16 ways to save money on gluten-free foods!

Many people are looking to reduce or eliminate wheat and gluten from their diets. Unfortunately, cost tends to be a prohibiting factor for many people. They continue to eat food(s) that they are allergic to because they are cheaper than gluten-free alternatives. I thought about this problem and came up with some suggestions that should help you save money while eating
  • ​Learn to cook rather than eat at a restaurant!

If you don’t know how to cook, you are severely limited by what foods are available in the restaurants where you live. You will most likely pay a premium to get healthy, gluten-free foods while you are out and about. Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist can teach you to make over 70 gluten-free foods at home! It has step-by-step directions. No previous cooking experience is needed!

  • Bake and cook from scratch rather than buying ready-made items from grocery stores.

Many gluten-free foods are more expensive than their ordinary counterparts. Gluten-free bread, for example, can cost four times more than a regular loaf of bread! You can save money by cooking and baking at home rather than purchasing finished product(s). If you need recipes, check out Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist ! More than 70 of the tasty recipes in the book are gluten-free! It includes muffin recipes, pancake recipes, soups, salads & more!

  • Make soup!

Vegetable soup does not require wheat products and it’s a great way to get extra veggies in your life! You can make soups to feed large groups without breaking the bank. Check out Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist for great soup recipes that are yummy and good for you too!

  • Eat foods that are normally gluten-free rather than specially formulated.

If you buy bread, it typically has wheat. If you want it without wheat, you will pay a premium. If you buy broccoli, they may stick a sticker on it that says “gluten-free” but that’s just informational. Fresh, pure broccoli doesn’t have gluten in it. You shouldn’t be paying more for “gluten-free broccoli” (Though a broccoli-based dish could have gluten if you sprinkle bread crumbs on top, etc.). Choose dishes that are usually made with rice rather than wheat products (risotto, Asian cuisine, some Middle-Eastern cuisine). Rather than buying special gluten-free crackers, dip veggies in your hummus! If you need to learn how to prepare fresh veggies, Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist can help! It has step-by-step directions on how to wash and slice vegetables! No previous cooking experience is needed!

  • Avoid pre-prepped veggies.

If you purchase a veggie tray where all the vegetables have already been washed and chopped, you will generally pay a premium. Always price compare using the weight of the foods (compare using ounces or grams) to be sure, but it’s usually cheaper to buy whole bunches of carrots, whole heads of broccoli, whole cucumbers, etc. If you need to learn how to wash and chop veggies, check out Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist ! It has detailed meal prep instructions to help you learn to eat healthy foods!

  • Garden!

Some people are able to save a lot of money on vegetables by gardening. Gardening can also help you get some exercise, which is great for a healthy lifestyle!

  • Buy a vegetable subscription from a farmer or a farmer’s market.

If you’re not up for gardening, some farmers and many farmers’ markets offer lower pricing on produce if you commit to take a particular amount over the course of the growing season. If the amount of produce is too much for you to handle, consider chopping and freezing some of the vegetables or sharing with your neighbors.

  • Shop at a discount grocery store!

Most stores charge a high price for items that are gluten-free. Stores like Aldi have more reasonable prices which help people to more easily afford a gluten-free lifestyle. Be sure to check labels not only for allergens but also for added sugar which is not beneficial for healthy living.

  • Eat brown rice and beans!

Brown rice and beans tend to be much cheaper than other lunches and dinners. Eat beans and rice a few times a week to save money while continuing your gluten-free lifestyle!

  • Make your own tortilla chips!

Are you bored of beans and rice? You can make tortilla chips using corn tortillas, cutting and cooking them in a deep fryer. If you want a healthier alternative, try baking them instead!** You can serve tortilla chips with fresh salsa or with hummus to get some great protein! Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist can teach you to make your own hummus!

  • Substitute brown rice for pasta in a recipe.

This one will be a bit trickier. In some dishes, it is possible to substitute rice for pasta. In other dishes, that is not possible. For example, you could serve brown rice topped with marinara sauce and homemade meatballs rather than eating spaghetti and store bought meatballs. You could serve homemade chicken parmesan over rice instead of pasta. You probably would not want any old pasta salad recipe with rice instead of pasta, however. The exception would be tabouli-style salads. You can make those with quinoa or even brown rice very easily. For a great tabouli-recipe, check out: Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist ! Experienced cooks will know which situations will allow you to substitute brown rice for pasta and which will not. If you want to gain cooking knowledge, get the book! After making over 70 gluten-free foods, you are well on your way to being knowledgeable in the kitchen!
*Please note that you should always check the labels of both ingredients and store bought foods to be sure that they do not include traces of gluten if you have allergies or sensitivities.

**Always read manuals and exercise caution when using knives, deep fryers, ovens and other kitchen equipment. If you are unsure of how to operate them safely, take a cooking class that includes kitchen safety instruction.

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  • ​​Purchase gluten-free flour online.

Many times, you can save money by purchasing gluten-free flour online rather than at the supermarket. Price check before you buy, making sure that you are doing an apples-to-apples comparison (Are the units of measure the same? If not, do a conversion to be sure you’re getting a good deal.) Many times there is also a better selection of flour online rather than at one particular retail store.

  • Purchase gluten-free flours in bulk and share with local family/friends.

Many times you can get a better price on the gluten-free flours if you buy in large quantities. The issue is that many of the flours have a short shelf life, so it’s not possible for a single person or even a small family to use them up before they spoil. Get your friends and extended family members together and buy a large amount of flour online. When it arrives, divide it up into smaller portions for each household and store them in the freezer. This will allow you to cook/bake gluten-free foods at home much cheaper than would normally be possible. Wondering which flour(s) to buy? My favorites are: quinoa flour, millet flour, brown rice flour, almond flour and potato starch. Be advised that you really NEED potato starch for most gluten-free baking. It makes the texture much more desirable. Also, you generally want to avoid white rice flour and baking mixes that contain white rice flour. They will make the texture of your baked goods mushy and unappetizing.

  • Don’t buy oat flour!

You can usually buy old-fashioned oatmeal much cheaper than oat flour. You can crush the oats into smaller/finer pieces using a food processor. You probably won’t get quite as fine an end result as you would if you purchased oat flour at the store, but it’s not necessary for many recipes. I enjoy the look of broken oat pieces in my baked goods.

  • Make your own baking mix!

It’s generally much cheaper to buy gluten-free flours in bulk rather than to buy small package baking mixes. The downside is that it takes longer to bake with each type of flour in its own container. You can speed up the process by mixing the dry ingredients together and storing the exact amount needed for each batch of muffins or pancakes. Tiny Plate, Tiny Waist has time saving tips showing you how to make baking mixes at home!

  • Use more lettuce!

Rather than buying special gluten-free bread, wrap your sandwich toppings in large lettuce leaves! You could serve nearly any sandwich on a bed of lettuce rather than a slice of bread. This is also helpful if you are looking to eat less carbohydrates. Leaf lettuce tends to be less expensive than Romaine lettuce, so choose green leaf lettuce to reduce costs. Many people also save money by growing their own lettuce at home!

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1. No foods with added sugar
2. No whole sticks of butter
3. No whole blocks of cheese
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