My Gluten-Free Pantry Today

What’s in Your Gluten-Free Pantry? (and a Special Free Offer)

What’s in Your Gluten-Free Pantry?

It’s important to know about safe foods, so I’m adding a “snapshot” list of my pantry.  It is not an all-inclusive list.  It’s a list of what I might have in my gluten-free kitchen on an average day.  My hope is that you can use it for ideas and direction in your kitchen.

My Gluten-Free Pantry Today

My Gluten-Free Pantry Today

To begin with, I need to point out that in our Western diet the list of things not to eat because of gluten includes a very large proportion of all the processed foods available to us.  And, living gluten-free begins first of all with what not to buy and what not to eat.

In fact, that may be the first subject that you talk about after a diagnosis of celiac disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity with your doctor or dietitian.  Because of all that, I have focused here on what we can buy and what we are able to eat.  Once I got past the moment of “I have to stop eating those things…,” I went on to “what can I eat now?”

At First It Was Challenging

It was challenging at first, but knowing a few simple things to start with helped me a lot.  When everyone around me was enjoying something I could not have (like my son’s birthday cake), I found it helped a lot to enjoy something I was able to have like gluten-free homemade Oatmeal Spice Cookies or a packaged cookie or a candy bar.

It makes a lot of difference to have a few gluten-free snacks on hand, or in my purse or backpack.  I’ve also taken to carrying a small lunch pack with me not just when I go to work or somewhere for the day, but when I go on errands or to appointments.

Along the same line, when I was learning to cook gluten-free, going to my kitchen to cook something was not so intimidating once I had a few basic items I knew I could work with.  Facing a supermarket with its huge arrays of foods – and all those labels that I needed to start reading — seemed easier when I went with a short list of things that I knew would fill my family’s immediate menu needs.

A Total of 4 Lists

There are a total of 4 lists and I truly hope they help you find good food that you can eat even though you are gluten intolerant:

–  Short Safe Foods Summary List – Quick Reference

–  Safe Produce and Whole Foods List

–  Safe Generic Foods List

–  Safe Brand Name Foods List

Here’s a link to my master list. I will try to update it regularly:

And if you’d like to learn more about how to eat gluten-free or about gluten-free living, check out my two books on Amazon:

How to Eat Gluten-Free…The Official Guide – 2012

Gluten-Free Living… For Some It’s Not a Choice… It’s a Lifesaver!


A Special Free Offer

At the time of this writing (January 14, 2012), we are running a special on Amazon.  You can get the “Gluten-Free Living…” book with our compliments at no charge through midnight, January 15, 2012.  That’s tomorrow, so get it today!


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  • Melissa Colvin

    January 16, 2012

    You did not put directions on how to get the free book I tried several times but was not successful. Your website however is great otherwise, I am new to finding out about my own celiac disease, and am pretty much shooting in the dark for ideas that are not strictly rice and potatoes. I am trying to do this on a tight budget, and it is not cheap. Thank you for the free recipes and for being there for people like me.

    • Pat

      January 16, 2012

      I’m sorry for the confusion. The picture on the upper right of the website was the link to the free offer for the book. However, the free offer ended at midnight on Sunday. Please check your email that is associated with this comment for your free copy. If the email is no longer valid, please send me your new email address at


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