Thursday, July 11, 2013

Grocery shopping as we know it: Gluten-, Dairy-, Egg-, Nut-Free and Organic on a Budget.

This is how we roll... we are used to the dairy, egg, and nut free lifestyle since my husband is allergic and I have been cooking that way since we got married. The past few months I have been trying to buy organic on a budget, especially with meats and the dirty dozen produce. And just to make life a little more fun, Jesse and I have decided to eat gluten-free for the next four weeks. I have been having some stomach problems that I thought might be related to gluten intolerance and Jesse, with all of his other allergies, just wanted to see if gluten-free dieting helped him feel better in any way. The kids will still eat gluten for now.

Yesterday was my first grocery trip with all of these goals in mind. Our budget right now is $70 a week for all grocery and toiletry items. I'm hoping we won't have to up that with our gluten-free addition, but so far so good. Since we are eating more meat, I won't be able to buy as much organic meats, but for the test period, we're willing to sacrifice for a few weeks. I spent $68 total yesterday between two different stores, Sprouts and Safeway. Here is our meal plan for the week:

Chex cereal with coconut milk
Van's gluten-free waffles
organic apples with almond butter

Brats/hot dogs without the bun

Ham and potato soup made with coconut milk
Chicken chili
Chicken stir fry with gluten-free, organic soy sauce (yes, soy sauce has wheat in it)!
BLT lettuce wraps (Jesse eats BLCs with cucumber instead of tomato, as he is allergic to tomato)

Fruit bar popsicles

corn tortilla chips with salsa

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