Garbanzo bean flour

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I don’t keep a lot of processed snack food in the house.  The main reason is that we are on a budget and gluten-free dairy free treats can be expensive.  It is much cheaper to buy flours and bake things at home. Thus,  I make dessert several days a week.  We definitely aren’t watching our weight around here…

One day at the end of last month,  we were in the mood for cookies but didn’t have much flour left so I did an experiment with what we had.  I tried my carob cookie recipe with all of the flour I had left.  I had like a tablespoon of white rice flour and a tablespoon of tapioca flour,  but mostly I had Garbanzo Bean Flour.  My total flour was about one fourth of the recipe.  I had to double the Carob Powder,  but let me tell you,  those were the eight fluffiest gluten-free cookies we have ever had.  I have been gluten-free for nine years,  so that is saying something!

Last week,  a friend surprised me with garbanzo bean flour and so I have been experimenting.  You will notice that I have updated some of the recipes to include garbanzo bean flour.  Who knew that was the secret ingredient?  What other tricks have you learned in your gluten-free cooking adventures?

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My favorite gluten free recipe books

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If you want to collect gluten free recipe books, these are the books that I have used several times over the past eight years.

The first cookbook I ever bought was Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids: 150 Family-Tested Recipes. I was in college and had little experience in cooking. This book is great because it has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts.

On our honeymoon, my husband and I bought Gluten-Free Quick & Easy: From Prep to Plate Without the Fuss – 200+ Recipes for People with Food Sensitivities. Several of our favorite recipes have come from this book or been adapted from recipes in this book. We also bought Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free for the Frugal and Lazy Cook: 101 delicious recipes that are simple, inexpensive and safe for the gluten-intolerant! We enjoy several recipes from this book as well.

The gluten free sandwich bread at Whole Foods is my favorite store bought bread. But gluten free bread can be very expensive. So a few Christmases ago, my bought me Breadman TR875 2-Pound Breadmaker. I like this model because it has a gluten free cycle 🙂 I have also used my breadmaker for pizza dough. My favorite bread recipes come from this book: 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes.

Another recipe book that I use is The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook: Simple Food Solutions for Everyday Meals. This one has several recipes for fish and has more of an international and gourmet flare.

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Where I buy gluten free food

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I am going to list my staple gluten free foods where they are available for the best price first.  If you don’t have these stores near you, try looking on Amazon. 

As a general rule,  fruit,  vegetables,  meat,  and cheese are naturally gluten free.  Double check ingredients for additives.  It is possible that an ingredient used to maintain freshness contains gluten. So just check your Wednesday circulars to see where those are cheapest each week.  I usually buy chicken when boneless skinless chicken breast goes on sale for $1.99 per pound.  The cheapest I have seen 93% lean beef is $3.99 per pound.  A good price for ground turkey is $2.49-$2.99 per pound.

If I had a large freezer,  I would buy my meat from Zaycon.  They have great prices and awesome meat.  The catch is that you have to buy it by the case (40 pounds)  and they only come to my area twice a year.

Asian Food Market
White rice flour ($.99 per pound)
Tapioca starch ($. 99 per pound)
Tofu
Spices (I can get 16 ounces of garlic for $2.99!)
Soy sauce,  sweet chili sauce,  chili paste, any Asian sauce you can imagine for cheap
Rice in bulk
Rice papers and pastas

Trader Joe’s
Udi’s bread or bagels ($4.29)
Soy milk $2.99
Brown rice spaghetti,  fussili,  or penne ($1.99 is seriously the cheapest place ever for gluten free pasta)
Tofu
Gluten free brownie mix (amazing)
Think thin and Lara bars
They have some gluten free mixes and premade things that I have not tried
joe Joe’s (gluten-free oreos)  are great

Whole Foods
Whole foods gluten free sandwich bread ($5.29 but bigger than Udi’s and tastes way better)
Soy milk ($2.99 or a 2 pack for $5.29)
Earth balance butter
Daiya cheese
Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise)
Engine 2 brown rice tortillas ($2.99)
Tofu
Xanthan gum
Carob powder
Carob chips
They have a variety of gluten free flours and mixes.  Sometimes is cheaper to buy in bulk from Amazon.  Bob’s red mill sometimes has coupons on their website.
They also have think thin bars,  Lara bars,  and Amy’s frozen entrees but they are cheaper elsewhere. They have a wide variety of premade gluten free snacks and desserts.  I am sure most are tasty but they are expensive.  I do like the Midel arrowroot animal cookies,  Pamela cookies,  and Snyder or glutino pretzels,  but for the price  I just make dessert at home from scratch.

Walmart
Amy’s frozen entrees
Earth balance butter
Soy milk
Has some gluten free flours and mixes,  but it is different at each location

Target
Udi’s bread and bagels
Soy milk (2 for $5.29)
Amy’s frozen entrees
Earth balance butter
Has some gluten free flours and mixes but varies by location

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

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When you are new to being gluten free, sometimes it feels overwhelming. Here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas.

scrambled eggs
gluten free toast (Whole Foods Sandwich Bread is my favorite)
gluten free waffles (Trader Joe’s makes toaster waffles that are great)
gluten free pancakes (Trader Joe’s also makes pancakes for the microwave)
Chex Rice Cereal
Chex Chocolate Cereal
Chex Cinnamon Cereal
Think Thin Bar (They make several gluten free varieties. My favorite flavor is Creamy Peanut Butter)
sausage
bacon
fruit
yogurt

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Welcome to my recipe section!

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When I was in college, I started researching the main causes of acne. I had been to the dermatologist and tried everything. I was reading that one of the main causes of acne was food allergies, especially to wheat. I decided to give up wheat for a week and see what happened. Not only did my skin clear up, but I felt amazing. I didn’t realize how tired I was until I stopped eating wheat. I also realized that my normal headaches and stomach aches had stopped.

I went to an allergist and did some skin tests. The allergist told me that it wouldn’t show much because what I really had were food intolerances. My body did not process certain foods well. I could go to the GI doctor to be tested for Celiac Disease, but my insurance didn’t cover it. The allergist suggested that I do an elimination diet. I was to eat chicken and rice and some basic vegetables for two weeks and then slowly add foods back in. I discovered that I felt so much better without eating wheat, oats, dairy, or artificial dyes. I had a lot of ear infections growing up, even in high school, and they disappeared after I eliminated dairy from my diet.

I haven’t had any form of gluten since 2005 and I don’t eat dairy anymore either. When I met my husband in 2009, he had already given up wheat and dairy for the same reasons. In addition to gluten and dairy, my husband also doesn’t eat corn, potatoes, or onions.

The recipes you will find on my blog are recipes that we love. We have taken some normal recipes and modified them to fit what our family needs. If you have any food allergies or sensitivities in your family, you will get used to cooking things from scratch. You may find that these things taste better than what you are used to eating.

Please note that I have a gas oven so the cooking time may be different on your oven. I only preheat for a few recipes. It will be noted in the directions.