The Best of Gluten-Free
I’ve been eating (predominantly) gluten-free for over three years. In that time, the number of GF products on the market has exploded. And while the selection has improved, the taste of these products hasn't always kept pace.
I wish I could limit myself to naturally gluten-free foods (meats, fish, fruits and vegetables) but that’s just no fun. So I’m always on the lookout for quality GF baked goods, pasta and pizza. Through much munching, I’ve been able to narrow down the field. Here are the products that are always in my pantry.
Bread – If you’re a lover of a buttery croissant or a crispy baguette, forget it. I have yet to found comparables in the land of GF. Bread has been relegated to a transport vehicle for other delicious things, like peanut butter, cheeses and salamis. (Not all at the same time.) For this still important purpose, my favourite is Udi’s Whole Grain bread. It’s thin, light and doesn’t have much of a taste. When it comes to GF bread, that’s kind of a good thing.
Pizza – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the GF pizzas available in store and in restaurants. From the freezer department, it’s a tie between Glutino (I loved the bbq chicken. Glutino, please bring it back!) and Udi’s Uncured pepperoni. For delivery or take home, try Rocky Mountain Flatbread‘s excellent GF pizzas. And if you happen to find yourself in Palm Springs, Birba restaurant is a must. Hands down the best gluten-free pizza I’ve ever had.
Crackers – There are many delicious GF crackers on the market, many good enough to satisfy GFers and non-GFers alike. I regularly pick up various sesame crackers, Mary’s Organic Crackers and Glutino’s Rosemary and Olive crackers. All of these are good enough to snack on alone, with dip (try them with hummus), or with cheese.
Pasta – There’s no competition: Go-Go Quinoa pasta is my favourite. It doesn’t get gluey like so many other brown rice pastas. Even non-gfers will happily eat it and marvel at the post-meal lightness in their belly.
The only downside to Go-Go is that it comes in fairly small packages, one is just barely enough for two people. (Or maybe I just eat a lot.) Rizopia Brown Rice Lasagna Noodle is also brilliant. Not only does it taste great (I served it at a dinner party recently and the whole lasagna disappeared) it’s also easy to use. No noodle pre-cooking required.
Cookies – GF bakeries make many mouth-watering sweets but I’m still struggling to find even half way decent store-bought cookies. Most seem to resemble cardboard or have a lingering aftertaste. Wendel’s TrueFoods baked goods are one shining exception. Try the soft ginger cookies. Yum! Another recent discovering is Molly B’s Gluten Free Kitchen. The Blondie Bites are a winner.
Any GF baked goods, pasta or treats you think I should try? Be sure to let me know!