I was very intimidated to go gluten free. I think I made that evident in my last blog post on Food Allergies and Intollerances. I was most intimidated by the cost of alternatives. We are not rich folks and basically get from one month to the next with the resources my husband provides. I was also afraid that the alternatives wouldn't taste any good and that we would be wasting our money and time. I'll put it this way, we normally spend about $150/wk on groceries including toiletries and laundry detergent, dogfood, etc. This may sound like a lot and it is. We buy mostly organic, green products and very few processed foods. You can understand my guilt when I went to the local organic store and spent over $100 on gluten free products and then needed to go back two days later to buy more. I didn't run out of everything, just a few types of flour that are used in almost every recipe for gluten free baking. Nonetheless, I was quite uneasy and extremely guilty.
I am quite confident now that I am getting better at living gluten free and hope to do so on a budget. I am learning what flours are best for what, where I can make substitutions and which flours are actually worth the extra $$$. So far my pantry holds...
brown rice flour
white rice flour (cheaper than brown rice flour)
garfava flour (great in pizza dough!)
sweet rice flour
GF baking powder
GF Vanilla extract
GF/WF Mighty Tasty Cereal (Bob's Red Mill)
Organic Chicken Bouillon cubes (GF)
Organic Vegetable Bouillon cubes (GF)
Hemp Milk (great thicker type milk for thickening soups)
This is the list of alternatives. My pantry is well stocked for now. Here are pictures of my cupboards before gluten free and after. I am using up the gluten containing flours for bread for my dh and then I will clean the containers and fill with GF goods.
Now no post on gluten free living can go without a few recipes that are worth sharing. I have been testing and recipes for over a week now and I have to share with you our favourites.
Gluten Free French Bread - absolutely delicious
Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes - we use hempmilk and a tbsp of vinegar instead of buttermilk
Gluten Free Pizza Crust - delicious
Taco Seasoning Mix, Gluten Free
Banana-Nut Waffles (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Savoury Chickpea Onion Biscuits
Gluten Free Dairy Free Muffins Mix
Rice Flour Pancakes
Gluten Free Tortillas