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My husband and I decided to start eating gluten-free foods about a month ago.  Changing to this new diet was a quick decision for my husband and I. One day we were eating whatever we wanted, and the next we were eating gluten-free; completely uneducated about what that really meant. In the coming days, we had to give ourselves a crash course and begin to learn what we could and couldn’t eat.

Below is a list of the top 10 foods that we have eaten. Whether you eat a gluten-free diet or not, these foods won’t disappoint!

Food Finds

1. Trader Joe’s Savory Thin Mini Crackers

I love everything about these crackers! They are small and bite sized. They have sesame seeds on them which give them a great flavor. They make a perfect substitute for a ‘regular’ crackers. I have found that a simple lunch of Savory Thin Mini Crackers, with turkey lunch meat and cheese is a great way have a quick, yummy lunch!

2. Balsamic Chicken

This is the easiest and tastiest chicken I have ever made! It only requires 4 ingredients; chicken breast, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Put salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken and put in the oven on 350 for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, flip the chicken over and cook or 20 more minutes.  Pull the chicken out and add balsamic vinegar. Then serve! So simple and so yummy!

3. Van’s Snack Bars

This one is like 3 rolled into one. We love snack bars, protein bars, etc. because they are so easy to eat on the go. First, we tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate snack bars and really liked them. Then, to give ourselves some variety, we tried the PB&J and Chocolate Chip varieties. While they were all good, by favorite was the Peanut Butter Chocolate. But that’s not real surprise because I LOVE peanut butter! We love them so much we have added them our Amazon Subscribe and Save, so we get them delivered monthly!

4. Street Tacos

We love Mexican food, and we never really paid attention to if our dishes were gluten-free or not. We would order street tacos at restaurants just because we liked them. However, when we found out that they were gluten-free, they became our ‘go-to’ meal. Street Tacos are made with corn tortillas, you meat of choice (I usually get carne asada), cilantro, onions and salsa. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are modest in calories too!

5. Gluten Free Pasta and Sauce

Our family loves Italian food almost as much as we like Mexican Food! I am Italian and my family has the best homemade Sunday Sauce recipe! I was worried about gluten-free pasta and how it would taste. We tried the Barilla brand and I could hardly tell the difference! The taste was the same. The texture was lighter than ‘regular’ pasta, but it was an easy substitution! It goes perfect with our Sunday Sauce!

6. Chocolate Chex

I know…odd, right? But not only is it gluten-free and great for breakfast, it’s also great for dessert! Or both! I am not a huge fan of chocolate, so I love the mix of the rice Chex with the chocolate Chex. It makes you feel like you are having a ‘treat’ while still being somewhat healthy!

7. Crab Boil

Crab Boil is something that we have been making for years, especially when we have guests over. The only ingredient in our crab boil recipe that has gluten in it is the beer. We simply ensure that the beer we use in the water is gluten-free and one of our favorite meals is now something we can eat! Interested in what Crab Boil is, or checking out our recipe? CLICK HERE!

Crab Boil Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Miso Soup

My discover of this Miso Soup is becuase it was in the gluten-free seciton of the grocery store. Having been a long-time fan of Miso Soup, I never thought about making it at home. This Miso Soup is extremely easy to make AND it taste just like it does in a restaurant. It’s a definite win for everyone in our household!

9. Smokehouse Almonds

Smokehouse Almonds are the easiest snack! Not only to they taste great, they are a great source of protein. We usually buy them in bulk at Costco, then split them up into individual serving in small bags. This makes it convenient to take on the go. It also ensures that we only eat one serving worth!

10. Salad with Protein

A very simple meal for lunch or dinner is having a salad with protein; chicken, steak or shrimp. There are so may goodies that you can add to a salad such as egg, avocado, tomato, cheese, cucumber, carrots, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, etc. The list goes on and on. Just make sure that your dressing is gluten-free!

Whether you are on a gluten-free diet or not, these foods are a MUST TRY! If you try any of these, let me know what you think!

 

 

4 thoughts on “10 Gluten-Free Foods You Must Try (even if you don’t have to!)

  1. Lauren says:

    These look yummy!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks! I was pretty excited about the good food myself! LOL

  2. Victoria says:

    How awesome! It’s great that there are so many gluten free options out there 😊 Thank you for sharing!

  3. Shawna Holly says:

    I think I’m going to have to add that balsamic chicken recipe to our menu for the week. And who doesn’t like street tacos??! Yum!

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