Gluten-Free in Montreal: Le Sain Bol

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This little brunch spot near the corner of Laurier and Fabre is great at accommodating gluten-free. I haven’t tried it for brunch yet but will keep you posted. You can reserve a spot for a Friday night table d’hote. Dinner at Le Sain Bol made for a cute date spot that was a refreshing change from your average restaurant. I definitely recommend trying this place out. It’s quiet and feels like you are having dinner in the chefs kitchen. We had 4 delicious light courses, all completely gluten-free. It was the perfect fall meal and at $22.50 a person it was a great price for a 4 course gluten-free meal.

Note: I forgot to take a picture of the smoked salmon appetizer before I ate it!

Le Sain Bol

5095 Rue Fabre, Montréal, QC H2J

(514) 524-2292

You can also check out this review in the gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Casual+Dining+Sain/5616551/story.html

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Price: $$

Gluten-free menu: No but almost everything on the menu is gluten-free

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The Best Gluten-Free Pancakes Made with Bisquick

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The Gluten-Free Bisquick mix continues to surprise me in the best way possible. I made the pancakes from the recipe on the back of the box and they were amazing. I’m pretty sure they were the best gluten-free pancakes I have ever eaten. While most gluten-free pancakes tend to be dense these were light and delicious and tasted super normal. I used butter instead of oil and almond milk. Also, I found it took more milk than the 1 cup in the recipe to get the right consistency. These were too easy to make, just add milk, an egg and a little butter or oil and bob’s your uncle!

I definitely recommend getting your hand on this mix and making these pancakes for the people in your life that have had to eat one too many not-so good gluten-free pancake breakfasts. These will make up for the dry and dense gluten-free pancakes of the past.

I have only seen this mix so far in the gluten-free section of the IGA on St-Catherine.

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Gluten-Free Product Review: Sabatasso’s Gluten-Free Pizza

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My mom picked me up these Sabatasso’s Pizzas at Costco. The price is right at $12 for 2 pizzas. Almost unheard of in the gluten-free world. And while the price is right thankfully the taste was just as good. For frozen pizzas these are great. It’s a simple cheese pizza and would make a great base for all sorts of toppings. While I try to stay away from pre-packaged food this is a good option when you are in a rush, just pop it in the oven. It also made the perfect late night snack after a night out. Even celiacs need unhealthy pizza at 2 am!

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Gluten-Free Bisquick: Easy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Gluten-Free Garlic Cheese Biscuit

I have seen many recipes on Pinterest that use Gluten-Free Bisquick but had never seen it in Quebec until this past week and I had to try it out for myself. I found it in the gluten-free section of this IGA (to note this is one fancy IGA that plays jazz music and has lots of gluten-free products throughout the aisles). So far I have just tried these biscuits and they were pretty darn good for a first try. I didn’t used the recipe on the box but kinda followed this recipe online.

These biscuits are yummy and so far I would recommend this mix. But at $6 for just over 2 cups the mix isn’t cheap so I would be more likely to buy it on sale. Forgetting the price, this mix does make a very easy biscuit that tastes a little bit like the biscuits back in the day at Red Lobster which I was obsessed with as a child. I would eat those babies until I was sick and probably gluten poisoned. These easy gluten-free copies make a great side with a soup. Who doesn’t love fresh biscuits with a little cheese and garlic when it gets cold. Did I mention it’s easy. Impress people with oven fresh gluten-free “bread” with the littlest of effort!

Gluten-Free Garlic and Cheese Biscuits

  • 2 cups Bisquick Gluten-Free Mix
  • 1-2 cloves grated fresh garlic (you can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh on hand, about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (I used aged cheddar)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • Optional: Poppy seeds to mix into batter and place on top of the biscuits. You can also sprinkle extra cheese and fleur de sel on the tops. Extra melted butter can also be brushed on top of the finished biscuits.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Using a fork or your hands combine the flour mix with the butter and garlic until it becomes crumbly. Mix in the butter, cheese, milk and eggs until dough forms. Add in poppy seeds if using. Place dough onto an ungreased baking sheet in 10 biscuit sized rolls.

Bake for 9-13 minutes until they start to get slightly golden but not overcooked. If you wish brush them with extra melted butter once out of the oven go wild!

Serve warm or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. They also freeze well!

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Veggie Bowl with Easy Peanut Sauce (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Easy Veggie Bowl with Peanut Sauce

This is one of my favourite quick dinners to make after the gym with my girlfriends. With a few of us doing the chopping and cooking it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare a healthy, fresh and delicious dinner. This recipe is also great on work nights because it makes the best lunches.  It’s always a combination of rice noodles or rice, veggies and a quick peanut sauce we make with whatever we have on hand. The recipe below is general because these bowls are all about making something delicious and quick with what you have in your kitchen. There are many recipes for the best peanut sauce online but the two methods are super easy and delicious. To me this is the perfect indulgent but healthy gluten-free dinner that is almost too easy to make.

