Need To Eat Gluten Free But Cant Afford It
Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:49 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:02 PM
Buy from a CSA or farmer's market. Foods there are usually cheaper than stores.
Make your own bread/pizza crust. I've just started grinding my own rice to make flour and I like it. You don't have to start out with a fancy electric grinder either. You can buy a manual for next to nothing.
Milk free (all forms) since 1991
Feingold in 2003
First gluten-free round 2007
Now entering full time Gluten free, egg free, almond/peanut free
Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:19 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:27 AM
Positive Celiac Blood Panel - Dec., 2009
Endoscopy with Positive Biopsy - April 9, 2010
Gluten Free - April 9, 2010
Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:56 AM
Peanut and dairy free: Dec. 2009
Rediscovered dairy: March 2010 (in small quantities)
Peanuts added back: June 2010 (in small quantities)
Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:29 AM
Last night we (2) had salad (bagged, on sale ~$0.50) with tomatoes (on sale ~$0.50), mushrooms (on sale ~$2.00), avocados (on sale ~$1.25), dressing (on sale ~$0.20) and rice (on sale ~$0.50) with cilantro (on sale ~$0.10), stems from the salad mushrooms, and chicken thighs (on sale ~$0.75). The mushrooms were the most expensive part, and I got them as a splurge. We ate the salad first, and I have some chicken and rice left over.
For brekkie will probably have a scrambled egg dish. Onion (~$0.25), potato (~$0.35), red bell pepper (~$0.99), tomato (~$0.50), eggs (I have chickens, but eggs are cheap). This is usually filling enough to count as lunch, too. May supplement with bananas (on sale).
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:51 AM
It may have to be a new way of eating for everyone in the family. Sounds like, even if gluten-free wasn't an issue, you would still have an extremely tight food budget. No more chips, bottled juices, etc.
Rice, beans and some corn is an easy & cheap meal (and one of my 16 years olds favorites). Add meat or cheese if you have any. Potatoes are cheap and versitile. Frozen juice concentrate and veggies go on sale often.
I don't know where you live so this might not apply. Do your neighbors have gardens? They will always have too many zuchhini that you can freeze and add to the beans and rice. I just got a bunch of blueberries from my SIL who just bought a house with 15 huge bushes, Neighbors are coming over to pick some. Maybe a neighbor with a big garden that could use some help in exchange for some veggies?
Food pantries won't necessarily have gluten-free bread but they have many gluten-free things like Peanut butter, veggies, pasta sauce (good over rice).
Many groceries & Walmart have a discounted food area. Stuff that's at its expiration date. Most stuff is good for days after or you could freeze it or use it tonight.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:36 AM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:02 AM
Ground turkey is good(not ground turkey breast) and makes great tacos if you add the taco seasoning packets.
Or you can make spaghetti with the ground turkey and just add Bertolli spaghetti sauce with Quinoa spaghetti noodles. You can't tell it's gluten-free.
We also make a lot of fajitas with corn tortilla and chicken (occasionally steak) Pick up an iron pan at Target and it's great to cook the meat on. Sautee some onions, red peppers, add cheese and tomatoes and that makes a great dish.
Udi's wheat bread is good for grilled cheese and toast. I haven't made a sandwich yet. Sorry I know this is expensive but if you are forced to buy a few gluten-free items this is a good one as well as the spaghetti.
I don't buy much gluten-free foods bc they don't taste that great.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:19 AM
Here is a link for all the Publix gluten free sales this week. The red is coupons and some you can print online. Again...not sure if it is just our area or not. I love when someone else figures it out for you!
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:50 AM
I was diagnosed with celiac disease and crohns disease after having my daughter and lately i was doubting my diagnosis, but my dr reaffirmed that i will get cancer and die if i dont stick to it. (Hes a little blunt and can be too direct at times). But anyways, my husband and I are pretty strapped for cash lately, his job is laying off 2000 people and might close permanatly, and unemployment is barely paying our rent alone. I cannot afford $6 loaves of gluten free bread, and $8 for 2 pizza crusts. I really am on a top raman noodle budget right now. Even fruits would be a luxury to buy right now. What can I do?? My husband and daughter do not need to eat gluten free, but just buying gluten-free for me is too much money that we dont have. Any suggestions??
As others said, simple foods are best. It may not be perfect, but it works. I've been in the situation of having to "make do" with what we could afford when my husband was unemployed for almost a year.
