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This week’s recipe at Stockpiling Moms is Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Asian Chicken. Don’t let the photo fool you…this is not a bland recipe! I know it looks pretty plain in the photo, but this chicken is full of warm, sweet, tangy orange flavors guaranteed to dance across your tongue. And, for having a lengthy list of ingredients, this recipe is actually quite easy to make. My husband volunteered to give the thumbs up rating on this one: 100 Thumbs Up! (He also took ALL the leftovers to work the next day; this is a compliment to me, for sure.)
This week’s new recipe at Stockpiling Moms is Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Scones. I was asked to create a gluten-free scone recipe by the lovely ladies of Stockpiling Moms, so I decided to go to my 1964 version of the Joy of Cooking cookbook for inspiration! My mother has always referred to this cookbook as a “cooking bible”, so I thought it would be a good place to start. The result was a simple scone that is both gluten and casein free (in my version, not the original). Because it is essentially a plain scone, you can “dress it up” with whatever added ingredients you like, such as cinnamon or currants. Please post a comment below about your variations; I’d love to hear them!
This week’s recipe at Stockpiling Moms is Gluten-Free Fried Chicken! If you have been longing for fried chicken, don’t despair. This recipe is not only easy, but very tasty. (I am a newbie when it comes to fried chicken, despite having a southern grandmother who makes fabulous fried chicken!) I was asked to develop a gluten-free fried chicken recipe by the readers of Stockpiling Moms and so I did. Instead of using canola oil or vegetable oil, I fried the chicken in coconut oil and it was excellent. My husband gave this recipe 12 Thumbs Up and took the leftovers to work the next day for his lunch (a true compliment). Hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.
This week’s recipe at Stockpiling Moms is Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Cheesecake! I was asked to create this recipe by the lovely ladies of Stockpiling Moms and my husband was very happy to offer to be the taster. Personally, the mere thought of cheesecake used to make my stomach clench thanks to my dairy intolerance. But, I embraced this challenge and we were all thrilled with the result. My son wasn’t sure if he would like cheesecake, but he enjoyed it thoroughly too.
Everything is getting more expensive today. From gas to groceries, our hard-earned dollars are challenged to stretch further. Now, we may be able to ride a bicycle around town if we can’t put gas in our cars. But, we have to eat. There’s no getting around that. So, we have to find ways to spend less on groceries while still getting the things that we need to feed ourselves and our families.
6 money-saving tips
- Clip coupons. They put those in the newspaper for a reason. If there are new items you want to try, use a coupon to get it at a discount. If you like it, you have saved some money. On the other hand, if you hate it, you didn’t pay full price. For me, coupons save an average of 35-50% per visit! That’s money in my pocket that I can put towards gas for the car. Also, you can visit the websites of many manufacturers and download free coupons. Or, visit the Stockpiling Moms website and learn how to really save lots on gluten-free, dairy-free items!
- Buy more staples than prepared foods. It is easier to buy a frozen gluten-free dinner, but is it more economical? A large box of gluten-free pasta and a GFCF marinara sauce will make more servings for your family than one gluten-free frozen dinner. This is especially true for baked goods! The next time you go shopping and pick up a box or bag of an already prepared item, ask yourself if you can make that at home for less. If you can, then put that item back in favor of less expensive staples.
- Buy in bulk. Consider the food items that you use most often. Gluten-free snacks, meats, vegetables, condiments, juices, and paper products can be bought in bulk usually at a lower price at food warehouses like Costco, BJ’s, and Wal-Mart. If you have a coupon, you’ll save even more money. Yes – you can find more and more gluten-free, dairy-free items at the warehouse stores. And, don’t be afraid to request certain products through the manager; that’s how they find out what their customers really want!
- Don’t shop when you are hungry. This is a definite no-no. Shopping on an empty stomach means that you will pick up more things than you need. You are more likely to pick up that box of gluten-free cookies when the growling gets underway!
- Take a grocery list with you. This is another protection against picking up things that are too costly. Check your cabinets and the fridge to see what you need and write them down. Remember, the goal is to stick to the list as much as possible.
- Shop at the same stores. This is more of a frustration reliever. In a new store, you spend most of your time looking for things and walking up and down every aisle, which oftentimes leads to forgetting an item or two. Going to the same store each time makes you more familiar with the prices so you can estimate your bill as you write your grocery list. I also find that you get better service if the store employees know your face. (Last weekend, an employee at Trader Joe’s not only helped me find a great watermelon, he cut it open for me to see that it was appropriately ripe; what a great help!)
You can succeed!
Rising prices don’t have to mean a lean dinner table. There are ways to make your food dollar go further and if you take the time to implement the ideas listed above as well as others of your own, you’ll see savings each and every time you shop.
Know any money-saving tips?
If you have some great shopping tips to share, please add them in the comments section below. Thank you!
This week’s recipe, Gluten Free Upside Down Pizza Bake, is now posted at the Stockpiling Moms site. It appears in the photo that this is meat with potatoes covering it….not so! You’ll have to go and read the recipe to find out just how tasty this gluten-free, dairy-free recipe really is. Nicholas gave it a rating of a “Trillion Thumbs Up“! (I think that was a bit over the top, but guess it shows you just how much he enjoyed this for dinner the other night!)
My latest recipe is up at Stockpiling Moms! This one is for a tasty grill recipe for lemon herb pork chops. Super easy, but packs in a lot of flavor! Nicholas wasn’t too thrilled with it, but that’s because he’s gone on a all-hotdog-all-the-time frenzy ever since I found him some grassfed, organic hotdogs that he can eat. But, my husband said these were fantastic and is standing in for Nicholas on the review this week – happily giving these a 12 thumbs up rating!
I’ve posted this week’s new recipe of Gluten Free Tortilla Soup at Stockpiling Moms. This is an excellent spicy soup that was a big hit with Nicholas. He rarely ever enjoys eating soup at all, yet he gobbled this up happily! It’s also a great way to take advantage of avocados that are becoming more plentiful in the grocery store right now.
Almost too good to be true! Click on over to Stockpiling Moms this week and check out my latest recipe: GFCF German Chocolate Cake! Nicholas said this deserved 112 Thumbs Up and has already requested it for his birthday cake (a couple of months away)! Enjoy….