Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Healthy GF options at Relish Sydney

A good place to pick up a healthy and tasty gluten-free lunch is Relish in Norton Plaza, Leichhardt.

Smoked chicken salad is a particular favourite of mine as its full of crunchy bits like celery, almonds and red capsicum. Yesterday I tried the Persian rice which was a nice combination of sweet and savoury with almonds and sultanas sprinkled throughout.

Relish lists all its gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian salads, savouries, bakes, desserts and freezer selections on a flyer which is available on the counter. Other gluten-free salads include beetroot and balsamic, Greek salad, Indian rice, kipfler potato, low carb chicken avocado, Mediterranean chickpea, potato salad  and roast vegetables.

There's also felafel and felafel bits, onion bhaji, pumpkin bites, timbales, rice paper wraps, spinach pakora, veggie burgers and salmon risotto bake. For dessert, Relish offers a chocolate mousse and an Oscar torte. The shop also stocks gluten-free Relish Sydney soups, Relish Sydney casseroles and Peppe's gluten-free gnocchi.

As well as the Norton Plaza store, there is a Relish shop in the Broadway Shopping Centre. There doesn't seem to be a website so if you want to find out more you'll either have to visit the shops or telephone. Relish Sydney Leichhardt: 9572 6899. Relish Sydney Broadway: 9211 337.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Delicious Rice Chia Buns

I recently discovered Dovedale Rice Chia Buns. Last Sunday afternoon Coles at Leichhardt was out of gluten-free bread so I bought the buns as a back-up. According to the Dovedale website, chia is an ancient gluten-free grain, one of the four main foods of the Central American civilisations. The Aztecs called chia the "running food" because their warriors and messengers could run all day on just a handful of chia. Hope that happens to me.

The website also says chia improves human nutrition by providing the richest natural source of omega 3, antioxidants and dietary fibre. Chia's abundance of omega 3, fatty acids (the richest natural source of alpha linolenic acid) also help promote a wide range of cardiovascular and mental health benefits!

They also taste good. So I think they'll become a bit of a regular purchase now. I have had them for lunch for the past few days. I cut the bun in half and lightly toast and then add tuna, rocket and cherry tomatoes. Delicious! It's almost like returning to pre-coeliac days of salad sandwiches or rolls for lunch.