Here’s my Top 10 favorite Gluten Free Finds – food, products, whatever. I’ll be updating it often, so check back to see what G-Free items topped my list!
At the beginning of the year, I always start looking for something different, spicy, new – inspiring stuff. Here’s what I’m digging now –
1. Bari Olive Oil – California grown olive trees, oils pressed with care by a family that’s been farming together for decades – I love Bari Olive Oil. They sell large containers too, and separate their extra virgin oils into robust, fruity, or delicate lots – so you can get exactly the flavor you’re looking for. I like the infused oils and the Fig Balsamic Vinegar too, but I’ll pour their Fruity EVOO on pretty much anything that’s standing still.
2. Frontera Taco Sauce – Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless has a Gluten Free kiddo at home – and his Frontera Kitchen products are Gluten Free too. I’ve liked all the Frontera products I’ve tried, but I’m a big, huge fan of the Roasted Tomato Taco Sauce with jalapeño and roasted garlic. Frontera brand is sold in national grocers & gourmet food stores, so if no one around you is selling this brand – ask. You’ll be glad you did.
3. craft Chimichurri sauce: Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio has created a line of sauces for Williams-Sonoma, and the Craft Chimichurri is SO GOOD. If you’re not familiar, it’s an Argentinean green sauce made herbs with onions, shallots and jalapeño peppers. Lay it on beef & other meats – yum. Be sure to let the WS employees know that you’re glad they have a Gluten Free stocking list now, too.
4. Nutella: Yes, Nutella is Gluten Free. And I think that the fact that I’m not walking around with a jar of Nutella and a spoon at all times is clearly a testament to my personal willpower. And if you think “chocolate peanut butter” is weird, I would respond that A: it’s made from hazelnuts, not peanuts, and B: your mom is probably not Italian.
5. WOW’s Oregon Oatmeal Cookie – Dude. This-is-the-perfect-oatmeal-cookie, Gluten Free or not. The funny thing is, when I read that it had apricots & cranberries in it, I was already-ready to give it a no vote. I was so wrong. The Oregon Oatmeal Cookie from WOW Baking tastes so good – just the right blend of salty & sweet – I ate halfway through it trying to decide if it was as good as I thought it was! It is. Get some. Now.
6. Cocoa Pebbles -There has been much hullabaloo about how Post is “certifying” Cocoa Pebbles Gluten Free status, and I suggest you don’t get me started on the subject of G-Free certification if you don’t have, like, a LOT of time to talk. So I’ll say this: They lowered the sugar in Cocoa Pebbles to 9 grams per serving. I like Cocoa Pebbles. My kid and my husband like Cocoa Pebbles. It’s easy to find Cocoa Pebbles. I don’t get sick when I eat Cocoa Pebbles. I make krispie treats out of Cocoa Pebbles, and I think you should, too, ’cause krispie treats are yummy.
7. Peppadew Mild Sweet Peppers – I like many of the Peppadew products, and I’ve been using the Mild Sweet Peppadews in lots of things – in sauces, on salads, stuffed with cream cheese & chopped salami. These are a great go-to item to give everything from meatloaf to corn chowder a bit of a kick.
8. Orgran Outback Animals – I really like the Orgran Outback Animals Vanilla Cookies – I was given a package of them to try, and they have a really nice flavor. They’re dairy free too, and come bulk or in individual packages for snacking.
9. Rufus Teague Spicy Meat Rub – I took a risk – I tried a new spice rub for pork shoulder because it was recommended. If you have ever smoked a pork shoulder for 12 hours, you know doing something different is a risk – who wants to do anything for 12 hours and have it come out bad?!? I was rewarded for my bravery with a delicious outcome – the Rufus Teague Spicy Meat Rub was crazy-good! The best news is – all of the Rufus Teague products are Gluten Free, so you & I can both do some experimentin’ with Rufus’ other creations.
10. Blackened Tilapia at Daily Grill – Daily Grill is one of the restaurants that had a Gluten Free Menu before it was cool, and I think that says a lot about who they are as a company. I’m a fan of the Manhattan Clam Chowder and many of their other G-Free items, but lately I’ve been ordering the Blackened Tilapia – it comes with spinach mashers & a lemon caper sauce that I love, love, love. And they have Ciroc.
Nope, none of these fine folks paid me, my dog, or my kid for these recommendations. I just like this stuff.
These Products Were Previous Picks, and are Still Faves!
– The Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Guide shopping list
– Karina the Gluten-Free Goddess website
– P.F. Chang’s G-Free Lemon Shrimp
– Trader Joe’s Organic Chicken Broth
– Elisabeth Hassleback’s Book “The G-Free Diet”
– Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen
– Gluten Free Mama’s Gluten Free Flour Guide
– Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper products