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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.

Ingredients:

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 »

This is not an inexpensive recipe.  It’s one of those things I did, because you can’t get this, unless you make it yourself, with gluten-free soy sauce.  It’s

Hot and Sour Soup.

Hot and Sour Soup.

not actually that labor-intensive, so it’s well worth the effort.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of dried wood ears, or about 1 ounce

a few tablespoons of corn, canola or soy oil, enough to cover the bottom of the soup pot

1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sriracha (Red chili paste of any kind will probably do. I’m not sure if sriracha is gluten-free, but it’s all they make in a sriracha plant, so it’s probably safe.)

1 teaspoon sugar

pinch of salt

3 or 4 two inch pieces of ginger Continue Reading »

I know what you’re thinking, “bagel pizza”? Now you’re just photographing your food.Image

Actually, I’m not.  If you’ve priced gluten-free pizza, recently, it’s at least $5.00 a pizza.  If you make it at home, though, it will cost half of that. When you buy things like pizza, at least half the cost, is assembly.  The other thing about this recipe, is that nothing in this photograph is less than two weeks old. All of the ingredients will last for weeks in the refrigerator and freezer, which is why I had them around after avoiding the grocery store for um, at least fifteen days. (That’s why it’s immortal.) Continue Reading »

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.) Continue Reading »

Most canned cream of mushroom has wheat flour in it. You can make your own at home really easily–and it can be lactose and corn-free as well.Image

Ingredients:

Eight ounces of fresh mushrooms Continue Reading »

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