Expensive Gluten-Free Food
Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:21 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:06 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:14 AM
For snacks and packed lunches:
-put marinara sauce, cheese, and mini hormel pepperonis on a corn tortilla for mini pizzas.
-peanut butter and apple slices is delicious. Also, peanut butter and Banana.
-Some days could be a lunch of little snacky finger foods- grapes, cheese stick or cubes, pepperonis, and then maybe a gluten free cookie or other treat. Using the cookies only as a special treat and not an everyday thing will make them last a lot longer. This is one way I've saved a few bucks.
-hummus with sweet potato chips, carrot sticks, celery, or anything else for dipping.
-Tortilla chips (save money on tortilla chips by baking or frying your own with corn tortillas) with salsa, guacamole, and cheese dip
-When it gets cool outside you could put homemade soups In a thermos or even a can of Progresso if you can find any of their gluten free flavors. The chicken with rice is delicious but sometimes hard to find.
-If she has access to a microwave at school, leftovers from dinner are always a cheap option.
The main thing will be to focus on foods that are naturally gluten free and make the expensive specialty foods a treat. There are plenty of yummy (and healthy!) foods out there that are naturally safe for us to eat! I hope I helped at least a little bit. Good luck!
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:16 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:24 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:36 AM
Abby, thank you! Great ideas !! Glad to hear about progresso soups. I'll definately get a good thermos. She may like the mini pizza as well. So are all corn tortillas safe... U just made me think a taco night may be in order...
You're very welcome! For corn tortillas I buy La Banderita brand which I can usually find at Walmart for about 97 cents. The package says gluten free. Most corn tortillas should be gluten free but you definitely want to read labels to make sure they're not made on the same lines as the flour ones.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:11 AM
one of my favorite lunches is a loaded baked potato. Some invest in a Bento box for layering and keeping foods warm.
If you do find a particular gluten free food item you love, there is ordering by the case from Amazon (just in case it gets removed ~big river online ordering site)
Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:04 AM
It may seem difficult or intimidating, but making things from scratch is not only easy, but fun too.
Thanks. Making things from scratch is not my specialty. Bread is definitely something I'd try. Do I need a bread maker? I have never made bread from scratch before. I think I would make a couple loaves and freeze them.
You don't need a bread machine to make homemade bread, although some folks prefer it. Never be afraid of having a loaf flop. But if it does, you can always toast it and make gluten-free croutons or breadcrumbs out of it! Also, many find small loaves to be easier to make, so a mini loaf pan or muffin pan can be a good place to start. Then you'd have sandwich rolls, dinner rolls, burger buns, etc.
And of course, there are plenty of recipes on this site, and many fine members who are always eager to help you.
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