Nice gluten-free alternatives,

(52 Posts)
MsVanRein Sun 06-Jul-14 23:30:51

I'm starting on a gluten-free diet from tomorrow and am really nervous as I eat quite a lot of bread, pasta etc.

What are the nicest gluten-free products? Or do you have any nice GF recipes?

notapizzaeater Sun 06-Jul-14 23:35:46

In the supermarkets we prefer the Heinz gf pasta - it cooks ok.

We avoid most GF bread as ds doesn't like it. We occasionally but it from Marks and Sparks.

We eat a lot if potato/rice/stir fry/salad meals.

notapizzaeater Sun 06-Jul-14 23:36:18

Gf crispbreads and rice cakes are a nice alternative.

MsVanRein Sun 06-Jul-14 23:44:37

Thanks notapizzaeater - online shop arriving tomorrow am and I have some crispbreads in it as thought they'd be good for lunch or snacks.

It's a mine-field for me as I rely probably too heavily on bread as if is.

Got some gf bagels too - I have heard a lot of the bread isn't great but thought even if I hate them I can drown them in banana/honey etc to disguise the taste/texture!

notapizzaeater Sun 06-Jul-14 23:47:44

My son loves the bread from wheat free bakery direct - it's online and looks and tastes "normal" but we manage with only eating bread probably every few weeks so it's not an issue for us.

Jacket potatoes are a good stand by.

I bake my own cakes and buns using Asda gf flour, I get the best results from this.

MsVanRein Sun 06-Jul-14 23:52:32

Thanks for tip about flour I'm keen to find a good alternative as I bake a lot!

yumyumpoppycat Mon 07-Jul-14 00:00:10

You could probably pick up some good ideas from looking at the weightloss topic under the bootcamp recipe thread, as low carb is often gluten free? You can make crumb coatings from ground almonds, use lettuce leaves for wraps or eat salads instead of sandwiches. I found tesco's Gluten free pasta to be fairly ok. Costa have a gluten free chicken wrap now and also do a gf chocolate brownie! GF bread isn't that yummy really so it might be healthier and cheaper just to avoid it as much as possible.

PoshPenny Mon 07-Jul-14 00:02:37

A lot of the gf bread I find is sweet, really WRONG with bacon and scrambled eggs in the morning. Best one I have found is the Newburn Bakehouse thins which are pretty good once toasted. from Tescos. I don't really do sandwiches now, will do pate on rice crackers or a gf pasta salad, just takes a bit more planning, but tastes a lot better.

I eat a lot less bread these days, but home baked cakes with gf flour are pretty good. never managed to make a decent gf loaf, although some swear this is possible. I look out for the reduced bargains and freeze them, GF chocolate croissants aren't too bad.

TBH feeling better is reward enough in itself for being forced to give up granary. Baguettes. Croissants... well it is for me, it's lovely to be confident about letting a fart go in public (sorry TMI)

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 00:11:42

Will have a look poppycat - love lettuce in place of wraps so will definitely be trying to incorporate that more. Less bread definitely a better option all round I think I just need to be a little more organised!!

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 00:14:26

Penny I know it will all be worth it of it helps me feel better! You are so right.

I'm just finding such a big change daunting! Will try the bread you've suggested at some point. I'm going to try to just go without as much as possible but good to have suggestions for those times when I really want or need a good gf alternative.

notapizzaeater Mon 07-Jul-14 08:11:25

Don't know what sort of food you eat but all the sausages in m and a are gf. They have a really good choice of food.

If stuck when out we have a McDonald's burger without the bread – all the toppings are ok. The chips are fine there too. Not healthy per say but good if needed.

GirlWithTheLionHeart Mon 07-Jul-14 08:14:36

Most burgers have gluten in them so be careful of that. I have to buy mince and make meatballs or burgers usually as sains and morrisons meatballs and burgers usually contain gluten.

I'd bet that McDonald's put all kinds of bulking stuff in their burgers

Gerty1002 Mon 07-Jul-14 08:52:08

I've just done this, it's not as difficult as I thought. The main time I struggle is if I'm in a rush as I'd usually go for a sandwich or toast. Breakfast can be tricky, too. Sainsburys have a good gluten free range.

notapizzaeater Mon 07-Jul-14 08:53:01

Mcd burgers are gluten free.

Some of the m and s burgers are gf and Asda do a quarter pounder that is gf.

Shopping takes forever at the start - it gets better as you know what you can have, I no longer have a preferred supermarket - I alternate as the stuff each has is different.

