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Stocking Your Gluten-free Pantry

Submitted by on February 16, 2010 – 5:57 pm2 Comments
Stocking Your Gluten-free Pantry

Making the transition from eating regular, wheat-filled products to gluten-free products can be overwhelming.  You have to get rid of products you have been buying for years, and you have to start buying unfamiliar brands.  And let’s face it, not all of the gluten-free products out there are great; some of them are quite awful and most of them aren’t cheap!  Shopping by trial and error is costly and sometimes disappointing.

To make things easier, I have assembled a list of pantry staples that we have tried and continue to buy.  Many of these items are available at my local grocery.  I have also found them at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.  I hope this list is helpful.

Gluten-Free Breakfast Items

  • Cold Cereals: Beware that many rice and corn-based cereals contain malted barley, a gluten-ingredient.  There are many gluten-free cereals available.  Here are some that we regularly buy:
    • Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
    • Nature’s Path: Cornflakes, Whole O’s, Mesa Sunrise, Millet Puffs, several others
    • General Mills Rice Chex and Corn Chex (also comes in Cinnamon, Chocolate and Honey Nut)
    • Envirokidz: Gorilla Munch, Koala Crisp, and others
    • Perky’s Crunchy Flax
    • Enjoy Life Foods Granola and Bakery on Main Granola
  • Hot Cereals:  Most oatmeal is cross-contaminated by wheat.  Some hot cereals include:
    • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats
    • Cream Hill Estates – Lara’s Rolled Oats
    • Pocono Cream of Buckwheat
    • Gluten Freeda Instant Oatmeal – a variety of flavors available
  • Waffles, Pancakes, and Muffins
    • Van’s Gluten-free Waffles – several varieties
    • Van’s Gluten-free Pancakes
    • Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise and Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles
    • Udi’s Blueberry and Lemon Streusel Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls
    • Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix makes fluffy, yummy pancakes
  • Bread & Buns
    • Udi’s Gluten-free White and Whole Grain breads, bagels
    • Canyon Bakery Multi-grain Bread
    • Outside the Breadbox Oat Bread, hamburger buns, hotdog buns

Gluten-Free Lunch and Snack Options

  • Bread (see above)
  • Lunch Meats: most lunch meats are OK, but always check the labels
    • Hormel Naturals are gluten-free and also free of nitrates and nitrites
  • Condiments
    • Best Foods (Hellman’s) mayonnaise
    • French’s Mustard
    • Heinz Ketchup
  • Crackers
    • Blue Diamond Nut Thins – several varieties
    • Hol Grain Brown Rice Crackers
    • Glutino Crackers – several varieties
    • Lundberg Farms Rice Cakes – several varieties
  • Chips & Munchies
    • Most plain potato chips are OK
    • Most plain corn tortilla chips are OK
    • Glutino Pretzels are our favorite
    • Food Should Taste Good chips, several varieties
    • Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Microwave Popcorn
    • Yaya’s Popcorn
    • Robert’s American Gourmet Veggie Booty, Tings, and others
  • Snack Bars
    • Enjoy Life Foods Snack Bars – several varieties
    • Glutino Gluten Free Breakfast Bars – several varieties
    • Envirokidz cereal bars – several varieties
    • Lara bars (fruit and nut bars)
  • Cookies
    • Pamela’s Products cookies – several varieties
    • Enjoy Life Foods cookies – several varieties
    • Glutino cookies – several varieties
    • Kinnikinnick KinniToos Sandwich Creams and KinniKritters (animal crackers)

Eating Gluten-Free for Dinner

  • Pasta, Rice & Potatoes
    • Tinkyada brown rice pasta – several shapes
    • Annie Chun’s Pad Thai and Maifun Rice Noodles,
    • DeBoles gluten-free rice pasta
    • Plain rice – white, brown, long and short grain
    • Lundberg Farms Risotto mixes – several varieties
    • Cascadian Farm French Fries
    • Alexia plain Crinkles and Yukon Gold French fries
  • Condiments and Dressings (see previous, plus)
    • San-J Wheat Free Tamari sauce (instead of soy sauce)
    • Annie’s Naturals – several salad dressings
    • Most barbeque sauces are gluten-free – check the ingredients
  • Soups
    • Pacific Foods chicken, beef and vegetable broth
    • Pacific Foods soups – several varieties
    • Kitchen Basics chicken and beef broth
    • Amy’s soups – several varieties
  • Pizza & Crusts, Wraps & Tortillas
    • Udi’s frozen pizza crusts
    • Amy’s Rice Crust Pizzas
    • Gourmet pizza crusts from Sweet Escape Pastries are the best we’ve had
    • Food For Life Brown Rice Tortillas
    • Most corn tortillas are OK
  • Kid Favorites
    • Applegate Farms hotdogs
    • Coleman Naturals hotdogs
    • Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken nuggets, tenders and patties
    • Ian’s Gluten-free Fish Sticks
    • Annie’s Rice Pasta and Cheddar
gluten-free-pantry

The amount and variety of gluten-free products available means my family can eat healthy - and gluten-free - at every meal

That’s most of what I can think of for now.  Do you have any suggestions? If so, please leave them in the comments!

2 Comments »

  • jenny says:

    I recently found Progresso has 3-4 GF creamed soups…even cream of mushroom…awesome!

  • Carolyn says:

    Imagine brand soups in 1 L tetra packs are great! Various…creamy potato leek, tomato basil, creamy tomato, butternut squash etc. I use them as a base for homemade soups.

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