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My Pantry

1 Jun

This may very well turn into a permanent page on the site, but I thought it was important to share some of the gluten free products I have in my kitchen. I have been asked quite a bit lately about where to start, what products taste good, and where to find inexpensive gf products (the bill can add up fast). So, here are some of my favorites. If you have any that I haven’t included, PLEASE shoot me an email or comment so that other folks can benefit.

BREAD, ROLLS, AND PIZZA CRUSTS

Pamela’s Gluten Free Bread Mix is one of my absolute favorite mixes. It tastes like a homemade wheat bread fresh from my grandma’s oven. Pamela’s also has all kinds of baking mixes, bread mixes, cookies, and snacks.

Bob’s Red Mill products include bread mix, biscuit mix, baking mix, and so on. They have a blend or mix or flour for virtually every gluten free need you may have. They also have gluten free oats, which can be tricky to find.

Udi’s Gluten Free has all kinds of products as well, but I lived off of their pizza crusts for quite a while on my journey. I have since learned to make my own delicious pizza crust using my flat bread recipe  or french bread recipe, but their product is a great go-to. Udi’s also carries bagels, breads, rolls, muffins, cookies, tortillas, granola bars, and granola. And, they have just announced that their products are available at Walmart!

CRACKERS

Blue Diamond Nut Thins are great and come in different flavors

Glutino has crackers, crisps, pretzels, pizza crusts, cookies, mixes, and so on. I LOVE their pretzels. In fact, my gluten-eating friends love them too!

BAKING

Bob’s Red Mill products, like I mentioned, include everything under the sun. I use their flours for everything and am always pleased with the end product. Some staples in my pantry: white rice flour, sorghum flour, garbanzo flour, tapioca flour, brown rice flour, xanthan gum, and any number of cookie or bread mixes.

Betty Crocker carries more gluten free products every time I go to the store! It is great. My staples are the gluten free brownie mix, cookie mix, white cake mix, and chocolate cake mix. So delicious. I’ve also stocked up on the Gluten Free Bisquick (that’s right), and it is perfect for a quick meal.

Pamela’s baking products are ALWAYS good as well. Their mixes include cake, brownies, cookies, frostings, scones, and biscuit mix.

SOY SAUCE

Kikkoman carries a gluten free soy sauce that is delicious.

San-J also carries a line of tamari and soy sauces in addition to their salad dressings, stir fry sauces, and crackers. Their products are AWESOME. I love the variety and I can usually find them in any grocery store I go to.

Little Soya soy packets are SO cute and shaped like little fish. These little packets are perfect for lunches, throwing in your purse for dinner outings, or for school. They are also resealable! That is a HUGE plus. I use these little guys for lunch on the go all the time.

SALAD DRESSING

– Kraft has a bunch of gluten free dressings, but be sure to check the label.

– San-J (mentioned above) carries Asian-inspired dressings.

Newman’s Own has gluten free products as well, but be sure to check the label.

SNACKS

– Glutino pretzels are my favorite!

– Nut Thins, as mentioned above

– Pamela’s cookies and biscotti

Larabars

– Welch’s fruit snacks

Mariani’s Honeybars

READY-MADE MEALS

Amy’s  products are a life-saver. Products include Mexican-inspired meals, Thai-inspired meals, burritos, rice bowls, soups, beans and veggies, and yes, even MACARONI AND CHEESE! It is delicious. They also have gluten free lasagna which is just like my mom used to make. So good. Check them out in the freezer section of most stores.

 

 

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Thank you!

22 Nov

On this Thanksgiving Thursday, 2012, I would like to thank all of my friends, blog followers, readers, twitter followers, and family who have supported me in starting (and continuing) my blogging adventure. It has been a slow start, but I hope to truly become a gluten free resource and couldn’t do it without all of your support.

This year has been a wild one, and I have all kinds of things to be grateful for. Reflecting upon this past year since last Thanksgiving, let’s recap:

November 2011 – Applied to grad schools, smoked our first turkey on the tiny stoop of our apartment, fully realized we found our first home and panicked about our qualifications and paperwork

December 2011 – Spent most of it wondering if we’d be moving and if I had gotten accepted to graduate school … And had many a moment when I was grateful that I was even fortunate enough to be looking into buying a home or into grad school … Was also grateful for my dad making it a year since his triple bypass and hospital stay in Dec 2010!

