One of the things I’m always looking for, is gluten-free flours that started out gluten-free before someone figured out you could charge a lot more for flour if it’s gluten-free. For example, cornstarch has been made for at least a hundred years. Cornstarch is $2.00 a lb. U.S.  These are so good that someone insisted on eating 2 out of 3 waffles.  Image Continue Reading »

This is one of those recipes that I puzzled over–risotto is great, but it’s time consuming and expensive. However, if you make it with broth base instead of stock, and whatever medium to short grain rice you have on hand,Image it’s a lot less expensive. Then, if you bake it, instead of cooking it on the stovetop, it’s a no-labor recipe. (This is an Ina Garten recipe, modified.) Continue Reading »

These are soooo good.  I think this is a Bon Appetit recipe, modified, because I only had part of the ingredients.Image

I also took the picture in the rain.  See what I do for you? Continue Reading »

Swiss Chard BLT Wraps

There have been a lot of these, floating around the blogosphere, in raw blogs. While it’s a good idea, the thought of eating raw collard greens is a little, um, bitter? However, swiss chard, blanched for a minute or two, makes a wonderful sandwich wrap.  Image Continue Reading »

Italian Rice Salad

This is the most basic rice salad. It’s a good use for leftover rice. I use Jasmine rice, most of the time, because it doesn’t stick, even left over.Image Continue Reading »

Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes

This is a fast, simple, cheap recipe.  I substituted Idaho potato flakes and Maseca Masa for more expensive gluten-free flours.Image


1/4 cup Idahoan Potato Flakes

1/4 cup Maseca Continue Reading »

1.  Find a grocery store near you that sells gluten-free rice bread. I like Udi’s. ImageThey sell it most places in the United States. Bread is easy, familiar, and now common enough, that it is probably not expensive.

2.  Buy a bag of rice. This is breakfast cereal, and a good dinner side.Image

If you don’t have access to a kitchen, you can even make it in the microwave.

3.  Find a protein you like that is not expensive, and shelf-stable. Bush’s beans are $1.00 a can. Mori-Nu tofu (in the shelf-stable packages) is gluten-free. Water or oil packed tuna is safe to eat two or three times a week. (Water or oil packed, only—broth can have modified food starch that has wheat.)Image If you can’t tolerate soy, gluten-free almond milk in aseptic packages is a good, cheaper, gluten-free source of protein. Continue Reading »

There is a short answer, and a long answer to the question, “Where do I Get Inexpensive Gluten-Free Ingredients?”

I’ll give you the short answer first–because if you like Asian and Mexican food, you may have already figured this out:

1.)  Regular grocery stores with a large selection

2.)  Asian food stores

The longer answer, and what this blog is intended to do, is demonstrate that if you cook in regional cuisines that don’t use wheat–specifically ThaiChinese, Japanese, Mexican, Ecuadorian, and old Irish and Scots recipes–you don’t need all the fillers and workarounds to make good food. The three big things that are added are potatoes, masa, and rice flour.  Image

If you’re buying rice flour it should be from Thailand. It’s too hot to grow wheat in Thailand, so if it’s milled in Thailand, it’s rice. It’s also less than $2.00 a pound U.S.

If you’re buying corn, most of the corn flour sold is not gluten-free. However, Maseca masa is gluten-free. Continue Reading »

Gluten-Free Stir Fried Rice

This is a really cheap recipe.  It’s also really easy to make gluten-free, with gluten-free soy sauce.

Gluten-Free Stir Fried Rice

There is a trick to stir fried rice:  it sticks if you make it in a wok or a saucier pan, like I did.  This works much better in a non-stick pan.  You’re, for the most part, just reheating, not cooking this recipe.


4 cups leftover rice (I usually make a point of making 6 cups of rice for at least one meal earlier in the week. By the time the weekend rolls around, if this hasn’t been eaten up, it gets made into fried rice.)

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

2 gluten-free hot dogs (I used Jennie-O, because they say, “No gluten,” on the back.) Continue Reading »

Gluten-Free Miso Soup

This is miso soup made with ingredients any self-respecting foodie is likely to have on hand:  toasted nori sushi wrappers, fish sauce, and white miso.  Gluten -Free Miso Soup

Miso is not usually gluten-free, because it’s made with fermented barley and soybeans.  However, white miso, which is just made with soybeans, is safe.   Continue Reading »

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