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Gluten Free…Mom, What’s for Dinner?


Hi.  I’m Lady T’s friend, Mary Blackburn author of Gluten Free Get-Togethers.  I blog over at Easy Gluten Free Living.  I have been gluten free since 1987 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease.  Lady T asked me if I would share some insight into living and working gluten free with her readers.  So I hope you find some value in this information.

As hard working mothers, we are always looking for shortcuts to making dinner.  But what if you have a child that is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease?  Are there any right off the store shelf foods that you can have for a quick dinner?  Here’s just some of the brands that I look to for dinner for my family.

  • Meat:  Poultry, Fish, Canned Salmon, Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna, 100% Ground Beef, Pork, Turkey, Chicken
  • Prego Spaghetti Sauce
  • Joan of Arc Kidney Beans
  • Canned Tomatoes / Dei Fratelli Seasoned Diced Tomatoes
  • Hormel Pepperoni and Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
  • Any and all fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Frozen Vegetables (Not packaged with sauces, except Walmart’s Value Time, they are processed in a facility that also processes wheat)
  • Potatoes both white and sweet
  • Pure Rice – Brown, white, basmati, (Not Rice a Roni or such, it has wheat pasta mixed in)
  • Corn Tortilla Shells / Corn Taco Shells
  • Ortega Brand Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Quaker Plain Rice Cakes (not the flavored ones)
  • Salsa
  • Cereals – Chex Brand, Corn, Rice (or any with the new Gluten Free Label), Cream of Rice, Grits
  • Eggs
  • Milk – Cow, Soy, Rice, Goat
  • Real Cheese (such as mozzarella, cheddar, and such), Velveeta Cheese, Philadelphia Cream Cheese (plain), Cheese Whiz
  • Sour Cream (not light or reduced calorie or fat free, they can contain fillers that could have wheat in them)
  • Butter
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter brand Margarine (there may be others but this is the only brand I know for certain)
  • Yoplait, Breyers, Yogurt, (check ingredient label, not all flavors are gluten free)
  • Cracker Barrel Cheese
  • Kaukauna Cheese
  • Beans and Bean Flours
  • Lay’s Potato Chips
  • Dorito’s Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips
  • Cheeto’s Brand corn snacks
  • Salted or Plain Nuts and Seeds (as long as they are not seasoned)
  • Nut Flour
  • Heinz ketchup
  • Kraft Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
  • All Vinegars except Malt Vinegar
  • Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce (in the United States)
  • French’s Yellow and Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Guldens Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Pickle Relish
  • Be Wary of Soy Sauce there are some gluten free brands but you need to check labels.
  • Most of Kraft Salad Dressings


There are now even ready made gluten free tortellini and ravioli.  The brand I like is Conte’s.

Just remember to read labels.  All labels, all the time.  If you have any favorites that are not listed here feel free to leave a comment letting me know what I’ve missed.

Just as an addendum, my husband bought a bag of Snyder’s of Berlin Potato Chips the other day.  Snyder’s of Berlin Potato chips are not gluten free.  They say right on the bag that they are processed in a factory that also processes wheat products.

So please be sure to check package labels, always.

Mary Blackburn is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She has been building an online business since 2004.  She loves reading, cooking & baking, gardening, animals, (especially her beloved black Labrador Retriever, Charlie), sightseeing, traveling, writing and spending time with her family.

She has been gluten-free since 1987, when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  You can learn more about Mary and sign up for her newsletter, The Gluten Free Gazette at her website,

To Our Mutual Success, Lady T

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