Eating better

Several female relatives have been diagnosed in the last year with thyroid issues, with a gluten-free diet being recommended to improve their issues. I’ve wondered about wheat issues in myself– seems like on a day where I have a lot of wheat, I have more joint aches and am more likely to feel short-tempered the next day. But wow, it is hard to think of getting rid of wheat completely– it’s everywhere.

I’m also aware of how huge the gluten-free bandwagon is these days. It seems like it is the stylish problem to have, which makes me question the legitimacy of it. Could it really be the answer for so many people?  And is it really necessary to completely cut every teaspoon of flour out of my own diet?  I’m not yet convinced.

However, in my reading about health and food lately, I’ve come over and over to some conclusions that I do feel good about– things like the importance of fruits and veggies, healthy fats, variety in diet, and whole food instead of highly processed items.

These are changes I can feel confident about now, whether or not I get fully convinced about the whole gluten free thing. So here’s how those changes are looking around here, keeping in mind that affordability is also a big issue for us.

FILLING SIDE DISHES
I’m aiming for less white pasta, less bread and more variety in sides and ‘filler’ foods at a meal. Beans, lentils, and split peas have always shown up at our house but I’m trying to feature them more often. When serving rice (I love white) I’ll add at least some brown or wild rice. I’m not going to stop making biscuits and bread– my family enjoys them and they’re affordable food. But I am going to make more whole grain stuff, and alternate with non-wheat items.

VEGGIES
I do spinach/lettuce mix salads fairly frequently, but I’m trying to make the salads more filling and more interesting. That makes it easier for me to resist the bread. Things like avocado, tomato, cucumbers and feta cheese really add to the yum factor of a salad and to the nutrition. These things also add to the cost–I am looking forward to having garden goodies again.  But to keep cost down I often make cabbage the base of such salads which means the salads last longer in the fridge and are a better value for the money than a spinach salad that might go limp the second day.

MAIN DISHES
I love pasta so much that it is hard to think of not having it. Wheat free options are SPENDY and often a little odd- texture-wise. I may buy some wheat-free pasta at some point. But I am also going to use more main dish recipes where wheat would not really need to even be a factor.

Soups are great, with salad on the side instead of bread.  I’ve been making my own broth lately which is supposed to be a wonderful nutrition boost. Awhile back I shared this recipe for lasagna that uses eggplant instead of wheat noodles. Thai Beef Wraps are another normal part of our recipe rotation.  This Lime Coconut Chicken looks wonderful.  Spaghetti and pizza will still show up at our house too.

But truthfully, there are many, many main-dish meals out there that satisfy the good nutrition/ no wheat goal, allowing us to diversify our diet while still eating interesting food. Until I’m fully convinced about this whole gluten-free idea, that where I’ll be aiming most of the time.

What about you?  What real-food recipes does your family enjoy?

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Mommypotamus

Healthy Home Economist

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  1. Enjoyed reading today’s post,have been reading your posts for a while…..I have been slowly weeding out the white sugar, white flour, white pasta and rice over the last year or so………Nowadays I’m really loving brown rice pasta, it has a light texture, not at all like the whole grain pasta…..Came to love brown rice, natural sweeteners, and whole wheat flour(started dabbling in coconut flour a bit as well)

  2. I dropped wheat last August and have never been happier or healthier! Bloating-gone. Aches-gone. Attitude- better. Cravings for wheat things went away quite quickly and the few times I have had wheat since gave me a stomachache. Whole grain is not better than white, regarding stomach, digestion and thyroid issues. Reading Mark’s Daily Apple has been enlightening. I do not, of course, accept the evolutionary “backstory” but think that the grain-free approach is definitely right for me.

    I have not required my family become gluten or grain free, but my son has made the choice to eat gluten free. Several of my daughters are gluten-less. Another son did a trial of gluten free for a week and his eczema healed up. He has not chosen to STAY gluten free but does choose his gluten foods carefully and they are getting freer and farther between as he realizes how it makes him feel.

    Now I just need to kick sugar o_O . I have lots of grain-free recipes on my recipe blog!

  3. For our family, eating gluten is no longer an option. When my daughter was diagnosed with celiac wheat, rye, oats, etc.were out. She is extremely sensitive so we cannot have any wheat in the house at all. The tiniest crumb, or speck of flour dust causes a violent reaction. So it is worth going 100 percent gluten free. Subsequently, 3 more daughters were also diagnosed.

