When I was first diagnosed, I remember eating rice for a solid few weeks because I had no idea what else to eat. Yes, there were gluten free options, but they were so expensive and way out of my budget. I remember my first gluten free grocery trip. I filled one of those small baskets half full with gluten free goodies & it rang up to be $60 at the register. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Luckily, things have gotten so much better since those days & there are affordable, gluten free options almost everywhere you go. There is still a struggle, but a gluten free diet doesn’t seem as tragic as it was before.
If you’re just starting a gluten free lifestyle, I’d say this is one of the best times to do it. So many brands have jumped on the bandwagon to help previous customers feel like they’re not missing much of anything. Yes, it’s an adjustment, but it’s totally doable & your body will thank you for it. I’ll be up front, there will be days where you’re not going to feel like a real human because you can’t eat those things that you crave so badly for. But today, I want to share with you some gluten free alternatives that will make you feel human again & back in the game!
When you’re craving your grandma’s peach cobbler….
This is a simple recipe I use quite often when I have a craving for peach cobbler. Instead of using regular yellow cake mix, I use Pillsbury’s Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix or Aldi’s GLife Yellow Cake Mix. An easy peasy substitution!
When you’re tempted to make a stop at Kentucky Fried Chicken….
There are lots of ways to fry chicken gluten free. These days you can easily find GF bread crumbs, GF panko crumbs, GF fried chicken mix, or simply substitute regular flour with GF all purpose flour (if you’re pretty legit at frying up some chicken!) This is one of my favorite fried chicken recipes I whipped up a while ago on the blog.
When you can taste the smell of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits…..
You know exactly what I’m talking about! Those Red Lobster Biscuits were my ultimate weakness. Thank God for this recipe though! Instead of using regular flour, I use Bisquick Gluten Free Mix. It’s super quick & easy, and your house will smell like heaven for days!
When it’s your birthday & you just want a little confetti….
The day I discovered that Pillsbury did this was a total game changer in my books!
When you crave the cereal of your childhood….
Cheerios! I don’t care how old I am, a ziplock bag of Cheerios will always be the perfect snack. I was so happy when I found out that General Mills started offering their beloved cereal gluten free.
When you know you shouldn’t, but you just want something deep fried….
The craving creeps up on you before you have time to consider the calorie count & before you know it you’re scarfing down something greasy and deep fried. In moderation, I say give into the temptation every now & then. I love Ian’s Natural Foods brand’s line of deep fried favorites that they made specially gluten free. Onion rings. Corn Dogs. Fish sticks. Yum!
When everyone else at the dinner table is grabbing their third roll….
Secretly, when I first went gluten free, I wanted to punch every person in the face that grabbed one more Sister Schubert roll from the pan when I couldn’t. I don’t feel that way any more. Why? Because I’ve got these puppies to satisfy my dinner roll needs. Sure, there’s nothing like Sister Schubert, but they get me by.
When you’re feeling like having Italian, but you don’t want to take the Italian time….
Sometimes a girl just needs pasta. Right then & right now. Udi’s recently came out with a line of ready to eat frozen pasta meals that are actually pretty tasty & flavorful. Just cook them up in the skillet and you’ve got the Italian you’ve been craving.
There’s so many new gluten free alternatives out there, there’s almost nothing now that you can’t find gluten free. Praise the Lord for that!