Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap

The second edition of this classic is packed with Gluten-Free goodness.

With the rise of grain-free and paleo diets, along with the increasing diagnosis rate of celiac disease, gluten-free prepared foods are more widely available than ever. Yet they are still expensive – as much as three times (or more) than their gluten-y counterparts. If you’re ready to slash the cost of your grocery bill, you’ve come to the right place. In Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, savvy mom, beloved blogger, and gluten-free guru Nicole Hunn shows how every gluten-free family can eat well without breaking the bank. In this new edition of Nicole’s beloved, most popular cookbook, you’ll find 125 tried-and-true favorites, inexpensive gluten-free recipes – plus fifteen brand new recipes! – for dinners, desserts, comfort foods, and more. An anchor of the book is Nicole’s top money-saving secrets, which will be updated throughout. With family-friendly advice on the best values and where to find them, meal planning strategies, and pantry-stocking tips, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring is the go-to guide to eating g-f well – and on the cheap.

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About The Author

I’m Nicole Hunn.

I started my blog, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, in March 2009, after I was laid off from my job as a senior practicing lawyer in a large law firm in New York. Like many others laid off at the time, I chose a different path. I chose to hang out with you, cooking and baking, instead of lawyering.

I’ve written 5 cookbooks, and you should totally buy them! They are, in order of publication:

1. Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes For Eating Well on the Cheap. This book is a great for beginners of all kinds and those who just want to keep it simple. It covers all the basics, from full meals to basic breads and snacks.

2. Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy: 100 Recipes For the Food You Love—Fast! The title says it all, quick and easy was the goal for all the recipes in this book. For everything from fast weeknight meals and weekday breakfasts that keep you going all day long, to breads and sides to round out those meals, and sweet desserts. Every recipe from “Quick and Easy” is ready in about 30 minutes.

3. Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: Biscuits, Bagels, Buns, and More. My third book raised the bar on gluten free bread. We can now bake gluten free yeast bread that looks, tastes and smells like the artisan-style conventional breads we remember. You won’t believe it until you see it!

4. Gluten Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes for the Brand-Name Treats You Love. My fourth cookbook, this one is filled with recipes for homemade versions of all the packaged cookies, crackers, breakfast and fruity treats, snack cakes and even candy bars like Twix and Kit Kats you remember. But safely gluten free!

5. Gluten Free Small Bites: Sweet and Savory Hand-Held Treats for On-the-Go Lifestyles and Entertaining. This is my 5th cookbook, and it’s a real life-saver for a busy family. You know those days where dinner is grab-and-go, but you’re not sure what to grab? The older kids have a soccer game, a ballet lesson, the little one has a kazoo party, and they all need to be fed? Gluten Free Small Bites to the rescue! 100 recipes for everything from party-pleasers like jalapeño poppers and pigs-in-blankets to easy meals like hand pies and chalupas.

I’m married with 3 children: girl-boy-girl. Our son, Jonathan, has celiac disease, but we all eat gluten-free at home because it’s easier. And because I eat gluten-free all the time. You gotta walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk, you know?

When we learned in 2004 that Jonathan had to be gluten-free, we were lost. Few gluten-free foods were available, and what there was cost, like, a million dollars a cookie. All of the recipes I found were really fussy, with a million different unfamiliar ingredients. I started developing my own recipes right away, all with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. I wanted to feel normal again.

Well, I thought you’d never get here. But you did. And I’m glad. Stick around, would you? We’ve got lots of catching up to do.