    The hard part for us is the occasional eating out. It is nice to see do many places with gluten free menus. Unfortunately with so many people choosing to go GF but being ok with cross contamination a lot of restaurants are not careful. They don’t treat it as serious as a food allergy and too often after eating out my poor daughter ends up in severe pain and in the bathroom all night.

  4. We’ve been dealing with food allergies for 5 years with my middle daughter. When she was tiny, I prayed “not gluten, ANYTHING but gluten”… God hear me. She was allergic to EVERYTHING (it seemed) but gluten LOL So we gradually got accustomed to a life with out peanuts, almonds, and sesame (easy), egg (a little more difficult), milk/cheese/dairy (really hard). I learned to bake bread without the “bad” ingredients. Enter baby girl #3… the only food intollerance she has is, can you guess LOL yup, gluten. AHHH, tis life… What fun would it be if we didn’t have any challenges?

    • We are learning to eat a lot of rice (rice pudding is a favorite– it can be made with coconut milk) and quinoa. We didn’t eat a lot of pasta before, but the rice macaroni is pretty good. It gets mushy fast, though, so you have to be careful cooking it.

  5. I started moving our family towards a whole foods approach about six months ago. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the whole family on board if I just completely changed everything at once. The first thing I did was to cut out sodas completely. We had already been eating a lot of whole grains, but now it is 100% whole grains. If I want the taste of baked goods with the nasty AP flour I will use a winter white whole wheat variety and it tastes the same. I used to hate brown rice, but it was a matter of finding a recipe I liked. The instant brown rice is awful, but if you search for Alton Brown’s Brown Rice Bake – that is a delicious recipe. I now bake a huge amount of brown rice at one time since it takes so long to cook and just put baggies of it in the freezer. So easy to reheat.

    We have also started buying organic off the dirty dozen list. Anything not on that list I will still buy non-organic.

    Sugar is my biggest obstacle and we are a long way from being sugar-free, but have made some strides in that direction. I grew up in the south and sweet tea is a staple, but I have learned to drink it unsweet. I also use honey and real maple syrup to sweeten and bake with sometimes. We have never been fans of artificial sweeteners.

    Also, I thrown some flax seeds or chia seeds into anything I bake. I’m the only one in the family that knows it is there. I also add it to my cold cereal, but the family won’t go for that.

    Just keep making little changes. I understand celiac disease and know why someone with that disease must avoid gluten. But I also think that being gluten-free is just another fad. Some people surely benefit, but it’s not the cure for everything.

  6. I began to suspect a wheat sensitivity several years ago when I was in a very stressful period of my life. Suddenly, when I ate wheat, I was in gastrointestinal agony. It got better when the stress abated, so I convinced myself it was nothing. Then, about 10 months ago, I decided to begin eating fewer grains and significantly less sugar. With less frequent bread/pasta came the unexpected opportunity to observe a connection between my eating and my aches and pains. I, too, thought that gluten-free was “the rage,” and didn’t want to fall for it, so I resisted for a few months, but it was becoming clear. On January 2, I stopped eating wheat/gluten. Within two days, chronic back pain that has been present and worsening for 10 years was gone. After a week, my feet no longer hurt in the morning. Two weeks, my nagging knee pain (worse after exercise) was gone and everything seemed to be moving more fluidly. A month later, I noticed a REMARKABLE change in my mood. 1.5 months after going gluten free, I forgot and took a free sample of goat cheese on bread at the grocery store. The pain was back within a few hours and lasted for 2 days. I was tired and cranky too. I’m convinced.

    I read the book “Wheat Belly” after making this change and learned quite a bit. Specifically, wheat has been hybridized significantly in the last 50 years, all without testing whether those changes will affect human reaction to the new wheat. This has caused me to wonder if the “explosion” in gluten-intolerance might be related to the changes in wheat, rather than people just jumping on the bandwagon. I don’t agree with many of the claims the author makes (a quick pubmed search will turn up equal numbers of studies to support and reject some of his ideas), but the hybridization of wheat did give me pause.

  7. My 3 year old has had his excema clear up when I took him off wheat for a week – but I realized we needed to manage his intake, not cut it out. A blessing, since changing everything (down to chicken broth and soy sauce!) would be very expensive. But some days you have toast with breakfast and a sandwich at lunch, and pasta for dinner, and before you know it, it is all gluten all the time. Also, all that stuff is highly processed. So I try and make sure that it is only once a day, and that we are all getting more whole foods. It has really been helping. And I really do love brown rice.

  8. Lee Ann says:

    I was diagnosed with Celiacs Disease 8 years ago after the birth of my first child. A lot of Celiacs are mad at this “gluten-free band wagaon”, but really it has made my life so much easier. I also have many friends who feel a “wheat free” diet has improved many symptoms.

    I do bake a lot of gluten free muffins/quick breads, but otherwise I don’t buy a lot of specialty items. Sometimes I buy GF pasta but not a lot. We eat a lot of stir-fry/rice dishes. Soups. Mexican. Egg dishes. Sandwich ingredients on a leaf of lettuce. If you stick to real food, it’s not that hard to be GF. People think it’s so expensive, but it’s really not if you just leave out the gluten. Yes, if you buy gluten free products it’s very expensive!

  9. Hi Mary! Thank you so much for putting my blog on your interesting healthy food blogs list! I’m ridiculously flattered since there are so many out there! Like many of your commenters, I have flirted with gluten free for years, suspecting that I had issues with it but hated the idea of giving up “real” pizza, pasta, etc. Since I went low carb – first for weight loss, now because I feel so good, I’m more convinced than ever that I will be gluten free for life. Not only have I lost weight, but when I have even a trace of it now that I’ve been gluten and grain free for over three months, I am in agony for days. It takes three full days for the affects to pass, and I can tell almost instantly when I’ve had some. My mother in law made me something “low carb” and forgot that she thickened the sauce with white flour. After the first couple of bites I knew and asked her and she said oops I totally forgot! The next day I had gained two pounds of water weight (body trying to neutralize the toxins) and I had a whole host of horrible symptoms from it. It’s happened twice since then and now I know for sure that it’s the gluten/wheat. It’s amazing how many parts of your body can be affected! Now I’m doing low carb so I haven’t made them in awhile, but I do have a few chickpea based cakes on the blog (back in the archives, search under chickpeas to get a list) and even a lasagna made from homemade chickpea crepes that worked for me in the past and are very inexpensive and easy to make – one of the biggest complaints I’ve found with GF recipes is they are complicated or use expensive ingredients. If you try them I’d love to hear what you think! Sorry for the long comment – thanks again for the mention!

  10. Melanie E. says:

    DH has psoriasis which has slowly worsened over the last 5 years, and has had stomach issues creep in as well – probably due mostly to the meds he’s tried/been on.

    He went gluten free late last fall and it helped a lot with the psoriasis. Tested for celiac (after going back on wheat for two weeks) and that was negative, so the doctor suggested perhaps the stomach issues could be dairy. He’s always been somewhat lactose intolerant, but not violently so. He finally gave in and gave up the dairy and that has mostly helped with the stomach stuff, but he went back on wheat and the psoriasis wasn’t doing better. So, he finally went off both about a week and a half ago. He’s doing a lot better now.

    Luckily, a lot of the gluten free stuff is coming down in price, so it’s not nearly as bad as it was when things like that first started coming out. And you really don’t have to have the substitutes that are “just like” – cutting out something entirely or just using something that’s “as good as” works just as well. Yes, it’s nice to have cake or pasta but there’s no sense in paying through the nose for the subs that are supposed to be “just like”. Just pull up your big girl/ undies and get something else. 😉

    Now, me – I’ve been off of all sweets and junk food for a week now. THAT’S hard! LOL

  11. I must admit, every time I hear gluten free labeled as trendy, it makes me sad because I know for our family and for so many other families it is a complete necessity. I actually doubt it is a trendy choice for very many at all, unless you’re referring to South Beach. Switching to whole wheat or less wheat will not help any symptoms you’re having. Gluten from one meal stays in your system for three weeks. We have a large family and my husband has celiac, so we are a gluten free household now and do you know, our grocery bill is not much different from what it used to be. We eat a lot less pasta and breads and the pasta we do eat (Schar) is delish and I’m able to buy it in bulk at a lower price. Instead of buying wheat in bulk to grind for flour, now I buy brown rice and buckwheat in bulk to grind- two of my baking staples for breads and baked goods. We still eat tons of pancakes and muffins and scones and bar cookies and friends who taste them who are wheaties love them and can’t believe they don’t containg wheat.
    As a side, my mother has also been put on a gluten free diet for her weight and thyroid and it has worked wonders for her. She’s always been crazy active, she hikes and bikes miles upon miles but cutting out the gluten has been what has finally worked for her.
    If you’re body is giving you such clear warnings and signals about gluten, I’s listen. Now they’re beginning to find that full blown celiac begins as a gluten sensitivity.
    Blessings,
    Hannah

    • Hi Hannah,
      I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be insulting or to say it isn’t a valid solution for some. Gluten-free eating has helped my mom and my sister a lot. But it makes me antsy to head down a path that so many are taking these days. I’m not a terribly good follower. 🙂 Thanks for the info about avoiding gluten. That is what my sisters are saying too, but yikes, I am just not ready to go cold turkey yet.

      • Oh no, I wasn’t insulted at all. 🙂 I have heard a few news media outlets questioning whether it is a diet trend also. One interesting reason on *why* so many people, even people in their senior yrs who have eaten gluten all their lives, are now having sensitivity or allergy is that in America we’ve manipulated our wheat to have about 3 times as much gluten as it used to, or as European wheat still does. Americans like our fluffy white bread not falling apart as opposed to hearty European bread which tends to crumble if it’s not sourdough. Another factor that I’ve heard carries blame is the antifungals we routinely spray our wheat with here when we store it long term. Whatever the cause, the outcome is no fun, for sure. My croissant baking husband sure misses his French pastries. 🙂

  12. Theresa says:

    We add a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and chopped apples to a simple green side salad. Both are inexpensive options where I live.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve followed your site for nearly two years now and I’m excited to see your family moving along the same path as ours 🙂

    After my last baby was born, my joint pain was almost unbearable. I thought I was developing arthritis in my early 30’s. Then I decided to fast all sugar and bread products for a few weeks. The joint pain magically disappeared!

    I read Nourishing Traditions last year and started following The Healthy Home Economist. Then I found GNOWFGLINS — Wardeh is an amazing Christian woman who had a child with gluten/wheat sensitivity. After she started making her own sourdough baked goods, the sensitivity resolved.

    I now make all of our bread products using my “homegrown” sourdough starter. I buy flour, coconut oil, maple syrup and raw honey in bulk to save money. I also allot quite a bit of my food budget to grass-fed beef and raw milk. The changes have come gradually and our household budget has had to adjust. However, good health for our family is totally worth it!

    My favorite “frugal” healthy recipe is baked potatoes. My kids love them because they get to choose from a topping bar: chopped bacon, real butter, cheese, sour cream. With plenty of healthy fats, potatoes are satisfying and good for you.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh! And I just have to say that the only problem I see with the gluten-free products on the market is that they are often highly processed. It’s easy to think they are good for you, when they may be full of chemicals and additives.

  14. Kudos for you for researching the heck out of the wheat-free trend instead of getting right on board. My kids were diagnosed with a wheat allergy before it was the “fashion” to do so. My opinion on the whole thing is that because wheat is in a lot of pre-made products thus people are eliminating these along with all the other stuff in the food. Ofcourse you feel better when you can’t have have most of the stuff in the middle of the store. I would like to recommend Brown Rice noodles at Winco (hopefully you are ner one) in the bulk section. We are really picky about our gluten-free items (the texture always gets to me) but these noodles even my husband will eat. I marinade our meat a lot. Brown rice is a good filler. Soup and chili is always an easy fix with out the wheat. Good luck! It will get easier, I promise.

  15. How ironic, as my diagnosis was officially confirmed one week ago. My test appeared borderline to me and I wasn’t concerned. The test was requested by my daughter’s pediatric GI here in Boise and she was so informative. She explained that her field now believes that Celiac is the primary autoimmune disease that triggers all other autoimmune diseases (like lupus, fibromyalgia,MS, etc.). And because it is genetic that it will likely be a struggle for all my kids. She was Al’s confident about all the things that will clear up once the gluten is removed. So I spent five days researching and talking to friends before my shopping and making the change. I am finding the immense use of gluten as a filler is greater than I had believed. It seems that our culture has overdosed and it has been highly hybridized which all makes for a sick body.

    I am so curious to see how my body reacts and to learn more about this. Thanks for the great discussion!

