Now that you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or you suffer from gluten intolerance, what are your options?
Gluten-Free Living magazine addressed this matter in their September/ October 2013 issue which you may find useful:
Of all the varieties of mainstream, low-calorie meals we only found a few that are gluten-free.
Heinz lists five Smart Ones meals as being gluten free: Broccoli and Cheddar Potatoes, Lemon Herb Chicken Piccata, Santa Fe Rice and Beans, Home Style Chicken and Chicken Santa Fe.
Nestle, maker of Lean Cuisine says this about its products” “Unfortunately we cannot provide a list of Nestle products that are gluten free. Most of our products contain gluten or a derivative of gluten.”
Even meals that look like they have the potential to be gluten free, chicken and rice, for example, often contain soy sauce made from wheat or wheat flour in a sauce or gravy. Lean Cuisine products have a “Contains” statement on the label that clearly spells out when wheat is an ingredient. But you can save yourself some time looking because nearly all do.
ConAgra Foods does not include any of its Healthy Choice meals on the company’s list of gluten-free products or its list of foods “that do not contain gluten ingredients but have not yet been verified as being gluten free through product testing.” ConAgra also uses a “Contains” statement to identify when wheat is an ingredient.
But if mainstream companies continue to ignore gluten-free consumers looking for convenient, healthier frozen meals, specialty companies are meeting the need. Evol Foods has four gluten-free frozen entrees. Amy’s launched a line of gluten-free Light and Lean meals. Glutino has two gluten-free meals, and Saffron Road has nine. Cedar Lane has six products, including a layered enchilada pie and three egg-white omelets.
You’ll find frozen, gluten-free burritos from Glutenfreeda, Evol and Amy’s that also make good lunch options. While they may not be complete meals, dinner can be covered by a number of ready-made pastas and pizza.