Category Archives: gluten free

Red Hill Supa Express

If you’re one to watch my Instagram stories you will have seen my delight in opening my gift boxes of goodies from Red Hill SupaExpress.

Red Hill is located  in Canberra, sorry Melbournians not our Red Hill, and is a one stop shop for all your healthy eating needs. There is an array of vegan, gluten free, dairy free and other health foods.  There are also items to help you live plastic free too, and help reduce our plastic waste.

Not only do Red Hill SupaExpress stock all the brands you know but items from the Canberra region and surrounds.

Even if you’re not vegan, gluten free of have any intolerances you’ll still be able to head in and grab your roast chicken, gourmet cheeses, breads, milks, deli items and of course fruit and vegetables. You can even grab some alcohol or even an ice cream.

Red Hill SupaExpress is located at Duyfken Place, Canberra and they are open 7:00am to 8:30pm Monday to Sunday.

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Crunchy Polenta Fingers- Chris’ Dips

I love snacking, and I’m always trying to come up with quick and easy foods to create. Especially vegan and vegetarian dishes that are portable and easy to eat on the run.

Polenta is such a versatile food which can be made sweet or savoury.  It can be used to make ‘fries’ or sweetened to make desserts.

For these Polenta snacks I used pre-firmed Polenta which can be purchased in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

You will need:

Half a polenta slab cut into fingers
1/2 container Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric Dip
3/4 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs

Slather each finger in the dip- I used a spoon to make this easier and then dunk them in the bread crumbs so they are completely covered.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in a fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins to half an hour until the fingers are browned.

Leave to cool once cooked and then enjoy them dipped into more of Chris’ Dip or a plain Greek yoghurt. 

I made these gluten free to tie in with the dip and I also had a friend coming over who was gluten intolerant.
These would work well with quinoa instead of the breadcrumbs or even a cheese mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

These can be enjoyed warmed or cold.  For pre-heating do this in an oven as a microwave will leave them soggy.

Healthy Pizza Bites- Chris’ Dips

Have you tried the new range of Chris’ Dips?

My favourite at the moment is the Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric.
It is FULL of flavour and very moreish. It’s safe to say I’ve eaten the entire container.

The great thing about the Chris’ Dips range is they taste like you’ve just made them yourself. Fresh, light, delicious and full of all the good stuff; for example the carrot is actually visible in the dip- and it’s only 39 calories per serve!

I wanted to create something warm and tasty, yet healthy- to feel good about what I was eating!

These take no time to make and you can add whatever pizza toppings you prefer or what suits your dietary needs.

I sliced a green capsicum in half and used Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric dip as my base, topped with sundried tomato and grated Bio Cheese.

Bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.

These are healthy, full of flavour, vegan and vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, low in saturated fat, and perfect as a snack or as an entrée. 

They would work well at a party too, and make simple finger-food. 

I love Chris’ Down 2 Earth range, it’s great for the health conscious and next on my list is their Japanese Eggplant and Miso dip!

Best get creating!

Cupcake Central

Cake.
Need I say more.

This cute little store in Melbourne Central is decorated in tones of aqua and white and could almost be found on a little corner of some cute country town.  The staff are just adorable with their friendly welcome and suggestions of cake….cake…

Again.

Cake.
Need I say more..?

If you need a gluten free or vegan cupcake, Cupcake Central caters for you. 

I chose the vegan Cinnamon Apple cupcake; full of real apple chunks, moist and moreish. I also wanted the  Peanut Butter Jelly, the Choc Malt Milkshake, the Coffee Crème Brulee …and well you get my drift.

There’s a schedule for the Cupcakes that are available on certain days and they are varied flavours such as those mentioned above and selections such as Pear Crumble, Carrot, Red Velvet, Lamington and Choc Mint.

Why not purchase their Cupcake Cookbook while you’re there and learn their secrets, it’s full of baking tips and tricks too.

