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Okay, I've just started this Gluten Free diet and am wondering where are the best places to buy Gluten Free products that are not so freaking expensive? Is there a web site aside from shopping locally? I'm also looking for some good recipes too! Any information will be great.

Thanks

L.G
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5 Responses May 16, 2012

Greetings! I've been gluten free for about 15 months now. It has been an interesting journey, that's for certain! At first, it was really difficult, but within a couple of months, I had gotten the hang of it and you will too. However, the terms 'gluten free' and 'inexpensive' are polar opposites! Especially if you buy prepared foods. The most cost effective way I've found of feeding myself after my doctor gave me the news is this: keep it simple! Stick to fruits and vegetables, grilled or roasted meats, nuts, and rice if you can tolerate it. Rice doesn't seem to bother me, so I use rice and rice products. Even my local Wal-mart has rice pastas and other gluten free rice products, but they are expensive. And I've not found a gluten free bread that's worth bringing home, so I wanted to share my gluten free bread recipe with you. I have many other recipes, and if you're interested I'll send them to you. By far, the best product I've found on the market is gluten free Bisquick! I make so many things with it: soups, gravies, biscuits, cornbread, breading for fried meats, breadcrumbs, etc. I don't eat a lot of bread, but let's face it - sometimes you NEED bread! Like when you're having spaghetti, for instance. What good is spaghetti without garlic bread, I ask you? And since gluten free pastas are readily available at Wal-mart, Kroger, and other major grocery stores, it's easy to keep pasta as part of your diet. So anyway, here's my unbelievably simple gluten free bread recipe:

SIMPLE GLUTEN FREE BREAD

2 ½ c. Gluten Free Bisquick
1 t. Kosher Salt
½ t. Baking Soda
4 Eggs
1 T. Sugar
½ t. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 c. Whole Milk
4 T. Butter, Melted

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine Bisquick, salt, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then add sugar, vinegar, milk, and butter. Stir wet ingredients into the dry. Scoop batter into a well greased loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes on bottom rack of oven; until a knife comes out clean - or when the internal temperature reaches 200 degress. Cool and serve.

Option: Add: ½ cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes and
2 t. finely chopped fresh rosemary to dry ingredients. Top the loaf with shredded parmesan, if desired, during the last few minutes of the baking time.

You can use this bread for sandwiches, just slice it kind of thin, as it is heavier than regular loaf bread. It's great for breakfast, you can make French toast or cinnamon toast with it. It's great for making croutons for Ceasar salad, too. Breadcrumbs turn out well, too. Just grind up some chunks of the bread in a food processor and place the crumbs in a 225 degree oven for a few minutes to dry. Then you can use them to bread chicken. Just dip the chicken in a little Bisquick, then into a mixture of milk and egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs and fry the chicken as you usually would. Amazing! Crispy gluten free fried chicken! I don't eat a lot of fried food, but here in the south, we have to have fried chicken now and then.
Anyway, I wish you the best and hope your gluten free experience is as good as mine has been. I feel so much better and most of the stomach problems are completely gone. My brain isn't 'foggy' anymore and many of the aches and pains I suffered with are almost gone after these months without gluten. One word of warning: be careful in restaurants because when you've gone gluten free and then accidentally get 'glutened' - - that can be a real set-back that can take a while to overcome. You'll do great, I'm sure. Blessings!

co-op carries a brand named 'against the grain', my all time favorite bread. I also find it can be really difficult to keep a lot of gluten free food in the house when there's only one person eating it so I keep a lot of isogenix replacement meal shakes around. They have to be ordered online, but they only cost about $3/meal...

The best gluten-free flour I have found is Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose GF Flour. It has consistent delicious results, and there are many recipes for it on the Bob's Red Mill web site. It may be expensive to buy things in bulk, but I would suggest you try it - you often get a discount per unit or free shipping from some companies if you buy a case.

You must try Quinoa pasta. You can find it at safeway and other grocery stores. It changed my gluten free life. It tastes like real pasta.

Awesome!

Believe it or not I found a good gluten-free pasta at Wal-Mart of all places. They also have some premixed gluten free items such as brownies and cookies.