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Nebo

People often ask me what I miss the most about having food allergies, and my response is always “pizza and beer.”  I have found wonderful gluten free beers, so I don’t even know if that is a fair answer anymore.  But, pizza is much harder to find a good substitute for.  Gluten free pizza dough can be very dry, and very hard to find.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I found out that a North End restaurant, Nebo, has an extensive gluten free menu.  Gluten free Italian?  Yes, please!  It is so hard to find!

I went this past Saturday night to Nebo, and was impressed by the ambiance.  Dark lighting, impressive bar, buzzing with people.  I was so excited to ask for my gluten free menu and find that it was a whole 2 pages long!  It had appetizers, entrees, pastas, and pizza.  I was in heaven at actually having a choice!  While trying to mull over my choices, I enjoyed a mango cosmo.  Deeelicious.  What a great flavor idea!

After looking at all my choices, I decided on pizza because I rarely can eat it.  I ordered my favorite combo, sausage and hot peppers.  I also asked for a BARE sprinkle of cheese… but then realized that pizza should be very cheesy or not at all.

But the excitement really stopped there.  The pizza  dough was impressive for gluten free, but the toppings were minimal.  I wanted a loaded pizza with my favorite combination, and it just didn’t live up to my expectation.  There was only about 1-2 sausage and pepper pieces on each pizza slice.

The check was also disappointing… my gluten free pizza was $15 PLUS a $4 surcharge for being gluten free!  But it was on the gluten free menu!  I hate it when restaurants charge extra for gluten free just because they can since I have no choice.  It is the perfect way to bother a customer that could potentially be so excited if you just took good care of their health.

So… although it was an adventure, I don’t think I will be back to Nebo anytime soon.  I just don’t think that my pizza and cosmo should cost $33 before tip.  The food was fine, but it definitely didn’t wow me.  Better luck next time!

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Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

I came home tonight later than I thought I would, so I had to think fast when making dinner.  I ended up using one cutting board, one knife, 2 baking pans, and only about 45 minutes!  Out came Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken and Italian Zucchini Rounds.  Both added some great flavor to a busy evening.

Sweet Lemon Pepper Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 tbsp. honey
  3. juice of one half of a lemon plus 4 lemon slices
  4. 1 tbsp. pepper
  5. 1 tsp. sea salt

Process:

  1. Drizzle honey over the chicken breasts.
  2. Pour lemon juice over chicken, then season with salt and pepper.  Add more pepper if you like a kick!
  3. Place 2 lemon slices on top of chicken breasts and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

Italian Zucchini Rounds

Pieces:

  1. 2 zucchinis, cut into small rounds
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  5. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  6. 1 tsp. sugar
  7. salt and pepper to season

Process:

  1. Toss zucchini with olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, garlic salt, sugar, and salt/pepper.
  2. On a baking sheet, bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

 

 

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