I am back today with a post I am really passionate about! It is going to be my guide to eating gluten free and the staples I feel you should have. These items are tested through and through I think are the best in each category. This is not a full comprehensive list of everything I eat that is gluten free but more a guide to set you up for yummy meals if you are new to this the way I was 5 months ago. I am going to organize it by categories. The categories are Flour, Mixes, Pasta's, Snacks, a few miscellaneous items that are favorites of mine!
Flour: An absolute essential for any cooking or baking and I have tried many different variations and Bob's Red Mill is my favorite. It cooks most like wheat based flour and all of my recipes come out delicious using it. I buy this big bag at Safeway where it is actually cheapest. I also find it crucial that my gluten free flour has xantham gum in it already. That way I don't have to pay to add it separately.
Next is Mixes: You might be wondering what I mean by mixes and I will gladly explain it to you. Most people buy "waffle mix or pancake mix" to save the time from making something entirely from scratch so that's what's in this category. I also added my favorite bread crumbs and gluten free flour alternative. I strongly suggest testing out a few different mixes to find the one you love. Being gluten free most things you have to make yourself because most pre-made things contain gluten. So it is extremely helpful to find ways to cut back on making every little thing from scratch. Like do you really want to make your own gluten-free bread crumbs when you are starting on this journey? The answer is a hard no. Being gluten free is hard enough! I think you can see in my photos so far I am a big big fan of Bob's Red mill gluten free items. To me they have the best flavor and closest consistency to things that I used to eat.
Next is my personal favorite Pasta! When I knew I had to go gluten free I was most concerned about pasta & bread I'll admit. Being an Italian girl through and through pasta is like an essential food group for me. This is also the category I found I tried the most variations to find the blend I love. What I mean by blend is to make gluten -free pasta it's variations are corn and rice or corn and quinoa etc. I tried so many and finally after like 3 months found my favorite. My personal favorite blend is corn and rice. To me it comes out the most like "regular pasta" and can be cooked al denti. Out of all of these to try I would get the Rummo. It's what I reach for time and time again. Only downside is that it's only at Whole Foods. So if you don't have access to that get the Barilla which is at safeway and basically the same as the Rummo!
Onto the snacks another big favorite of mine!! I also found snacks a really hard category for me initially. Everything I used to eat was filled with gluten and had no gluten free alternative. For example pizza rolls one of my favorite naughty snacks does not have a gluten free alternative. I also feared I could never have a "cup of noodle" type soup again or chicken nuggets. Or crackers (welp).The list was endless of what I feared I was losing. But don't worry if you are fearing this as well! I have done the hard part for you. Here are so of my favorite gluten free snacks if you are in need of one! Simple Mills Crackers are heaven guys!! Not kidding actual heaven and very addicting so you've been warned! Dr. McDougall's Rice Ramen is so yummy and a healthier alternative to cup of noodle. The Pistachio Cranberry Bites from Trader joes are so good for quick calories. Lastly these Applegate chicken nuggets are an essential for me. I have to have them in my house at ALL times haha. Only unfortunate thing about these snacks is they from all different grocery stores! I know don't kill me. But you will soon learn when gluten -free you cannot shop at one store anymore.
Lastly, I just wanted to share my absolute favorite gluten free granola and tortillas with you all. It's what I eat in my breakfast everyday and I have gone through bag after bag. My family loves it as well and they aren't big granola eaters. It's by 18 Rabbits and this is one of those items I am telling you run do not walk to get. It's delicious. Also if you can get a hold on these Siete tortillas DO IT. I have tried many different gluten free tortillas and the Siete ones are by far the best.
I hope you find this guide helpful if you are new to finding out you are gluten intolerant like me or celiac. I wish I would have stumbled upon a guide like this when I was trying to figure out what I should eat. Now because all our tastes are different you will still want to try out other things besides these but I would definitely give the ones I suggested a go!