Why a good wrapped burger can make up for a BIG mistake…

So today I attended a Rotary Meeting/Lunch to listen to one of my exchange students give her 30 minute presentation. (I was a Rotary Exchange kid….have been an exchange sibling and host parent… and now I am the exchange kid “coordinator” (read trouble-shooter) at school.)

Her presentation was AWESOME.

My choices were NOT.

Seriously – I don’t know what happened to me. I walked through the buffet line and mindless filled my plate with fresh fruit and salad…. and then I somehow decided that I could eat the mashed potatoes (they were real potatoes) … and from there – all hell broke loose in my head. I put a piece of roast turkey on my plate. My brain was just thinking “Duh, we eat roast turkey and there is no gravy here it should be juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust fine.”

Whatever. I’m paying for my stupidity now. People have often asked us Celiac folks what it is like and if there is anything we can “take”‘ to feel better or not experience this. It’s been AGES since I’ve done anything this silly and I’m really feeling it now.

What do I feel like? Besides my frequent trips to privacy, this is what I feel like:

  • like I’ve suddenly gained an extra 100 pounds of sand that I must carry.
  • like my brain is foggy and fragmented.
  • like my eyes are going to pop out of my head.
  • like someone is jabbing a sword in to my side.
  • like my joints suddenly belong to an 85 year old woman and NOT me.
  • like God made stretchy sweat pants for moments like this….

And those are just a few… at least those are the ones that are coming to my scattered-brain at the moment. LOL

Enter my love and the lavash wrap to save the day!

We made Bleu Cheese (Find a GF brand please! Like Boar’s Head) burgers with Dried Cherries.

And Oh. My. Goodness! Why did I ate anything with gluten in it mindlessly when gluten-free food can taste this GOOD? Oh bother! No more mindless lunches for me.

And if you are wondering about the dried cherries in the burger? (I was when my love suggested it.) Let me just say – go for it. I may never go back to plain ol’ burgers again.

GF Bleu Cheese & Dried Cherry Burgers
Mix together:
1 pound extra lean ground beef (we use organic)
1/3 pound extra lean ground pork (I ground some pork loin)
8 ounces bleu cheese (Boar’s Head is Gluten-Free)
2/3 – 1 cup dried cherries

  1. Form in to patties.
  2. Make your lavash bread.
  3. While it is baking, grill you burgers.
  4. Top burgers with fresh spinach and basil.
  5. A bit of mayo or horseradish and you’re golden.

Just knowing that I have gluten-free goodness in my stomach is helping my brain feel better. I’m pretty upset with myself at the moment and feeling lousy physically is NOT a happy reminder of my poor choice.

I don’t think I’m the only one whose made a ridiculous mistake on this GF path.
I’m sure there are others out there who have slipped too … maybe you are not one of them… maybe you are. I simply know this to be true for me now:

Turkey roast be damned.
I’m sticking to my bleu cheese and cherry burgers from here on out.

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