I am Robin. My mom, JoAnn, posted a response to you earlier today. I just wanted to let you know that I felt the same way you do just one year ago. Changing to a gluten-free diet can be expensive and takes some trial and error. Over time we have found good gluten-free bread, pizza, pasta and snacks at Fred Meyer. (Jake's and the Co-op can be even more expensive) The Fred Meyer on Overland and Five Mile has the most variety. The cheapest way to go gluten-free is to figure out what you eat that is already gluten-free: unseasoned meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, corn, rice, and potatos are all naturally gluten-free.
Here are some things my daughter eats:
*corn tortillas for quesadillas and tacos
*Rice Chex (other gluten-free cereals cost 2 to 3 times more)
*Yoplait yogurt is gluten-free (some yogurts aren't)
There is a whole section of gluten-free products at Fred-Meyer. This is what we buy:
*ENER-G Seattle Brown Bread
*Amy's Cheese Pizza with Rice Crust (found in the frozen section, we just add the toppings)
*Nature's Path Organic Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles (frozen)
**You can find Enviro Kids Organic Gorilla Munch cereal (similar to Kix) at Winco for $2 instead of at Fred Meyer's for $4!
Some things to watch out for:
*Most pre-grated cheese has wheat flour on it to keep it from clumping (we just by it in blocks)
*IHOP adds pancake batter to their scrambled eggs!! We were lucky we asked that day. :}
*When looking at ingredients, you want to watch for wheat, rye, barley, oats, malt, dextrin, and modified food starch. There are many more things to watch out for.... however, I have never seen them come up. Also, even though you want to steer clear of any malt or dextrin, maltodextrin is gluten-free. It is something totally different.
I am new at this forum thing so if you want to contact me I think there is a way you can send me an email. Maybe I can be more help over the phone.
Hope this helps!
Robin in Kuna ID