I have a sensitivity/allergy to wheat, which makes lots of restaurant menus tough to negotiate. When I first got taken off wheat, there were basically no substitutes. No spelt pasta, no quinoa tortillas, no gluten-free this and that.
Even after I could buy substitutes for cooking at home, restaurants were a nightmare. Often my only choices were a salad stripped of most of its contents (can’t have dairy either) or a leathery piece of chicken with some tasteless vegetables on the side.
Things have been improving for a while. The Atkin diet brought lots of choices that work for me. And in the last year or so, increasing numbers of restaurants have gluten-free options. Even though I can have the gluten in other grains, those grains are rarely used; gluten-free at least means wheat-free.
So when Puccini’s Smiling Teeth started advertising a gluten-free menu I really perked up. Italian food is my fave but I’ve had to make my own for a long time. Sunday night found me happily scarfing down gluten-free spaghetti with meatballs and I could even have garlic bread!
After years of eating spaghetti only if I made it or if I decided to suffer the consequences and eat the wheat, I felt so thankful, sitting there with my wheat-free Italian meal!
[As usual, it never occurred to me to take a picture so, sadly, the photo above isn’t a picture of my dinner… probably not gluten-free either.
For Thankful Thursday.