One of the first gluten-free products I tried was Trader Joe’s French Roll. It was horrible. I mean hockey puck heavy and dense and I had no idea how I was going to survive if this was how I was going to have to eat. I threw the rest of the package away after one bite. Then I found out that gluten-free bread, buns and rolls had to be toasted to taste decent. For those that are new or newer to the gluten-free diet, this may be foreign to you, as there are many options now that taste good right out of the package. I started the gluten-free diet in 2006 and things sure have come a long way since.
Once I found out how to prepare the French Roll, it quickly became a staple in my diet. I found ways to dress it up to make it even better. I was going to make lemonade from my lemons, as there was no sense in moping around. One of my favorite ways to eat my favorite roll was as part of a Tuna Melt. Even when better breads and rolls came onto the market, the Trader Joe’s French Roll remained my tried and true Tuna Melt base.
I ate my last Trader Joe’s French Roll Sunday without even knowing it was my last one. I made a quick tuna salad out of tuna, avocado, sea salt, spicy brown mustard and cracked black pepper to spread on top of my toasted roll. If I would have known it was the last I would have ever had I may have kept it in my freezer a little longer. I went to Trader Joe’s on Monday to pick up a few things and began to panic when I didn’t see a spot on the shelves for the rolls. I asked an employee and my worst fears were confirmed, the rolls have been discontinued. RIP beloved French Roll, we had a good run.
While I am bummed out that one of my favorite gluten-free products is no longer available, I am also thrilled. Why? Because I am bummed about a gluten-free product not being available. Do you get that? I have moved past being bummed about gluten-filled products and no longer being able to eat them. I call that finding the positive in this situation.