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New Gluten Free Menu at CR Chicks

We were super excited to see just around the corner that CR Chicks in Wellington has a gluten-free menu with so many options including dessert!!! Check it out! http://www.crchickswpb.com/gluten_free.shtml

We had a 1/4 white chicken with sante fe rice (a recipe we are happy they modified and is now gluten-free) carrots and for dessert the gluten-free chocolate banana cream pie (yum!) we love it anytime we can get dessert somewhere!

Gluten Free Menu

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

 
Marinated then cooked slowly over Brazilian Oak Logs
with your choice of 2 side dishes
  • 1/4 CHICKEN ……. 5.50
  • 1/2 CHICKEN …… 6.95
  • 5 DRUM STICKS ……… 4.50
  • All white meat add 1.00 per 1/4 Chicken
  • TRY IT WILLY STYLE — NO SKIN!

BIRD by ITSELF

  • 1/2 CHICKEN…….. 5.50
  • 1/4 CHICKEN…….. 4.00
  • WHOLE CHICKEN…….. 9.95

 OUR SIDE DISHES ARE

  • CUCUMBER SALAD
  • HORSERADISH SMASHERS
  • COLE SLAW
  • PARSLEY CARROTS
  • GREEN BEANS
  • FRESH FRUIT
  • SANTA FE BROWN RICE

AVAILABLE ALA CARTE:

  • CUP ……. 1.35
  • PINT ……. 2.00
CUCUMBER SALAD / FRESH FRUIT / GREEN BEANS
  • CUP ……. 2.00
  • PINT ……. 3.00
 

BIG FAMILY DINNER

  • 24.00
  • TWO CHICKENS
  • 3 LARGE SIDES
 

FAMILY DINNER

  • 13.00
  • WHOLE CHICKEN
  • 2 LARGE SIDES
 

SOUP, SALADS and PLATES

  • CHICKEN SOUP (no noodles) ………………… Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • CHILLED GAZPACHO ………………………….. Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • SANTA FE BLACK BEAN SOUP …………. Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • HOUSE SALAD (no croutons) ………………………….. 4.00 Large 6.95
  • tossed greens, honey mustard dressing.
  • CAESAR SALAD (no croutons) ………………………….. 4.00 Large 6.95
  • CAESAR OR HOUSE SALAD with CHICKEN ………………….. 8.00
  • X-tra Dressing $ .50
  • CHICKEN SALAD PLATE ……………………………………………. 6.00
  • C.R.’s famous rotisserie chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon and Dill served with tomato wedges and choice of 1 side.
  • SMOKED CHICKEN …………………………………………………. 9.25
  • In a tomato basil cream sauce served over brown rice.
  • CHICKEN AND ARTICHOKE ……………………………………………… 9.25
  • with tasso, garlic, tomato and herbs served over brown rice.
  • THE MAX …………………………………………………………………………… 7.50
  • with Chicken $ 9.25
  • Primavera vegetables and Romaine lettuce sauteed in light clam broth with olive oil, garlic and herbs.
  • BBQ PULLED CHICKEN PLATE ………………………………….. 6.25
  • with choice of 2 sides.
  • C. R. SIDES PLATTER ………………………………………………….. 5.00
  • Choice of 5 sides

Desserts and Beverages

  • GF CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ………………………………….. 1.35
  • GF CHOCOLATE BANANA CREAM PIE ………………………… 2.50
  • HERBAL RASPBERRY ICED TEA, DECAFFEINATED …… 1.70
  • SODA – Fountain………………………………………………………………. 1.70
  • CAN / BOTTLE ………………………………………………………………… 2.00

 

C.R. Chicks is not a gluten free environment.
Products containing gluten are Prepared in our kitchens,
therefore we cannot guarantee 100% gluten free product.
With that in mind, we have taken great care to modify our menu and offer a variety of choices to those who must
maintain a gluten sensitive diet.

 

 

Happy Gluten-versary

Sunday will be my one year Gluten-versary. A lot of people are surprised I know when it is but when you make a commitment and life-style change as major as going gluten-free you arent going to forget. In the one year span, I have learned a lot – and now friends come to me for advice and guidance on starting a gluten-free diet.  Even the friends that arent gluten-free get excited when they see something and can’t wait to tell me.  In my one year since going gluten-free I have lost 27 lbs, I feel better, have more energy, my skin is clearer and my nails are stronger. My Vitamin D deficiency and digestive issues have corrected themselves.

I have occasionally gotten “glutened” and the longer I have been off the worse the symptoms are. It takes me about two-three days to recover from an episode. It always happens when I go out to eat and depending how bad it is – I usually avoid the restaurant after that. Maybe might give them another chance or figure out if I ordered something wrong.

For the most part though I eat in and prepare my own food – I have found I have more control that way. My house is now 97% gluten-free (my husband has a box of cereal and a box of pasta occasionally there will be a box of crackers or a loaf of bread for him and my daughter) and it has clearly designated area of where it is stored and prepared.  I should have documented the progression of my pantry. I started out with one shelf of gluten-free products and now there is only a quarter of a shelf of GLUTEN products (where the bread, cereal, crackers are stored). Gluten-free has truly taken over.

