Thursday, March 6, 2014

Welcome to Thrifty and Gluten Free!

Welcome to my new Thrifty and Gluten Free blog, where I’m going to share ideas on frugal living on a gluten free diet. As this blog grows, you’ll find grocery coupons, tips for gluten free cooking and much more.

I’ve been gluten free for over 14 years, after being diagnosed with multiple allergies (including food allergies) and asthma. In those days, I was a single mother of two kids living on a very tight budget. These days, my kids are grown and on their own, and I’m now living as an expat in the Czech Republic. The lessons learned about being thrifty and living gluten free have been applied to my expat life, too.

When I was first diagnosed with gluten/wheat allergy, there were not as many gluten and wheat free products on the market, as there are now. My doctor told me to stay away from all wheat and gluten products. Well, once I started reading labels, it was soon obvious that staying away from gluten and wheat was going to take a lot of work. This new diet also proved to be very expensive.

It was about this time I ran into a cookbook called The Gluten Free Gourmet, by Bette Hagman.  This book was literally a godsend. Hagman developed recipes that were easy and tasted great. The texture and taste took a little time to get used to, but with her cookbook I was able to more easily make the transition to a gluten free life. The Gluten Free Gourmet became my gluten free “bible,” teaching me how to bake and cook the wheat free way.

Since that time I’ve learned how to adapt “real” recipes to their gluten free versions. I also save money by using simple and easy to find gluten free flours, such as rice flour, potato flour, potato starch, etc. This blog will share what I’ve learned over the years, and what I continue to learn about better wheat and gluten free cooking.

You can find some of my recipes on HubPages, too! 

Thanks for stopping by and my hope is you’ll find helpful information and yummy recipes to help you on your own gluten and wheat free journey!


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