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Monica's Goes Grocery Shopping and We Get Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I started my week with a trip to the grocery store.  Yup, the regular ol' grocery store: SuperFresh.  They don't have a large selection of specifically gluten-free products, but they do have my weekly staples.

I write the items on my list in the order in which I will walk around the store; it helps me to avoid the unnecessary purchases (like candy and potato chips).  Also, since I've started to walk to and from the store, I like to make the trip as quick as possible.
So here it is:  The list...
(Directly from my hot pink post-it note):
  • Soy milk (I still cannot drink cow's milk.  Thank you, gut...) -- Silk brand (I've tried other brands and for me this one tastes the best.)
  • Rice Pudding -- Kozy Shack
  • Yogurt -- Dannon or Yoplait brands are labeled Gluten Free!
  • Cream cheese--Philadelphia
  • Corn tortillas – Pepito
  • Eggs
  • Lunch meat – Oscar Mayer (Lucky me!  It's on sale this week!)
  • Canned Black beans -- Goya or Hanover
  • Tomato Soup -- Pacific
  • Canned tuna -- Chicken of the Sea
  • Canned chicken – Valley Fresh, read the label, it should say GF, if it doesn't, err on not trying it.
  • Rice Chex Cereal -- General Mills
  • Peanut Butter--Jif Brand, but I also have 'natural' versions of peanut butter that are just as delicious and w/o the extra stabilizers and stuff, but Jif is the best to make my favorite cookies!
  • Banana
  • Pear

There are plenty of items that I already have in the pantry and freezer that I can add to this week's staples for my meals.  What's already in the pantry and freezer:
  • Frozen broccoli and spinach -- store brand
  • Whole Foods Bakehouse -- pizza crust and sandwich bread
  • Glutino bagels
  • Canned diced tomatoes (usually less expensive and won't spoil) -- store brand
  • Bag of potatoes
  • Bag of onions
  • Fresh garlic and ginger
  • Corn meal – Quaker
  • Premade polenta – Sun of Italy
  • Brown Rice
  • Rice noodles (found in the Asian section of the store)
  • Pasta -- DeBoles Corn or Ancient Harvest Quinoa pasta products
  • Grits – store brand or Quaker
  • Marinara sauce – Rinaldi original or marinara
  • Goya's canned tuna stuffed olives (I love Goya!)
  • Cook and serve pudding – jello
  • Tortilla chips – Utz, Tostitos
  • Salsa – many kinds, Mrs. Renfro’s is my current favorite (read the label, it should say GF, if it doesn't, err on not trying it.)
  • Tofu – NaSoya
  • Canned pineapple -- store brand
  • Ground flax seed -- Bob’s Red Mill
  • Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch (It's a new find for me and it's a great price, compared to other bars)
  • Lara bars -- all the flavors are good
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast (dark chocolate, all flavors but malt are ok)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 c. Peanut Butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 Tbs. GF vanilla flavoring -- McCormick
4 eggs
1 bag chocolate chips -- Nestle
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together. Drop 1" spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned. Cool and Enjoy.
We baked these cookies at Christmas and I took them to my Super Bowl party. No one knew the difference. It was fun to see the reactions of family and friends when I told them the cookies were gluten free!
Gluten Free doesn't mean that you have to give up what you really love. It gives you a license to be creative!

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