If you fancy yourself a bit of fun and want to enrol in one of their workshops, that’s available too- there’s everything from actual baking cupcakes to decorating.   Workshops for children are also available and they even hold a Hen’s Night Cupcake class. 

Not only do they create Cupcakes but Cupcake Central helps organisations like the RSPCA raise money and help fight animal cruelty, they’ve raised over $8,500 for the RSPCA!

Cupcake Central also use my personal favourite ingredient- Natvia in their Choc Mint vegan Cupcake- gluten free, dairy free AND sugar free!

You can visit Cupcake Central at Melbourne Central or visit their website for further details and locations-
www.cupcakecentral.com.au

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Maxi Foods

I adore shopping at Maxi Foods.

The variety and vastness of the supermarket makes it actually a SUPERmarket. There’s everything from fruits and vegetables to lollies (dairy free, gluten free, vegan) to jams, relishes (most Australian made) pastas, fresh cakes and breads plus your standard supermarket lines- pet food, stationary and so on.
The fruit and vegetable section is abundant with beautiful produce with a good selection of organic foods.
If you have specific dietary requirements this is the place for you; isles of gluten free and dairy free are common. Vegans are catered for in the fridge and freezer sections along with pantry staples.
Tofu to products can be found in the freezers although I was disappointed not to find any So Delicious freezer products during this visit.
If it’s breads, gluten filled or not there’s a massive range at Maxi. Although of you’re a tight arse like me, sifting through their clearance bread means loaves to chuck in the freezer for around $1.50.
My favourite is the dairy case. 
Coyo, Wot No?, Rachel’s, Five Am; the list is endless. There’s a good few rows of juices and natural iced teas too.

Maxi Foods is worth the visit and you’ll soon find your trolley full!!
You can visit the Maxi Foods website at 

The Lilydale General

I adore this place. It’s always busy (a good sign) full of life and has a gorgeous variety of foods and drinks.  There’s everything from freshly squeezed juices, smoothies to big breakfasts, tacos and burgers.  All their meals are beautifully presented.  There’s a huge variety of vegan, gluten free and dairy free options.

I started with an Almond Breeze latte.

Followed by Raw Tacos- gorgeously plated on a wooden board, this meal was light and tasty. Made with walnut meat, cashew cream (I think), corn, fresh red tomato and huge lettuce leaves for ‘taco’ cups. Delicious!!

The sun was shining but the rain was pouring, making this little gem of a cafe glitter in its individuality and variety.
The Lilydale General is a quaint little building, a mix of rustic wood and concrete, with greens and whites running through it’s decor.  It’s almost old fashioned yet has a modern twist. Bottles of wine line the walls amongst old fashioned jugs, glasses and the odd soft drink bottle.
I highly recommend visiting The Lilydale General, if not for a meal then grab a smoothie. 

The customer service is top notch and the menu is well priced. It’s fantastic to find a place like The Lilydale General, a place where the owners obviously care about what people want. There’s local produce used, they cater to intolerances, customers food choices and have many options.



I even took a piece of their HUGE Vanilla Slice home. Definitely the ‘best in the state’. Huge, creamy, flaky pastry and perfectly sweet.
You can Like The Lilydale General on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. 

Carrot Cake Bars

These are absolutely divine. 
Super rich, moist and full of goodness! These bars are easy to make, vegan, gluten free and are a perfect breakfast or snack.
You will need-
10 pitted dried dates, blended
10 dried apricots, blended
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 carrots, grated
1 tbsp each sultanas, pepitas, crushed walnuts
1 & 1/2 cups gluten free self raising flour
Pinch cinnamon 
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Mix the blended apricots and dates with the grated carrot & melted coconut oil.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, vanilla,  pepitas, sultanas & walnuts.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and thoroughly combine. 

Spread the mixture into a shallow slice tin. Using wet hands to flatten and spread the mix is easier than using a spoon or spatula.

Bake for 30 minutes and then leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
Slice into 18 pieces.
76 calories & 1.6 grams of fat per serve.