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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 7th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
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    Really healthy eating on a budget
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    • 7th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
    Really healthy eating on a budget 7th Feb 18 at 8:59 AM
    I am simultaneously trying to spend less on groceries whilst eating more healthily. Not to lose weight (though would be nice) but because I get migraines and have quite a serious autoimmune problem.

    Eating healthily is expensive. For example, I can't eat normal stock cubes so have to buy kallo organic which are £1.60. I do have a mysupermarket alert set to make this cheaper.

    I've been told going gluten free would help but that makes everything more expensive. Trying specialist flours works out a lot more.

    Hubby is veggie though eating two portions of oily fish a week at my request.

    I have started meal planning recently and our food bills have gone up not down. Though admittedly we are having a bigger variety of foods and my cooking repertoire has got bigger.

    Take breakfast for example. I like toast and marmalade which is cheap but to be healthy make overnight oats with yoghurt and blueberries which works out a lot more.

    Eating veg or a salad lunchtime also works out more than having something on toast.

    Any ideas?
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 27th Feb 18, 2:41 PM
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    Another one here who only buys GF bread on YS of at least 50% off and usually more.
    As this thread is about really healthy eating too, the list of ingredients on GF products is appalling and it is full of gum and unhealthy very highly processed carbs. I rarely eat it.

    Besan flour is cheap. learn to make flatbreads instead. Much cheaper. Much healthier and much cheaper.

    Also buy turkey mince and make your own meatballs. Cheaper and nicer.
    Originally posted by doingitanyway

    I agree the ingredients in GF stuff is not good, which is why I only have 2 small slices of bread a day...just like a bit of toast and marmite...

    I try not to have GF cakes etc, although the odd cake is my downfall... My DD bought me some GF brownies from Mr M's and they were so sweet and not very nice at all. I have almost given up cakes now and will only occasionally have a "real" cake and suffer the gluten effects.
    Prefer to eat healthy "real" food and lots of fruit, veg, fish and eggs etc

    I am only going GF as I have found it is better for my IBS, so still have things like ketchup etc which I know has gluten in it, but in very small amounts.

    I've never heard of Besan flour. Will have to look it up and see how to make flatbreads. Thanks
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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 27th Feb 18, 2:50 PM
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    I am GF too Ploppy 57 but look for naturally GF food. Most cultures have gluten free foods so experiment with almond based cakes from Italy or polenta cakes or buckwheat flatbreads from France. All REAL and extremely tasty too Try and avoid the expensive processed food where you can. Your IBS will thank you and so will your pocket
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 27th Feb 18, 2:54 PM
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    I think besan flour is just gram or chickpea flour. Quite cheap. Good flatbread recipe on BBC site.
    I like Michael Mosley's gf brownies - made with ground almonds and an aubergine!
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 27th Feb 18, 2:59 PM
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    I think besan flour is just gram or chickpea flour. Quite cheap. Good flatbread recipe on BBC site.
    I like Michael Mosley's gf brownies - made with ground almonds and an aubergine!
    Originally posted by JennyP
    Gram flour is indeed chickpea flour and almonds make a great base for brownies. I've never used aubergines but each to their own. Prunes and chocolate are nice additions for brownies
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 27th Feb 18, 3:07 PM
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    Ooh thanks for that Doingitanyway and JennyP. Will look into this. The brownies sound good. I am trying to eat a few more Prunes as been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and apparently 6 prunes a day are good due to the boron content. At the moment though I find about 3 or 4 is my limit or my IBS rebels.... If its not one thing its another...LOL
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    • thriftylass
    • By thriftylass 27th Feb 18, 3:24 PM
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    Well I can tell you how to spend a fortune for one person then maybe you'll feel better about the £20!

