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Items under your nose that are gluten free, and cheap too!

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This isn't really a recipe, per-se, but I want you guys to be aware of how many things are available now in regular grocery stores, namely Publix and Wal-Mart stores (they label their items Gluten Free). Some are for the regular prices of regular items, some are not... But, for instance, here's what's available:

-Most of the Chex line is now gluten free
-Trix is gluten free
-Kix is gluten free
-I forget the name of the manufacturer, but they make a whole line of cereals, about 6 or 7... all gluten free and animal related and all very tasty. Just a little more expensive now that regular name brands are coming out with gluten free versions of their own.
-Certain varieties of Van's waffles (blueberry, apple cinnamon, Belgian)are gluten free (watch the boxes, sometimes they misplace them - They had kid friendly mini- waffles and I had given them to my son for 2 weeks before I realized the box didn't say anything about being gluten free. Oops.)
-Amy's makes a gluten free mac & cheese (although it didn't pass the taste test with my son)
-Amy's also makes gluten free lasagna, which I particularly like
-Obviously any fruit and 100% fruit juice along with milk is gluten free
-M&M's (every kind I've come across- check the label) are gluten free
-Skittles are gluten free.
-Reese's Pieces are gluten free (not Reese's Peanut butter cups though)
-Betty Crocker now has a line of cakes, cookies and brownies to bake from a box that are all gluten free. I've tried the brownies and the cake, and both of them are wonderful. Most regular frosting's are gluten free, it's when you get into specialty frosting's that you need to start checking labels.
-Non nitrate filled hot dogs. This is a specialty item, but I've started seeing them in publix. The brand escapes me... It got too expensive for me to buy and is a once and a while thing only now. My son will eat no other hot dog now.
-Oscar Myer brand pre-cooked bacon
-certain frozen pre-cooked sausages... again, check your labels
-Fresh ground beef/turkey, you add your own things to it to make it a gluten free burger or whatever.



Breads are usually more difficult. I tried just about every shelf, frozen and make-able brand I could find and he turned his nose up at each one, until we found magically on the shelf of our favorite natural food store "Light Brown Rice bread," made by Ener-G. He loves it. Of course, it's expensive, but we have to special order it by the case, I've never seen it anywhere else and nothing else worked. Basically, it's $25/case (inc. tax) and each case has 6 loaves, making them about just over $4 a (small) loaf, which isn't half bad for gluten free bread.

Along those lines, Jif peanut butter is gluten free
Most jellies/jams are as well. If I remember anything else

Just FYI... We are simply Gluten free, not GFCF, so none of these have been checked for casein.

Some of my favorite stores to shop in:

-Publix (not so much in variety depending on the location, but usually they have what we need to carry out the week)

-Richard's Whole Foods Stores. They have several locations, look them up on the webs. But I think in this county, it's just St. Pete and Clearwater. I shop at the St. Pete store because it is closer to me, however from what I understand much smaller than the Clearwater store. They have several selections for nearly any diet.

-Rollin' Oats. Again, I believe they have multiple locations, look them up on the web. They have quite the selection for gluten free, and I was tempted to buy the entire store, but then, as I've listed above you can improvise with a lot of regular store brand stuff.

Hope this helps some of you!!

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