Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gluten Free Week 1 - The Sandwich Reinvented!

Welcome Back Friends.
 Let's build off of last weeks post about the 10 steps to take to become gluten free and address the biggest question of all for the gluten free newbie.
What will I eat for lunch if I cannot use bread to make sandwiches?
I feel your pain on this concern.  It is completely valid if you have a child in school or a spouse who is on the run and needs a portable lunch.  However, it's not as hard as one might think, we just need to adjust our thinking.

Now I could encourage you to go out and try all the GF breads and try to find the one you like.  You will more than likely do that anyway.  Note, this will be an expensive process.  GF bread is expensive and you don't get as much of it as you would for a conventional loaf of bread.  GF bread also has an extremely different texture.  I don't blame you or judge you for doing this.  I did this and have a couple I use as a fall back on when I just want to eat bread.  However, the sooner you can get off bread the better you will be.  So much of the time it's wasted calories, why not use those calories for something really delicious.

Here's how we eat our "Sandwiches"now.

The Lettuce Roll Up.

What do you need?  Start with lettuce as your first layer and work up from there.

- Lettuce - Bib Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce.
     Romaine does not work well work this.
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- Meat  -  Meat (Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Tuna,          etc.)
- Veggies - Sliced Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes,             etc.)
- Cheese -  If you can handle dairy add some                delicious local cheese.
- Condiments - Be careful here.  Make sure            these are GF.  Mustard, ketchup, mayo....

Once you've added your favorite sandwich materials then roll everything up, wrap it in some parchment paper, foil or put in a sandwich baggie.  Done!

The added benefits of excluding bread to your sandwich making is that by adding lettuce you can get more vegetables into your diet.

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The Meat Roll Up.

What do you need?  Use the same ingredients as above but leave out the lettuce.
This roll up only works well with sliced meat.  If you want to use something like Tuna you will need something as a vehicle.  Forks work well for that.  LOL

The sliced meat will be your base layer, add your condiments or veggies, roll up and enjoy.

I pray that this helps you start thinking about food a little differently and realize that eating gluten free can be easier than you thought.  Use your imagination, your stomach can be your guide.

And if you find any awesome gluten free breads please let me know about them in the comments below.  FYI - I'm not a fan of sponges disguised as bread or sticks and twigs disguised as bread.  LOL!

Enjoy some tasty "sandwiches/roll ups".


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