Gluten-Free Trader Joe's
What is good that is gluten-free at Trader Joe's? I know they have the guide online, but I am only interested in the products that are actually 'good' and/or worth the price (and in the past I haven't needed to buy only gluten-free.. so I'm a bit lost).
I am not gf but my sister is and i've tried a lot of terrible gf foods!
At TJ's just avoid the gf breads and Udi's bagels. Bleh. The corn tortillas are good.
I really really love barbara's multigrain puffins cereal- i always have a box around. Not sure if the original is also gf but those are good too.
The latin black bean soup (in a box) is pretty good, as is the can of organic vegetarian chili. The nut butters are all gf, i like the almond butter. The pesto genovese and thai curry sauces are good.
The corn pasta is pretty good! does not reheat well, so not good for leftovers.
The quinoa and polenta are things i buy often. I love all of their hummus varieties.
My sister has found success with focusing on naturally gf foods vs weird fake foods like gf cookies or pastas. She now eats more polenta, rice, quinoa, and will use almond flour or coconut flour for baking once in a while.
I volunteer-assist a multiply-handicapped lady who has to eat GF. She had never tried polenta but liked the TJ polenta with a tomato sauce I made to go with it. The frozen GF pancakes were improved with the addition of hot strawberry sauce---a bag of TJ frozen strawberries ( $1.69, a steal) heated with sugar and thickened with cornstarch. The almond meal makes good breading in lieu of crumbs.
TJ's GF Chocolate chip cookies are THE BOMB! I suggest them to people who don't eat GF, they are that good!
I thought the GF brownie mix was pretty good. I added a little espresso powder and chocolate chips.
The GF pizza in the frozen section isn't bad, my daughter loves it.
Udi's bread, but only if you toast it. I think it's awful untoasted, but I haven't found a GF bread that isn't awful unless its toasted!
The GF pasta is ok, I like the DeLollo brand (I buy it at Sprouts) a lot better. Most of the time I just zucchini instead of pasta anyway (spiral cut as spaghetti and sliced thin for lasagna)
They are in the section above the frozen foods. I would take a photo of them, but they don't last long in our house!... Next time I'm at TJs I'll snap one. The package is the open at the top and fold down to reclose bag like package. Its yellow with a picture of a chocolate chip cookie on the front.
TJ's GF stuff is 'way cheaper than anything I have seen at the chain stores. For a GF friend I have bought polenta at TJ for around $1. 50---saw the same thing at another store for $ 4.79. She liked the GF corn-based pasta ($1. 39). The GF frozen pancakes ( $2.99) were, eh, but we improved them with a hot strawberry sauce (a bag of TJ frozen strawberries, sugar, water, cornstarch). The almond meal is versatile and useful in GF cooking.
just made another batch of crackers from elena's pantry's recipe, using all TJ's ingredients. these are soooo good.
instead of the fresh rosemary, i use an equal amount of the 21 seasoning salute. more if you want a really flavored cracker.
these are for cheese so i don't want them too spice-y. i also use TJ's almond flour. i like the texture compared to bob's mill brand.
I second the chocolate chip cookies that were mentioned, my SIL with celiac's likes the snicker doodles. The pecan pralines are really good and the I love the gf cupcakes that are chocolate with white frosting, but they are very rich.
As far as shelf stable, I like the polenta, 99 cent rice noodle bowls. I also use their fusilli brown rice pasta for chili.
From the freezer section I like the Chimchurri rice, taquitos, and many of the tamales. The creamy polenta is with spinach and carrots are okay, but I have to add some parmesan cheese. I like all their frozen burgers as well.