My husband has a disease. Yep, it’s DH, a disease where you itch like crazy on your knees and elbows if you eat any wheat or gluten. Even the littlest amounts will trigger it.
So as we’ve adapted– We now make tons and tons of Mexican and Southeast Asian food. Asian food is based typically in rice, so that’s easy to get and gluten free. Who can’t make stirfry? It’s easy, delicious, and fairly inexpensive. Mexican food can be made with a corn base, which is also gluten free. For a simple enchilada meal, we use gluten free sauce (Walmart makes a good one–in fact most of WalMart brand food is gluten free), corn tortillas, meat, beans and cheese. Maybe I’d throw a little rice and corn in and layer those same ingredients to make an enchilada lasagne. Or you can mix most of the same stuff, put a cornbread top on to make a tamale pie. Just don’t use regular flour in your cornbread recipe– I like to use tapioca flour. It’s cheap, in my local store and it reacts almost the same as regular flour.
Lastly, just read labels *really* carefully. We figured in the beginning that there wouldn’t be any cereals in the store for him, so we special ordered some. That was a little insane. It was a tiny tiny box for something like $7. We just discovered that the Malt-o-Meal Rice Krispies and Malt-O-Meal Fruity DynoBites don’t have wheat or gluten at all. Now he’ll eat those for breakfast, or we can make the Krispies into Krispie treats for dessert.
Our one indulgence is Pamela’s Pancake Mix. It’s about $6 a bag, but it can make pancakes, crepes, or even chocolate chip cookies. Our local supermarket has it, and it’s his favorite breakfast if he isn’t making potatoes and sausage.
When we heard he had this disease, we were figuring we’d have to do alot of special order foods. We’re finding that thanks to modern labelling, it’s not that hard to find good tasting, cheap, and healthy gluten free foods in our own supermarket.
This is what’s worked for us. For other Works For Me Wednesday ideas, see Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer. Thanks Shannon for hosting another great week of this!