Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Who Needs Gluten?


One of my favorite lunches pre-diagnosis, would be a super simple salad with half a sandwich. In the winter I would lean more towards soup over salad, but the sandwich was a staple.

Since going GF, I’ve honestly avoided sandwiches. Most GF bread that I’ve found isn’t all that great, and the caloric content is pretty much…through the roof. I really don’t even keep GF bread in the house, but a few months ago Parrish surprised me and brought home a loaf of Udi’s gluten free white bread.

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I’ll admit that I had banned it to the back of the freezer without even looking at the the nutrition facts! (which upon further inspection actually aren’t that bad!!) But all day today I really wanted a GOOD sandwich.

Never underestimate the power of a GOOD sandwich.

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I’m calling it : Who Needs Gluten Grilled Cheese

To prepare, you’ll need:

2 slices of Udi’s gluten free white bread

2 tbsp. hummus of your choice (I used a homemade red pepper hummus)

1 slice sharp cheddar cheese

1 slice juicy tomato (local, local, local!!)

A few thin slices of white onion

2 tbsp. spiked greek yogurt* recipe below

Nuke the Udi’s frozen bread for 40 seconds. On one slice, spread the hummus. Then layer tomato, onion, and sharp cheddar. Spread the spiked yogurt on the other slice and top off the sandwich. Then press it baby on a heated Foreman grill or Panini press! Press until the bread browns and the cheese oozey goozeys. Eat it warm, trust me!

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*Spiked Greek yogurt- I tried this super quick as an alternative to ranch or mayo. To 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, I added a dash of salt, lemon zest, garlic salt, and dried parsley. This recipe really is to taste. You could also add a hint of dried mustard.

For the salad:

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A super simple bed of romaine with tomato, onion, olives, and baby mozzarella balls. Tossed with a super light italian vinaigrette. I am currently OBSESSED with olives!


Off to bed to dream about this beauty:

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Yes, it was that good! :)


Margaret said...

I just tried the Udi's last night, and was actually amazed that it was quite tasty and "real" bread-like without heating it up! This looks delish, I think I'm going to have to make one for dinner tonight. :)

Nadya said...

Isn't it fun to find GF alternatives for an 'old favorite?'
My daughter made a delish quinoa salad for dinner at a newly GF friend's house - found the recipe in her BIG GF cookbook - kind of kus kus salad with tomatoe, cucumber, mint, parsley, green onion, lemony vinegerette & quinoa . . . YUMM!!

Anonymous said...

Udi's does make the best toasted sandwiches. Your filling looks like a tasty combo.

Michele said...

Udi's is amazing. Doesn't need toasting and it's STILL good and usable for a sandwich.

"tomatoe, cucumber, mint, parsley, green onion, lemony vinegerette & quinoa"

Sounds like tabuleh.

Stiney said...

I love Udi's so much. I made a fish sandwich with the white bread and Starfish battered fish and was almost in tears it was so good. I don't even like sandwiches that much I eat Udi's all the time.

Kathleen said...

mmmmm Udi's is my favorite as well. Wait until you try the bagels! The pizza crust! The blueberry muffins!! They make me feel normal :) Glad you discovered their bread!

Katrina said...

Udi's makes the BEST white sandwich bread! It's awesome for gf french toast too!