To keep a gluten free lifestyle as affordable and uncontaminated as possible it is essential to have a well stocked pantry, freezer and fridge so that you cook at home. When eating out, it is difficult to make sure your food in completely uncontaminated unless the place you go to is in the know, takes precautions like paper that gets throw away into baskets instead of plates, the employees know to change their gloves, and there are dedicated pots, pans, cookware, water and oil.
Here in Phoenix I am lucky that the Gluten Free movement is setting the example for the country. According to one of my many Gluten Free magazines, Phoenix is one of the top 10 cities in the country where Gluten Free living is easier. Traveling to San Francisco has really opened my eyes to how lucky my family is to be living in Phoenix. Waiters and cashiers here look at me like I’m nuts when I go into my…..list of needs after I tell them we have a gluten allergy.
This has reinforced the fact that I feel the need to share with all those with food sensitivities how important it is for your health, energy, mental clarity, weight loss, pain reduction/free living that you eat at home as much as possible. So now I want to share with you what staples I keep in my pantry at all times to keep eating at home much easier than eating out most days. (Even I wish I could order a pizza now and then on those really rough weeks.)
In my fridge I do keep many Certified Gluten Free sauces, condiments and salad dressings to help with variety. I won’t be sharing them in this post, but I’m sure I will down the road. You will notice that I don’t keep all the gluten free grains on hand at all times. We don’t really eat many grains in our home. I prefer to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, grass fed/finished/pastured meats, and healthy fats as they are much more nutrient dense. However, the kids love grains and they need more carbs than adults do. So I do use these and others and mix in with different dishes I prepare during the week. Also, please check all labels before buying any of these products on the list. You have to check for the Certified Gluten Free label, check to see if anything was made in a facility that also processes wheat and just be extremely caution. I usually don’t buy anything processed that doesn’t have a Certified Gluten Free label.
Marian’s Gluten Free Pantry Staples
White Rice Spaghetti Noodles
Almond Butter (I buy the ones that require refrigeration after opening)
Tuna in water
Salmon in water
Chicken in water
Glass jarred spaghetti sauce
Snacks: (for the kids)
granola bars (just in case I don’t have any homemade)
Spices: I have a huge collection of spices however the absolute must for starting out are:
red pepper flakes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil
Dried unsweetened coconut flakes
Raw cacao powder
Raw unfiltered honey (local is best)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
I am here for any questions you may have. I welcome any and all questions so please feel free to message me at any time.