  16. My oldest son (15) has been gluten free because of celiac disease for nearly 2 years. He acquired celiac disease about 2 years after his diagnosis of type I diabetes (another autoimmune disease) and soon after his thyroid dysfunction diagnosis. (He was tested for celiac and thyroid problems once the diabetes was confirmed, and he had neither at that point.) Before we finally had the celiac confirmed, he was so sick and frail. (He had been doing ok with the diabetes for nearly 2 years.) He had repeated hospitalizations (9 in one year… all ICU admissions) and was wasting away before our eyes (miserable, skinny arms and legs but a big bloated belly). I was terrified that he wouldn’t live to his next birthday.

    Once he was well regulated on the diet, he slowly improved in his weight, appearance, energy level, and diabetes control. He eats very few processed foods and enjoys cooking, too.

    The gluten free diet trend is both annoying and helpful to us. We have found better labeling in products of recently and more products available. We are not all gluten free in our house for every meal. (There are 6 of us in total, a bit expensive to make accommodations for all six.) Dinner is gluten free for his benefit. I use a lot of veggies and non-gluten starches to fill everyone up at dinner.

    For lunch and breakfast, he eats a lot of salads, potatoes, rice, eggs, veggies and fruits. Sometimes gluten free bread and pasta. (Check out Trader Joe; they have very affordable and tasty gluten free pasta… about half the price ($1.99 per pound… better than $3.99-$4.99))

    For our son, the gluten free diet has been a life saving change. It seems to be working for a lot of other people, too. Implementing it was a challenge and eating out is a disaster, but all well worth it. I wouldn’t recommend the change for everyone, but it certainly isn’t one that would be harmful if tried. (Who really needs all of those processed foods and baked goods? More fruits and veggies are good for you, too.)

  17. Thanks for the eggplant recipe. I bought some this week and was looking for a recipe.
    My husband was just told that he is borderline diabetic and his doctor told him to not have any bread, pasta, or potatoes. Yikes what to cook…I did make him bread with just ground flaxseed….pretty good.

  18. Have you tried Spaghetti squash? That might be a pasta substitute you can add to your garden to save money. My brother’s little guy has a wheat allergy and they served a baked spaghetti squash casserole to us last time we visited, I was surprised how good it was. He said it was just sauce and cheese and spaghetti squash, he didn’t have a written recipe.

  19. It’s so hard to give it up. I didn’t want to jump on this bandwagon but I was feeling so awful I had hit bottom barrel and was willing to try anything. I have more good days than bad when I’m not eating gluten. I’ve also given up dairy which make me feel better as well. But it is hard!

  20. I have noticed with my dd that she gets stomach aches when she has a lot of wheat. I had her tested and she doesn’t have an allergy or anything (she has other food allergies). I just try to limit the amount of wheat she has.. She loves her pasta though!

  21. So interesting to see you post about gluten-free! I love your cookbook and used it a lot to help reduce our grocery bill and plan meals, but now my DH and I are moving towards eating low-carb / paleo / gluten free and I just don’t have a vision for how I can meld these two concepts. I can’t imagine how I will fill my kids up without rice / potatoes / bread etc. And how I would afford it!

    • Since we are eating largely paleo in our household, I’ll just mention that potatoes/squash/sweet potatoes are paleo and go a long way to fill up a boy’s stomach. You may be low-carb, but most kids are active enough to balance the carbohydrates in potatoes and other starchy veggies without any adverse health effects. Can you grow any of these is a garden? I can usually store squashes through most of the winter, so that’s an easy way to save some money.

  22. Wow! I am so excited that you are moving towards whole foods lifestyle. Can’t wait to see the next cookbook about whole foods. I saw “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” a few weeks ago. I tmade me really think and wonder if diet os truly the missing link in auto-immune diseases. We Americans sure have a lot. So I did a lot of research and watched quite a number of documentaries and am reading a lot of books.
    Suffice it to say, I am on the whole foods bandwagon and am moving towards Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat for Health” nutritarian regime. So far I have lost 10 pounds and have kept it off without trying. Looking forward to additional weight loss. Mostly looking forward to all the healing… healing for asthma, eczema, allergies, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
    Tonight we had whole wheat noodle kugel sweetened with pineapple juice, cooked greens with a cashew cream sauce (awesome!), fresh tomatoes, onions, and thyme sprinkled with balsamic, and a healthy green bean casserole. We then finished with a fruit salad that my 6 yt old daughter made.
    Mostly my biggest concern was what to feed my family of 6 and what typical days should look like. I’m figuring it out and starting to document it so I can answer the question for other people.

