Here’s a list of some gluten and dairy free shelf-stable or frozen foods. I’m going to list some general items as well as specific brands and products. Coronavirus aside, it’s always good to have a few extra items that will last during any emergency or sickness.
Please note this list is not to make light of or poke fun at the coronavirus. Nor is my intention to create more fear. There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding this in the U.S. and I just wanted to offer a helpful grocery list for those with allergies who want to prepare.
While I originally had other content planned for this week I thought this list would be a bit more helpful right now. I’m in a lot of different Facebook groups for people with food allergies and I keep seeing people ask, “what should I be stocking up on?”. So here’s a list of gluten and dairy free items that are easy to keep in your cupboards or freezers during this coronavirus outbreak.
Before I get into this list I want to take a second to remind you that we can find peace even through uncertainty when we rest in our Lord, Jesus. No matter what happens in this physical life if we are saved by Jesus Christ then we know we are secured. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). We can rest easy knowing that our Heavenly Father is in charge of all. If you don’t know the Lord, my prayer is that you’ll take this time to turn to Him.
In times of uncertainty or fear, I like to read through Revelations. It’s an amazing book of the bible that will give comfort in knowing that God has a plan. God doesn’t leave us in the dark about what’s to come, he lays it all out in His Word.
How much should I be stocking up?
I wanted to clarify that I don’t think you should be going to the store and throwing your whole paycheck down on all of this food. We are very much in a state of unknown right now in the U.S. Right now, the best thing we can do is remain calm and reasonable. It certainly doesn’t hurt to buy a few extra items from this list just in case you have to stay at home for an extended period of time. But I also don’t think we should be spending more than we have or emptying the shelves of our local stores.
I’m curious to know, how much are you stocking up? Leave a comment down below with your opinion.
Shelf-Stable Grocery List
First I’ll dive into the shelf-stable items you could stock up on. These items range from canned foods to boxed mac n cheese.
Canned Beans – This one is probably a given. You can do so much with canned beans. I even enjoy making a creamy dairy free pasta sauce out of chickpeas.
Canned Refried Beans– I really enjoy adding refried beans to dairy free recipes for an added creamy element. You can even put them inside of a tortilla instead of cheese.
Canned Coconut Milk – Canned coconut milk is thick and creamy. I have so many recipes with canned coconut milk. It’s also a great shelf-stable dairy free milk option.
Canned Stewed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes, or Tomato Sauce – Hey, just because you’re quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t add good flavors to your meals.
Canned Fruits or Veggies – While canned veggies aren’t my normal go-to if you are quarantined you’ll quickly run out of fresh produce. If you have to eat canned veggies I suggest hiding them in casseroles like my Tater Tot Casserole.
Canned Pumpkin – A little random, but canned pumpkin is a great egg replacer and adds so much moisture to baked goods. If you’re stuck at home with no eggs but want to bake something yummy then you’re going to want some canned pumpkin. Oh and some pumpkin bread recipes too.
Shelf Stable Dairy Free Milk – If almond milk or other dairy free kinds of milk are a necessity in your home, it wouldn’t hurt to have 1 or 2 shelf-stable containers on hand.
Daiya Boxed Mac n Cheese – I recently stocked up on these because Vitacost was having a sale. Now I’m set for anything.
Ener-G English Muffins – Again, kind of random but if you want some sort of bread these are delicious and if unopened they have a very long shelf life.
Gluten Free “Ramen” Soup – There are a few different brands that have “ramen” type soups that are both gluten and dairy free. These are great to have on hand for sick days too. Some of my favorites are, Lotus Foods, Thai Kitchen Garlic and Vegetable, Thai Kitchen Spring Onion, and A Taste of Thai Coconut Ginger
Rice and Gluten Free Pasta – It’s definitely a good time to make sure you’re stocked up on the basics.
Vegan Protein Powder – This is a great way to get some extra nutrients. My favorite is the Vega Line of products.
Coconut Oil – Unlike dairy free butter coconut oil can be kept at room temp.
Your Favorite Snacks – I have a lot of favorite gluten free snacks and if I’m stuck at home I’m going to want some. Need some new snack ideas? Check out the following posts:
Trying Snacks from Marshall’s
Trying Snacks from Amazon
The Best Gluten and Dairy Free Costco Finds
The Best Gluten Free School Snacks
Frozen Foods Grocery List
Here are the frozen items that would be great to keep on hand. As I did above, I’ll list some general ideas as well as some favorite specific brands.
Meat – I always buy meat in bulk at Costco and keep it in my freezer. To make things easier I suggest portioning out the meat into the quantity you’ll want for one meal before freezing. That way your pack of 20 chicken breasts isn’t all stuck together when you only want to defrost 4.
Frozen Vegetables – I prefer frozen vegetables to canned vegetables and if you have a big enough freezer this is a great item to stock up on.
Frozen Fruits – When it comes to frozen fruits I like to buy fresh, cut, and freeze. Then it’s easy to add frozen fruit to your smoothies or cook them into your oatmeal.
Gluten Free Bread – Gluten free bread is generally kept in the freezer anyways. If you know you’ll want bread it doesn’t hurt to grab an extra loaf. If you want to know my favorite gluten free bread check out this gluten free replacement guide.
Amy’s Frozen Meals – Again read the ingredients because not all of Amy’s meals are gluten and dairy free.
Dr. Praeger’s Frozen Veggie Burgers – Veggie burgers are a great option if you aren’t in the mood for meat or if you just want more veggies. Not all of their products are gluten free so read the ingredients carefully.
Feel Good Foods Frozen Foods – I love their gluten free potstickers. I’m soy free so I just enjoy them with coconut aminos instead of the sauce they come with.
What did you stock up on?
I hope these grocery lists can help you plan for anything. Did you stock up on something I forgot to mention here? I’d love to hear it in the comments.
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