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5 Gluten-Free staples in my house

  • Feb 4, 2010
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When you're gluten-free, you've got to make sure you have the essentials in your house. Luckily there are great products out there now to help people feel less deprived! Here are a few of my favorites:
Tinkyada Pasta
This pasta cooks like regular pasta and comes in a variety of shapes -- spaghetti, fettuccine, spirals, penne, lasagna, shells, and more. The texture is great if you don't overcook and rinse with hot water. The flavor is good and when you put your favorite pasta sauce on it you will forget about being gluten-free!
Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix
I make this bread at least every other week. It's easy -- throw everything into a mixer, put in bread pan, let rise and bake. It is a bread that you can slice to make sandwiches. No need to refrigerate. The flavor is wonderful, if a bit sweet, and the smell of freshly-baked bread in your house is heavenly! The bread can be made dairy-free and egg-free (using egg replacer) with success.
Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread
If I am not making my own bread, I have Udi's bread. This is a new bread on the market, and it is taking the gluten-free community by storm. It tastes like "normal bread" and can be used for sandwiches without toasting. Great flavor and texture!
See the full review, "Finally, a gluten-free bread that tastes like real bread!".
CreamHill Estates Gluten-Free Oats
Most commercial oats are contaminated with wheat. If you choose to add oats to your gluten-free diet, make sure they are certified gluten-free. I use these oats for oatmeal, but more importantly, for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Trader Joe's Organic Tortilla Chip Rounds
Any tortilla chips will do, but I happen to like this particular kind. It's got the right amount of crunch and salt and it's organic. Tortilla chips are an essential in my house to go with salsa, guacamole, hummus, to make nachos, to crumble in chili, or to eat plain out of the bag.

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March 26, 2010
Tinkyada pasta is my fave, thanks for sharing.
March 08, 2010
Trader Joe's makes the best chips! Good call.
March 04, 2010
Wow! Great idea to have a list like that. I would add Pamela's gluten free pancake mix (as long as you can eat almonds) and I use buttermilk as the liquid so they are light and fluffy, San-J GF soy sauce (I have had non gf people compare to Kikkoman and they can barely discern a difference), quinoi, General Mills Corn Chex cereal (so great to be able to buy a gf product in a regular grocery store with out even having to go to a special aisle) , and K-Too oreo style cookies (everyone loves an OREO!- now we can too!)
March 04, 2010
I agree with all of yours, except maybe the K-Toos -- I never was an Oreo fan! Can't believe I forgot Pamela's pancakes. I think I'll have to make another list!
February 04, 2010
MelissaAq, Yes, I primarily shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and online.
February 04, 2010
I don't have a gluten allergy but I am interested in studies about gluten (saying it is not the most optimal for health) so I'll probably check these out at some point! Where do you primarily go shopping? Whole Foods? Do you know if Trader Joe's has a good amount of Gluten free items?
February 04, 2010
Thanks for sharing, Ali!  I have people in my family with various food allergies, including gluten, so I'll have to share this with them.  The other followers of the gluten free content on Lunch will sure appreciate this, too! :)
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Alison St. Sure ()
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I have been living gluten-free since 2002. All of my family is gluten-free and one daughter has severe food allergies. I write a blog SureFoodsLiving.com where I offer practical advice about living with … more
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