Monday, November 12, 2012

How to be Gluten Free on a Budget


My girl Reinventing Lolli is a fellow blogger who is a mommy, fitness enthusiast, and lives a gluten free lifestyle. She went a whole year without eating at a restaurant and that's dedication. I would have folded after 2 months. Anyway, check out her blog and her guest post below.
http://reinventing-lolli.blogspot.com/



Thank you so much to The Frugal Exerciser for having me on her blog! It is an honor!

It can be difficult knowing where to start saving money when first going gluten free. I thought that when I first went gluten free that it was going to be expensive. I used to buy the store bought pre-made gluten free breads and snacks, and they are expensive!

Here are a few of my thoughts on being frugal while being gluten free:

  • Ditch the pre-made foods. Buy whole ingredients instead or if in a hurry buy the mixes and make yourself. The bread I make in my bread-arearemaker is way better than the pre-made stuff at the store, and it comes from a mix that is 1/2 the price! 
  • Limit the amount of baked goods and extra snacks. Honestly, extras are what makes gluten free expensive. Instead of eating a lot of breads and muffins, I eat a lot of brown rice & quinoa. For snacks I make all sorts of things at home using almonds and raisins as a base.
  • Keep it simple. Keep your meals simple. The more added ingredients, the more it is going to cost.
  • Go for veggies. Using veggies to fill out a meal can be great! Not only do they cost less than a lot of foods, they are good for you too!
In our home we love to make a lot of things like stuffed peppers and stir fry's. These are cost effective and delicious!

Recently I saw a recipe for stuffed onions, it was full of bread and other things that a gluten free person cannot eat. I came up with my own recipe for gluten free stuffed purple onions. It is divine!
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Ingredients:

1 cup cooked brown rice
1 lb lean ground turkey
Italian seasoning ( to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
Red pepper ( to taste, I like a little kick!)
1 can diced tomatoes ( low sodium)
4 large purple onions
Daiya Mozzarella ( optional )

Directions:

Peel the onion to remove the stiff outer layer.
Once peeled, carefully remove the center of each onion
In a bowl, mix together diced tomatos, brown rice, ground tureky, italian seasoning, and pepper.
Stuff this mixture into each onion.
Place the onions in a baking dish ( sprayed with olive oil ). I like to use a glass dish, but use what you like.
Cover pan with foil.
Bake on 425 for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 30-40 mins until done. 
Optional: If you like, add some Daiya cheese to the top and bake an additional 5 minutes to melt. 
Cooking times and temperatures may vary depending on your oven. Be sure to pre-heat oven.

This is such a simple and cost effective recipe! I use this same stuffing recipe with different seasonings in eggplant, green peppers, and even zucchini! It's a great way to have a variety in your diet without too many ingredients or a high price tag. 

Be Healthy Happy and Strong,

Lolli

11 comments:

  1. I wanted to start a gluten free diet for me and my sisters, after hearing so much about it on the news. Thanks for this article, it was really helpful.

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  2. Those are great tips for eating well on a budget, gluten free or not! It's always the packaged and convenience foods that can add up...

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  3. Thanks for the post, I will pass this on to one of my co-workers.

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  4. Such great tips! I never would have even thought to stuff an onion!

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  5. Thanks for the tips and the onion recipe - going to try it tomorrow night.

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  6. Great post! Personally, I think gluten-free is a lot easier if one throws the old diet out the window and starts with what one can eat.

    I never thought of stuffing an onion. Very cool!

    Thanks for sharing this at Motivation Monday!

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  7. Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
    :)

    Lolli S
    reinventing-lolli.blogspot.com

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  8. Good advice! It really is possible to be gluten-free on a budget. That recipe looks delicious, too! :-)

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  9. I have never even heard of stuffed onions, but they sound fantastic. I love onions. Thanks!

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