Gluten-Free Deal! Half-off gluten-free food delivered to your door

How awesome is this? There’s a WagJag deal on now for the next 4 days to get gluten-free goodies! $15 gets you $30 worth of food from Canadian Alternative Foods.

I checked out the online store and they have a pretty decent selection of baking mixes, cookies, snack bars, brown rice pasta and more. If you’re in their delivery area, they delivery for free. Outside their delivery area, you’ll pay for Canada post shipping costs, but they’ll give you a coupon for your next purchase.

While I always say that it’s healthiest to eat whole, unprocessed food – I do admit that it’s nice from time to time to have a treat. And it’s always great to have some packaged snacks stashed away in your purse, your car, your desk, and with your childrens’ teachers. There’s nothing worse than being caught out doing errands, at school or at work –  hungry, and with no safe food choices available. Just don’t gorge out on them as soon as they arrive at your doorstep :)

If you do order from these guys, let me know what your experience is with them!

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Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Vegan Cheesecake Video

The mailman just dropped off my video today! So for your viewing pleasure, here’s the video of me making a gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free vegan cocoa blackberry cheesecake with a decadent chocolate crust… yum…

The recipe is posted here.

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Top 10 Kitchen Tools Worth Investing In

Learning how to cook for yourself isn’t an option when you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s a necessity. And given all this talk in the past couple years about the economy and cutting back etc, I thought it would be helpful to create this list of kitchen tools worth investing in. And just to show you that setting up a functional kitchen doesn’t have to cost you your life savings, tune in next week for my Top 10 bargains worth hunting for.

Don’t go cheap here, invest in these good quality items:

  1. Three types of knives (total approx $50-100): A chef’s knife for general purpose cutting; a Chinese meat cleaver (use this to cut easily through big melons, frozen foods and even bone); and a small paring knife.
  2. A knife sharpener ($10). See a theme here? Good quality, sharp knives not only make it easier to cut food, but much safer too as they won’t slip as easily and require less force.
  3. A vegetable peeler ($10-15). When I first moved out, I bought a cheap $2 vegetable peeler. A couple years later, I paid slightly more (I think about $10-15) for another one with an ergonomic handle and better cutting blades. I would never go back – a good peeler is a time saver, and is much easier to use. Avoid peelers with very narrow spaces between the cutting blades – these don’t cut well through thick peels.
  4. A garlic press ($10-15). Cheap garlic presses will only frustrate you, especially when you try to clean them. Find one that is sturdy and has good leverage. Some also have a side with protruding nodules that you can use to poke out the bits of garlic stuck inside the press when cleaning.
  5. A good set of stainless steel or glass pots and pans ($200-400). As a wedding gift, I got a set of Lagostina stainless steel pots with ecapsulated aluminum bases which help the pots heat up evenly and quickly. This is something you should only have to purchase once in your lifetime. Other good quality brands include Cuisinart, KitchenAid and Williams Sonoma. Never pay full price – these are always on sale for 40-60% off throughout the year at department stores.
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