Many gluten-free foods and pre-packaged products have developed a bad reputation for being overpriced and largely absent of flavor. As The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating (Penguin) noted, “Most of the time, the gluten-free equivalent to a ‘regular’ food … will cost more than the gluten-free version.” The Guide admits that “the first time you taste gluten-free goods, you may not like them very much because you will be comparing them to foods you ate in the past.”
However, there are several products that are considered superior for the discerning gluten-free palette. So if you are worried that you won’t be able to enjoy eating anymore because of your condition, have no fear. There are delicious alternatives that can satisfy anything from a sweet tooth to breakfast cravings.
Gluten Free Products for Breakfast
When thinking about breakfast, some of the most beloved staples seem to be full of glucose. Cereal, pancakes, and waffles are the most prevalent of the breakfast options that now seem out of the running on a gluten free diet.
Pamela’s baking mix is considered one of the best gluten-free bread experiences. Not only does it make bread but The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating recommends it for pizza crust and pie crust. However, it also makes good pancakes. Just like with any regular pancake mix, you can make different kinds. Try pouring Pamela’s baking mix batter into the pan and dropping your favorite cut-up pieces of fruit for fruit pancakes.
If waffles are more your style, Van’s gluten-free waffles are available at several supermarket chains and at many health-food stores. Additionally, General Mills and EnviroKidz (by Nature’s Path) makes a variety of gluten-free cereals that are touted for tasting delicious. For instance, try the General Mills gluten-free cinnamon Chex cereal.
Gluten Free Products for Snacks
There are at least three major potato chip brands that make gluten-free potato chips that you probably didn’t even know was gluten- free. Lays has a complete line of gluten-free chips. Almost all Doritos are gluten free (with the notable exception of original nacho and a few novelty flavors. Stax is gluten-free Pringles that aren’t even advertised as celiac’s friendly. Stax is basically GF Pringles.
Betty Crocker gluten-free mixes for brownies, cookies, and cake are considered tasty, but they’re also very sticky. One tip is to not bother using a non-stick pan to make them in because you could end up scraping that coating right off! If you’re particularly adept at baking, you’ll find that Bob’s Red Mill baking mix and some butter can make an excellent pie crust with a little practice. If you’re interested in your own gluten-free cooking experience, read Cooking Techniques for a Gluten-Free Diet.
Gluten-Free Foods for Dinner
Just because you’re eating gluten free doesn’t mean you’re limited to the kinds of food you can enjoy for dinner. Even the most significant absence in the gluten-free diet – pasta – can be filled with the right products. Tinkyada is more expensive than nongluten-free pasta but is whole grain rice pasta that is good enough to even trick nonceliac’s sufferers if made right. How do you make it right? Simmer for 13 minutes, stirring constantly for first three. Since Tinkyada is prone to clumping, rinse promptly upon draining and add a little oil if you’re not immediately adding sauce on it.
Stir fry is very easy to do in a gluten-free manner since you know exactly what you’re adding to the pan. San-J makes a large variety of gluten free stir fry sauces and marinades that can keep your dinners seeming to be different and fresh for a long time. Additionally, if you miss the ability to breed pork chops, chicken, fish or anything else, you’re covered. An even mix of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking mix and corn meal along with black pepper and seasoning salt will make a tasty breading.