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Affordable Gluten Free: What You Can Expect from Us?

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When I first started blogging, blogs were a way for like-minded people to keep in touch, visit once in a while, and learn things from each other. More than a diary, but less work than a complete, full-blown website, blogs were a way to communicate with people who had similar interests as your own.

For people like me, who are disabled or partially disabled and don't get out much, the slower pace of a blog was a nice way to feel connected without having to put on a front for others.

Today, that's no longer true.

The Ultimate Guide for Making Super-Soft Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

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Have you seen the price of gluten-free hamburger buns? I can't eat store-bought buns, due to the whole grains in them, but I was looking at them the other day for hubby. They can be convenient when we need a bun on short notice. Plus, right now, since we just moved to Texas, so we are living in a motel room.

Baking gluten free isn't convenient or possible right now.

I keep hoping I'll find products made with just white rice flour and starches, but I almost never do.

Udi's seems to have a corner on the market, when it comes to almost anything, but lately, I've been able to find Schar and Sam's Choice here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

When we tried Schar buns in Utah, we didn't care for them. We haven't tried the Sam's Choice ones because they are outrageously priced, and we've been saving up to move into a house. Like most gluten-free hamburger buns, you get four measly buns for the cost of a whole loaf of bread. That comes to more th…

Affordable Gluten-Free Flour Mix

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Have you seen the price of ready-made gluten-free flour mixes? They can be shockingly expensive. Popular name brands will set you back a good 5 bucks a pound, or more.

While cheaper brands, such as VitaCost, can be purchased online for as little as $2.50 a pound, if you go with the flour mixes that contain modified ingredients and specialty conditioners to make them act more like all-purpose flour, the price will be quite a bit more.

Ready mixes contain an undisclosed amount of Xanthan gum. Very few come with only gluten-free flours and starches, so they are difficult to bake with. You don't know how much vegetable gum is in there. Correcting the problem isn't as simple as tossing in a little more. In my own experience, mixes have too much Xanthan gum to make them very useful.

The point to affordable gluten-free cooking is to make your meals and snacks as inexpensive as possible, so it doesn't make sense to use an expensive, pre-packaged gluten-free flour blend when it…

How to Make the Best Bean and Vegetable Salad for Summer Meals (Gluten-Free Recipe)

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When I was young, mom and grandma used to make a popular dish called "Three-Bean Salad."

Three-Bean Salad was a sweet, but tangy, summer salad that was made with well-marinated canned green beans, yellow wax beans, and garbanzo beans. For those who didn't like garbanzo beans, you could simply substitute them with canned kidney beans instead.

That's what mom and grandma did.

But that was about as creative as a Three-Bean Salad ever got back then. The dressing was a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing spiked with sugar. Nothing fancy.

Some folks were braver than the others and tossed in a little sliced sweet onion and maybe a pungent clove of minced garlic, or two, but that was it.

When it comes to making great gluten-free food, especially when it's too hot to cook, I've never wanted to settle for anything that is "just okay." I have always played around with a recipe, until I've made it the best it can be.

And this tasty, gluten-free bean and vegeta…

Is Affordable Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking Even Possible?

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If you listen to all the articles on the internet that talk about the cost of gluten-free food these days, you may wonder if affordable gluten-free cooking and baking is even possible. From the way the media paints gluten-free eating, maybe it's not.

The media loves to exaggerate how many gluten-free foods are available at your local grocery store and just assume that all celiacs are loading up their grocery cart with mountains of processed foods. When we were in Walmart this past Saturday, I noticed that their entire gluten-free food aisle was now missing.

Where are all of these gluten-free groceries the media keeps talking about?

Gluten-free meals do not have to be as expensive as those news articles claim. Spending money on what's in the tiny gluten-free sections of the store, if you can even have one, isn't necessary to eat well. In fact, you'll heal faster if you . . .

The Secret to Eating Well on a Gluten-Free Budget

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Our lives have gone through several transformations over the past year.
Due to financial issues that arose from receiving Workman's Comp payments that the state of Utah (after the fact) decided we didn't qualify for, we ended up selling one of our cars and moving out of the house into a tiny basement apartment. That way, we could afford the mandatory repayment plan without being stuck here in Utah for the rest of our lives.

In addition, hubby went through another layoff from work, so things have been rough.

I did manage to pick up a small freezer for our new apartment, making it easier to buy meats and frozen vegetables in bulk, but with everything going on, trying to hunt down something that was glutening me, and wanting to move to Texas to be closer to most of my kids and the new grand baby, eating cheaply got lost in the shuffle.

At one point, I even began wondering if living on a budget was even possible. It seems like the more you plan, the more life rises up to oppose wha…

Gluten-Free Chicken and Veggie Alfredo

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Before going gluten free, Chicken Alfredo was one of our favorite recipes. We had it at least twice a month. Pasta dishes are always easy on the budget and Alfredo lets you stretch a single chicken breast to feed 3 people. After giving up the gluten, we didn't have it nearly as often since gluten-free pasta costs a lot more than pasta made with semolina flour.
Ever since the new gluten-free labeling law went into effect last summer, major food companies have been coming out with their own gluten-free pasta varieties. Costs have been less than traditional gluten-free brands, and they are easily available at most major grocery stores. Out of the several brands we've tried over the past year, Barilla gluten-free pasta had the best taste and texture.
Due to its availability and affordable price, Barilla was the brand I used to recommend but keep in mind that . . .