My favourite flour and packet mixes for beginners to “free from” cooking

One of my favourite brands for “free-from” products is Orgran. I’ve been using the Orgran products for years, I suggest them in clinic and I’ve used them on the show because they have a range of really practical products that:

  • actually taste like the food they’re an alternative to,
  • are easy to use and
  • are widely available (and there really is no point in making a cooking show to help people cook with alternatives if the ingredients are too hard to source).

In our Interview Frank talked about his favourites, and so I thought I’d take a moment to share some of mine too.

From the ready to eat range

I like the crackers we used these at our book launch party earlier this year. They’re great for serving with dips (like the ones from our book). Orgran also make great crisp bread and pre-made biscuits with some cute options for kids.

orgran crackers .

Pantry staples

One of my favourite products is the Orgran All-purpose plain flour.  I use this in so many recipes, including my dairy, soy and gluten-free Bechamel style sauce  (I also use the Organ lasagne sheets in the lasagne too).

Lisa's bechemel lasagne

(To watch a video of the lasagne recipe, click here or if you’d like to get the recipe click here).

Another recipe I use the All-purpose plain flour in is my  dairy, soy, gluten, egg and meat free Mac n’ cheese.

I’ve also used it to make gluten-free crostoli and my other favourite at this time of year, ninja bread / Ninja stars (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, ginger-free ginger bread).

Lisa White Ninja stars

Packet mixes

I also love some of the packaged options Orgran produce, because as a busy mum with 2 kids, sometimes I don’t have time to make everything from scratch and neither do many of my clients in clinic and so two of my favourites in this range are the chocolate muffin and vanilla cake mixes. In fact the vanilla cake has been a bit of a ‘hit’ at the last 2 birthday parties (and I’ve written about one of the ways I’ve used it here: How to have your gluten, dairy, soy and egg free cake – and eat it too  if you are making a cake for your little superhero).

superhero cakeBut the other packet mixes like the gluten free bread are great too, the bread is easy to make and comes up really well and is fluffier than some of the shop bought loaves I’ve tried. At home, we also love the apple and cinnamon pancakes for lazy days and long weekends.

orgran bread 1

So that’s it for my pantry staples. What about you?  Leave a comment below and let us know what your favourite go-to pantry staples are?

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