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Eating Gluten Free on Road Trips

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Eating gluten free can be a big adjustment to your diet, but really not that difficult to do at home once you’ve made the commitment. You can even eat gluten free at restaurants — look up menus on the Internet and/or call the restaurant before you leave for dinner. However, driving cross-country and finding restaurants along the Interstate highways that provide gluten-free meals is another challenge. Having Internet access and a good GPS while on the road is helpful, but isn’t much help finding restaurants with gluten-free meals at a specific exit, say 90 miles down the road when you need to fill up the car with gas. Fortunately, I found two books extremely helpful in making it a whole lot easier.

the Next EXIT

This is a great book to have for road trips. As you are traveling on the Interstate highways, you can look ahead and see what restaurants and services are listed for each exit. McDonald’s aren’t hard to find at any random intersection, but Chik-fil-a, Outback, and P.F. Chang’s may be a little more difficult to find without this book. The book also lists gas, lodging, grocery and retail stores, rest areas, etc. and which side of the highway you will find them.


Triumph Dining Restaurant Guide

This book lists, by state, restaurants, bakeries and cafes that offer something gluten free to eat. It also has a list of gluten-free menu items from national chain restaurants. I found it very helpful when trying out eateries that I hadn’t been to before. I have the second edition, but have realized that I really need to get the current, fourth edition that I’m sure has a lot of updates in it.

So, start with the Next EXIT to see which restaurants will be at the intersection where you want to stop. Then, look in the Triumph Dining Restaurant Guide to see if it has menu information on the restaurants. Then you’ll know exactly where and when to stop to find gluten-free meals for everyone in the family. No need to worry about battery life or Internet connection. Just look through the books to find what you need.

Notable Links:

  • Check out the page Eating Out for links to restaurants which provide information on their websites about eating gluten free in their establishments.
  • Triumph Dining also has dining cards in various foreign languages (perfect for authentic ethnic restaurants) and a grocery guide for helping you find gluten-free food at the grocery stores.
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Menu Plan June 28

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Cabbage is the theme ingredient at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week. Thanks to Wendy at Celiacs in the House for hosting. I don’t eat a lot of cabbage, so I don’t always have it around. I do, however, often add it to Asian foods like Egg Rolls and Stir Fry, and cold salads and slaws. Check out how other gluten free bloggers are using cabbage this week at Celiacs in the House.

Want to join the Gluten-Free Menu Swap? Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

MondayGrilled Salmon
My dad’s trying out a Bobby Flay recipe for grilled salmon with mustard barbecue sauce that was posted in the Parade magazine last weekend. For a baked salmon recipe, check out my guest post at for  Baked Salmon with Dill.

TuesdayPulled Pork Sandwiches
Slow-cooking a pork shoulder for great barbecue pork sandwiches. I’ll make some cheese bread rolls for the buns, and Spicy Slaw to serve with it.

WednesdaySam & Louie’s Pizza
We’ll be trying gluten-free pizza at Sam & Louie’s New York Pizzeria. I’ve heard the pizza is very good, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet. They currently have locations in Nebraska and Iowa, and offer gluten-free pizza at all 15 locations.

Thursday – BBQ Ribs
Barbecue pork ribs served with a broccoli and napa cabbage slaw and berry fruit salad.

Friday – Egg Rolls
Making pork and cabbage filled egg rolls and serving with rice. (I use rice papers for the wrappers, so they are gluten free.) I’ll also pick up a box of A Taste of Thai’s fortune cookies for fun! Have you seen them yet? They are gluten free, and are rolled instead of folded like traditional fortune cookies. They have a nice toasted coconut flavor, which is better than the traditional cookies.

Saturday – Leftovers
Probably serving pulled pork leftovers. Or, whatever we can find to heat up quickly.

Sunday – Eating Out
We’re having our 4th of July celebration a little early, so I think we’ll eat out instead. Maybe Bonefish Grill or Lone Star Steakhouse.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Gluten-Free Meals made Quick and Easy

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Today, I am featured as a guest blogger on Carrie is hosting a 30-day series of quick and easy gluten-free meals on her site. You can find a list of the first 15 bloggers and a link to each quick and easy recipe on Monday’s post at Celiac Family. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should really take a look. There are some really good-looking recipes that you can prepare for your family in very little time at all.

