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I was just wondering what gluten-free food y'all would classify as "indispensible" -- and whether it is a snack, staple, recipe, mix, or ready-made item. We were talking about this around the table and my son says glutano digestive biscuits with chocolate icing but I say EnerG sweet potato english muffins because we use them for everything under the sun -- pb and j, toast, pizza, etc..

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Kinnikinnick english muffins.

For sure.

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Gluten Free Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix. It is awesome and it stores well. We love to grill it and then put crab salad on it. Yum Yum.

Rian

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HMMMM ... It's difficult to choose one. I LOVE those Ener-G Foods Brown Rice with Sweet Potato English muffins, but I also like their Harvest bread, and their granola bars. Can I just say ENER-G Foods Products? :lol: Actually, when I go on biking trips or day trips, I pack rice cakes (Lundberg Farms Sesame Seed), canned sardines and fresh fruit. I plan to take the first 2 and replace the fresh fruit with a bag of dried mixed fruit for my next airplane trip meal, since all those things are canned, processed or packaged and will pass airport inspections. ;)

BURDEE

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Just off the top of my head, A Foods by George Brownie!! Those are quite yummy (I'd eat them if I could eat gluten, lol), call them dessert or snack. Also dairy free, which works great for me, since I can't have dairy either. =D

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Foods By George English Muffins

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Rice cakes?

Seriously, I buy very few things that are designed to be gluten-free (being the whole-foods, cooking-from scratch freak that I am ;-) ), and probably rely on nothing other than rice cakes. If I were eating corn, I might say corn tortillas...

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Pamela's Products chocolate chip cookies, any flavored rice cake, grits (they're versatile--can be eaten in all possible combos @ all meals), Amy's Tomato Bisque.

All chocolate rules!!!!!!!---but particularly Nestle's Treasures and Reese's Pieces.

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All chocolate rules!!!!!!!---but particularly Nestle's Treasures and Reese's Pieces.

WOW!!! Hold on a second...I know that reg. Reese's and the white chocolate ones are gluten-free, but I thought that the Reese's Pieces contained gluten! Anyone know?

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I haven't eaten reeses pieces at all since gluten-free however I did see them on a gluten-free list the other day! As far as indispensible products I would have to say rice which is naturally gluten-free as well as peanut butter.....fruit leather I also love the gluten-free rice pasta from tinkayada and Pamela's brownie mix! Also as far as gluten-free candy...everyone should try the Chunky by nestle its nuts raisens and chocolate and my absolute fave treat!!

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i have 3 right now!!

bob's red mill bread mix:

i hadn't been able to find gluten-free bread since ive gone on this diet so i decided to attempt to make some tonight. i was very nervous considering i have never made bread in my life!! i thought for sure it would be a disaster , or wouldnt even taste like bread. But, i made it and it turned out great!!!!!!! it was pretty easy infact. i thought i died and went to heaven after eating a warm, fresh out of the oven peice of bread, and i couldnt even tell it was gluten free!

tinkyada pasta:

since i have discovered this, i have made macaroni & cheese (beats the box versions),lasagna, and spaghetti. before going gluten free i was the biggest pasta freak ever, so its nice to know that i still can be. these noodles taste like the real thing!

pamala'a cookies:

i tried the pecan sandies and the esprresso chip. i thought they were so good i want to try every kind! (and i thought i would lose weight from this diet! yeah , right)

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Gluten Solutions Chocolate Mint protein bars, and ANDI bars.

We take these with us anytime we leave the house for more than a few hours, since they will do for a meal replacement when there is nothing else safe to eat. They are gluten and dairy free, contain 12 -15 grams of protein, and are pretty low in sugar and they taste really good.

God bless,

Mariann

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Asian rice flour and Asian sweet (glutenous) rice flour! Hurrah for Asian markets! At only 50 cents a bag, this stuff is perfect for baking because it is nowhere near as gritty as the stuff in whole foods markets. Whenever possible I substitute these for other ingredients such as tapioca starch or regular rice flour. They have finally let me bake bread and cake that are better than regular boxed mixes and almost as cheap as regular baked goods.

Also, corn tortillas are a major staple for me now. I fry them for chips, eat them with soups, and make wraps from them.

Like Tarnalberry I eat very few prepared foods, but when I do I usually get Pamela's chocolate chunk cookies. The creamy chocolate used in them is unusual but delicious!

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