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Okay week 1 pretty much done and I have not had diarrhea once !! yeah. I did have a bit of a crampy day but might of been from oatmeal. I bought gluten free oatmeal but who knows or I figured a yogurt I bought didn't sit well with me. Anyways, my shopping bill has gone up. I spent quite a bit more on food this week.

I went to choices market today (In Vancouver area, canada). I was pleased with the amount of gluten-free products they have. BUT I need to be more organized with my shopping because me just walking down isles and just putting stuff in a buggy makes my bill too high. So I need to create a staples list. What staples list do you guys have...(things that you always buy and need on hand).

Secondly the bread prices are ridiculous. I have a bread maker and want to make gluten-free breads...anyone know where I can find recipes for this. Does anyone else use a breadmaker for gluten-free breads??

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I know people do make breads in the bread maker. Just be careful if you have made gluten breads in it. It's hard to get the flour out of every little space.

Also, about 10% of Celiacs react to oats. It's usually recommended you don't try them until you are healed.

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Hello! We've found our grocery bill to be higher if we buy packaged items marked as gluten-free. For example, pre-made bread, muffins, waffles, pizza, or cookies. Those things are now once every so often treats because they are too costly to purchase regularly. Good carb choices include quinoa, brown rice, or amaranth. We can buy the quinoa and amaranth in bulk to cut down on cost since we're not paying for packaging.

We don't have a bread machine so I can't offer any tips on that. Hope this helps at least a little!

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I don't buy much gluten-free packaged foods as they are ridiculously expensive. I do like gluten-free Bisquick for pancakes or Pamela's Baking & Pancake mix. I couldn't live without Pamela's and use it to make muffins, banana bread, pumpkin bread, etc. Lots of recipes on her website: http://pamelasproducts.com/ Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mixes and brownie mix aren't too expensive to buy occasionally.

Cookies aren't difficult to make...flourless peanut butter cookies take no special ingredients and are delicious. I make a flourless chocolate cake that my gluten-eating friends really like.

I confess to having a terrible weakness for Glutino Sesame Pretzel Rings but don't buy them often...they are addictive!

I don't have a bread machine but did buy a KitchenAid stand mixer, which I find indispensable. I'm on a quest to experiment with making my own bread, which I can do a lot cheaper than buying it. I also make my own pizza crusts.

Generally speaking a gluten-free diet doesn't necessarily have to be terribly expensive and I find myself eating a lot of the same foods that I did before, which are naturally gluten-free.

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Okay week 1 pretty much done and I have not had diarrhea once !! yeah. I did have a bit of a crampy day but might of been from oatmeal. I bought gluten free oatmeal but who knows or I figured a yogurt I bought didn't sit well with me. Anyways, my shopping bill has gone up. I spent quite a bit more on food this week.

I went to choices market today (In Vancouver area, canada). I was pleased with the amount of gluten-free products they have. BUT I need to be more organized with my shopping because me just walking down isles and just putting stuff in a buggy makes my bill too high. So I need to create a staples list. What staples list do you guys have...(things that you always buy and need on hand).

Secondly the bread prices are ridiculous. I have a bread maker and want to make gluten-free breads...anyone know where I can find recipes for this. Does anyone else use a breadmaker for gluten-free breads??

try this site for breadmaker tips

My link she also has some great Gluten-free bread recipes

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I gave up the bread after a month of gluten free. I really needed it in the beginning, but now I don't.

I just eat things without labels. Meats, veggies, fruits, nuts. That took the grocery bill down a LOT.

Now a gluten free baked good is a once a month treat. A pasta dish every other week.

I do however eat chocolate in the form of Snickers on shopping day.

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Staples list in my house is as follows: Gluten free and seafood, fish, flax and tree nut allergies.

Basics I have on hand all the time:

basmati rice

brown rice

Tinkyada brown rice pasta - what ever variety suits my fancy

chicken broth

pasta sauce

canned tomatoes

tomato paste

honey

organic eggs

organic milk

Various cheeses

Chobani yogurt plain for cooking and flavored for just eating

Cashews

Peanuts

Corn chex and Rice Chex

CHOCOLATE (LOL)

Bob's All Purpose gluten-free Flour (in case I need to make a chocolate cake for something)

Rice flour

Tapioca Starch

Sorghum flour

Corn starch

Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Mayonnaise

Dijon Mustard

Apple Cider Vinegar

Olive Oil

Rice Crackers for breading and snacking

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables including onions and garlic for general cooking

Meats I buy from a local organic farmer once a year (have a freezer full of beef and chicken)

Spices I buy from a WI Spice vendor that grinds them for me when I order them

Long list but most of it was basics I had before and I just replenish when needed. :) We eat pretty well in this house!! Fresh healthy meals and occasional snacking!!