For today (Day 21 of the series), I submitted a very easy, but tasty recipe for Baked Salmon with Dill. With just a few ingredients and an oven, you can have it ready to eat in less than 20 minutes.

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Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals

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Looking for quick and easy gluten-free meals? Well, you are in luck because Carrie at is hosting a 30-day series of time-saving meals. I’ll be submitting a guest post for the series on Sunday. Until then, check out the exciting 15 recipes that have already been posted:

30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals

  1. Carrie at posted Brown Rice Bowls
  2. Carrie at posted Greek Squash & Mushroom Saute over brown rice
  3. Brooke at Gluten Free…Who? Me? posted Fresh Veggie Stir-Fry & Garbanzo Bean Cake
  4. Rebekah at The Happy Tummy posted Salmon Croquettes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce
  5. Christie at Honoring Health posted Simple Pan Salmon & Swiss Chard
  6. Nicola at G-free mom posted Homemade Turkey Burgers
  7. Erica at Erica Miss America posted Pan-Cooked Flounder with Shirataki Noodles
  8. Claire at Gluten Free and the City posted Asparagus Salad with Strawberries
  9. Erin at Gluten Free Fitness posted “Not really a recipe” Pan-cooked Pork Chops
  10. Ellen at I Am Gluten Free posted Classic Tomato Soup with Herbed Croutons and Deluxe Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  11. Deanna at The Mommy Bowl posted Chicken and Broccoli Curry
  12. Jean at Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes posted Polenta with Sausage, Spinach, and Peppers
  13. Kat at Kat’s Food Blog posted Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes
  14. Ashlie at The Delshad Duo posted Blackened Catfish with Sweet Sauteed Greens
  15. Alta at Tasty East at Home posted Egg, Zucchini, Red Pepper and Spinach Wrap
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Menu Plan June 21

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It is officially summer! My daughter finished school last week, but my son still has a few days left, thanks to the numerous snow days we had this year. I’m ready for a vacation, so as soon as he’s out we’re taking a break. Don’t know if it will actually feel like a break, but I’m hoping for some lazy summer days (or at least mornings). 🙂

Cheryl is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week. I’m jealous that she’s still getting so many raspberries! We’re putting raspberries in our berry fruit salad this week. I haven’t made the raspberry meringue tarts in a while, but now that I’m thinking about raspberries it sounds really good.  I’m also thinking that Cheryl’s flourless chocolate torte would be fabulous with some raspberries on top.

Want to join the Gluten-Free Menu Swap? Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness manages the headquarters of Gluten-Free Menu Swap. There you will find the rules, the current and upcoming schedule, and links to past roundups.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

MondayLeftover Buffet
Pulling out the leftovers for everyone to choose their own meal.

TuesdayEasy Garlic Shrimp
My kids keep asking for shrimp, and I’m having a hard time saying no. It’s such a nice, light, but filling dinner to eat during the summer.  Instead of noodles, I’ll serve it with quinoa and broccoli.

WednesdayChicken Tikka Masala
I’ve now tried several of Patak’s sauces and pastes. I definitely prefer the concentrated flavors of the pastes, over the sauces. The Tikka Masala paste is added to some yogurt and used as a marinade for the chicken. I’ll serve it over brown basmati rice.

Thursday – McDonald’s
Another request from the kids. We order our burgers without buns, and so far have had no problems eating there. I really wish I could eat their grilled chicken salad, but unfortunately they use wheat in the seasoning on the grilled chicken.

Friday – Pizza
I’m going to use the recipe for Cheese Bread Rolls for the pizza crust. Maybe just a pepperoni and cheese pizza with a tossed green salad. Or, maybe I’ll take Tikka Masala leftovers and put it on the crust with some mango chutney.

Saturday – Roasted Chicken
Roasting chicken and serving with a berry fruit salad and rice pilaf with pine nuts.

Sunday – Beef Kabobs
Grilling marinated sirloin cubes and fresh vegetables.  Serving with a broccoli salad.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
Categories : Menu Plan
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