Gluten Free Traveling
Looking for meal ideas for when you travel? I came up with something this past weekend that worked really well and I’d like to share it with you. Perfect for the gluten free way of life. It is closely related to my new discovery of “Raw” foods. I don’t see myself becoming a total raw foodist, but I have begun incorporating some “raw” foods into my diet and I find that is absolutely perfect for my gluten free needs.
This past weekend, we flew to Detroit for some work in Ann Arbor. We landed and went directly to a Whole Foods Market. This is what I bought (among other things):
dinosaur kale (you could use regular kale or swiss chard or collard greens)
hummus (commercially prepared)
1 whole red pepper
1 ripe avocado
Doesn’t sound like much, does it?!? Can you guess what we made for lunch with these five ingredients? Dinosaur Sandwiches!!! How cool is that?!?
Before you leave home, pack a cutting board and knife. If you’re flying, pack it in the luggage that you check. Whatever you do, don’t bring the knife in your carry-on luggage! Throw in a dish towel, a roll of paper towels or pick up some napkins or you can even use a bathroom towel from your hotel room. And if you forget them, don’t fret. After you check out at the register, Whole Foods (and most markets with salad bars) has lots of take out paraphanalia. Grab what you need and you’re good to go.
Spread hummus on individual washed kale leaves. Layer with sliced red pepper, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes. Eat! Delicious! Add some gluten free chips or crackers or corn thins or rice cakes for crunch and voila, a great meal.
We also bought a box of gluten free breakfast cereal, almond milk (Pacific brand, in a carton, room temperature), and OJ. We were able to eat breakfast in our hotel room (there was a frig for the OJ – most hotels will supply a small frig for no extra cost if you ask when making your reservation).
Our hosts took us out to dinner at a local restaurant called Paesano’s. The restaurant was very Celiac friendly and accomodated us quite nicely. While we had to ask a million questions, we got a million answers, and Peter and I both had a delicious dinner of roasted salmon with basil-mint pesto on a bed of black rice (cooked in water, not stock – I checked), and steamed green beans.
So, happy traveling. And remember to think outside of the box. Not everything has to be a sit-down meal. You can use ingredients in unusual ways. Just be open to the idea of finding new ways to eat foods you’ve been eating forever. Or try new foods (like dinosaur kale!). There is no limit, once you open your eyes to the great possibilites!