Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Thai Kitchen: many boxed meals are gluten free!

There are very few boxed meals that celiacs can eat, so when we find some, it's great.
Thai Kitchen, makers of fine Thai food, make many gluten-free products, helpfully labeled as such on the package. TK's experimental tummy agrees that they are indeed GF. In addition, their Stir-Fry Rice Noodles, a fettuccine-like substitute for pasta, are the best GF rice pasta around.
When I was first diagnosed, I bought probably 5 brands of GF pasta (rice, corn-rice, quinoa-rice, whatever,) and they were all simultaneously gritty and slimy. Thai Kitchen's noodles, on the other hand, are forgiving (meaning if you boil them a minute too long, they won't turn to mush) and have a nice texture. I often mix Thai Kitchen's rice noodles and the soybean noodles below to balance protein and carbs.
Many of Thai Kitchen's products are gluten-free, and a number are other allergen-free, too. Their site includes an excellent allergen information page and also has excellent recipes.
Thai Kitchen labels their GF products "Gluten-Free" under the ingredients list and often on the front. Do look for this tag as a few of their products are not GF. Thai Kitchen products are available in most general grocery stores and many health food stores.

These products get a "Best" rating because they're excellent food that happens to be GF.

GF products include:

Thai Peanut Stir Fry Noodle Meal Kit
Original Pad Thai Stir Fry Noodle Meal Kit
Lemongrass and Chili Stir Fry Noodle Meal Kit

ALL Instant Rice Noodle Soups (They look like Ramen packages.)
(Bangkok Curry, Spring Onion, etc.)

Roasted Garlic Instant Rice Noodle Bowl
Mushroom Instant Rice Noodle Bowl
Spring Onion Instant Rice Noodle Bowl
Lemongrass and Chili Instant Rice Noodle Bowl
Thai Ginger Instant Rice Noodle Bowl

ALL "Noodle Carts" (Rectangular boxes.)
(Thai Peanut, Pad Thai, etc.)

Original Pad Thai "Take Out Box"
Thai Basil and Chili "Take Out Box"
Ginger and Sweet Chili "Take Out Box"

ALL Jasmine Rice Mixes
(Green Chili and Garlic, etc.)

ALL Rice Noodles, Coconut milks, Sauces, Curry Pastes, and Simmer Sauces are GF.

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