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Want to Know How to Make Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking Affordable?

A gluten-free lifestyle isn't a walk in the park. It's hard. It's one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do.

Hi. I'm Vickie Ewell. Before I eliminated gluten from my life, I was a professional cook and culinary specialist with decades of experience behind me.

In addition to teaching women's groups what I knew about cooking and food, I spent several years teaching developmentally challenged adults how to cook and take care of the kitchen. I worked for a couple of different boys homes, where I:
  • created the menus
  • did the grocery shopping
  • cooked budget-friendly meals
  • taught the boys how to cook and shop
  • trained other culinary staff 
I wrote cookbooks for private groups and homes, training manuals, and curated all of my own recipes.

In other words, cooking was my life.

All of that changed in 2008 when I went gluten free. Although, I tried to continue working at one of the boys homes, using tricks like letting the boys cook the pasta at night or wearing a medical mask during the day to avoid breathing in flour dust, it didn't work out.

I was getting glutened far too often, especially since the staff liked to make cookies or quick breads with the kids over the weekend. Eventually, I had to quit my job as a culinary specialist, and I became a blogger and online freelance writer instead.

In the beginning of my gluten-free journey, learning how to cook gluten free was a nightmare.

Although, I'd raised four sons on a tight budget and could make a prize-worthy loaf of homemade bread or my own pizza crust, baking without gluten was completely different. None of the science held up. All the rules had changed.

Recipes I tried either didn't work or sucked. Some called for expensive gluten-free flour mixes, and only those mixes, while others were fancy dishes and weird combinations that I would never make at home myself. They looked more like something the gluten-free blogger had created for a competition, rather than for eating.

Hubby and I were not interested in flashy meals. We wanted good, old-fashioned, home-style cooking that tasted as good as, or better than, what hubby and I ate before.

That path has been rocky. I am a super-sensitive celiac, which means I react to many foods that the average person with celiac disease does not. I can't eat store-bought bread, like hubby can, due to the amount of fiber in today's gluten-free foods.

Hubby has dermatitis herpetiformis, but isn't as sensitive as I am. Still, we don't go out much, and I do almost all of my own cooking and baking. I rarely eat what someone else has made. Due to my super sensitivity, learning to cook gluten free has been a long, difficult road, but today, hubby and I live a somewhat normal life.

What Affordable Gluten Free Can Do for You

Here, at Affordable Gluten Free, you won't find eye-catching photos that are amazing to look at, but attached to recipes you would never dream of trying yourself.

I don't see the point in doing that.

I am a down-to-earth, real-life cook, so the recipes you will find here are recipes we actually use ourselves.

I firmly believe that you can eat well, very well, without having to hand over half of your paycheck for expensive gluten-free foods. Although hubby and I do use a few specialty items, the majority of our meals are based on ingredients you can find at any supermarket.

Baked goods are made with my own gluten-free flour mix that I make from economical gluten-free flours and starches available online under the VitaCost brand.

I don't cook with whole grains or whole grain flours, right now. Other than a bit of corn meal. Although, I've been gluten free for almost 10 years, I've just barely started to heal. We do buy hubby two loaves of gluten-free bread for his lunches and morning toast, Sam's Choice right now, but I make all of my own breads for me.

I want to show you how you can eat gluten free affordably, but I am not going to do it by using tricks or gimmicks. I won't promise that you can feed a family of 4 for only $2 a meal. That isn't realistic. Gluten free does place a few restrictions on how cheaply you can eat.

For example, you can't buy from bulk bins and you have to be extremely wary of store brands, but you don't have to spend anywhere near the amount of money for safe food as what the media claims you do.

Since I'm not here to sell you a cookbook, you'll get all of my cooking and baking secrets, learn what I've learned from the various diets I've been on over the years, and also be privy to what I've learned since going gluten free.

I won't hold anything back.

I'll show you how to: 
  • shop more affordably 
  • put real-life gluten-free meals together 
  • create new dishes and recipes from your old ones
I will also show you: 
  • what matters most when you compare prices 
  • how to take an expensive recipe and make it affordable 
  • how to turn a normal recipe into a gluten free one
Hubby and I have been gluten free for almost a decade now. My personal experience has taught me that thrifty thinking doesn't have to be boring and depressing. You can still enjoy: 
  • enchiladas 
  • tacos 
  • fried chicken 
  • scalloped potatoes and pork chops 
  • braised turkey legs 
  • meat balls 
and even gluten-free pasta dishes. Cooking gluten free is fun and more appetizing than a plain box of Kraft Mac & Cheese used to be.

Affordable gluten-free cooking and baking does require you to learn how to cook from scratch and toss out some silly habits, perhaps, but it is never boring and the food is beautiful and delicious.

You can count on that.

Affordable gluten-free food is the kind of food that you will want to put on your table every single day. It is the kind of food that will have your family and guests coming back for more. And more. And more.

So, come into my kitchen, pull up a chair, and I'll share all of the secrets I know about eating and cooking gluten free. And hopefully, I'll be able to learn a few tips and ideas from you as well.

If there's a recipe or dish you're missing, drop me a line at:


I'll see if I can help you out!


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