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Help me please. :>)
I am allergic to Gluten, however I don't have celiac disease. I am on a limited budget, hence two children. :>) I have been trying to find meals that I can prepare for the kids and I, that we all can eat. Unfortuanately that is a lot easier said than done. It is very expensive to eat Gluten free.
Example?????? A loaf of bread that is gluten free cost around six dollars and taste like cardboard. Oh yeah. ..I really want to spend my money on that.
Some will say cook your own. Yeah a lot easier said than done. I am single Mom of two very active children, and work seven days a week to make ends meet. Unfortunately I don't have the time to make my own bread, pasta, cake, cookies, and such forth. Much less be able to buy all of the very expensive ingredients to make it. Did I mention that half a pound of flour, that won't make the bread with out a few more expensive ingredients, is anywhere from five to six dollars.
I can truly confess for me that I never really feel statisfied when I eat.
Any suggestions I can get would be greatly appreciated. Advice is sooooo welcome!
My husband has celiac, so we've looked into lots of gluten free options!
We found DeBoles brand gluten free pasta, and it's very good! I know they make several types of pasta, but I've only ever seen penne pasta and spaghetti. I've found it at every Wal Mart I've been to (and some other grocery stores) for about $1.50 per box. There are other brands too, but these are the only kind I've seen in chain stores.
You are right, buying gluten free bread, cookies, etc. is pricey! I found Domata flour and have liked it. But, here's the catch: after shipping, it costs about $22 for a 5 lb. bag, but if you buy two bags, it's about $16 per bag. If you buy five bags at a time, it drops to $13.25 per bag. It's still kind of expensive, and that's a lot to spend just to try something, but I've found it works well if you ever do find the time and want to make cookies, cake, pizza, etc. I haven't tried bread with it yet! You don't have to add anything else to it - it's cup for cup the same as regular flour, ready to use. Also, I've never tried this, so it may be a complete flop, but you could possibly get gluten free flour and a bread machine and try making bread that way. I don't know if that would work out, but I may try it myself sometime.
This is probably an acquired taste, but my husband will use rice cakes instead of bread and make a sandwich out of it. I've never tried it, but I guess for him it's better than no sandwich! He finds ways to improvise like that. =)
I know of at least one gluten free cookie recipe off the top of my head, and I'm sure you can find others. It's a peanut butter cookie recipe, and it's very simple: 1 c. sugar, 1 c. peanut butter, 1 egg, and then either 1 tsp. baking soda for fluffy cookies, OR 1tsp. vanilla for crunchier cookies. Mix, bake 8-10 minutes. They're so easy, and everyone I've made them for loves them.
One thing to remember is that if you can't eat gluten and you haven't found good alternatives yet, use lots of rice and things like that to fill in. You'll find that once you get past the bread/pasta/baked goods problem, everything else is pretty easy! Meat, potatoes, rice, veggies, salads, etc.
Keep an eye out for more gluten free products, too - they're becoming more common and some of them really aren't that much more expensive (but like you said, most still are). It's like a hunt for us now to see if we find something new, inexpensive, AND good!
Good luck, I hope you find some things that will work for you!
One site I have found is ENER-G foods. They have a sample pack you can try that is very expensive and has a lot of items in it. It is worth the money.
I will try the rice cakes, I had not thought of that.
If I come across some more I will let you know.
Thanks so much for your help!
I have found a Pancake mix that is very good. My husband likes it too. It's made by Pamela's Products and is called Baking & Pancake mix. It has reciepes on the package. I first found this at a health food store but have found it at regular grocery stores too.It's not too expensive as you can make several batches from 1 bag. There is a web site too for Pamela's Products where you can find additional reciepes.
My husband drives for a natural food distribution center and they have a lot of buying clubs. That is where individuals get together and might buy a couple large cases of various foods and then split the cost and the case among themselves. You may want to look into that. Look in the phone book under natural foods wholesale and see what the list. It is not cheap, but with several people splitting the cost it helps. I know we were able to get several things for a co-workers grandson who has celiac and they just aren't cheap. If you PM me I can give you some more info if you would like. He actually delivers to a store on Sunday's that is called "The Gluten-Free Store".
I make sandwich wraps in corn tortillas. Have some corn elbows as well. And I really like BAKED brown rice. Hate boiled brown rice. I'll saute some onion and olive oil. Add it to brown rice and place it in a glass or clay casserole dish with lid. One and a half times the rice in liquid. (More liquid if there is extra empty space inside the dish.) Start in the oven for 5 minutes at the lowest setting (150 on my oven) then 55 minutes at 425. I will often cook a chicken in my clay pot at the same time. (Leaving the chicken in for 5 to 10 minutes longer than the rice.) Baked brown rice is nutty and rich, easy to reheat.
Pamela's has cookies as well.
You can make a corn meal pizza crust. I usually buy the expensive frozen rice ones. Just feel more like a real pizza. My special treat.
And research bread makers before trying gluten free bread. Not all bread machines can handle it from what I've heard. It seems to be a difference in the machine's ability to knead rather than the recipes.
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