Monday, January 11, 2010 at 2:49PM
let me share with you one of my favorite lunches, it’s not only easy to make, but is also very delicious! a few posts ago I wrote about Quejos Brazilian Cheesebuns, these are what I use for my sandwiches. I always keep a good supply of Quejos in my freezer, and simply toast them for the sandwich. today’s sandwich, in the photo, is a sundried tomato and basil cheesebun, with mustard, mayo, cheddar cheese, avocado, and sliced turkey. it looked so good that even my husband, who is not gluten intolerant, skipped his wheat bread ham and cheese sandwich for one of my gluten free specialties!
I always use organic if possible. the mustard is made by a company called Chelten House, and the product is called Simply Natural® Organic Yellow Prepared Mustard, and is gluten free. I use mayonnaise made by European Fine Foods Co. Inc called Polish Style Mayonnaise. I believe most brands of mayonnaise are gluten free, like Hellmann’s and Miracle Whip, but I like this one because when I compare the ingredients lists, the Polish Style mayonnaise has far fewer ingredients, all of which I know, and to me that is important.
something Robyn and I have learned over the years of scrutinizing ingredients for gluten is that far too many processed foods contain so many chemicals and preservatives. our rule of thumb—if you can’t pronounce it, or have never heard of it, don’t eat it.
the turkey in my sandwich I bought from the deli at Meinhardt Fine Foods. it’s called, sliced sage turkey breast, and it’s always in the deli, and it’s always fresh. Meinhardt does not carry too many gluten free products, and the deli has many gluten containing foods, so if you are worried about cross contamination, it’s best to buy pre-packaged meats from one of the companies that make gluten free products which we have reviewed here. or simply add your own sliced meats cooked from home!
The organic avocado, including all my organic fruits and vegetables, I order from Spud, Small Potatoes Urban Delivery. Spud delivers once a week to Vancouver’s Lower Mainland including Whistler. for our readers outside of Vancouver, Spud also operates on Vancouver Island, in Victoria, Calgary, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. in addition to local and organic fresh produce, you can order many other grocery items for delivery. The best part, when you shop online, you can shop under the heading 'special diets' where you will find products that are gluten free, kosher, vegan, wheat free, and yeast free. as a busy mom, this delivery service is a godsend.
last but not least, the cheddar cheese I use is from a company called Balderson Cheese Company. I have found that their aged cheddars, like the Balderson Royal Canadian (aged 2 years) and the Balderson Heritage (aged 3 years) have no modified milk ingredients, which can be a source of hidden gluten, see Robyn’s post on L’Ancetre Cheese. these cheddars are yummy, but not cheap. I usually buy this cheese at Choices Market, but I have also found this cheese at Costco for a good price, in a large size of course. You can use any cheddar or cheese in your sandwich; just make sure there are no modified milk ingredients.
Bon Appetit! Andrea