Best thing I did was buy another freezer for the garage. I keep lots of home made meals in stock (lasagne, shepherds pie, curries, soups etc) it's not quite as easy grabbing something on the way home anymore

notapizzaeater Mon 07-Jul-14 08:55:23

Ds (the coeliac) doesn't like many of the breakfast cereals (he like gf chex but at £8 a box we don't have them often !!). We tend to have protein for breakfast, ham, corned beef, cheese etc.

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 09:46:20

Thank you all for your replies really helpful!

Good to know about the m&s sausages as we are invited to a BBQ next week so I will definitely take some of those along. I had forgotten about 'hidden' gluten so thanks notapizzaeater and LionHeart for that. Thankfully I cook from scratch a lot so should be able to make adjustments to evening meals easily!

I think I'm mostly worried about when I'm rushing as I am like you Gerty and would automatically go for something on toast! I suppose it's just a case of being a bit more organised.

Notapizzaeater £8 a box!!! Think I will def have to avoid those! I've been thinking yogurt and fruit, eggs and bacon etc for breakfast - hopefully can transition to that fairly easily.

yumyumpoppycat Mon 07-Jul-14 10:17:02

You could also make your own museli with non gluten grains from the health food shop such as quinoa flakes also chopped nuts, coconut shavings, dried fruit etc.

PenelopeGarciasCrazyHair Mon 07-Jul-14 10:34:32

DP made GF yorkshires yesterday with Doves Farm self raising flour (the plain doesn't react like normal flour and puff up, so he makes a more cakey version with SR, a bit like a massive American pancake).

When he went to eat the leftovers later there weren't any, as the dcs had scoffed it all, leaving the big impressive 'proper' Yorkshire!

So successful was it, that we used the same batter for pancakes later and his were much fluffier than the regular ones.

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 11:44:31

poppycat will definitely make some muesli that's one thing I was thinking I might miss - so a gf version would be lovely. Even reading that it sounds lovely!

Penelope those sound great! I've added gf flour to shopping

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 11:47:32

Oops posted too soon after DS spilt is smoothie on me!

Thought of missing out on yorkshires etc makes me want to cry a bit so will def give them a go!

notapizzaeater Mon 07-Jul-14 11:57:39

I make yorkshires with about 80g plain flour and then add a big heaped tablespoon of corn flour and three eggs and milk to double cream consistency. Use any left over batter to thicken the gravy and pancakes.

GirlWithTheLionHeart Mon 07-Jul-14 12:50:40

I'm doing a chicken and med veg pasta bake tonight, only think different is the pasta.

Just ordered gluten free lasagne pasta and gnocchi too!

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 15:22:28

Will try your Yorkshire recipe too notapizzaeater.

LionHeart that sounds nice.

Today has not been too bad so far, had a carrot, apple, cucumber and ginger smoothie and half a gf bagel. Not so sure about the bagel, edible so will use the rest up but probably wouldn't buy them again. Have only just had lunch made a avocado, grilled peach and feta salad and really enjoyed it - did not miss bread at all!

notapizzaeater Mon 07-Jul-14 15:44:18

We didn't like the bagels as bagels so rather than waste them we turned them into pizza !

MadMonkeys Mon 07-Jul-14 15:52:43

DD2 was GF for a while. Iirc pom bears are gf smile

GirlWithTheLionHeart Mon 07-Jul-14 16:55:39

The seeded genius bread is ok.

MsVanRein Mon 07-Jul-14 23:31:54

notapizzaeater that's a great idea for them.

Madmonkeys this is brilliant news! I love them grin

LionHeart I noticed it when doing my shopping will maybe give it a try next time round.

Pleased with today, went well! Hoping tomorrow is a success too.

Gerty1002 Wed 09-Jul-14 21:01:53

Just thought I'd pop back to say that today I tried the chocolate tray bake recipe from the Pink Whisk blog, but with wheat free plain flour (a little less than recipe required as it usually needs more liquid) and it worked! I can have yummy treats again! I am very pleased with myself.

MsVanRein Wed 09-Jul-14 22:48:35

Ooh thanks for the tip Gerty!!! I will try that one.

I love baking I'm actually probably most gutted about that bit! Will be nice to experiment though with a few things.

ShineSmile Wed 09-Jul-14 22:59:18

I like this thread smile

Warburton Newhouse do lemon poppy seed muffins that are gluten, dairy and soya free and taste just like normal cake, and I am very particular about cake. I think they are in all supermarkets. £2 for two. A lot of people also rave about the same brand wraps. I think they are ok. Asda also sell BWraps which are cheaper and more like normal wraps.

Morrisons do a millionaires shortbread which is lovely.

