A few years ago I stopped eating gluten because I was having some health problems, and although I’m back to eating gluten again, I discovered some neat things about eating gluten free. I originally wrote this post a couple years ago. 🙂 Here are my favorite meal hacks for how to eat gluten free for cheap while saving a ton of money.
How to Eat Gluten Free on the Cheap
– Sandwiches! Sandwiches are the best. I get a loaf of gluten-free bread (I recommend Rudi’s, although the one pictured here is Franz which is ok but really chewy) for about $7 which the most expensive part, and then get slices of provolone or mozzarella cheese, butter (to make cheese sandwiches. Just assemble and microwave for 1 minute for a cheesy, melty goodness. Like grilled cheese without the effort), sliced turkey (to make a turkey and cheese sandwich), and peanut butter and jelly (for PB&J sandwiches, of course). Those are three different sandwiches that you can make in minutes and for less than a dollar or two per serving.
– Salads. Salads are another great gluten free option. If you want to save a lot of money, buy romaine lettuce or baby spinach and then add toppings like nuts or dried fruit yourself. But I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking, so I usually buy one of those premade salad mixes (which makes maybe 4-6 lunch-sized servings) and dress it as I eat it, or I buy one of those premade single serving salad bowls that have all the toppings ready for you. They even some have with barbecue chicken! Those are a little more expensive at $3-4 each, but if you take one of those to work instead of eating out you’ll still be saving $7-10 a day!
– Gluten free pasta. My favorite gluten free pasta is the ones at Trader Joe’s, but Barilla has a good penne too. I would recommend brown rice pasta and NOT the corn or quinoa or any of those. I’ve had some of those melt down into a mush because they are very temperamental to cook for the right amount of time (actually I was making it in my microwave with a pasta boat, but that’s a story for another day…). Grab a $2 jarred sauce by Classico (I love their vodka sauce) and you have a gluten free lunch or dinner for pennies.
Well, there you go. A few cheap gluten free meal ideas. 🙂 It’s not super exciting, but these are just a few staples to get you through the day to day. You can always search for more creative recipes for special occasions or to break the monotony up.