Rather than trying to replace the gluten foods like bread and pizza, you might have to eat really different. And maybe your family could eat without gluten as well just to keep everyone eating the same thing. It is really expensive if you are trying to cook separately for the "glutens" and "non-glutens".
For sandwiches, you can make your own stuff really easy...we do a sort of "pancake" that was designed for the specific carbohydrate diet, but my family has accepted it very well...here is the recipe. They are not just gluten-free, they are grain free which might be helpful if you do have Crohn's.
Actually, hunt around the No More Crohn's site. They have LOTS of ideas that wouldn't be too expensive.
Does your family like meatloaf? Just make your favorite recipe but leave out the bread crumbs. Don't even try to substitute, but maybe add a little extra egg.
Also, you can make "sandwich wrap" crepes that you use like tortillas, you just roll up sandwich fillings inside or whatever you want...use them for burritos too...first, you will need a good, all-purpose flour mix to bake with. Recipes abound all over the internet, just poke around a little and you can find them. Look for the simpler ones...there are some good ones based on three basic starches, like rice flour/tapioca flour/potato starch. Those are our favorite three for a lot of our baking.
A sample flour mix recipe from "Artisanal Gluten Free Cooking", by Kelli and Peter Bronski:
1 1/4 cups brown rice flour
3/4 cup sorghum flour (you could substitute a bean flour...garbanzo for example)
2/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup potato starch (NOT potato flour, they are NOT interchangeable!)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon potato flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (you can use guar gum here...some are sensitive to xanthan)
Another mix HERE, and HERE just for you to check out. Some of the recipes you already use can be made successfully with these flours, you'll just have to try them out.
You didn't say whether you use more of the prepared convenience-type foods, or whether you do more cooking from scratch. It will take a little more time investment, but you will save some $$$ making your own.
Do you have space for a garden? We use a lot of spaghetti squash to substitute for pasta, we have three plants going now in the backyard so we don't have to pay a lot for them. Gluten-free pasta is expensive, the squash serves more for the money around here.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:11 AM
As the other posters have said, eating gluten free isn't just substituting the foods we normally eat, it's changing your diet and lifestyle completely. You cook from scratch more, eat pre-prepared food less, and only get good gluten-free items as occasional treats.
Buy foods that are naturally gluten-free, get them in bulk, on sale, anywhere you can. Rice is your best friend (I am a giant piece of rice!), so find the cheapest place you can get it. Don't just look at the chain grocery stores. Chinese/Asian markets are great if you have any, for rice, noodles, veggies, etc for often cheaper than the supermarket. If you do make/buy gluten-free bread, stick it in the freezer and have it on occasion (all my bread goes straight in the freezer and reemerges as toast). Maybe invest in a bread maker. I know if you have crohn's, potatoes and corn will become your staples. You can make your own tortillas from corn meal/flour.
Start a garden, if you don't have one, if just for things like herbs and lettuce (that can be grown inside if you want).
In any case, it takes time, and learning, and patience, and a lot of "do I really need that", but you'll get used to it, and come to like new things, and when you do get that piece of gluten-free chocolate cake on occasion, it'll taste all the better.
Good luck and take care
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- Gluten-free since March 2009 (not officially diagnosed, but most likely Celiac). Symptoms have greatly improved or disappeared since.
- Soy intolerant. Dairy free (likely casein intolerant). Problems with eggs, quinoa, brown rice
- mild gastritis seen on endoscopy Oct 2012. Not sure if healed or not.
- Family members with Celiac: Mother, sister, aunt on mother's side, aunt and uncle on father's side, more being diagnosed every year.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:17 AM
Hope I helped, Laura
Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:37 PM
The bad thing is that to save money, you'll have to cook a lot more than you would normally. The upside is that you and your family may eat healthier. Focus on naturally gluten-free food - rice, potatoes, meat, fish, chicken. Beans can be made from dried beans much cheaper than canned. Make your own spagetti sauce at 1/10th the price. Heck, you can even make yogurt if your family likes that at 1/20th the cost.
Then learn to bake later if you want real bread but don't want to pay $8/loaf. Maybe start making flourless PB cookies or corn bread or waffles and pancakes. (Ask if you want recepies.) Then learn to make bread.
You can do this!
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:26 PM
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