Sainsburys have quite a big gluten free range too. They do cakes too.

In terms of bread, the one I liked the best was DS rolls (I think they are called glutafin now). I get mine from tesco (the freezer sections ones) as they are dairy, soya and egg free too. I have heard that Udo's bagels etc are nice but I haven't tried them.

I tried the Ugg company cake mix at the allergy free show and thought it was lovely.

I get pasta and lasagne from tesco and waitrose respectively. I like them both and you can't really tell when it's fresh, it's just when it gets cold then you can taste the difference, but generally I don't mind.

I need to find a pancake mix or recipe that is nice. I haven't managed to try anything yet.

There's a chocolate cake recipe from nigella that is dairy and gluten free which is lovely, and I saw a gluten free lemon drizzle on bbc recipes which has good reviews and I need to try that.

ShineSmile Wed 09-Jul-14 23:04:07

Also I recently discovered the gluten free pizza at pizza express and it is absolutely yummy! smile You can't even tell the difference, and they are so lovely about it.

I'm also just copying over a couple of products I copied over from the free from awards list that I was looking through a couple of days ago (in quote are judges comments):

- Isabel's gluten pizza mix
- Amy’s Kitchen Broccoli and Cheddar bake
- BFree Brown seeded rolls

‘Good that it is free of all major allergens and with a good texture and crunch of seeds.’ ‘Does not look at all gluten-free but a little cakey and smells slightly treacley.’

- Tesco free from fresh seeded loaf 'best bread award'

-Ugg Foods Chia seed and nut bread mix

‘Wow! Totally grain, dairy and egg free – but tastes delicious!’ ‘Slightly cakey and eggy but lovely flavour and lovely crunch.’ ‘ Looks fab!’

- The Free From Bakehouse Chocolate ‘digestive’ biscuits

‘Appealing homemade look although ‘digestive’ slightly misleading. Quite chewy but great ingredients – original and wholesome.’ ‘Good that dairy and gluten free – not many bsicuits are.’

-Georgia’s Choice Gluten Free Mexican bean bake

‘Nice crisp exterior and sweet soft inside, nice and mealy – maybe a little more salt?’ ‘Great colour and texture – lots of beans and veg and splendidly free from all the major allergens – wheat/gluten, dairy, egg and soya – excellent.’

-Morrisons Free from raspberry macaroon slices

‘Very attractive. Lovely crumble base and topping. The jam is not too sweet but contrasts nicely sharp with the base.’ ‘Excellent that it is wheat, gluten and dairy free.’

-Juvela – Fibre Flakes
‘Attractive, wholesome and healthy flakes – not too sweet.' The judges were really pleased to see that this cereal was fortified – important for children whose diet may be deficient in vitamins.

MsVanRein Wed 09-Jul-14 23:33:26

Shine brilliant info thank you!!!

Was the lemon drizzle the one with mashed potato in it!? I spotted it yesterday and it has brilliant reviews. Was thinking of trying it at some point too.

I'm using this new gf as an opportunity to low carb as I've my first wedding dress fitting in 2 months but will make an exception for DS birthday so want to try some lovely GF cake recipes then!

Gerty1002 Thu 10-Jul-14 06:47:38

Getting some great tips from this thread. I caved last night and had toast with normal bread. Feel rotten this morning. I wish gf bread wasn't so crap and expensive!

ShineSmile Thu 10-Jul-14 08:47:41

MsVanRein, yes the one with mashed potato, let me know how it goes.

PP, I know, bread is a difficult one. GF bread tends to have this taste ...

notapizzaeater Thu 10-Jul-14 08:56:30

My ds doesn't like the. Bread much at all. I place can order every few months with wheat free bakery direct for tiger bread, iced fingers, doughnuts and sandwich rolls. The bread from here actually tastes "normal".

Icantfindaname Thu 10-Jul-14 09:06:09

If you have a bread maker with a GF setting then try making your own bread. I use a mix of doves farm white and brown bread flour and add lots of seeds. Done in two hours. It does tend to dry out and therefore crumble so I slice it and freeze it. It's better and less sweet than the shop bought GF bread.

There are loads if biscuits in the main supermarkets and pastry etc.

ShineSmile Thu 10-Jul-14 09:13:55

Notapizzaeater, how are their bagels and cakes? And have you tried Udo's bagels?

MsVanRein Thu 10-Jul-14 09:16:30

Gerty hope your feeling better soon.

I discovered I can't have one of my go-to lunches yesterday -M&S teriyaki beef rolls - they are wrapped in mooli instead of bread and have rice noodles so I thought they would be fine but they have toasted wheat in them. I was gutted!

