I needed help finding recipes. I wasn’t looking to buy another cookbook, and I wasn’t even sure if they made cookbooks for folks looking to eat a diet free of grains. I decided to try pinterest. Oh my! I scored great recipes! I was astounded that other people had the same struggle as I. Most importantly, other people had already done the work to make everyday foods like bread, pudding, and pie grain free! Oh, I was overjoyed!
Then reality hit! I guess it was pretty foolish of me to think that it would be that easy. Recipes called for ingredients that I had never heard of, others included way too much work, or just sounded weird. My goal was to find recipes that used grain free ingredients to mimic grain based foods. I set a goal of making one new recipe each week, that way I wouldn’t go broke and wouldn’t have to change my entire life overnight.
If you’ve ever tried to live grain free then you’re aware of the price difference between grain based and grain free foods. My husband and I agreed to a one-time $50 expense to stock our pantry with staples such as chia seeds, almond flour, coconut flour, grain free bullion, potato starch, arrowroot starch, white bean flour, and almond butter. To stretch our funds as far as possible I purchased most of these staples from vitacost.com, a website that offers these items at about 50% off their retail price. I referred a few friends and had $20 in coupons to add to my purchase. The end result was about $130 in grain free staples for $50.
I’d really like it if you’d join me in this challenge by posting grain free recipes that you find. My plan is to devote one blog post each week to a new recipe no matter how right or wrong it goes. I plan to cook my recipes on the weekend and post recipes and pics on Mondays. Please post your suggestions in the comment section after this post.