I looked around our kitchen yesterday and saw so much gluten: boxes of cereal, bagels, bread, pie crust, pizza, pancake mix, cookies, pasta boxes, croutons, cream of wheat. They make up so much of our diet. I was concerned about the cost of substituting other foods for these easy, cheap ones. Here's what I figured out though. On an average shopping trip, I spend:
$10.00 (on cereal)
$5.00 (frozen pizza)
$2.00 (pancake mix/croutons, pie crust, etc.)
I realized I could take that money and spend it toward vegetables, fruit, rice, gluten free cereals (not even expensive ones, but rice-based would work), and maybe some gluten free breads if they're not too crazy. I plan on purchasing some rice/almond flour to keep it on hand for baking - especially for our cookies and banana bread.
The hardest part will be adjusting our mindsets. We're used to throwing a few pieces of bread into the toaster for a quick snack...with lots of cream cheese and jam on top, of course. Now I'll have to figure out other easy meals. Sounds like an adventure!
Any suggestions from all the gluten-free folk? What are some of your favorite substitutions for gluten? Is oatmeal okay to eat? I'm reading conflicting sources.
Share recipes, thoughts, ideas below!