Mama's often mentioned that she has celiac disease. It both a digestive disease and an auto-immune disorder. There's lots of information available about celiac disease. instead of telling you about the disease, we're going to show you some of the things that mama eats.
Ener-g Foods is a local bakery that ships their products around the world. They have a small store front about 3 miles from here. mama buys tapioca bread, pretzels, and egg replacer there. (you can order directly from their website)
Namaste Foods is a company based in Idaho that makes mixes for some amazing snack stuff--brownies, pizza crust, etc. Their products are sometimes are hard to find, a little spendy, and totally worth the search! (you can order directly from their website)
One of the things that someone with celiac gets used to is an expanded food budget. For example, typical mac and cheese--at $1 a box or less--is out of the picture because the mac is made with wheat flour. Gluten-free versions frequently cost in the $3 to $4.50 per box range. The crackers (above) cost $3.49 for a 7 ounce box. Pretzels are $1.89 for a 4 ounce bag. A 1-lb (or less) loaf of bread is over $4.
Two of mom's favorite stores are Trader Joe's and Fred Meyer. Neither store is completely gluten-free, so shopping can take some time, but there are some mighty tasty things at both. A lot of the Indian fare at Trader Joe's is gluten-free. The salsas, especially our favorite corn salsa, are available there. They have chips, nuts, sauces, rice, rice pasta (which can--surprisingly--be used like regular wheat pasta, and tastes darn fine!), fresh fruit and veggies, as well as frozen fruit (mmm, smoothies).
Fred Meyer has a health food section, with a four-foot section of gluten-free foods. Four feet doesn't sound like much, but they have the basics: crackers, bread, pretzels, brownie mix.
The few places I listed are only a few of them that mama uses. There are lots that you can find on the net. And of course, there are some local places in many large cities--like Seattle--that specialize in gluten-free foods. They are places to be treasured!