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Staples:

Carbs

buckwheat (kasha or cream of)

rice, white/brown/wild/red (usually two kinds around at a time)

millet

sweet potatoes

corn tortillas or polenta

arepas (less often)

quinoa (less oten)

Ancient Harvest veggie pagodas bought via amazon in bulk

crunchmaster crackers, also via amazon

brown rice flour

white rice flour

soghum flour (not really a fan-- much prefer buckwheat-- but i'll use it up)

starch of some sort

flaxseeds

Veg

onions

carrots

something green

garlic

canned artichokes

something frozen

Protein

tuna (sustainable)

salmon, canned

eggs

almonds

other nuts, varies

nut butter

lentils

dried & canned beans

Condiments

dijon mustard

gluten-free soy sauce

chili garlic sauce

jam

olive oil

peanut/canola oil

vinegar(s)

spices/herbs

Occasional luxuries

boxed brownie mix

van's frozen waffles (I bought a waffle maker and now make my own)

allie's buckwheat pancake mix

udi's pizza crusts

Other fresh stuff on demand; fruit, veg, meat/poutry/fish (very rare), very limited non-cow dairy

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Here are my staples:

Milk

Yogurt

Cheese

Udi's Bread

Udi's pizza crust

Ancient Harvest (quinoa and corn pasta)

Corn tortillas

Rice

Meat

Hormel natural lunch meats

Fish

Veggies

Fruits

Tea

Larabars

Rice cakes

Peanut butter

Sauces (pasta, bbq)

Beans

Pamela's gluten-free baking mix

Betty Crocker gluten-free brownies

Chex or Envirokidz gluten-free cereal

Bob's Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal

Nuts

Pretty much the same things I bought before going gluten-free. I try to limit treats or just eat something naturally gluten free like chocolate or ice cream. Many regular brands are free of gluten ingredients. Just watch for reactions in case of CC. I usually don't have problems. I limit bread because it is expensive. I usually eat burgers and stuff without bread and it honestly doesn't bother me.

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Thank you Tammykinz for posting this topic. And thanks to all who have replied. I'm taking everyone's staples list to work out one of my own. :)

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My staples:

Boneless skinless chicken breasts

whole chickens

tilapia

salmon

tuna

ground bison

ground lamb

lamb chops

ground beef

cube steaks

stew meat

roasts

eggs

rice

potatoes

sweet potatoes

grits

corn (corn on the cob is in season right now-yum!)

popcorn (I buy the kernals and cook on the stovetop)

Mission corn tortillas

plain frozen veggie packets

canned tomatoes

canned chick peas

refried beans

Prego spaghetti sauce

Tinkyada gluten-free pasta

rice paper wrappers fromt eh Asian store

bean thread noodles

chicken broth (I make my own or buy Pacific natural brand)

Fresh Veggies:

carrots

celery

onions

whatever is in season/on sale--I like eggplant, peppers, all types of squash, etc.

garlic

spinach (great for salalds but can also be cooked in soups when it gets borderline fresh-wise)

coconut milk (this is only becaus eI'm dairy free if you don't need to be dariy free buy plain milk and cheese)

Fruit:

Bananas

oranges--when in season

green apples

strawberries, blueberries and peaches (all currently in my freezer)

Flours:

Tapioca flour

brown rice flour

glutonous rice flour (it's gluten-free)

mara harina

corn starch

gluten-free Bisquick

gluten-free King Arthur all purpose flour

Other things for baking/making marinades and dressings:

olive oil

honey

sugar

brown sugar

coconut aminos (this is my soy sauce replacement get gluten-free soy sauce if you don't need to be soy free)

balsamic vinegar

red wine vinear

rice vinegar

apple cider vinegar

white wine

molasses

real maple syrup

sesame oil

coconut oil

palm oil shortening (this is only because I'm dairy free/soy free you can use butter, margerine, Crisco, etc)

A large selection of spices and herbs--McCormick single ingredient spices are safe.

Beverages:

Coffee

Herbal Tea

cranberry juice

Gatorade--the big canister of lemon lime powder

Real sugar sodas (throw back Pepsi, Heritage Dr Pepper, Retro 7UP, etc)--on occasion, note all soda is gluten-free but I prefer to not consume things with HFCS.

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