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Gluten Free Can Taste Good?

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I have been really struggling with the diet. I'm on week 6 now and everyday it seems to get harder as my cravings for a Subway sandwich increase. I have bought Gluten Free products and have tried baking my own bread. Nothing was great. It all has been edible but not enjoyable. I did try a whole food only diet but I am a junk food junkie and going from one extreme to the next was too much for me. So in order to keep myself from cheating I have been making my own gluten free food. I had bought a couple of mixes from Betty Crocker. I made the yellow cake mix which was okay the day I made it but the texture was not good the next day. So I was a little hesitant to try any of their other mixes. On Saturday night we had friends over and I was craving a dessert so I made the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies. I made my husband taste them first because he is my official taste tester and he said they were good. So I tried them and they were amazing. The texture was moist and chewy and the flavor was very rich and chocolatey. Our friends ate them and commented that had I not told them they were gluten free they would have never known. This gives me hope that there are tasty gluten free products out there. I just wanted to share this experience with everyone.

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There are some really great gluten-free goodies out there. Nothing will never be an exact taste for taste as wheat stuff but there is great gluten-free available....For a boxed mix try Pamela's cake mix.....

Bagels, english Muffins --Joans gluten-free great bakes

Udi's bread ( Denver area)

Conte's pasta

Bi_Aglut spaghetti, lasagne, & mnay more varieties of pasta--- excellent.

Starfish breaded fish strips, haddock. cod, halibut shrimp is coming soon.

IF you are a baker here are a few premium flour blends that are favorites amongst many.

Betterbatter

jules

domata living flour

meisters

tom sawyer

hth

blessings

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Glutenfreedas Real Cookies are my favorite. The cookie dough comes in a tube with pre-formed cookie pucks. It is so easy to pop a couple in the oven for warm, fresh baked cookies. I had a guy over for a first date and served the cookies with ice cream for dessert...he doesn't know I have celiac and definitely had no clue there was not gluten in the cookies. Love the chocolate chip flavor and would recommend them to anyone! I have only been gluten-free for 8 weeks and was sharing your sense of desperation when it came to baked goods. These cookies have been a great motivator to show the gluten-free isn't completely awful.

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Do you live near a Whole Foods or Wegmans that carries Against the Grain baguettes? They are usually in the frozen gluten-free food section. They are a great beard for subway style sandwiches. My son loved subway before he went gluten-free and I will make him sub style sandwiches on this bread. Even my gluten eating DH loves this bread.

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If some food disappoints, you can sometimes use it for another purpose so you haven't wasted your money. The day-old cake would probably make a great trifle - layer cubes or slices of it in a bowl with fruit preserves and vanilla pudding (or chocolate pudding for chocolate cake). Crappy bread can be reborn as croutons or bread crumbs - cut into cubes, dry them out in a 250 oven until totally dry, then pulverize for crumbs or shake with a little olive oil and seasonings for croutons.

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I think that gluten free does desserts really well...its easy to find things that taste normal and delicious in that food category but its also dangerous because of the astronomical amount of sugar involved. There is definitely a lot of food that disappoints. I've wasted a lot of money on bread over the past 6 years...sometimes there is bread that birds won't even eat!! But the bread has come a long way in a short period of time and the stuff on the market now is 100000 times better than what it was just 3 years ago, so its progressing in a positive way :)

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I think that gluten free does desserts really well...its easy to find things that taste normal and delicious in that food category but its also dangerous because of the astronomical amount of sugar involved. There is definitely a lot of food that disappoints. I've wasted a lot of money on bread over the past 6 years...sometimes there is bread that birds won't even eat!! But the bread has come a long way in a short period of time and the stuff on the market now is 100000 times better than what it was just 3 years ago, so its progressing in a positive way :)

I was diagnosed less than a month ago and I'm also having problems with some of the food. I am trying to find the against the grain baguettes because I used to be a major subway junky but most of my problem now is bread. I just ordered a sampler from ener-g, hopefully I'll find something. If anyone else knows of a good bread (something that resembles actual sandwich bread) please let me know :blink:

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SickBoy, I don't know if you can get it out there but if you can Udi is the best bread out there (IMHO) and I believe that a lot of other posters on here will agree with me. It is the closest I have found to real bread. You do not have to keep in the freezer, you don't have to toast it to eat it, you can have a piece with just butter on it if you want and it taste great. I was in heaven when I had my first real PB&J with it. Just like a little kid :D I get mine at Wholefoods or Krogers. I hope you can find some. Good luck

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I don't buy bread very often, but I did think Glutino fiber bread was good. It is brown and has multiple grains and bit chewy. What I use far more often is Mission corn tortillas or Enjoy life rice wraps. They are both better if you heat them up a little on the stove or microwave. They bend easier when hot. The GLutino bread and Enjoy Life wraps are at Whole Foods and some other stores too. Mission corn tortillas are in lots of stores in the states. The rice wraps are usually in the freezer along with the bread. You can also put the corn tortillas on the gas burner for a few seconds to toast them a little.

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