My question is… Does anyone have any tips, recipes, ideas for living gluten and dairy free on a budget with a young family? I am finding it very hard and very expensive! Any tips for living on a gluten free diet with a young family.

Posted by anon 21/06/2013

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  • I’ve 2 kids on gluten free diet and 1 on diary free who are also vegetarian. I found making and baking yourself is cheaper and healthier, as many store bought products are very processed and stacked with sugar. I find Aldi’s gluten free line really bad and Coles homebrand gluten free products are very processed and sugary too. You can find nice recipe’s on” the healthy chef” / Teresa Cutter’s site, also “the healthy home economist”, paleo gluten free sites have nice recipe’s too, as well as “Elena’s pantry”.



  • it is very difficult and the food doesn’t always taste the best, you can make a lot yourself which will help with the budget



  • PSS gosh so sorry …make sure you use the tin gravy not the box, only the TIN is gluten free.



  • PS gluten free is dearer than ordinary food, so try and purchase when items go on special and stock up. It’s hard with a family, I wish you all the best and the best of health.



  • Make your own bread or if you purchase store bought check out all varieties then check the 100g price of each to see the cheapest one and purchase when on special and freeze the loaves. Coles, Woolies and Aldi sell their own brand gf products and are quite reasonable. Also I purchase Gravox Traditional gravy 120g tin it’s gluten free with No added MSG and is cheaper than Orgran Brand and is often on special and is great for thickening meals/sauces.



  • I am struggling with the same thing but found this book cut out the crap for kids very helpful with basic recipes that the kids love!



  • There’s lots of websites that are packed with gluten free recipes. I find taste.com.au great fr finding any sort of recipes. You could print them out after you try them and put together a recipe book. Plan your meals in advance.

    http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/gluten+free



  • Its much cheaper to use naturally gluten and dairy free foods rather than processed ones, i.e. rice rather than packaged gluten-free pasta.



  • Google and you will find the information you require



  • Woolworths have some great inexpensive gluten free food!



  • Everything comes in a cheaper version shop around for the cheapest gluten free and good luck hope it all goes well ;) also go to taste.com.au search gluten free and you’ll get the yummiest gluten free recipes :-)



  • http://www.naspghan.org/user-assets/documents/pdf/diseaseinfo/glutenfreedietguide-e.pdf check this link out its all about gluten free ;) it’s a PDF download



  • I’m with Steph here, there is some great gluten free products you can buy at Aldi. Look out for their “HAS NO” range, affordable gluten free foods (flour, biscuits, pasta etc). Good luck :)



  • Those websites are great that others have put below! Quirky Cooking, Cut out the Crap, and I will add also Southerninlaw.com! all are helping us make the best decisions for our health! Let us know how you go. It honestly isnt as expensive as you think!!

    I have found that eating helathier I actually eat a lot less as it is more filling! I could sit for days eating processed white bread, and now with homemade bread I have two slices (and they are tiny from the machine) and I am done!!!



  • Try baking your own bread, sadly i think it will always be expensive though


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