(Closed) Gluten Free Bees…favorite brands

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Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Trader Joes makes a good brown rice pasta. Tinkyada and Ronzoni are pretty good pasta wise. Udi’s bread and Three Bakers bread. Sam Mills is my favorite mac n cheese! Francesco Rinaldi jarred sauce is gf and the best jarred sauce wise. Perdue makes gf chicken tenders which are pretty good. Boars head cold cuts are gluten free, so is land o lakes cheese! i try to go to Adams because all they sell is Boars Head. I got sick from cross comtamination at Shoprite. 🙂 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

@Renlikescats:  You definitely should! Their bread is even better than Udi’s, it’s just harder to find. Thamkfully, it freezes and defrosts very well, even multiple times, so I’m able to stock up… But I’m down to one bagel.

I haven’t had very many people give me a hard time about being gluten-free, even though I’m not celiac. I did get into one argument about someone being annoyed that it’s the new thing, people just need to eat healthy stuff, not do fad-dieting. I got really angry because even if you don’t need to, it’s a huge deal for those that need it, because it creates more demand, which means we get more and better options, and the price starts going down.

A lot of people don’t “technically” need to be gluten free, like I won’t end up in the hospital if I have it, but I feel so much better without it, and my mistakes (McDonald’s dusts their fries in wheat-flour) have shown me that once you have that tolerance in your system out, you can tell that it makes you not feel so good.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

By the way, I found the BEST gluten free pasta ever recently. I saw it in costco and bought it on a whim, it was Giovanni Panzani pasta (white pasta not brown pasta). I made it and couldn’t taste the difference at all. If you see it in the store definitely try it, I was very very impressed.

Post # 23
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you’re looking for a nice pasta, I’d definitely reccomend the ‘Bionatre’ brand – which you can get at whole foods. It’s got a nice texture to it – and it doesn’t turn gooey. I actually prefer it over ‘normal’ pasta. (Although really, it tastes pretty much the same.)

 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

@Renlikescats:  I have been Girlfriend for 7 yearsn we buy udi bread, the Diamond pecan nut thins, and trader joes brown rice pasta

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Renlikescats:  They do make Girlfriend soy sauce–San-J and Kikoman. Both are good.

I’ve found that all Girlfriend breads need to be toasted or they just fall apart, even Udi’s.

There is a trick to cooking Girlfriend pasta. Boil it until it is very, very al dente–to the point of not being edible. Then drain. Then put it in the microwave, 1 min at a time until you get to the right consistency. 

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies— Kinnikinnick 

http://www.vitacost.com/kinnikinnick-montanas-cookies-chocolate-chip-8-oz-2

Best Oatmeal – Glutenfreeds (Maple Raisin is YUM. Not too sweet) http://www.glutenfreeda.com/our-products/oatmeal/

 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

@Pinkmoon:  YES YES! Udi’s is the best! 

@Renlikescats:  

Pamela’s Girlfriend pancake and baking mix is AWESOMe. Take any cake recipe and susbtitue all purpose flour for this flour. Do NOT add baking powder or baking soda. It’s already in there. You’ll double the measurement and the mix will grow and make a big mess. Learned it the hard way lol. But the cakes turn out awesome! I have an awesome carrot cake recipe, a lemon cake one and banana nut bread one. YUM! I had to stop baking because they were so good I ate the whole thing! o.o 

 Pancakes and waffles turn out great with their flour too. 
 
To thicken sauces, use cornstarch. 
 
And if you ever feel like eating chicken tenders, this past weekend I made coconut breaded chicken tenders. YUM!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Renlikescats:  I’ve been easing off gluten because my stomach was always upset, so I started experimenting, and excluding gluten has really made a difference. 

I don’t have a ton of brands to recommend, but as a pasta person, I just GOTTA rave about spaghetti squash. We have been preparing it just like regular pasta (with pesto and bacon, carbonara, shrimp scampi, ect) and I am head over heels! And I seriously am not a squash lover otherwise! It really fulfils the carb desire, IMO. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Renlikescats:  omg I have to make that… Sounds amazing!!!

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee

@Renlikescats:  LOL. Yeah Girlfriend flours tend to be grainy because the base for most is either corn or rice. But pamela’s is a mix and it’s awesome. However, it has almond meal so not for people that can’t have nuts.  

Amazon has it. I live in Puerto Rico so I get it in the health food stores. Amazon has it at a good price. Important. The new Artisan mix is not nearly as good as the pancake and baking mix in my and my niece’s experience! Just wanted to warn you. She fell for it and hated it. (compared to the pancake/baking mix) lol

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee

@Renlikescats:  Food For Life brown rice tortillas make awesome quesadillas! now I’m hungry

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