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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I had a good game plan for yesterday as far as meals were concerned based around my husband’s 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 I’d 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 – I’m the self-proclaimed queen of freebies ( ), and I didn’t 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 (
) before heading out and decided on the Grilled Chicken.

While the Gluten Free menu was easy to find, there wasn’t 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 – 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 ( ):

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 – rather than getting my own tasting flight, I split a red flight with my husband. (Francis Ford Coppola’s Pinot Noir was our favorite).

Everything was absolutely delicious, though. I would give it another Gluten Free try on a day I’m not quite so hungry.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PASTAEL77 9/18/2013 9:10PM

  My husband always comes home late and Dinner out turns to Dinner inn so it usually means a quick pasta dish. I always have a can of crushed tomatoes and a frozen veggie blend. I portion out more Veggies to pasta for a filling dinner. emoticon

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