Gluten Free Goodies {Foodie Friday}

July 25, 2014

Everyone knows the Gluten Free thing has become increasingly popular lately. Folks are turning to the GF lifestyle in droves for all kinds of reasons. Whether its popularity will stand the test of time for the general population remains to be seen, but take it from someone who is in her third year of being gluten free, for certain people, it can make a big difference in health.

For me, it’s about migraines. A number of years ago, a neurologist suggested I try a gluten free diet to see if it made a difference in my migraines. It did. For me, gluten free means less medication and more control over my health, and those are worthwhile changes for me.

Over the last few years, I have tried a lot of the gluten free products out there. There are more to choose from these days, and that’s a good thing, but some of them aren’t worth wasting your money on. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the products that don’t disappoint.

GF pasta

Ronzoni Gluten Free Pasta: There are several brands of GF pasta, and before I ever stumbled on this one (at Wal-Mart of all places), I tried several others that I found at more of a specialty grocer. This comes closest to the texture of regular pasta. I think the difference is that, unlike the other brands, which tend to be made solely from one grain, such as rice, corn or quinoa, this brand uses a blend of different grains.





Amy’s Rice Mac & Cheese: I haven’t found a whole lot of frozen gluten free entrees that I like. (Then again, I was never fond of frozen entrees period.) But Amy’s brand is a whole different story, and this mac and cheese is seriously good, I don’t care whether you’re gluten free or not.






Udi’s White Sandwich Bread: I’ve tried a ton of GF breads. Most of them have a strange texture, usually grainy or gritty. Not Udi’s. At about five bucks for a pretty small loaf, it’s pricey. Bread isn’t something I need very often, though, so keeping a loaf of this in the freezer for when you just need a sandwich (or a burger) works fine. (Udi’s also makes some really good blueberry muffins.)






GF cookie dough

Eat Pastry Cookie Dough: This is my most recent find. This is actually the very first GF cookie dough I’ve tried, and I’m stopping while I’m ahead. This stuff is fabulous. Drop by the teaspoon, bake for ten minutes, and enjoy them warm with a big glass of milk. The taste reminds me a lot of the cookies from those cookie stores you find in malls, but better. I don’t think my kids would be able to tell the difference. (Bonus: I’m a graphic design junkie, and y’all, just look at that container, even the instructions!)






Any other suggestions?

Jenny Mac

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