When I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, the food choices weren’t very good. Most of the stuff was really expensive and tasted like either cardboard or packing peanuts. Thanks to government food labeling and much more awareness there’s a lot more selection now, but I still like to do my own cooking, that way you know what’s in there!!! (Story time: I was lied to by a waitress at PF Chang’s who HAS a GF menu and got REALLY sick. Trust no one, kids!!)
So to keep all of you from getting sabotaged by a waitress at PF Chang’s, here are my favorite things to keep in the kitchen:
My 3-cup Hello Kitty Rice cooker!! You don’t need anything fancy, or Hello Kitty, but it’s fun, easy, and you just throw the rice and water in there and forget about it. You can even put it in when you leave in the morning, set the timer and it’s ready when you come home!
At least 3 kinds of rice; white jasmine or sushi, brown basmati, and brown or wild sweet, just for variety, flavor etc. It’s a great base grain and stretches out meals. Brown rice is really tasty, too, so that helps.
Rice pasta. Enough said. The ones with added rice bran in the ingredients, like Tinkyada taste most like real pasta. Trader Joe’s is great, too. Can’t beat the price. Be careful with sauce ingredients, though! Read those labels!!
Canned beans, black, red, garbanzo, makes for a really easy meal. Throw some white beans on pasta with canned tomatoes, instant protein!
Goya Adobo Light seasoning. You can use it on everything, and it’s gluten free!! Still haven’t found a good sub for soy sauce, though.
The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker actually has a Gluten Free bread setting. The only one out there with one. I’ve had it for about 3 years now, and it’s still going strong. Saved a lot of money with that machine!
Flour…lots of flour…I try and buy it at Asian markets like H-mart, it’s a lot cheaper than the health food stores. Usually I try and keep white and brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and sweet rice flour in the house at all times. I’ll have garbanzo or something else if I have a recipe that calls for it, like that yummy brownie from BabyCakes NYC, but I can usually get by with those 5, alone or in some mixture.
I hope this helps people out a bit.