We made it to our wonderful new home in Colorado (YAY!), but my furniture and household goods haven’t arrived, yet (boo). And that brings me to this week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap — Eating Out.
I almost didn’t choose this as a theme because it seemed contrary to the purpose of a menu plan. But, if you’re like me, eating at a restaurant often requires more planning than cooking. Since moving cross-country this year, we’ve had to eat out a lot more than we usually do. The bad news is that we’ve increased our chances of getting gluten from cross-contamination.
The good news is that Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet have come to the attention of so many chefs and restaurants. And with all the portable electronic devices, a quick search on the internet can provide you with a lot of information about a restaurant’s menu and what you might be able to eat gluten-free. Of course, not all restaurants have web sites with so much information. However, I have found many new ones and have been updating Celiac Family’s Eating Out page this summer. That does not mean that I would recommend eating at all of the restaurants listed. It simply provides links to restaurants’ web pages that address concerns of eating gluten free in their establishments. It’s a starting point to help you make an informed choice on whether or not to eat there.
There are several other great resources for helping you plan where to dine gluten-free.
- Gluten Free Maps – Just type in a zip-code and find restaurants that offer gluten-free options on a map of the area.
- Gluten-Free Registry – “Free, searchable database of over 14,100+ gluten-free friendly business locations to find one near you or your travel destination. Also available to search on your mobile phone, mapped on your iPhone or GPS, and as a full color print magazine.”
- GlutenFreeTravelSite.com – A database of user-submitted gluten-free dining and travel reviews from all over the world. You can search the reviews of restaurants, stores, hotels/resorts, and college campuses by state or country — or even narrow your search down to the city or zip code level — and map the results. The mobile version also makes it easy to check your dining options with your smart phone while on the go.
- Triumph Dining – A printed guidebook of thousands of restaurants in the US that provide gluten-free options. They also have a grocery guidebook and dining cards available.
- Find Me Gluten Free – A website and FREE iPhone and Android apps that help you find gluten-free friendly businesses. Share photos, ratings and reviews with other gluten free diners.
And don’t forget that just because a restaurant has a gluten-free menu, your work is not done! You still need to be careful, and be aware that cross-contamination is a possibility at any restaurant. Cheryl at Harris Whole Health provided some tips to help you safely navigate the hazards of Dining Out G-Free.
To see if any other GF Menu-Planners have favorite places or tips for eating out, check out the roundup below.
Monday - Eating Out. I’m hoping to try Red Robin‘s new gluten-free buns! (I’m not sure if they are available at all locations. It is not on their gluten-free menu. However, the rest of my family found them at a few restaurants in Virginia this summer.)
Tuesday - Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, and steamed green beans
Thursday - Pizza, Spinach Salad
Saturday - leftovers
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Paige at Not Missing a Thing! is feeling the summer heat, so is cooking lighter and cooler meals. She has on her menu this week a Garden Salad with Diced Chicken, Cold Chicken Salad, a Broccoli Salad to serve at the 4th of July Cookout, Sausage with Peppers, Jambalaya, and more! Sounds delightfully cool.
Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has a great list of restaurants to try in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, but no eating our for her family this week. Instead, they get to enjoy delicious Turkey Burgers with homemade GF buns, Mexican Cornbread Casserole, BLT Pizza, BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joe’s, and Papaya Coconut Chicken Salad.
Check back later to see if other gluten-free menus are linked here to the swap.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Next week’s theme has not been determined, yet. Please check back later in the week.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.
Need more menu ideas?
- Laura at OrgJunkie.com 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.