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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.   (more…)

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This is one of those recipes that is time intensive, but so cheap and so good that it’s well worth the effort. The entire recipe is about $3.25, including the cost of cooking it.

The much better photograph.

Tamales and Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 can Bush’s Pinto Beans (If you’re in the U.K., Australia or virtually any British former protectorate, you can still make this recipe: just double the amount to two cans, and look for gluten-free Heinz Beans.)

1 can Bush’s Hominy (No, they’re not paying me.  They’re just cheap, and easy to get in the U.S.  =0)

1 3/4 cup Maseca Masa

3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used generic safflower/soy oil.)

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 tsp salt (You can add spices. Garlic salt is an easy add-on. Check that it’s gluten-free.)

Enough water to fill the cooking vessel of your rice cooker.

Kitchen Apparatus:

Rice Cooker (7 cups or larger) with a steamer bowl.  (Preferably one you don’t mind voiding the warranty on–this isn’t dangerous, but it’s not quite what they had in mind.) (more…)

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I waited years to write this recipe–for flatbread, you need a cast-iron pan. For flatbread in a toaster oven, you need a tiny cast-iron pan; the only ones I could find were $30.00. Then, I was walking through my local H.E.B. in Austin, and I saw tiny cast-iron pans for $7.00.  Image

It’s called Cocinaware, and it’s amazing. (more…)

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It's not poo.  Promise.

Made with shelf-stable, inexpensive ingredients, this is one of my cheap favorites.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons liquid sweetener (sugar syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey)

1/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (check that it says gluten-free)

1 package Mori-Nu Firm Tofu (more…)

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I was looking in the freezer.  Hmm….not much there.  However, there were pork sausages and frozen spinach.  I looked in the pantry:  a box of Cream of Rice with all of the cooking instructions in Spanish.  I also had some sea salt and expensive organic parmesan.  This is another example of high/low cooking.  It doesn’t all have to be cheap, and it doesn’t all have to be expensive, to be really good.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Cream of Rice Cereal

1 1/2 cups water

1/8 cup grated parmesan

sprinkle of sea salt

1/2 cup frozen spinach (more…)

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I’ve been really busy doing fun things like the Austin Celtic Festival, and I’ m feeling guilty about neglecting my cooking and my cooking blog, so this morning, after checking into work for a few hours, I cleaned out parts of the refrigerator, and decided to make crock pot red lentil soup with what I scavenged in the attempt.  This is my atonement for wasting some perfectly good food–just cut off the bad parts and save what you can.  You’ll feel much better about yourself.

Ingredients:

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp turmeric (more…)

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“You need to re-brand”, said my brother.  “Why?”  I asked. “Well, it’s not that cheap, and it’s not how I would do it.”  I asked him what he does for gluten-free.  He said, “I kind of make an enchilada.  Corn tortillas are really cheap.  Also, beans are incredibly cheap.”

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