MsVanRein Thu 10-Jul-14 09:19:48

ShineSmile I bought Udo's bagels at start of the week. They were my first experience of GF bread so I don't have any comparison. Wasn't convinced when I tried one with just butter - too plasticy (!) but absolutely fine with scrambled eggs, banana and honey etc.

notapizzaeater Thu 10-Jul-14 09:45:07

We didn't like the bagels /but he didn't like them pre coeliac.

The cakes are fab. Most of the stuff is freeze able (some if the cakes aren't but I ignore that and they've always been fine !)

I find I'm much more prepared these days, we don't have many "grab" lunches anymore.

Tesco, Sainsburys, Marks and Sparks, Starbucks all do a gf sandwich it's just finding one in stock ...

Gerty1002 Thu 10-Jul-14 09:54:30

Does anyone get exhaustion as one of their symptoms? Not sure if it's just coincidence but I almost fell asleep in the bath this morning!

OldBeanbagz Thu 10-Jul-14 10:13:36

MsVanRein my DH opts for sushi or salad when he's out and about. I think there's a couple of salad options at M&S. He also grazes on nuts/dried fruit and eats a lot more fresh fruit than before.

He's only been eating gluten free for just over a month. Bread is the biggest disappointment but he's learning to live without it. He didn't like the Udo's bagels despite being a fan a fan of bagels pre GF.

I'll probably start to make my own bread once i'm more organised. We've got the baking sorted i think. Am about to set the DC off makign chocolate brownie this morning smile

GraduallyGoneInsane Thu 10-Jul-14 10:23:33

Wheat Free Bakery Direct is the best bread around - the tiger bread is incredible and they do sesame seeded burger buns, hot dog rolls etc if you are having a BBQ. I've frozen their stuff too - I do a big bulk order and stick loads in the freezer.

In the supermarket category M&S is the winner. They do gluten free crisp bakes and fishcakes which are usually on 3 for £5! They also do a gluten free breaded chicken which is lovely, and their sausages are gf. The M&S crumpets are lovely too.

My whole family eats GF pancakes and Yorkies, they are much fluffier with the GF flour. I use either Doves Farm or Asda flour.

In baking, invest in some xantham gum - you can get it from Lakeland or health food shops. It gets rid of the dry crumb like texture that you can get from GF flour.

Eating out - Pizza Hut do GF pizzas (and they deliver) which I think are as good or better than Pizza Express. Carluccios does GF pasta which is lovely, and Zizzis have a GF menu too.

ShineSmile Thu 10-Jul-14 13:10:36

Gradually, thank you! Would you be willing to share your pancake recipe please? smile

MsVanRein Fri 11-Jul-14 07:00:52

Gerty I do - overwhelming tiredness. It's horrible.

Gerty1002 Fri 11-Jul-14 08:32:49

Maybe it wasn't coincidence then. Think I need to get to docs and get proper diagnosis, just to rule out any other reasons for these symptoms.

Back to food, I had to have pulled pork without crusty bread last night, devastating! Made up for it with a lovely homemade coleslaw smile

GirlWithTheLionHeart Fri 11-Jul-14 12:17:40

Sainsburys do lovely buns for pulled pork

TheToadLessTravelled Fri 11-Jul-14 12:30:31

Mrs Crimbles choc dipped macaroon biscuits are gf and waitrose and a few other places have them. Waitrose also has a gf bread bun that is sort of flat, think the brand was a ladies name. Sweetish but really nice toasted well. Good luck

MsVanRein Sat 12-Jul-14 10:45:11

Gerty I had pulled pork last night but didn't miss my roll too much - had veg & halloumi kebabs with it.

My DP is back home after few weeks away and being very supportive of my new diet - I told him to get some bread for himself but he's gonna cut gluten y

MsVanRein Sat 12-Jul-14 10:46:22

Oops posted too soon - he's said he is going to cut gluten out too unless we are out for a meal.

ishouldcocoa Sat 12-Jul-14 10:58:40

I think the best GF rolls are the DS Ciabattas. Get them in Co op, Waitrose and maybe Ocado. The brown ones are brilliant, and they're egg free. I cannot eat eggs, and so many GF breads have them in.
Tried some cinnamon and sugar sliced bagels this week from sainsburys. Far too nice!

MsVanRein Sun 13-Jul-14 10:15:23

I tried the Eat Natural darker chocolate bars last night. Soooo good.

They've puffed rice, apricots, Brazils and dipped in dark choc. Really good if you dance something sweet.

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