My best advice for jumping into the Gluten Free World is to take your tried and true recipes that you know your family loves and substitute what you need to make it gluten free. Finding all new GF recipes for me was expensive, overwhelming, and discouraging. But making small modifications to recipes I already had and knew how to make was much easier. :)
This blog contains a few of our families favorite recipes on this blog that I created mainly for traveling so I wouldn't need to take my recipes books with me.
These are a few of our favorite Gluten Free and Dairy Free products. I'll add more as I think of them. ;) Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need help converting a recipe. I'd love to help!
Gluten Free (GF) Products
Udi's Bread and Pizza Crust - Small loaves are found in the frozen section of many health food stores but we've recently found regular size loafs at Costco. They also have a ready made pizza crust that is very yummy and easy to use. I buy at Sprouts or Good Earth.
Tinkyada Noodles - Rice noodles that have a good texture similar to regular pasta. Found at many stores in the GF section and on Amazon.com I buy at Walmart or Macey's
San-J Soy Sauce - This is our favorite GF soy sauce and we learned of it from PF Chang's. They also have Teriyaki sauce found at most stores with a GF section. La Choy soy sauce is also GF. I buy at Winco, Walmart or Macey's
Pamela's Baking Mix - This has been my go to flour/bisquick substitute for years for muffins, pancakes, waffles, cookies and more. Their website has many recipes and some of our favorites are the biscuits, chocolate chip cookies and pancakes. I buy this in bulk on Amazon.
Namaste Flour - I recently found this flour at Costco and it can be used to substitute for any baking recipe that requires flour. I recently made a chocolate cake for my little boy and it turned out great!
Chex Cereal - Great GF cereal for breakfast. Walmart has the best price but watch for Macey's to offer $1.67/box sales from time to time. That's when I try to stock up.
Cheerios - We just found out that Cheerios now offers some great GF flavors! We were in California so I haven't shopped around for them in Utah yet.
Malt o Meal Rice Krispies - My go to treat for our family is Rice Krispie treats made with coconut oil, instead of butter. I was so excited that Malt O meal offers at certified GF rice krispie for a good price. I buy this at Macey's
King Arthur Pancake Mix (Waffles too) - This is expensive at around $4.85/box but it is the best waffle mix that we have found and love. I buy this at Macey's
Annie's Gluten Free Mac and Cheese - We found the best deal on Amazon at $30 for 12 boxes, so you'll want to find a health store (or Winco in Utah!) that sells them to try first. Great for food storage and my husband really loves this with hot dogs for a quick lunch.
Enjoy Life Products - Free of the most common allergens, Enjoy Life has Cookies, Granola Bars and more that are really good. They are very pricey but if you shop around, and check online you may be able to find some deals. Recently I've noticed these at Winco for much cheaper then other places with 1.50 off coupons on the products when you buy two.
Foster Farms GF Corndogs - Found at most grocery stores (I've found them at Winco and Albertson's).
Snyders GF Pretzels - I was pleasantly surprised to see Snyders has some gluten free pretzels that are very affordable - and in some different varieties (I love the honey mustard and onion)! Sold at most grocery stores (I buy them at Macey's). Perfect for little ones that can't have regular pretzels. Just a trick I've found where I have some kids GF and some not is that I buy a different shape pretzel in the GF then the with Gluten. So sticks for the gluten free, and standard pretzel shape for gluten. Just helps me keep track. Labeling snack bags helps too.
Dairy Free Products
Earth Balance Butter - Walmart and other health food stores carry this butter. An organic option is also available.
Almond or Coconut Milk
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips - These are the main chocolate chips we use all the time. Can buy at Walmart or Macey's - but they are almost $2 cheaper a bag if you buy on Amazon 6 bags for $24.
Coco Whip - Coconut Whipped Cream. Making your own is pretty easy too with recipes from the internet. I found this in CA at Whole Foods. Not sure where this is found in Utah.
Hagaan Daz Sorbet - Carried at most grocery store (I buy at Walmart or Macey's). Small and a little pricey but we always have this on hand for those dairy free members of our family so they never feel left out with ice-cream for dessert.