I have always been a huge fan of Noodles & Company, even more so now because I can easily eat there gluten-free. It seems odd, right...to be able to eat at a noodle place, but may of their dishes can be made substituting rice noodles. It is also an easy place to eat vegetarian, which is also great for me...well when I decide to stay on the vegetarian wagon, which is really 99% of the time. As long as some grass-fed filet mignon is not put in front of me!
The Noodles & Company web site clearly lists gluten and all of the major allergens in an easy to read chart. When you order your meal, simply tell them you can't have gluten, or have a wheat allergy and they will mark it on your order to be "Allergy Aware" and take extra precaution when cooking it. Personally, I find it easier, sometimes, to say I have a wheat allergy, because people will start having visions of anaphylaxis and take it seriously. No one wants that to happen on their watch! Sometimes when I say 'gluten' people just look at me like I have a third eye.
Of course you don't have to eat vegetarian, as the sautéed shrimp, sautéed beef and braised beef are gluten-free.
The following sauces can be made with the rice noodles for a gluten-free noodle dish:
- Pad Thai
- Pasta Fresca
- Buttered noodles
The following salads are also gluten-free:
- Chinese chop salad (no wontons)
- Med salad (no cavatappi noodles)
- Caesar salad (no croutons)
- Tossed green side salad
- Cucumber tomato side salad
My favorite dish is the Pasta Fresca with feta cheese and extra veggies.
So let's get down to the nitty gritty....the giveaway. It is simple, all you have to do is two things, 1) subscribe to my blog (in the upper right-hand corner of the page); and 2) leave a comment to this post of your favorite gluten-free noodle dish that you make at home. My daughter will choose 2 winners, at random, a week from today, on Wednesday, February 17th after 5pm central time.