I am always on the hunt for new products and new places to eat – and it doesnt seem to be any lack of new stuff coming on the market. I had a great time at the South Florida Gluten Free Expo in February and cant wait to for it to come back next year – I ate more food than I have in a long time and a lot of it was good – there were a lot of hits but some misses too! But I loved all the products I got to take home and try.

I’ll try to keep an update on what is coming to the area.  Let me know if you find something too!

Too Jay’s Gluten-Free offering

I have scoured the web to try and find gluten-free options/menu for a regional deli we have in South Florida called Too Jay’s but always came up empty handed. Before being diagnosed with Celiac, it was one of my favorite restaurant, I knew I would never be able to enjoy my favorite sandwich – Chicken Ala Toojay but when I come in with my family. I wanted to know my gluten-free options. On a recent visit to with my family, my father-in-law loves their blintzes with cherries. I asked the hostess if they had a gluten-free menu. (Since I had been previously unsuccessful finding one online). This is rare for me to go to a restaurant without a plan, I usually go already knowing what I am going to eat but I figured I would wing it and if nothing else get a salad. They had a list behind the deli counter, the server was even nice enough to run off a copy for me to keep.

I was surprised by some of the offerings including Plain Macaroons! Love it when I can get a sweet treat! I will definitely be back for more. I decided to order the Citrus Chicken Platter that including my choice of soup or salad. It was a delicious grilled chicken breast – citrus marinated with a cucumber tomato garnish on top with fresh fruit and seasonal steamed veggies as a side. It was very filling and definitely better than just eating a salad. Here is a complete listing of gluten-free items. The only thing I wish for next time is a listing of gluten-free salad dressings.

Too Jay’s Gluten-Free Menu

NO Montreal Steak Seasoning,
NO Mashed Potatoes
NO Rice
NO Gravy
NO Bread/Bagels/Crackers

Soups – (I was surprised by how many of their soups are gluten-free)
Beef Vegetable Soup – NO crackers
Chicken Soup – w/out noodles
Beef Cabbage Soup – NO crackers
Split Pea Soup – NO Crackers
Onion Soup – No Croutons

Salads
Ceasear Salad – no croutons – ask for plain grilled chicken breast
Dill Chicken Salad – no bread
Fresh Fruit Salad
Tuna Nicoise Salad
Tuna Salad appetizer/platter
Smoked Whitefish Salad, no bread
Mandarin Chicken Salad

Entrees
Sirloin Steak – NO Seasoning
London Broil – NO Potatoes  gravy
Grilled Plain Chicken Breast
Baked Tilapaia Platter
Citrus Chicken Platter
Fresh Salmon Fillet
Broiled Tilapia Fillet NO rice
Nova Samon, no bagel

Breakfast/Brunch
All plain egg dishes, NO Bread
Nova, Egg & Onion, NO Bread
Steak & Eggs, NO Potato, bread or seasonings

Sides
Fresh Vegetables, No Seasonings, Steamed only

Dessert
Plain Macaroons

Embracing Eating in

I will be the first to admit – I think food taste better when someone else makes it. I love to go out to eat! But going gluten-free makes eating out a little more difficult and maybe not as fun as it use to be. However, I feel so much better going gluten-free that I don’t miss the gluten anymore. Nor want to accidently eat it – don’t want to feel bad anymore.I am also embracing making food for myself and eating in. It is a lot easier knowing what is in my food since I am making it – to make sure I dont accidentally eat any gltuen. I am learning It can be just as good with a little effort! and in most cases healthier too!

Here are two meals from this weekend that I made with just a little work.

One was lunch yesterday, I had just bought some Boars Head (all their deli meat is gluten free) Low Sodium Golden Catering Style Turkey Breast from Publix. I made a very yummy sandwich with Toasted Udi’s Bread, instead of Mayo – I used Sambra’s Greek Olive Hummus, fresh lettuce and tomato. On the side are my new favorite chips Food Should Taste Good – Tortilla Chips – with a scoop of hummus to dip them in. Very yummy! and healthy (estimated calories for the whole lunch is 536)

The following evening – we were invited to a friends bbq. I knew they were grilling chicken, so I offered to make a Summer Salad – Some fresh spring greens, cut strawberries, blueberries, and feta cheese – and you have  delicious and sweet salad. And to top it off – I made my own glazed pecans, and used a yummy strawberry poppyseed dressing made by Maries (refrigerated produce section of your grocery store). This was perfect to bring with me, because I then knew I could have a salad with chicken breast on top. Luckily everything was gluten free at the bbq. (except for some cookies, which I didn’t eat) and the salad was a big hit.

A Quick Dinner

Sometimes I need something quick to eat in a hurry – today was a busy day and at the end of the day I had nothing left to cook a meal.

So on the way home from swim lessons, I took a quick stop into Pollo Tropical.

I got a chicken tropi-chop – rice, beans, tomato, corn, chicken – all gluten free

Here is Pollo – Nutritional Guide (PDF)- which also has allergen info

Getting over the hump

Happy Hump Day!

What a challenging week – I accidentally glutened myself two days ago! and finally started to feel better today. What a difference when you start to feel better and then to feel bad again.

Check out this post from  @DailyDietribe about how to start a gluten free diet! Great info for a newbie like me! http://bit.ly/iN5oqJ

Also don’t forget to  to like us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-West-Palm-Beach/209818455704004

Tonight hubby said we are going out to eat – I think Outback.  So I will post how it goes and what options they have.