27 Nov 2012

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


It’s A Wrap

At the office and it’s time for lunch.  What am I going to eat? To most people this would not be a difficult question, but when you are eating gluten-free, there is not an easy answer.  I am frustrated by the options available to me for a basic, take-out meal.

I wish I was organized in the morning to prepare lunch, but that does not happen very often.  So when lunchtime comes around I need to decide what I want to eat, and more important, where can I find gluten-free options.  The choices are limited, but I am trying to find different ways to put together a satisfying meal.

Lettuce Wrap It Up

Typically, I will buy some sliced turkey breast, a small salad and fruit.  I keep brown rice cakes and crackers in my office to supplement my meals.  Another lunch is the salad that is prepared by hand with my specific choices.  I feel safe knowing that I choose each ingredient and can have the salad dressed with lemon and olive oil and there is not any hidden gluten lurking in the dressing.

It is cold today and I wanted soup for lunch, but I can’t trust that the prepared soups are gluten-free. It is rare that a soup is without flour or noodles.  It is not worth taking a chance.  The question I ask in most places is why do you need to add the flour?  You can use a potato to thicken a soup or bean and legume soups are naturally thick.  I might understand their using flour if it was a preservative, but all it does is make the soup gloppy.

I lovingly look at wraps and Panini’s and wish that I could order one.  To date, I have not found a place that uses gluten-free tortillas.  What about just using lettuce to as the wrapper?  I asked in three different locations for them to prepare it this way, and they all said no.

It is time for us, the gluten-free community, to stand up to the lunch establishments and demand more options.  We know that it requires a little forethought, but not much work and they can be heroes-pun intended-in our eyes as well as increasing their businesses to a growing market of customers.


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