- Trader Joe’s Soft-Baked SnickerDoodles. Soft. Chewy. Cinnamon-y. Good!
- Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour. So far, I’ve only used this for Mac & Cheese roux and blueberry crisps. It’s a bit grainy/gritty, but it works as a (wheat) flour substitute.
- Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese. This is the first cheese brand that I’ve ever seen that is both gluten and lactose-free. I don’t have an allergy/intolerance to lactose but, it still feels good to know this. I’ve tried Cabot’s (white) Sharp, NY Extra Sharp, and (I think) Seriously Sharp cheddar cheeses. All are good! Vermont Sharp cheddar is my favorite though. It’s perfect with strawberries, or grapes. Very good!
- Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar, Caramel with Black Sea Salt. I probably won’t buy this again. Too salty for my taste. I prefer this salted caramel chocolate.
- Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal. I’ve yet to use this. I read on the package that it can be used as an egg substitute, so I bought it. What do you use flaxseed meal for, if you’ve used it?
- Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Pasta. It tastes just like rice, until you add some sauce & spices. Then, it tastes just like regular ole pasta. Good!
The first week of this “diet” was quite hard. Emotionally.
Just going grocery shopping, made me want to cry.
We shopped 4 different stores, mainly in search of dinner ideas & alternatives to the meals that we usually have. Breakfast was a cinch! Oatmeal, banana, H2O & coffee. Lunch was also pretty easy. Salads. But dinner…(as our dinners are usually bread/pasta/corn based) it was nearly impossible to find anything that didn’t have some wheat, corn, potato, or eggs in the ingredient list!
We ended up having a lot of rice dishes, and salads, the first few days. Towards the end of the week, I found some nifty ideas. More on that later.
At our regular grocery store (in the aisle where the gluten-free section was about as wide as me), I imagined how tremendously sucky it’d be if shopping there became my life. I truly couldn’t imagine cooking without regular flour. Regular corn. Regular potatoes. Regular eggs. No substitutes. I just…couldn’t.
When we got home, I remembered all that I wasn’t allergic to and began to feel a little better. Cheese, milk, bananas…to name a few. And–Thank Goodness–coffee!
I would’ve called someone to come stick a fork in me, on top of the doctor’s table, if those test results came back talking about I’m allergic to coffee. Merely DONE, you hear me! That’s what I woulda been.
One more week to go! Well–3 more days at the time of this being published.
What’s first on my flour list…A freshly baked, cherry pie!
At first bite, I think I might cry actual tears.