    I am trying the same to eat healthy and cheap but strictly no gluten for medical reasons.
    I'm working to get a handle on my food spending which was completely unmonitored and am working on a weekly food plan unfortunately it's too high. Here my last bill:

    1 Aleyna Red Roasted Peppers (480g) £1.40
    1 Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Hot Chocolate £2.00 (buy own brand)
    1 Genius Gluten Free Triple Seeded Sandwich Loaf £2.80 (just buy flat breads or make your own, see previous posters suggestions)
    1 M savers Red Kidney Beans (400g) £0.30
    1 Morrisons Chickpeas (300g) £0.45
    1 Morrisons Chopped Tomatoes £1.36 (one can £1.36!!!! or is that a 4 pack)
    1 Morrisons Easy Cook Basmati Rice £1.51
    1 Morrisons Ripen at Home Bananas £0.94
    1 Patak's Madras Curry Paste £2.28 (make you own curry sauce if you have the spices already)

    1 Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheese £2.00
    1 Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk £1.75
    1 M savers Cooked Chicken Pieces £2.00 (make your own)
    1 Morrisons Braeburn Apples Pack £1.40
    1 Morrisons British Turkey Meatballs £2.36 (definitely make your own)
    1 Morrisons Chicken Breast Fillets £5.94
    1 Morrisons Free Range Eggs Large £1.97
    1 Morrisons Market St British Minced Beef 12 % Fat £2.87
    2 Morrisons Mixed Chillies £1.00
    2 Morrisons Salad Onions £1.00
    1 Morrisons Single Cream £1.00
    1 Morrisons Spinach £1.18
    1 bag onions £1
    Fresh tomatoes 70p

    Essentially two chicken with Spinach meals,two turkey meatballs with veg sauce, large curry and large chilli con carne. Fruit and chicken sanwidges.

    I realise fourty quid is more like a months food for a lot of people on here so I'm open to suggestions
    Originally posted by Sir_Robin
    I also definitely recommend going to Aldi or Lidl and stop buying pre-prepped food. See comments in red. Their meat and veg are a lot cheaper. Do you have any other shops nearby. Did you put that shop into MySupermarket to see where it might be cheaper in the big 4?

    I can also recommend using frozen food (meat, fruit, veg), as it's straight from farm to freezer it's sometimes even fresher. Definitely easier to portion and keeps.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 27th Feb 18, 7:32 PM
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    Ooh thanks for that Doingitanyway and JennyP. Will look into this. The brownies sound good. I am trying to eat a few more Prunes as been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and apparently 6 prunes a day are good due to the boron content. At the moment though I find about 3 or 4 is my limit or my IBS rebels.... If its not one thing its another...LOL
    Originally posted by ploppy57
    Didn't know that! Maybe I should eat them as I am on steroid tablets pretty much permanently which can reduce bone density.
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 27th Feb 18, 7:35 PM
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    Didn't know that! Maybe I should eat them as I am on steroid tablets pretty much permanently which can reduce bone density.
    Originally posted by JennyP
    I joined a FB group called Osteoporosis Natural Remedies. I have learnt so much. I refused medication and want to increase density naturally
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    • Lolly willowes
    • By Lolly willowes 9th Mar 18, 10:27 AM
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    I know this post has been quiet a while but the name of flatbread made with chickpea flour is socca and there are loads of recipes online.
    And whilst this isn't a cheap recipe this cake recipe is naturally gluten free as long as you watch the baking powder.
    It won't let me post a link. Fine cooking website orange and almond cake by Claudia roden
    It is a faff as you boil oranges for a couple of hours and almond flour isn't the cheapest ( better priced in aldi) but this has real cake texture and no one I served it to could tell that it was gf.
    My brother is coeliac and he loved it as a treat.
    As for cheap healthy food I have an aldi and a lidl near me and I check out the veg offers ahead of time and then do a brief menu plan in my head. They are also often cheaper for things like quinoa which is great when gf used in salads for work ect.
    I also eat a lot less meat but I'm not gf myself, just aware for others.
    Eggs, cheap protein that are versatile and delicious!
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 9th Mar 18, 4:40 PM
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    I know this post has been quiet a while but the name of flatbread made with chickpea flour is socca and there are loads of recipes online.
    And whilst this isn't a cheap recipe this cake recipe is naturally gluten free as long as you watch the baking powder.
    It won't let me post a link. Fine cooking website orange and almond cake by Claudia roden
    It is a faff as you boil oranges for a couple of hours and almond flour isn't the cheapest ( better priced in aldi) but this has real cake texture and no one I served it to could tell that it was gf.
    My brother is coeliac and he loved it as a treat.
    As for cheap healthy food I have an aldi and a lidl near me and I check out the veg offers ahead of time and then do a brief menu plan in my head. They are also often cheaper for things like quinoa which is great when gf used in salads for work ect.
    I also eat a lot less meat but I'm not gf myself, just aware for others.
    Eggs, cheap protein that are versatile and delicious!
    Originally posted by Lolly willowes



