Suddenly, it’s May, and suddenly, I’ll be going gluten free in less than a month.
I’ve definitely been using this time to take advantage of foods I won’t be able to eat come June, like specific pizzas, cupcakes, and bagels from my favorite places. But now that GF-Day looms ever closer, I’ve realized I really need to buckle down and start preparing. There are a lot of products that I’ll need to find replacements for (more on that later this week or next!), but there are a few things I eat on a regular basis that I’ll need to find gluten-free replacements for. Some of the big ones:
Whole wheat bread: Oh bread, my love. My go-to lunch to bring to work is a sandwich, and my go-to I-have-no-food dinner is a grilled cheese. While I’ll try to replace these with options like salads, a girl still needs a good loaf of bread.
Granola bars: I depend on these for quick breakfasts and snacks when I’m short on time, or when I’m not feeling very hungry but know that I need to eat something. I especially like Luna Bars because they have a lot of extra nutrients and vitamins packed into them, but I’m not sure if GF granola bars get that fancy.
Pasta: I have pasta once a week at the very bare minimum, but usually more frequently than that. So far I’ve been told to avoid rice pasta and try quinoa pasta for texture, but I’ll definitely have to try a bunch until I find one that most closely tastes and feels like my beloved semolina.
Flour: This is probably one of the most important things I’ll need to find that I truly love. I’m an avid baker and have a lot of recipes I’d like to adapt, but I’ll need just the right gluten-free flour blend to do so. I also use flour in lots of other recipes, like when breading chicken or making a roux for macaroni and cheese. I’d also like to be able to make things with it that I can freeze for quick use, since I won’t be able to buy them anymore, like pizza dough and pie crust. King Arthur, Cup for Cup, and Bob’s Red Mill are the brands I hear most often (after “make your own flour blend!” which is just not possible in my teeny kitchen). I’m planning to start with King Arthur, since that’s the brand I use and love now, and all their products tend to be quite good.
Do you have any gluten-free product recommendations? I’d love to hear them! (Bonus points if I can get them at Trader Joe’s or Fairway.)