Starting with the Basics: Beyond the Bread

Before I jump right into describing what lies beyond the bread, please check out my article on gluten-free bread, Starting with the Basics: Bread! There are a variety of gluten-free products available that one can eat aside from bread. Bagels. Rolls. English Muffins. Baguettes. So on and so forth. And just remember, these personal opinions, so if you agree or disagree, that’s alright! I am just here to guide you through you’re journey of having a gluten-free lifestyle.

So let’s start out with breakfast time. When you’re ready to move on from eating a bowl of mushy rice puffs every morning, you know you have come to the right place! You have just opened a new door of opportunity in finding some wonderful gluten-free products. Have you ever craved to have a grainy, wholesome bagel with a mixed berry jam or a cinnamon raisin bagel with fresh strawberry cream cheese? Now you can! Whether you prefer plain, multigrain, or even cinnamon raisin, they are all within your reach.

Plain and Multigrain Bagels. I would highly recommend Udi’s Whole Grain Bagel and Kinnikinnick’s New York Style Plain Bagels. They have to be stored in the freezer, so I recommend microwaving them for a soft bagel. I love the taste of Kinnikinnick’s bagel so much that I eat them with just three sprays of butter (I use ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ butter spray). For a sweeter taste, I recommend the cinnamon raisin bagel. Now, many brands make this bagel. I recall enjoying Glutino, Udi’s, and Kinnikinnick’s Cinnamon Raisin Bagel. But my favorite was Kinnikinnick’s. Again, this is simply a personal preference, so you may enjoy Glutino’s bagel more than Udi’s or vice versa. But I do not recommend buying Rudi’s bagels. I find them to be dry in texture and not nearly as mouth-watering in taste.

Onto the English Muffins. This is a product that I’m still looking for the right one. Have I found good English muffins? Yes, but they aren’t as satisfying as the bagels. The best one is Kinnikinnick’s Tapioca Rice English Muffins. When warmed, they are soft and airy. They must be stored in the freezer. Another brand that I discovered early on in my gluten-free journey is Foods by George’s Plain English Muffins. Although I ate them regularly without complaint when first diagnosed, my current expectation for gluten-free foods has raised. This English muffin is dry with a crumbly, falling-apart texture. But the taste is actually pretty good

Now onto lunch and dinner. If you are planning to have a hearty tomato soup with gluten-free bread, you could switch out the bread for a roll or a piece of a baguette. For a flaky, soft, and light roll, I highly recommend Schar’s Ciabatta Paperbaked Rolls. They come in a pack of four rolls in a vacuum pack. Another great option if you don’t want a plain roll, I would choose Amaranth’s Gluten-Free Rosemary Dinner Roll. They are small, but packed with the flavor of herbs and a seedy texture. For a gluten-free baguette… can you believe I’m saying gluten-free and baguette in the same sentence? It really is incredible! If you haven’t tried Schar’s Parbaked Baguettes, you’re missing out. There are two baguettes per package. With this delicious bread, you won’t feel deprived when the family is eating lasagna with a piece of garlic and herbed baguette.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with a wealth of new information. But, next time you want to make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner a little more exciting and tasteful, you’ll have a couple more options in your back pocket! Any questions, comments, suggestions, or feedback, please go to the contact tab above and fill it out!

Cheers,

Anika

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