To Help You Get Started Cooking Gluten-Free
we've compiled a list of links for gluten-free foods and cookware that will help you make our recipes.
Tinkyada Rice Noodles
We recommend using 100% rice noodles for the recipes in our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook because they hold together well even when overcooked as opposed to gluten-free noodles made from corn that can become mushy if overcooked.
Trader Joe's sells low-cost gluten-free 100% rice penne pasta and spiral pasta. If you don't live near a Trader Joe's store then try Tinkyada who makes a high-quality 100% rice noodle that can be ordered on Amazon.
This link is for (3) 16-oz packages of elbow noodles which is enough to cook (6) pasta-based skillets from our cookbook.
Tinkyada Economy Pack
If you are already familiar with Tinkyada 100% rice noodles and can't find them at your local grocer you may want to order them from Amazon in an economy pack of (12) 16-oz packages.
This economy pack contains enough elbow noodles to cook (24) pasta-based skillets from our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook.
Tinkyada also makes gluten-free 100% rice spiral pasta, penne pasta, shell pasta, spaghetti, and lasagna noodles that can be purchased on Amazon.
Tinkyada facilities are dedicated gluten-free facilities and are Kosher Certified.
Uncle Ben's Converted Rice
Many of the recipes in our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook call for the use of converted (parboiled) rice which holds together and doesn't become mushy when overcooked.
Many retailers such as Walmart sell store brands of converted (parboiled) rice at an economical price. If you don't live near a retailer that carries a generic brand of converted rice then you can order this economy-sized bag of Uncle Ben's Converted Rice. It contains 12 pounds of converted rice which is enough for approximately (19) rice-based skillet meals from our cookbook.
Trader Joe's sells an economical package of gluten-free taco seasoning and Costco sells bulk packages of the regular McCormick taco seasoning which at the time of this writing has no gluten-containing ingredients but is not certified against cross-contamination with gluten that may be present in their manufacturing facility.
If you are extremely sensitive to gluten you may want to spend the extra money to purchase the McCormick Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning which can be ordered from Amazon.
San-J Wheat-free Tamari Sauce
Several of the recipes in our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook call for the use of wheat-free Tamari sauce.
Most regular soy sauces are not gluten-free because they contain wheat as an ingredient. Wheat-free Tamari sauce is a gluten-free substitute that has an earthier, richer flavor than soy sauce.
San-J sells a wheat-free Tamari sauce that is certified gluten-free and is also suitable for those on a Kosher diet.
It is available at well-stocked grocers. If you can’t find it at your local grocer then use the link to order it from Amazon.
Most well-stocked grocers sell granulated garlic which is garlic that is dehydrated and ground into small granules so that it resembles the texture of fine sand.
Most of the recipes in our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook that use garlic call for the use of granulated garlic. Granulated garlic has a long shelf life as compared to fresh garlic and is much more convenient to use.
If you try to substitute garlic powder (which has a fine powdery texture like flour) the garlic taste will be overwhelming. Likewise if you try to substitute garlic salt your dish will taste too salty.
Costco sells a large economy-sized package of California-grown granulated garlic (Kirkland brand).
Many grocers also sell small packages of granulated garlic. If you can’t find granulated garlic locally you can order the Costco economy-sized package online at Amazon via the link below.
One teaspoon of granulated garlic equals one clove of fresh garlic so even though this is a big package you will find yourself ordering another one in about 3-6 months as it goes quick.
Cookware and Utensils
Calphalon 12-inch skillet with lid
All of the recipes in our Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Skillet Meals cookbook are made using a 12-inch skillet with lid. If you don't own a suitably-sized skillet then consider this Calphalon non-stick skillet.
For quality at an affordable price you can’t beat Calphalon. This midrange skillet has a non-stick surface for easy cleanup and a tight-fitting glass lid that seals well to the skillet.
Please note that the manufacturer recommends hand washing the pan (the lid can go in your dishwasher). This Calphalon product is not suitable for induction cook top stoves.
T-fal 12-inch skillet with lid
If you are on a budget T-fal makes an economy-priced 12-inch skillet with a non-stick surface and glass lid. Use the link below to order from Amazon.
T-fal states that the skillet base is dishwasher safe. Please note this product is not suitable for induction cook top stoves.
IKEA Plastic Cutting Board
When you follow the gluten-free diet you must be aware of the possibility for cross-contamination with gluten-containing foods in your kitchen.
Wooden and bamboo cutting boards can retain residual traces of gluten that can contaminate your gluten-free food. Plastic cutting boards can be cleaned of residual gluten by washing in the dishwasher.
This 14 ½ by 19 ½ plastic cutting board from IKEA is economical and large enough to handle any item you need to cut.
Faberware Heavy Duty Cutting Board
If you do a lot of cooking you may want to invest in a thicker plastic cutting board that will last for years.
Faberware makes an economical 8 x 10 inch sturdy cutting board that can be run through the dishwasher to clean it of residual gluten that can be left behind when your friends use it to cut their gluten-containing French bread.
Plastic Cooking and Serving Spoon
Cooking gluten-free means throwing out your wood and bamboo utensils because no matter how much you wash them residual gluten can embed itself into the wood or bamboo and contaminate your gluten-free food.
This large-bowl plastic spoon is ideal for both stirring and serving. It’s dishwasher safe and it won’t scratch non-stick surfaces.
Plastic Stir Spoons
I really missed my wooden spoons until I found these simple plastic stir spoons. They clean up of all traces of residual gluten in your dishwasher, are heat-safe, and won’t scratch your non-stick cookware.
Economical Chef Knife
If you have a passion for cooking you know that you can spend a lot of money on kitchen knives. But in reality you only need two knives: a chef knife for chopping and a paring knife for peeling vegetables and fine dicing.
If you don’t own a chef knife then this economical yet sturdy chef knife should be more than sufficient to make the recipes in our cookbooks
Economical Paring Knife
A paring knife is useful for peeling vegetables and dicing up food into small pieces. This economical paring knife is easy on the hands and should provide many years of use.
Mechanical Kitchen Scale
Pasta and noodles can take so many shapes and sizes. In order to design a recipe that will work for every type of gluten-free pasta our recipes call for the noodles to be measured by weight instead of volume which can vary depending upon the pasta shape.
This handy inexpensive mechanical kitchen scale has a detachable bowl and will measure up to one pound (16 ounces) of pasta or other food products.
It requires no batteries and the bowl flips upside down for compact storage.
Electronic Kitchen Scale
Some people like to measure more precisely. This electronic kitchen scale gives a more precise measurement than the mechanical kitchen scale listed above yet it’s still an affordable price.
It has a detachable bowl and can toggle between pounds/ounces and kilograms/grams for those times when you need to take a metric measurement. It also will measure a higher capacity, up to 11 pounds.
Hamilton Beach 7-quart Slow Cooker
Our Classic Beef Chili recipe listed on our website is ideal to bring to a potluck to ensure that there’s at least one gluten-free dish you can eat.
Tote your chili in this 7-quart slow cooker that has a removable, dishwasher-safe insert and clear glass lid so you can monitor your food without removing the lid.
This slow cooker has multiple heat settings (high, low, warm) and can be programmed for 2-10 hours of cooking time. I personally use this slow cooker. It will switch to “warm” when the programmed cooking time has elapsed so it’s perfect for when you get delayed coming home from work.
Look for an Easy Delicious Gluten-Free Slow Cooker cookbook in the future that will feature recipes that can be started before you leave for work and will be ready to eat when you get home 8-10 hours later.