Meat Free March

Meat free march is going well, I’m enjoying it! Here’s some photos of what I’ve been eating.

Omelette Veg and Cheese Omelette from Frankie and Bennys new Gluten Free Menu

20140302_200231Vegetable Paella from La Tasca with Gluten Free Flat Bread

20140227_132942Scrambled egg with courgette and mange tout

20140304_182547Mushroom and Spinach burger with halloumi

20140305_121608Gluten Free Veggie Lasagna

20140306_182739 Mushroom and Pea Masala

20140311_072624 Gluten Free cereal that I am in love with! I have it with almond milk.

20140311_18283620140311_182839Quorn ‘Chicken’ Fajitas   

20140315_183935Tomato, Onion and Cheese Omelette with potato rosti

IMG-20140316-WA0009Sweet Chili and Garlic Stir Fry veg with rice noodles

And lots more I forgot to take photos of!

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Pizza Express’ Gluten Free Menu

Pizza Express was one of those restaurants that had no gluten free options. So it is great they they have developed their new Gluten Free menu. Pizza Express seems to have done this the right way. They brought in people to advise and test their ideas. They not only bought in a gf pizza base but also a starter and desert option as well as a gluten free beer. They are the only chain that I have heard them advertising it widely including on their website, social media and radio adverts when it first came out! The staff have all seemed very clued up about it when I have spoken to them, and they bring the pizza over on a different board, uncut, and state that is is gluten free pizza. The pizzas are thin and crispy and tasty! Overall I have really enjoyed it.

I have also tried a non-pizza gf item on their menu, the Melanzane Parmigiana. This is a type of aubergine lasagna with no pasta, and topped with gluten free breadcrumbs.

Melanzane Parmigiana

I have also tried the chocolate brownie desert, it’s small because it comes with a coffee, even if you don’t want a coffee!! But I do actually enjoy coffee with cake, and a nice bit of strawberry too, so I enjoyed it.

Frankie and Benny’s Gluten Free Menu

I used to really struggle at Frankie and Benny’s, the only option seemed to be a steak with a jacket potato. My friends all love it there though so I was so pleased when they recently launched their Gluten Free menu. The first thing I noticed about it was the amount of choice it had. 4 starters, 10 main courses and 4 deserts. And not only that but it had vegetarian options too which is something that I think is lacking elsewhere! When I visited the other day I first looked at the ordinary menu as I had already looked at the gluten free menu online, interestingly though some of the things on the GF menu are not available on their general menu. I asked for the gluten free menu which was found immediately at the front desk and bought over. I didn’t think I could handle 3 courses so I ordered an omelette with jacket potato and decided to leave room for desert!

I really love omelette, but the other options all look nice too. Trying to eat less meat, the options were omelette, which had peppers, onion, mushroom and three cheeses, or a goats cheese and Mediterranean vegetable risotto which I hope to try next time! The omelette was lovely, it came slightly after everyone else’s food and they explained this is because they used all new pans and utensils, and it was not very long to wait just a minute or two. The jacket potato I was worried about because they can be quite hard and they never seem to give you butter, but this potato was lovely, soft and had butter in it, with a little bit of cheese on the salad.

Omelette

For desert I went for the fruit dippers, this was also not on the normal menu and a friend of mine actually went for this option too because she saw it on my menu. I did enjoy it especially the banana and strawberries and the chocolate fudge dip. I ate a bit of pineapple but it really hurts my mouth so I didn’t have much. I was quite full so it was a nice light desert to have!

Fruit Dippers

Overall I really enjoyed it, the food was lovely, the staff helpful and it didn’t feel like any trouble at all.

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