5 BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING COELIAC
4. OFF-MENU ORDERING LICENCE
My complete laundry list of dietary preferences starts with whole foods and plant-based and extends into things like glycaemic load and nutrient density. It therefore often suits me to order off-menu in order to get a delicious, safe and tasty meal of my choice. Both at restaurants with and lacking dedicated gluten-free menu options being a coeliac lends itself to an approach where the menu options are a starting point rather than a fixed list. I like that.
Maybe you are on a temporary elimination diet, or following a ketogenic diet, or some other protocol. Ordering off-menu is probably the only way to eat out and stick to certain diets. Once I realised it was “okay” to order off-menu, I have found it wonderfully liberating. I am the customer, I can ask for what I want or need and that is okay!
Before going crazy, I *am* aware that off-menu ordering can be perceived as somewhat disrespectful of the creativity and skill of the chef that has designed a menu. I do it with consideration of this and if there are dedicated gluten-free options I am often happy to experience them just as intended.
The picture below shows the quite fantastic plate I enjoyed from a recent off-menu order. Whilst on a business trip and having been inactive all day I found a restaurant with gluten-free options but all were either carb-heavy or meat focused, neither of which I wanted. The meal below was the happy result of me asking “please make me a plate with lots of greens and as many other types of veggies that you have with garlic & olive oil”