Dining out isn’t as simple as it once was before your gluten free way of life. While you may have to put more thought into where and what to eat, it will be worth it.
There are also more choices becoming available every day, and your options are always expanding! No matter where you are or what you’re doing there are always things you can eat that are free of gluten and good for your body.
Where to Find Gluten Free Fast Food
These are just a few of the fast food restaurants that offer gluten free menus. Always make sure to ask individual restaurants whether or not they use separate cooking areas for their gluten free foods. While most restaurants do this, there will always be a few that do not.
Fast Food Restaurants
Arby’s – If you want something fast, Arby’s has a lot of great choices. These include: meats without the bun, salads and the vanilla shake.
Wendy’s – This is one of the best fast food restaurants because they have baked potatoes, Frosty’s, salads (no croutons), and burgers without the buns!
Burger King – At this fast food restaurant you can get everything from a burger without the bun to french fries.
There is a gluten-sensitive menu available from this chain if you want to see everything they have to offer.
“Sit Down” Restaurants
If you want to have a nice meal while dining out; there are a lot of great restaurants you can choose from. There are actually many that are part of the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program. Each of these has special menu items that are free of gluten and cooked in separate areas to avoid contamination.
The Old Spaghetti Factory – Some menu items they offer include: salads with no croutons, gluten free pasta with sauce, baked chicken, Italian sausage and many others.
Bonefish Grill – This seafood restaurant has a lot of choices, including: wood-grilled seafood, beer, appetizers and even desserts. Each location has different options, so it’s best to ask before you order.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – One thing to keep in mind when ordering from this restaurant is that their grill is NOT gluten free. If you are extra sensitive, you should probably order something that is not grilled. They do have menu items like shrimp scampi and The John Cole dessert.
Quick Gluten Free Snack Recipe
If you want something to take with you when you’re on-the-go, there are a lot of things you can prepare ahead of time. These can help you avoid fast food and ensure you don’t end up eating gluten when you don’t mean to.
Speedy Oatmeal Cake
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (light)
- 1/3 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 apple cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. From here, spray a cupcake or mini cupcake pan with olive oil spray. Then, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. In a different bowl, mix together milk, applesauce, egg whites and coconut milk. Combine this bowl with the other and mix gently until well combined. Add in the apple chunks and raisins before pouring the batter into the cupcake pan. Bake for 40 minutes and cool for 10 before enjoying! You can put these in a plastic bag to save for quick breakfasts or snacks.
Fast Gluten Free Meal Recipe
Want to eat at home instead of at a restaurant? Here is an easy recipe you can whip up in the comfort of your own home.
Chicken with Tomatoes and Beans
- 2 cans cannelloni beans (rinsed)
- 1 container grape tomatoes
- Fresh oregano leaves
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 3 pounds of your choice of chicken
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Then, put beans and tomatoes into a large baking dish. Add in the oil, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and other ingredients and mix together. From here, put the chicken into the baking dish with its skin side down. Roast this in your oven for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
There you have it! You can make food at home, eat a quick meal while out or enjoy dining out with friends or family. There’s no reason to deprive yourself when there are so many great (and fast) gluten free food options out there to enjoy.
image courtesy Keoni Cabral
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