    Thanks for that. I agree about eggs. I love eggs in all types....just wish OH would eat them as well. The only way he will eat an egg is fried and then he only eats the yolk. He hates egg white with a passion and even says he can taste it if I make an omelette.
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    • Lolly willowes
    • By Lolly willowes 10th Mar 18, 12:20 AM
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    I think I'd cry if that happened to me! I can eat eggs forever. I also forgot polenta, it's great as a stodge part of meals and if you keep it in a flattish container the next day you can cut it into slices and then bake or fry it to serve with things. I love it with a spicy tomato and vegetable sauce on top.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 10th Mar 18, 8:28 AM
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    Hi Jenny

    Have you been tested for Coelic’s disease? I was listening to a Freakonomics Radio podcast about it and thought of you. Amongst other things, the prevalence is surprising. Italy routinely screen all children and find it to be 1:300, that’s one person in every 300! The episode, together with a complete transcript, can be found here: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/demonization-gluten/

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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 10th Mar 18, 8:43 AM
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    I know this post has been quiet a while but the name of flatbread made with chickpea flour is socca and there are loads of recipes online.
    And whilst this isn't a cheap recipe this cake recipe is naturally gluten free as long as you watch the baking powder.
    It won't let me post a link. Fine cooking website orange and almond cake by Claudia roden
    It is a faff as you boil oranges for a couple of hours and almond flour isn't the cheapest ( better priced in aldi) but this has real cake texture and no one I served it to could tell that it was gf.
    My brother is coeliac and he loved it as a treat.
    As for cheap healthy food I have an aldi and a lidl near me and I check out the veg offers ahead of time and then do a brief menu plan in my head. They are also often cheaper for things like quinoa which is great when gf used in salads for work ect.
    I also eat a lot less meat but I'm not gf myself, just aware for others.
    Eggs, cheap protein that are versatile and delicious!
    Originally posted by Lolly willowes
    I have the recipe. It’s a traditional Jewish Passover recipe and that made me think of something else: if you live near a Jewish community, now is the time to find and stock up on ground almonds, rice flour, potato flour and “kosher le pesach”/“kosher for Passover” baking powder which, by definition, won’t have wheat flour in it. Passover is in a couple of weeks and the prohibition on leavened items means that anything that is Kosher for Passover will be wheat free.

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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 10th Mar 18, 4:27 PM
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    Pretty sure I am not coeliac! I don't have symptoms of it. But Freakanomics podcast - not heard of that though read the book!

    Great tip about going to Jewish shops. Not sure where my nearest are though.... I have just moved back to west Yorkshire from london so would probably have to go to Manchester.
    • janb5
    • By janb5 10th Mar 18, 6:30 PM
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    Waitrose have a kosher section too- not sure if Tesco`s have?
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 12th Mar 18, 9:19 PM
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    Lemon - for an otherwise cheap sardine recipe. It uses the zest unfortunately or I would use juice which we keep in the fridge. I will give it a go without the zest next time and see what the difference is.
    Originally posted by JennyP
    Tesco also now sell frozen zest. I know you have little freezer space; butit might be something to consider in the future.
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 12th Mar 18, 11:53 PM
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    I have the recipe. It’s a traditional Jewish Passover recipe and that made me think of something else: if you live near a Jewish community, now is the time to find and stock up on ground almonds, rice flour, potato flour and “kosher le pesach”/“kosher for Passover” baking powder which, by definition, won’t have wheat flour in it. Passover is in a couple of weeks and the prohibition on leavened items means that anything that is Kosher for Passover will be wheat free.

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    I'm no expert on Jewish or kosher food, but I don't think it's necessarily the case that it will be wheat or gluten free. 'Unleavened' means no yeast - it could still have wheat flour in it.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 13th Mar 18, 9:53 AM
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    I'm no expert on Jewish or kosher food, but I don't think it's necessarily the case that it will be wheat or gluten free. 'Unleavened' means no yeast - it could still have wheat flour in it.
    Originally posted by PollyWollyDoodle
    Exactly right.
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