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:
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!
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.
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!".
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!
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.
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