My solution: FOOD CO-OPS!! Bountiful Baskets (bountifulbaskets.org) and Azure Standard have SAVED me these last few months as I have been newly self-diagnosed. We also rely on Costco, WinCo and our local health food store when they have good sales. My family is used to eating whole foods anyway, so that has helped with the transition. I don't buy mixes, or ready made gluten-free items from the store as they are SO expensive! (okay, check that - my husband bought me gluten-free doughnuts for my birthday, which I am still hoarding in the freezer!) We eat tons of fruits & vegetables thanks to Bountiful Baskets - which is only $15 for a laundry basket load of fruits & vegetables. So I am right there with you - money is extremely tight, and feeding my family of 4 in a gluten-free kitchen has been really tricky. I keep my food simple and whole, and that saves money right from the start.
Seriously can't believe this guy! He calls himself a "chef" but flaunts his idiocy when people trust him with their health. I went out to my first restaurant a few days ago since being diagnosed, and THANKFULLY had a good experience, though I am not sure I have ever been so anxious from a meal in my life. I was expecting agony that night & the next day. Happy that I had a responsible Chef at Mimi's Cafe!
It drives me crazy as well - I have been gluten free for only a few months (and am STILL trying to rid CC issues in my kitchen), and though I have a great husband & supportive in-laws, they still want to go out to dinner every few weeks & I just dont trust ANYONE to fix my food but me. We are actually going out tonight & I am really torn whether to bring my own food, or take a huge risk & order restaurant food. I am so tired of being sick all the time. So how do I balance feelings vs my health? I mean, I KNOW the obvious answer, but it still sucks.