  23. I’ve been wondering about if going gluten-free more often wouldn’t help both my middle son and me with both health and “behavior” issues. =) Our ability to be calm and focused seems directly linked to our diets (vacations are always a nightmare, rarely the fun time we planned.) We both seem to have the highest metabolisms in the house, and we’re hard to fill up, so that makes it harder. We are both hungry all day, but I don’t want us filling up on carb-filled stuff.

    That being said, here are some gluten-free meals that we eat regularly that are inexpensive and fill up our large, hungry family:
    -Nachos (corn chips, cheese, beans/meat, sour cream, guac, salsa)
    -Salmon patties made with potato flakes instead of flour, rice, veggies
    -Substitute potatoes, corn, or rice for the bread in meat-based meals
    -Breakfast (eggs, potatoes, bacon/saus., fruit, milk or cheese)
    -Spaghetti sauce over rice instead of pasta

  24. I also really enjoyed wheat pasta and thought I’d have a terrible time giving it up. I went grain-/gluten-free by way of a low-carb diet, but have found that eating wheat these days really does a number on me. When the kids and I want pasta, we’ve found our best bet is julienned summer squash, salted and sauteed in a little butter. My favorite way to serve it is what I call Mock-aroni and Cheese. If you’re interested, I posted the recipe: http://lowcarbrealfood.blogspot.com/2011/07/mock-aroni-and-cheese.html

  25. I recently gave up gluten, dairy and corn because my baby daughter is so sensitive to them. It was so hard at first, but now it’s become fairly second nature and I feel SO much better. I think it is definitely helping me feel better, as well as helping my baby girl.

  26. Our family now really loves brown rice. Ever since I tried an oven baked brown rice recipe with chicken broth, my kids can’t get enough of it. It’s so easy too, compared to making it on the stove. I always double the amount of rice we use and freeze the other half flat in a gallon ziplock bag. My main complaint about brown rice used to be the time to cook it. Now half of the time it just takes a few minutes to warm up in the microwave! It’s also MUCH more filling than white rice.

  27. Mary the below is why we switched back to white rice:

    thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/what-white-rice-better-than-brown/

  28. A book that I’m reading and finding to be fascinating is Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride. The bodies our God created are amazing. The book deals with autism, but the information is good information to have regardless if you are dealing with autism or not (we are not). I’m not finished yet, but I highly recommend it.

  29. We follow a plant based diet (no meat or dairy) and our son John has a Gluten intolerance. We feel so much better eating this way.

    I went GF for a month with Johnny so I could see how one would feel on the diet. I found that it helps to have a good serving of a healthy starch at each meal. Rice, potatoes (white and sweet), corn, etc.

    BTW we eat your West African soup and your Ethiopian sloppy joes (Substituted with lentils) each once a week. LOVE them!

  30. My husband and I are almost to the end of a 30 day food challenge as part of a Bible study. The premise is to eat a completely unprocessed, dairy-free, grain-free diet for 30 days and then reintroduce food slowly to see how God made our bodies…what makes us feel good? What causes problems? As someone who wanted to eat healthier but never felt comfortable with random ‘food rules’ this seemed to make sense because we can each see how God made our bodies to work. I’ve been surprised how much variety we still have and that it’s really pretty easy to do now. (I should add that I am a wheat/dairy-loving girl so this is possible even for us!). I’ve found a blog that has some great, healthy recipes, most of which are pretty affordable (www.everdaypaleo.com). Some recipes we’ve really liked are…
    http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/03/12/gingered-carrots-with-mahi-mahi/
    http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/03/05/fast-shrimp/
    http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/12/22/sweet-potato-latkes/ (these are awesome!)
    http://everydaypaleo.com/2012/03/28/pan-seared-chicken-and-curried-parsnips/
    and roasted cabbage…even the kids liked it and it’s a budget-stretcher!

  31. I’m not sure if this website has already been mentioned, but thehealthyhomeeconomist.com has been very helpful to me. She talks about soaking grains before using them to break up the gluten. Then you can still eat your bread!!! 🙂

  32. I just noticed that her site is down for maintenance and will be back up soon. But she has so many great videos on youtube.