Starting a gluten-free diet on a budget? Here are some healthy budget-friendly staples you’ll definitely want to stock up on!
Eating healthy has a reputation for being expensive. And eating gluten-free can definitely live up to this reputation if you don’t have some budget-friendly staples on hand!
Gluten-Free Swaps (On A Budget)
These easy swaps can make your meals gluten-free without any fuss! I’m sharing my favorite bulk and produce buys that are super affordable (and tasty too!)
It’s easy to stock your pantry up with staples so when you are in a pinch, you won’t resort to something that you regret.
When you are buying groceries on a budget, look for stores that offer the most savings on gluten-free items. Trader Joe’s, Winco, and Aldi (so I’ve heard) offer some affordable produce and bulk items.
Lentils are commonly overlooked and incredibly versatile. They work well in soup, salad, and even make a delicious vehicle for curry! They offer a ton of good-for-you fiber too.
Rice is a staple in most homes. Whether you like brown, white, or even wild rice – there are tons of varieties to mix it up. If you get bored with rice, try making coconut rice (with creamy coconut milk), rice pudding, rice casseroles, or even new varieties like forbidden rice.
My local grocery store makes a cold rice salad with cranberries, pecans, and spinach that is so yummy!
3. Rice Noodles
Rice noodles make the most delicious Thai-inspired dishes! They work well in soups and stir-fries too. They come in a variety of sizes for each of your favorite meals. There are more expensive kinds that are in small packages, but if you look in the right place, you can find a big bag for a couple dollars!
Tip: I love to add Asian rice noodles to Annie’s Thai Coconut Soup and let it cook right there in the broth on the stove. The ones I have only take 4 minutes to cook.
Have you tried millet? It’s not just birdseed, folks! These delicious little seeds look like quinoa, but taste a lot better in my opinion! They taste kind of sweet, like corn. It makes a delicious porridge or side dish. Try it with butter and a little parmesan cheese!
Need I say more? Open a can, heat ’em up. There are tons of varieties, so even if you don’t like one (I won’t touch lima or kidney beans), there are others that you can try. I love using black beans in my taco bowls or stuffed sweet potatoes.
Mash them up with some salsa for a little more flavor!
Who doesn’t love potatoes? Baked, roasted, sauteed, yum yum yum! Russet, baby red, yukon gold – there are so many varieties! Plus, potatoes are loaded with some serious vitamins and are super cheap.
7. Sweet Potatoes
I know not many people eat sweet potatoes regularly. Except at Thanksgiving in that super sweet casserole (not my fave!)
I love salty-sweet potato fries, diced roasted sweet potatoes with chili powder and salt, and even baked stuffed sweet potatoes.
If you’ve never tried sweet potatoes made savory, give this a try!
They are also called yams. If you are in the US or Canada, they really are the same thing.
Acorn squash, butternut, delicata, kabocha, pumpkin… They are not just for fall! These starchy vegetables are delicious as a side or main part of your meal. While some varieties are really easy to cut and roast (acorn and delicata), some are a bit tougher to cut (I’m looking at you, butternut). You can buy them pre-diced if its too much work or just make sure you have a really sharp knife and good kitchen safety skills.
*seek out gluten-free oats, as they are commonly processed with wheat or in machinery used with wheat
Oats obviously make a great morning breakfast, but you can also use oats to make oat flour. You can use oat flour to make pancakes, bread, muffins, all kinds of delicious baked goods!
You can easily make your own oat flour in a food processor or buy it already made. It’s really affordable which I love!