Gluten Free Tips and Recipes

Simple recipes will get you started baking gluten free and before you know it you'll be a pro. It's fast, easy and (did I mention?) delicious!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Time Versus Money (When You Eat Gluten Free)

Starting and staying on a special diet can be a challenge for many reasons.

I remember hearing a shopper in the specialty foods grocery aisle saying to her companion, "The more they take out, the higher the price!"

I can relate to that.

It seems that prepackaged gluten free foods are very expensive. Well, that's often true. On the other hand, so are prepackaged regular foods, although maybe not quite so high. On a gluten free diet you don't get the advantage of generic brands to keep prices down either. Convenience costs. Specialty costs. Like it or not, that's the way it is.

Some people simply can't afford the high priced options.

Many more people resent having to pay high prices for food that they see as medicine. After all, diet is THE treatment for celiac disease and other food sensitivity illnesses and why should you have to pay extra? It's not fair. Why does this happen to me?

Are you feeling hot under the collar yet? I have to tell you, this type of negative, hostile thinking will waste a lot of effort on your part.

But, cheer up, you do have a choice.

That's where the time comes in!

You can make your own gluten free products from scratch in order to eat well at a more reasonable cost. The key is whether you are willing and able to put in the time to learn how to make good tasting gluten free foods. Of course you are. :0)

As you learn as much as you can about gluten free foods, you will discover there are all kinds of gluten free foods on the shelves with the regular grocery offerings and there are lots of gluten free recipes inside the cookbooks you already have.

You just need to know what to look for to figure out if recipes are already gluten free. If they aren't, what can you easily substitute to turn them into tasty gluten free recipes?

What do you think? Are you willing to do what it takes?

I enjoy the challenge of finding and adapting foods and recipes so, for the next while, I'll tell you about the easiest recipes I've discovered that you can make yourself with readily available ingredients.

Eventually, I'll show you how I put together the gluten free flour mix that is the staple of much of my baking. It's not so difficult.

Next post look for the world's simplest recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies.


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