Gluten-Free Dining on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

The first time I set sail on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, I had been gluten-free for three months and hadn't cruised in over ten years. On the rough November waters in Miami, it felt like my seas legs -- and my stomach -- had abandoned me. I wasn't sure what I could eat, if I could eat. My dinner reservation was at Chops Grille, an American-style steakhouse. Steak seemed like a safe bet. I let my server know that I was gluten-free and she surprised me with a basket of gluten-free bread, an option I didn't know was available. This was a shining moment in my dining experience on this one-night cruise. Fast forward to July and my second one-night cruise to nowhere with Royal Caribbean, this time, sailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Since I didn't have to fly to Miami for this trip, I was able to board the ship earlier in the day and enjoy lunch at the Windjammer cafe. I was pleasantly surprised to see food allergens labeled throughout the buffet. It took a bit of … [Read more...]

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe #GlutenFree

Last fall, I took part in the WORLDFOODS Fusion Taste Team challenge and had the opportunity to sample a hamper (i.e. basket) of their Asian-inspired sauces. Our Maryland team did not win the challenge but I had fun sampling the sauces and creating a new recipe. I like how these sauces easily jazz up any recipe but I also really like that they are gluten-free, dairy-free and free of trans fats. WORLDFOODS wants to get the word out about their gluten-free products so they sent me a few more sauces to try. I was inspired by the Cambodian Pineapple Lemongrass stir-fry sauce and now I want to add this dish to our regular menu. I hope you enjoy it, too. Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, cubed 1 TBSP olive oil 1 bottle Cambodian Pineapple Lemongrass stir-fry sauce by WORLDFOODS Fusion of Flavours 1lb bag frozen stir-fry veggies 1 can diced pineapple 3 cups of rice Directions: Heat olive oil in a skillet or wok. Cube chicken … [Read more...]

Easy Chickpeas-y Curry Rice

Learning to eat gluten-free has been a challenge. I’ve found that I cannot eat most convenience foods; I have to prepare the majority of my meals – there’s no grabbing and going from the refrigerator or pantry. Just before I made this diet change, I was invited to be a member of the WORLDFOODS Maryland Fusion Taste team by Liza of (a)Musing Foodie. WORLDFOODS makes ready-to-use sauces in a variety of Asian flavors. I panicked a little. How was I going to review Asian flavors with my diet restrictions? Fortunately, the hamper I received from WORLDFOODS was complete with gluten and dairy free sauces. Score! And the flavors are amazing – very robust, just the right amount of spice, perfect for dressing up any dish. Seriously. I improvised with what I had in my pantry and the Thai Green Curry Paste and I now have a new favorite dish. This side-dish is so good, I’ll eat it as a meal. And I don’t share. Go make your own! Easy Chickpeas-y Curry … [Read more...]