Quick Veggie Bowl

  • Prepare your rice or noodles (We used these amazing Brown Rice and Wakame Noodles).
  • Pan fry your tofu or protein of choice. We fried our tofu in sesame oil and added some gf tamari once it was getting crispy.
  • Prepare your veggies. We usually keep most of our veggies raw (julienning the peppers and grating carrots). We steamed the broccoli. Also great with brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, spinach, bok choy, mushrooms etc.
  • Prepare your bowls and add the peanut sauce.
  • Can be served with green onions, chopped peanuts, fresh herbs, sambal olek and limes on the side

Quick Peanut Sauce

In a pot combine about a cup peanut butter with half a can coconut milk  (you can add more coconut milk depending or thickness and preference, I usually don’t measure).  Bring it to a simmer over medium heat then lower heat. Add gluten-free tamari (or gluten-free soy sauce), sambal olek or hot sauce, a squeeze of lime, a little brown sugar, ginger or garlic to taste. All of these ingredients are optional. An alternative method if you are missing the coconut milk is to combine all the ingredients except  for the coconut milk and add boiling water until you reach your desired consistency.

That’s it!

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Easy Veggie Bowl with Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce

Gluten-Free in Montreal: Café Verdure (Currently CLOSED)

Gluten-Free Veggie Burger

Gluten-Free Veggie Burger

Café Verdure is a great little gluten-free vegan cafe on Mackay, right on top of Crudessence. It’s super affordable and everything I have tried so far is delicious. I couldn’t believe a place serving gluten-free veggie burgers was right near my work and I had no idea! I was very happy to have my delicious burger that was so good I had to double check it was gluten-free!

I have tried the bagel and “cream cheese”, the cupcakes and the veggie burger and all has been great so far. I definitely recommend this place for a quick bite if you are downtown.

https://www.facebook.com/CafeVerdure

Café Verdure

2159 Rue Mackay

(514) 842-2212

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Price: $

Gluten-free menu: Yes, everything is gluten-free

Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Lots of Celiac Friendly Sweets

Lots of Celiac Friendly Sweets

Gluten-free bagel with vegan cream cheese

Gluten-free bagel with vegan cream cheese

Gluten-Free in Montreal: Ottavio’s

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Ottavio’s is one of the best options for an affordable family dinner where celiacs and non-celiacs can be equally satisfied and eat safely. It’s also BYOW, which helps keep the cost down if you are dining as a family. While there are no locations in the city, I go the one in St. Laurent several  times a year with my family (including my brother who is also celiac).

This past weekend my Nana treated my brother and I to a dinner out which is always a challenge with our dietary restrictions. A picky Nana and two grandkids with severe allergies (my brother also has a long list of food intolerances) definitely narrowed the options down to Ottavio’s. The food is pretty good and they take extra care to keep all gluten-free food separate from the rest of the kitchen. They even serve gluten-free rolls at the beginning of the meal and use special gluten-free plates and utensils.

This time I had muscles and fries, my brother had pasta with meat sauce and my Nana had her glutenny pizza. Everyone was happy! I definitely recommend Ottavio’s for a celiac safe group dinner.

http://www.ottavio.ca/

1134 Boulevard Marcel-Laurin
Montréal, QC
(514) 335-7966

6880 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal, QC
(514) 257-7966

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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 Polenta Crust Pizza

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I found this recipe for GF Polenta Crust Pizza on Pinterest and had to try it. This pizza crust hits all my expectations for a gluten-free recipe: delicious, easy and inexpensive. The recipe called for making the polenta dough in the microwave (which was a first for me) and then forming the polenta into crusts and making a basic pizza. While this didn’t taste exactly like a traditional pizza, it makes a great gluten-free alternative and you will particularly love it if you are a fan of polenta. Be prepared to serve this pizza with a knife and fork, it isn’t as firm as a normal pizza crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup cornmeal (medium grind works well)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 TBSPs olive oil (plus more to grease the pan)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Pizza toppings of your choice

Preheat your oven to 375-400 F (depending on the strength of your oven and the thickness of you crust)

Combine the cornmeal and water in a microwave safe bowl. Cook the polenta in the microwave on the highest setting for 5 minute intervals, stirring in between each interval. After the second interval (10 minutes) the polenta should be coming together (like in the picture below). After 10 minutes, place the polenta back in the microwave for up to 5 minutes, stirring it every few minutes. The polenta should be very thick. Once cooked add the olive oil, salt and pepper and combine.

Place dough on a well-greased pizza or baking pan. I made two individual pizzas and there was enough dough to make at least 3. The recipe I followed recommended to make the crust 1/3 inch thick.

Top the pizzas with your favorite toppings such as:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Cheese (we used vegetarian mozzarella)
  • Veggies

Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until it begins to brown in spots (make sure to keep an eye on it). Let it stand for at least 5 minutes before serving.

I served mine with spaghetti squash and salad on the side.

Polenta Crust Pizza

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Polenta Pizza Crusts

Polenta Pizza

Polenta Crust Pizza