Budget friendly gluten free meals are ESSENTIAL, especially now that the holidays have passed and we’re all broke, right?
Just kidding (kinda). But if you are like us, you are definitely scaling back on “wants” and focusing more on the “needs.” With our lifestyle and active jobs, we definitely NEED to focus on REAL (gluten free) food to fuel us!
I often hear people say …. “but eating gluten free is so expensive!”
And you know what? It definitely can be unless you learn to shop right.
Once you know how to do that, making budget friendly gluten free meals is actually quite affordable! All you need to learn are a few helpful tips!
- Don’t (always) buy the prepackaged gluten free foods, just stick with real food first if you can. We still like to try out new GF brands and ready made meals from time to time (like when traveling) but we try to focus mainly on REAL food.
- Stick with only a few carbs and rotate them. Try rice, polenta, potatoes quinoa, squash, plantains, fruit, and beans as your main carb source.
- Use protein (like eggs) in various dishes.
- Recycle ingredients from a meal (more on this below!)
- Make your own snacks, and trail mix. Unless they are on sale at whole foods –> THEN TAKE ADVANTAGE! haha.
- Frozen veggies, use them, again and again!
- Support local. They usually have great deals on produce anyway. I always check out the local finds at my whole foods as well.
- Shop the outer aisles, like produce, butchery, seafood, dairy, etc. And if you scam the aisles twice through, you might find some sales you missed the first time around.
- Extra fit tip –> I like to where my fitness tracker (vivofit) to see how many extra steps I can get in at the store. Hey, every little bit counts!
Okay, now let’s get to those budget friendly gluten free meals! All these meals have been posted before, except for one, which I will give the recipe for below. And all these meals have been used from leftover ingredients from previous meals. Meaning, the salmon leftover from one dinner was used the next day in another. Same with the veggies, turkey, etc. It’s best way (for us) to keep meals affordable but still delicious and nutritious!
This first one is great for a brunch or paired with soup.
Salmon Veggie Avocado English Muffin Bake
- 4 oz salmon fillet (sizzlefish for us!) -> cut into pieces.
- 1 gluten free English muffin
- red pepper hummus
- 1/2 cup shaved Brussels sprouts
- 1/3 avocado, cut into slices
- balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- feta cheese crumbles
First, bake your salmon or use leftover salmon. I bake my salmon at 400F with 1 tbsp oil/vinegar on top and fresh garlic pepper (1 tsp). takes 10 minutes.
Then toss the salmon (chopped) with Brussels sprouts and lightly saute until veggies are soft. Place on top of a toasted English muffin with 1-2 tbsp hummus, avocado, and sprinkle with feta. drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season with a touch of pepper.
Not into fish? Here are few other Budget Friendly Gluten Free Meals to try:
Gluten Free Spicy Pasta Carbonara with Hard Boiled eggs.
For the Vegetarians and for those frozen veggies —> Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soup
For the One pot Crock Pot meals (vegan option) –> BBQ Lentil Stew
For the Breakfast lovers and to use leftover meats/veggies —> Paleo Pumpkin Kale Turkey Frittata
See, when life hands you gluten free lemons, you make extra sweet gluten free lemonade! Okay, you get my point. Budget friendly meals can be delicious and nutritious, sometimes you just have to make the most with the BEST you got!
Do you have a budget for the groceries for your meals? What’s your plan of attack at the grocery store?
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The Sherpa Wife (LC)