January 2012 – Home purchase approved! Waited and waited for move-in date, spent most of the month doing home inspections, wondered about grad school

February 2012 – Moved in to our very first home! It was a really surreal experience.

March/April 2012 – Was accepted to all graduate programs I applied to!

May 2012 – Graduated with my BA in Psychology, began summer-long Operation Make-My-House-A-Home mission, got a job as a nanny for a wonderful family

August 2012 – Started my grad program

September/October 2012 – Whirled around trying to stay sane

November 2012 – Am in disbelief at how my life has been going, am grateful to have such a wonderful husband, warm home, great friends, and an exciting future

Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, and to those of you who will support and help me in the future. I am so grateful!

School is in session!

6 Sep

Hello, everyone!

School is in session. Why does that matter, since I graduated this past May with my degree? Well, I am currently in an M.F.T. (Marriage and Family Therapy) program, and it is keeping me QUITE busy. As much as I’d like to complain about being so busy, I could no be more grateful to have a job and be in a grad program. I don’t forget to count my blessings, thank you.

That being said, I have little time to focus on food nowadays, and hope to get back in the swing of my test kitchen days soon enough. I haven’t completely put food on the back burner, though (pun intended). I am finding that I have no real break to eat during the day and am in need of a constant flow of snacks, making food at the forefront of my thought processes most of the time (as if it weren’t already). Adequate snackage is surprisingly difficult to pull together for those of us on the go – gluten intolerant, or not.

What have I discovered this past week? It doesn’t have to be as difficult as I’d like to make it! There are not only a plethora of naturally gluten free snacks out there (fruit, anyone?), but there is a surprising amount of new gluten free products out there specifically for snackers like me. Who knew?

This week I found some apple slices with caramel sauce that claim to be (and look to be) gluten free.

I also stocked up on grapes, Glutino pretzels, peanut and almond butter, corn thins, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Other things I try to stay stocked up on: mandarin orange cups, portable fruit like bananas or apples, nuts of all kinds, homemade cookies, and string cheese when I think of it.

I also try to stay stocked up on peanut butter. I don’t think I was ever really a fan of it, but I find myself craving it. I keep a jar of it in my pantry at all times, and (when I remember) I keep a small container of it in my bag to dip my apple or pretzels in. Or, if I’m starving and hitting low blood sugar meltdown I will slam a spoonful of the peanutty stuff (for everyone’s sake). It is filling, tasty, and very easy to prep.

Another great item for on the go is instant rice cups that you can pop in the microwave. I like Minute Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice, and love that it is so portable and convenient.

I have found a few different portable – or individual – packs of gluten free soy sauce, but always find myself wishing I could reseal them. Well, my soy sauce dreams have come true when I came across Little Soya gluten free soy sauce.

The best part about these packets? They are resealable! And they’re pretty dang cute, too. They’re shaped like little fish, hold quite a bit, and can be tossed into a purse or backpack for your eating enjoyment.

Aside from the snacks mentioned above, I also like to keep a few boxes of Schar gluten free pasta in my pantry. Although I can’t microwave it in a minute, or cook a box at work, the pasta holds up extremely well (and doesn’t fall apart like most gluten free pasta I’ve found) overnight. It even stands up to reheating, and is always delicious. I boil a handful of it the night before a long day, top with with butter and parmesan cheese, and keep it safe in some well-sealed tupperware in the fridge. When I’m ready to enjoy it, I microwave it for about a minute and it is good to go.

I also try to enjoy some juice, veggies (carrots are always good), and plenty of water throughout the day. My days start at 6:30 am and end around 10 pm lately with no more than a handful of breaks that often last no longer than ten minutes or so, so I’m sure I’ll be discovering all kinds of new snacks and treats. When I do find something awesome, I’ll be sure to share it!

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Let me know, as I’m sure we could all use the info!