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Top 15: Must-Haves in a Gluten-Free Kitchen

Rolling Pin and FlourIf you are strictly gluten-free, or if you are looking to eliminate some gluten from your diet, then you've come to the right place. Below are the top 15 favorite gluten-free foods and products that you need to maintain a gluten free kitchen.

1. QUINOA

This protein-packed superfood is not only healthy, but it's also tasty and versatile. It cooks just like rice, and you can use quinoa in any dish that calls for couscous. Eat it hot with fresh avocado or cold in a kale salad.

2. FRUITS & VEGGIES

Every fresh fruit and vegetable is gluten-free! The obvious apples, berries, spinach and cauliflower have no gluten. You're also safe with all root-vegetables such as potatoes and yams. Pick your favorite produce or go with the season's best.

3. RICE

A serving of brown rice is perfect with black beans and broccoli for a nourishing lunch. (Psst: Rice flour can be a safe alternative to wheat flour in baking.)

4. OATS

Start your day off with oatmeal cooked in vanilla almond milk and topped with blueberries. (Note: When purchasing your oats, please make sure to choose packages that say "gluten-free", as some are contaminated with wheat when they are grown in the fields. Bob's Red Mill has some great gluten-free oat options.)

5. BEANS & LEGUMES

Black beans, kidney beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, the list goes on! Beans and legumes are a great natural source of protein.

6. HUMMUS

Hummus is naturally gluten-free and high in protein, making it an excellent choice for a power snack. Dip sliced red bell peppers or carrots into your favorite hummus for the perfect snack.

7. NUTS & SEEDS

Walnuts are perfect in desserts, sunflower seeds are ideal in salads and we all know the fiber benefits of flax seed. Whatever it may be, your favorite nut is gluten-free!

8. BUCKWHEAT FLOUR

Buckwheat flour can be used to replace wheat flour in baking and cooking. It has a delicious hearty taste. If you're looking to stock up.

9. FROZEN MEALS

Keeping your freezer stocked with quick and easy gluten-free meals will help stay you on track. The portions are perfect and the taste is authentic. Choose from Amy's Burritos, Glutino Macaroni and Cheese, Simply Shari's Pizzas and so much more. These small meals are perfect to keep at your office, too.

10. CORN TORTILLAS

Corn tortillas are perfect for making classic Mexican dishes, mini-pizzas, wraps and more. You will love the taste and the price; they are very affordable.

11. MILLET OR RICE BREAD

As far as gluten-free breads go, Sprouts has a lot of options in the Bakery and Frozen Departments. Gluten-free bread is generally heavier than ordinary bread, but tastes great when toasted with some almond butter and jelly.

12. GF GRANOLA

A hearty combination of oats, nuts and seeds, gluten-free granola makes a nutritious breakfast cereal or snack

13. BROWN RICE PASTA

Yes, pasta can be gluten-free! Sprouts sells brown rice pasta in angel hair, penne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, spiral, and more! Gluten-free pasta takes less time to cook; just boil in water for 7-8 minutes, drain, and top with marinara, pesto, or your other favorite sauce.

14. POULTRY & MEAT

For those who are not vegetarian or vegan, all animal products such as eggs, dairy, seafood, poultry and red meat are gluten-free. If you are very sensitive to gluten, be careful what sauces and seasonings you use to cook the meat, as those are not always gluten-free.

15. TAMARI SAUCE

It usually comes as a shock to people who are new to the gluten-free diet when they find out that soy sauce usually isn't gluten-free. However, there is a type of soy sauce that's traditionally made without wheat — it's called tamari. Tamari has a rich, savory flavor that enhances any type of cuisine. It's perfect in stir-fries, marinades, soups, sauces and casseroles.

 
 
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