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Eating Out Gluten Free: Go Natural!

25 Comments 15 May 2012

Eating Out Gluten Free: Go Natural!
Yesterday I shared my sixth tip about Eating Out as a part of 10 Days of Gluten-Free, created by Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker. The service and quality of the meal is out of your hands, but your attitude while dining is completely controlled by you.

Eating Out Tip #7 is…Go Natural!

Most restaurants are not going to have a separate gluten-free menu with gluten-free bread awaiting your arrival.  But plenty of gluten-free options are available if you order naturally.
Order naturally gluten-free foods.
1.  Order from the salad menu.  Most salads can be ordered gluten free if you take off croutons, wonton strips, tortilla strips, or anything else crunchy.  Ask for the ingredients of the dressings, and if you can’t find a gluten-free option ask for bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Make your own dressing at the table.
2.  Order grilled meat without any seasonings.  Olive oil, salt, and pepper are safe and tasty. Too bland? Ask for a side of salsa and make it Tex-Mex on your own.  Again, ask these questions, and ask them to use foil on the grill to avoid cross contamination.
3.  Order steamed veggies.  In a guest post that I did at Thriving with Celiacs called Top 10 Questions to Ask When Dining Out Gluten Free, Shirley of gfe shared a fantastic tip that I had never thought of before.  Make sure that the veggies are not steamed in the same water that is used for boiling pasta.
4.  Order sauteed veggies.  But make sure they start in a clean pan and only use olive oil, salt, and pepper.
5.  Order baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.  When I open a steaming baked potato, I know that the skin served as a natural gluten barrier and that the potato inside is safe to eat.  A side of salsa will liven up this tater too.
6.  Order dessert!  Vanilla ice cream makes even the blandest of meals a distant memory.
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Readers, Dish!

  • What naturally gluten-free items do you order at restaurants?
  • What natural ingredients do you rely on?

Contest closed, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Your Comments

25 Comments so far

  1. Cindy says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  2. Cindy says:

    I tend to order steak or fish, with whatever seasonings that might be listed on the menu that I know are gluten free, sauteed or steamed veggies, and rice or sweet potato.

  3. Sandra Simkins says:

    Thanks for the tips. Eating out can be a real chore to get gluten free foods that are safe to eat.

  4. Lynn says:

    I order chicken or steak, with a salad(oil & vinegar on the side) & rice…

  5. Caitlin Leyden says:

    I prefer eating fruits and veggies because I know that they should have anything to upset my stomach. However, a lot of the time the only thing I can eat is like a salad, but I’m also soy and dairy intolerant and most salad dressings have soy. Eating out is really difficult.
    (I prefer eating at vegan restaurants, actually. Mainstream restaurants tend to be all wheat and meat. Unless you go ethnic, but that can be worrisome also.)

  6. Emma says:

    Salads almost always save the day for me when I go someplace riddled with gluteny options.

  7. Emma says:

    ◦What natural ingredients do you rely on?
    Not really an ingredient…but I always rely on corn tortillas being available when I go to Mexican restaurants.

  8. pat J says:

    Salads are usually a safe bet. Then I bring my own dressing with me.

  9. Bonnie B says:

    Salads have been our first option, but one daughter doesn’t enjoy them as much as the other which has been hard.

  10. Debra G. says:

    Chicken or steak and baked potatoes are a safe bet.

  11. Jessica B says:

    Wish I had known this when I was first diagnosed. Thanks for sharing.

  12. julie says:

    thanks for the helpful tips

  13. julie says:

    I follow you on facebook

  14. Paula says:

    I usually order naturally gluten-free. I just like that type of food, and definitely feel safest eating out that way.

  15. Betsy M says:

    Great tips!

  16. Deborah says:

    Caution! If you’re ordering steak, be aware that most seasoning salt mixes have gluten. Make sure you tell them not to season your meat on the grill.

  17. Natalie says:

    These are great tips! I am often afraid to eat in restaurants, but I’ve only know that I had celiac disease for a couple of months.

  18. Natalie says:

    What naturally gluten-free items do you order at restaurants?

    I usually order grilled fish or shrimp and scallops with a baked potato and steamed veggies.

  19. Natalie says:

    I liked your post on facebook.

  20. Gina says:

    Some good tips I hadn’t thought of!

  21. Gina says:

    As to my go-to natural options, I often order the grilled fish special of the day and ask for a rice or potato accompaniment. I’ve been known to sneak in my own garlic spice blend to top or ask for a lemon gremolata (made with olive oil) to pair with the fish.

  22. Cara says:

    The more natural, the more chances of success of being gluten free!

  23. Cindy W. says:

    I follow your blog via email.

  24. Cindy W. says:

    Chicken or steak with mashed or a baked potato.

  25. Nadine I says:

    thank you for all the tips on eating out. it can be hard at times.

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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