My special gluten-free staples are:
Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix
Chebe Mix (Original or All Purpose)
Tinkyada Pasta (I prefer the spiral and shell shapes for little ones)
Van's gluten-free waffles or french toast sticks
San-J Tamari (soy sauce replacement)
Annie's or DeBoles box Mac & cheese
Other than that everything is pretty normal and main stream. For snacks we do things that are normally gluten-free like popcorn, fruit, fruit snacks, cheese, etc. Be careful with yogurt because some of them have barley in it. My babies loved yogurt but hated me feeding it to them so I buy the drinkable kind and put it in a sippy cup. Great for breakfast on the go with some dry Chex.
If you get stuck with dinner ideas try googling for a gluten free version of a traditional gluten favorite. I've done this for all kids of things from Mongolian Beef to donuts. And for the record I successfully made gluten-free donut holes with the Pamela's mix over the weekend that were a HUGE hit. The recipe is on the Pamela's website.
Us too! Looks like our pantries are the same. It gets so much easier after several months on the diet; we've been on it since June for my six yr old...definitely I've had some surprises, exhausted moments and frustrations, but its sort of leveling out now that we have our "staples" down. She loves Udi's bread products and I keep a lot of their frozen pizza crusts in the freezer so I can quickly make my own mini pizzas for her which she loves. She also loves Bell and Evans gluten free chicken, and we also discovered grilled chicken is a new favorite for her...so that opened up a ton of options, even for eating out at restaurants that offer a Gluten-Free menu. She enjoys veggies too...so glad your little one does, it makes it so much easier. I would recommend the book that the Celiac Sprue Association puts out, it has a list of every gluten free product in America and some stores around the country that sell gluten-free things too. Takes a little while to find foods, so its nice to have this "bible" of gluten free options. You can get it by going online to their website...which of course I don't have on me, but you can google the Assoc. and order the book if you see their phone no. For 30 dollars it made a HUGE difference in how to shop, where to shop, what to buy and even includes body/health products. Best of luck mom. Emily