So February totally escaped me and I never posted a recipe round-up for the month. Truth be told….it’s because I didn’t cook up anything all that interesting. February was all about the daily grind. Work and gym during the week. Food shopping, laundry, and food prep on the weekends. And by food prep I mean just the staples: chicken, burgers, potatoes, rice….stuff to keep the fridge stocked for grab and go meals. Hopefully as spring arrives and the days grow longer I will be inspired to whip up some creative concoctions to share with you. But until then…
What I want to focus on this month for my food feature is gluten-free treats! Now let me preface this by saying that gluten-free is not synonymous with healthy. Many of these gluten-free goodies are things that we have on Saturday afternoon or evening as part of our weekly cheat. These items are by no means classified as paleo. But I’ve learned the hard way. If I’m going to stray from my mostly paleo diet, I regret it less if I go gluten-free. Gluten kills me. And there are so many delicious gluten-free goodies, I figured I’d save you the trouble and just tip you off to which one are the best (in my opinion, of course!)
Pizza: I’ve tried several different brands and my hands down favorite is Against the Grain. The crust is deliciously doughy for a gluten-free food. It’s a good sized pizza, perfect for sharing.
Potato Chips: Terra Chips Sweet Potato Chips. I eat way too many of these. It’s the salt. And the crunch. I’ve pretty much convinced myself these are healthy for me. It’s kind of a problem.
Cookies: Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Sandwich Dream cookies. Look like Oreos, slightly different taste, but close. Delicious nonetheless. Very sweet and light. We’ve tried lots of gluten-free cookies and these are Eric’s favorites. But the Enjoy Life Soft Baked Snickerdoodle cookies are a very close runner up!
Ice Cream: Talenti. Technically it’s gelato. It doesn’t matter. It’s delicious. It’s crack. If you don’t have self control, it might be better if you pretend like you never read this because once you try it, you’re done for. They have the most amazing flavors and the ingredient lists are pretty clean. (Note: I didn’t say clean. I said PRETTY clean. Translation: clean enough for me on a cheat day.)
Taco Shells: Udi’s plain tortillas. I haven’t found a hard taco shell that’s gluten-free. But these work fine for soft taco shells. I love taco salads, with or without the cheese. But sometimes you just want to be a normal human and have a taco night. These do the job. Taste is decent, and the texture and consistency are right, which can be hard to find when you’re dealing with gluten-free products.
Mac and Cheese: Annies. OMG. If you haven’t tried this yet, you are missing out. Tastes damn close to Kraft. We just discovered this recently and now we’re screwed. I’m glad I only bought one box. It forced us to share. I’m pretty sure I could’ve crushed a box myself and Eric probably could’ve eaten two. It’s that good. I cooked it with kielbasa (also not paleo) but threw in some baby spinach leaves for good measure
So there you have it! Some of my favorite go to gluten-free cheats! Enjoy!