I had a good game plan for yesterday as far as meals were concerned based around my husbandís desire to use a birthday freebie at Ruby Tuesdays. Ruby Tuesdays on Tuesday? Makes sense to me. I plotted out what I was going to eat based on my love of the Ruby Tuesday salad bar. A glance at their gluten free menu online suggested Iíd be able to create a pretty healthy dinner rounded out with some protein (eggs) and healthy fats.
But there were two problems with my plan:
A. My husband got home later than usual (8:30pm), leaving me pretty ravenous as I had eaten lightly throughout the day.
B. My husband has a tendency to imagine things. Like birthday free coupons.
Turns out he did NOT have a birthday freebie for Ruby Tuesdays (I should have known Ė Iím the self-proclaimed queen of freebies ( wp.me/p1N36Q-fU
), and I didnít have one myself). The contingency plan should have been to whip up something quick and healthy at home, but instead we decided to use a $10 coupon we had for Carrabbas. I quickly looked up their Gluten Free menu online ( www.carrabbas.com/Conten
) before heading out and decided on the Grilled Chicken.
While the Gluten Free menu was easy to find, there wasnít a lot of guidance on side dishes. So when it came time to order, I had to make a decision on the fly. I figured the vegetable of the day (zucchini) would be safe Ė and also got the mashed potatoes. Probably not as safe, but I took a chance with it as my only other option was pasta.
Not that looking up the gluten free menu mattered, in the end. I arrived at the restaurant too hungry to remember the #1 rule of the book, Bread is the Devil ( wp.me/p1N36Q-i4
Always pass on the bread.
The rule came back to me after I ate half a loaf.
Also, it happened to be Tasting Tuesday. For $8, you can try three reds, three whites, or the sangrias. I compromised with the little voice inside my head Ė rather than getting my own tasting flight, I split a red flight with my husband. (Francis Ford Coppolaís Pinot Noir was our favorite).
Everything was absolutely delicious, though. I would give it another Gluten Free try on a day Iím not quite so hungry.