April 2012

I have just posted a few chain restaurants that offer a gluten free menu.While I know most of us who have been eating gluten free for awhile realize that almost every dining establishment menu has safe possibilities.The biggest concern is cross contamination.If you are a true Celiac ,then I would strongly suggest you talk with the restaurant manager before ordering to discuss the level of your intolerance so they can monitor how your meal is prepared.

Don’t take anything for granted when placing your order ! Something as simple a grilled fish or chicken could be dusted with flour before seasoning.I personally encountered this and ,trust me when I say it ruined my evening.

I look at the whole dining out venue in categories: Safe,no brainier,Middle of the Road American,better be careful and OMG , nightmare Italian and French.

Overall Asian Cuisine is your friend ! This is in my safe , no brainer as it offers many selections that are gluten free as well as vegetarian.Within the Asian category Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese. They have the easiest menus as most selections are rice noodles, rice paper wraps, sushi,miso soup as well as of course rice.They generally use corn starch to thicken , but of course  always ask !!! Great choices are Pho’,steamed vegetables with your choice of protein, rice noodle dishes such as Pad Thai and summer rolls.

Next the Middle of the Road American : Mostly what I have covered in the guide below as well as family owned restaurants.This category tries to make  accommodations and has come along way in the last few years.It can be difficult because of the cross contamination issues, sauces and of course our biggest deal breaker …bread.I always order a “protein” style sandwich i.e. the lettuce wrap and stay away from soups unless you can get a” Scouts Honor” from the manager or your server.

My last and final category the OMG Nightmare. It goes like this: Overall Italian,French and Breakfast Joints are the most difficult.We are talking here about sauces,pastas,bread products everywhere ! My best suggestion is to call ahead if possible to discuss your options. Next with regard to ordering , if a gluten free pasta is available go for it.Just be mindful that toppings like meatballs and even sausage can contain gluten.Another safe choice is a grilled meat or fish with a side of vegetables and risotto.

I cannot stress enough : When in doubt …ASK !!!

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Austin Grill : Tex Mex – this restaurant has a fairly good selection.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano : They say they have gluten free pastas available. I would call ahead and check with your local restaurant.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse a downloadable menu is available ,Great gluten free pizza 🙂

Bonefish Grill : This restaurant is an affiliate of Outback Steakhouse and has restaurants in most states. They have a Gluten Free downloadable menu available. Just click here.

Boston Market : You can click here for their gluten free menu.

Carrabas Italian Grill : This is another affiliate of Outback Steakhouse.They are in most of the states. They have a gluten free menu in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse : Limited locations

Chili’s : They have a down-loadable list of gluten free suggestions and their list changes monthly. They have allergen info, such as foods containing , soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts wheat and gluten. “Suggested menu options” for Wheat/Gluten – allergies.

Claim Jumper : Check their website for a downloadable menu

Fresh City :

Legal Seafood : Gluten Free menu available upon request.

Lonestar Steakhouse: The Lonestar steakhouse does have a down-loadable menu for Gluten free selections available. .

Here’s a quote from their Gluten Free info page: “If you suffer from Gluten Intolerance you don’t have to limit yourself to salad when dining at Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. With fresh ingredients and items that are made to order you won’t miss out on the Lone Star Experience! These Gluten-Free suggestions have been created to assist you with your menu item selections.”

Monical’s Pizza : Monical’s Pizza offers a down-loadable menu

On The Border : Serves most all states , even Alaska and many Canadian Provinces. Their menu changes monthly. There is a box that says at the top “Additional Information” and below that , you can click on “Nutritional Info” or “Allergen Info”.

Outback Steakhouse : They have a down-loadable menu.

Pasta Pomodoro : They have a down-loadable gluten free menu.

P. F. Chang’s China Bistro : Serves most, but not all states. Look for the “Gluten free” link – click that to see the menu selections. “These items are either gluten free as prepared, or are modified to be gluten free.”

Romano’s Macaroni Grill :  Gluten Free Dining. It’s updated and changes monthly, Click on “Allergen Information”. They have locations in nearly every state , including Alaska.

Ruby Tuesday’s Casual dining and moderately priced. Look at the menu items and – If you want to download a gluten free menu then look to the right for “Allergen-Sensitivity Menu Guide” click and download..

The Old Spaghetti Factory : You can check out their gluten free menu here. At the bottom it says it is not a gluten free establishment, and some cross contamination may occur. That is something that can occur in any restaurant. They offer gluten free rice pasta as an alternative.

