A “bad stomach” was one of the most memorable things in my childhood. I’ve been tested for celiac and while I don’t have it, I so obviously feel better when I don’t eat it. Changing my diet changed my life. It’s not as hard as it used to be to go gluten free. Here are 10 of my favorite products to get you started.
10. Trader Joe’s Quinoa Pasta: Since becoming gluten free five years ago, I’ve learned to love quinoa. This is the best pasta I’ve found. The texture is like regular pasta. Be careful not to overcook! It’ll taste like rubber fishing worms. OK, that might be a little strong. Bottom line, cook it right and it’s good. I haven’t found ANY gluten free pasta that’s good as leftovers so only cook what you’re going to eat in a sitting.
9. Kikkoman Wheat Free Soy Sauce: Yes, you can eat stir fry veggies again! Cook with it for great flavor.
8. Blue Diamond Nut Thins: Light, airy, flavorful. I love them with peanut butter or as a scooper with hummus.
7. Glutino Crackers: A little denser than Blue Diamond. More substantial.
6. Udi’s Bagels: Only when smothered with butter and toasted! Seriously. You can’t gag them down without it.
5. Rudi’s Gluten Free Tortilla: Best when lightly toasted in a toaster oven! Keep in the refrigerator.
4. Kinnikinnin Pizza Crust: Load them up with your favorite toppings, cook them right on the grate in the oven right out of the freezer. Salty, good texture.
3. Three Bakers 7 Grain Bread: I’ve searched for more than 5 years for good gluten free bread. THIS.IS.IT. Moist. Great flavor. Not heavy and dense like most GF breads. Toast it for best taste! Best found online or at specialty stores. Downside: super expensive.
2. Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix: You can make anything with this stuff. Pancakes, muffins, cobbler. Great flavor, great texture. Your friends will never know.
1. Trader Joe’s Soft-baked Snickerdoodle Cookies: I could seriously eat the whole box in one sitting. Hands down, the best gluten free guilty pleasure of all.
What are your favorite gluten free products?