When I started this blog, my idea was to figure out how to eat good gluten free food on a slim budget. Then I got back from the grocery store the other day with an expensive pile of gourmet grub and I realized just as soon as I had an opportunity I was spending as much as I could on steaks, fruit, wine, and fresh veggies.
So before I completely forget, here are some of the foods that got me through the times when I couldn’t afford such luxuries at the grocery store:
- Rice is a great choice for a lot of reasons. For a starchy food, it is also pretty good for ya. In addition to that, it stores well for long periods of time and cooks easily. Did I mention you can get giant bags of the stuff for next to nothing? It can be bland on its own, but a little bit of salt, butter, soy sauce, or sesame oil does wonders for making it taste great.
- Beans are a great, cheap way to get some protein and iron. Mix them up with the rice and you’ve got a classic dish that is well balanced for taste and nutrition.
- Eggs are the closest you’re going to get to meat though, without completely breaking the bank. Eggs rich in omega-3 fatty acids can be a little more expensive, but they still deliver a great amount of protein and essential fats for a couple of bucks.
- Milk isn’t exactly the cheapest stuff in the world, but if you’re able to tolerate lactose, it is really pretty good to have around. It is well balanced between sugar, fat, and protein, and it is heavy on calcium & vitamin d (assuming it is fortified). What is really great about milk is that it is one of the most balanced whole foods you can eat without any kind of preparation. When you’re hungry and don’t want to cook, a glass or two of whole milk can be pretty satisfying.
- Onions and peppers can vary wildly in price through the year, but when they’re cheap they’re a great way to add fresh vegetables to your eggs and rice.
- Tea is probably going to be the best drink around in a rock bottom price range. A box of 100 bags is available for the price of a soda bottle, but instead of processed sugars you get some antioxidants. It is also enjoyable hot or cold, so it is a drink that can stick with you through the year.
While it might not be the world’s most exciting diet, it is a pretty healthy one that remains both cheap and completely gluten free. It can be expensive to rely on meat for every meal, but it is definitely a great treat to mix up the routine and on special occasions.