Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Living The Gluten Free Life

No I can not blame my falling off of the meal planning wagon on my food allergies. I fell off way before this new discovery, but I am planning on jumping back on this week. 

Monday we all ate leftover spaghetti (I had quonia pasta of course) since I had been out of town all weekend and the little family was fending for themselves all weekend. Yesterday we started back on our regularly planned schedule of Taco Tuesdays with our Turkey Taco secret family recipe. I gave the Rudi's Gluten Free Tortillas a try last night because I have gotten a little tired of only eating corn tortillas. They weren't the exact consistency of a good ole flour tortilla, but they were definitely yummy.

I have also tried Rudi's bread, but it is definitely not my favorite gluten free product. The consistency is ok, but it falls apart and has huge holes in the top. 

I am now going to give my awards for best GF products I have tried so far.

So far I have tried 3 brands of bread. I rushed out the next day after finding out I had a wheat allergy and grabbed the first GF bread I could find on the shelf. I can't remember the particular brand, but it was 
B-A-D! It was think and dry and just plain awful! After my first shopping disaster I did a little research and found This list of the 2012 Best of Gluten Free Awards and Udi's topped the charts. I cautiously ventured back out and did a little more research. I didn't want to spend a fortune on food so I went to the 3 major stores in our area to see who had the best prices. Kroger did not carry Udi's bread so that was a bust so it weas off to Fresh Market and Whole Foods. After a little comparing I found that Whole Foods actually has the best prices for most GF foods. So I bought my little frozen loaf of bread and I never looked back. 
Once again before finding out about my wheat allergy I found these crackers called Nut-Thins (Kroger). I wanted something that was "cleaner" then a regular cracker , but still tasted and felt the same. I like  Nut-Thins, but only as a dipping cracker. I use them when I want to enjoy some hummus. If you are going to venture into the Nut crackers I highly recommend the cheddar or ranch flavors. 

I have to give the GF Award to Glutino Crackers. Basically anything made by this company is delicious! Another snack I love from Glutino is their GF Pretzels (Kroger). They are so crunchy and delicious and it is all I can do to keep my child from eating all of them.

My go to cereal is Chex especially Cinnamon Chex or Mom's Best Crispy Cocoa Rice. You can't go wrong with any of these and you can find them all at Kroger. 

Once again Udi's tops the chart for bread products. So far I have tried the plain and cinnamon raisin bagels and both are absolutely delicious.

If you are looking for a delicious GF frozen pizza please make yourself happy by picking up an Amy's spinach and feta pizza. The cheese is also delicious, but nothing beats the spinach pizza! 

Pizza Crust
I only buy Amy's pizzas one Fridays for pizza nights, but my usual go to is Kinniknnick Frozen Pizza Crusts. I just buy GF pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese and this is what the Little Lady and I eat at least once a week.

Baking Mix
What can I say about Pamela's Baking Mix! My life was changed the day I found this GF product. I haven't tried any of the other Pamela's baking mixes, but the Baking and Pancake Mix is amazing. I can use it to make absolutely anything. We have made lots of pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, banana chocolate chip bread to name a few. 

We eat pasta 2-3 times a month so I wanted to find something that I could eat with my family. I have so far tried rice noodles and quonia noodles and The Ancient Harvest Noodles are by far my favorite. I usually don't get to eat alot of my pasta because my child eats it all, but I get a bite or 2 sometimes.

If you have just found out you have a Gluten Intolerance or a Wheat Allergy I hope this little list helps you a little and you don't waste your time or money on searching for good GF foods. This isn't what I eat in a typical day they are just the products I have found that taste the best for when I need them. 

The last thing I will add is if you are craving something sweet and need a cupcake please go to Whole Foods and get either a chocolate or vanilla Whole Foods brand cupcake. They are usually in a freezer end cap right after the frozen foods. You can thank me later. And if you are really really craving something sweet lime I was on National Doughnut Day , but you can't go to your amazingly delicious Doughnut shop down the street try Kinnikinnick's brand doughnuts. I have tried every flavor and they are all amazing, but the cinnamon sugar is the best. 

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