite easy gf recipes, places to eat safely in Montreal (there are a few) and stories of traveling gluten-free.