UNO Chicago Grill : Check under the Dietary Category.

Z’ Tejas, Southwestern Grill : Check out their gluten free menu here. If you click ‘Menus’, then click on your ‘Location’ – then click ‘Specialty Lunch’ or ‘Specialty Dinner’ …. this will take you to their ‘Gluten-Free’ menu selections.

I put this gluten free restaurants guide together to help those of you that would like to dine out with friends and family and not have to be concerned with menu options.This will help you choose one of the popular chain restaurants in your area that offer wheat and gluten free menu choices. Those of us with Celiac Disease, or gluten intolerance at any level, need to be especially careful when dining out. If you decide to go out to eat, you want it to be a fun, enjoyable occasion. A little ground work will be in order and this list can help. Strictly Gluten Free Restaurants – are still hard to find, but some of the chain restaurants offer good menu options.
It is always wise to do a little research and make your plans ahead of time.Image


Khao Soi / Thai Currie Noodle with Chicken
8 oz thin rice noodles
8oz boneless skinless chicken breast thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of red curry paste
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 pinch of turmeric powder
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1 teaspoon lime juice
Small bunch Cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
4 oz bean sprouts
Fresh lime wedges

Place noodles in boiling water until it is soft and strain it. To make the curry, put the coconut milk into a medium sized saucepan on medium-high heat before adding the red curry paste. Stir it until it simmers. Add remaining ingredients except chicken. Wait for a minute before adding chicken and cook until the chicken is well done. Pour the curry on the noodles and add what extra condiments you desire.


Here is the link as I know you will agree they are the bomb♥

I’d like to spend a little time today explaining some simple steps in going gluten-free. There is so much misinformation out there and by making some simple adjustments you will be on the road to better health! To begin with all fresh produce is your friend. Fruit, vegetables can be turned into delicious meals as well as snacks.

If you are and omnivore, choices such as meat, chicken, fish and eggs are all considered a safe choice. Another protein option is tofu, a soy source of protein easily combined into a vegetable stir fry, soup or even a dessert. One point I must mention is you will see on your grocer’s shelf a product called seitan. This will be sitting right next to your tofu, but it is made from vital wheat gluten and should be avoided.

Now I would be remiss if I did not mention the favorite category of most of us, the ever loving carbs.Yes, you can still have carbs, and there are more options than you might think: Rice, rice pasta, Corn pasta, polenta, potatoes and Quinoa. To those of you who are not familiar with this ancient grain, it packs allot of bang for your diet. Loaded with protein and fiber it can be used as a substitute for bulgur wheat.

Oats have become a controversial topic in the celiac community. Although the protein in oats is not the exact same problematic protein found in wheat, rye, barley and spelt, commercial oats have been found to contain gluten, possibly due to cross contamination in the harvesting, storing and milling process. Oats are high in fiber both soluble and insoluble. My favorite GF Company is Bakery on Main. This delightful company offers a wider range of gluten free oatmeal, granola and bars. In particular they offer a high fiber granola called Fiber Power. This product is great sprinkled on yogurt, ice cream or even cooked and eaten warm.

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are all gluten free yet many who are Celiac are also intolerant to lactose. Commonly called lactose intolerant. This symptom exists due to the inability to digest the sugar in milk. More than fifty percent of all Celiacs are also lactose intolerant. There are several gluten-free vegan cheese alternatives on the market made from rice, almonds, cashews, pea protein or soy.
More to come…


Peach Cobbler
2 cups gluten free flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup milk
2 egg yolks
Peach Filling:
4 pounds peeled peaches, sliced
1 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons gluten free flour
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor blend GF flour, sugar, baking powder ,salt and butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a separate bowl, combine milk and egg yolks. Remove 1 tablespoon of this mixture and set aside. With food processor on, gradually pour remaining mixture. Pulse until just blended. Pour mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press into a 6″ square. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes. When chilled, place dough between 2 sheets of wax paper. Roll out to a 14″x10″ rectangle.
In a large bowl, combine peaches, brown sugar, 6 tablespoons gluten free flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Spoon into a lightly greased 13″x9″ baking dish. Remove one sheet of wax paper from dough. Turn and place on top of peaches. Remove top layer of wax paper. Press dough into edge of dish so that peaches are sealed in. Brush pastry with reserved egg/milk mixture and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Cut several 2″ slits in dough to allow steam to escape. Bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.


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