GF Menu Plan: Happy Valentine’s Day

240x240xMH900104782-300x300.jpg.pagespeed.ic.hrBK16NOywThe Gluten Free Detroit Metro family like many others is on a fixed budget when it comes to groceries. Gluten-free goodies are known to cost a lot of money. To get around that, most items in our home are fresh and unprocessed. Therefore, a lot of baking and cooking is done in the home. The best way to keep food waste minimal and stay within a budget is to meal plan. Here is another Monday and another meal plan.

Please keep in mind that Gluten Free Detroit Metro is not represented by a doctor or dietitian. Use your own judgment when purchasing foods and consult a doctor or dietitian when adopting a gluten-free diet.


Hello Gluten Free Detroit Metro community,

This morning I would like to start with an appology for the past few weeks of spuratic posts.  To say the last weeks of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 were busy would be an understatement.

Life in the GFDM house has been stressful.  Mr. GFDM is weeks away from graduating nursing school.  That means life has been chaotic and financially stressful.

This should be the time when menu planning would help, right?  Well, like your families life is not always ideal and does not follow a plan.  This blog and our life is probably just like yours, not perfect.

So for our not so perfect entrance into 2014 we only have half a menu for the week.  Why?  Because our budget was limited and pay day is on Wed.  Hopefully there will be time to update later.

 

MENU ~ WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10TH

Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Tuesday: Chickpea Tacos with Rice and Beans
Wednesday: Pasta & Meatsauce 
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday:

For additional meal planning ideas check out orgjunkie.com.  The Celiac Family organizes each week’s swaps.  If you wish to participate visit Heather at Celiac Family.  Artwork comes from Angela’s Kitchen. Thank you both for all you do.

Randazzo Fresh Market 12/25 – 12/30

Randazzo’s current sale ad runs from Wednesday, December 25th through Tuesday, December 30th. You will find a generous selection of gluten-free items throughout the store. Gluten Free Detroit Metro highlights current gluten-free only offerings within the ad.

 

$1.89 for B.F.F. (Better Foods Forever) Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips 14 oz

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Randazzo’s also offers coupons weekly on their site under the Special tab.  If you Subscribe to their emails you will receive special coupons that are not posted on the site.  This weeks coupon is:

Save $2.00 off a $50.00 order.

Randazzo’s has three locations in Clinton Township, Warren, and Macomb Township. Check with your respective location for product availability, coupon, and deal policies.

Groupon: Go Picinic

 

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Founded in Chicago in 2006, GoPicnic began with a simple mission: providing tasty, nutritionally balanced portable meals and snacks for people on the go.

$19 FOR $40 WORTH OF READY-TO-EAT MEALS AND SNACKS

This Groupon’s value can cover several days’ worth of portable, nutritious meals that can help fight off urges to skip lunch or make poor food choices. GoPicnic’s menu includes gluten-freekoshervegan, and all-natural options ($4.99–$5.99)—none of which need refrigeration or prep.

Groupon Offer


Prior to purchasing a Groupon make sure you read all the details.  Some of those details include dates of use and limits. All Groupon questions can be directed to the staff there or the comments section within the Groupon itself.

 

Kroger Gluten Free Match-Ups (12/23-12/29)

 

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Many of the below match-ups will require the use of a Kroger Card to obtain the store discount with coupon.  

Kroger stores within the Metro Detroit area can vary.  Your store may not carry all of the same products.  If you located a sale or match-up that you feel the readers should know about please post in the comments here.

Kroger Gluten Free Item List 

Savings Bloggers:  Please feel free to post up to five (5) gluten-free match-ups from our list with a backlink.  These match-ups are for the Southeast Michigan area, but should stand true for much of the midwest.  These match-ups are most often not included in your weekly fliers.  Therefore we shop for sales and prices each week.  We will follow-up to make sure there are trackbacks.

Attention Readers:  If you notice these match-ups on any other site without a backlink it has been stolen from GFDM.


DUE TO CHRISTMAS GLUTEN FREE DETROIT METRO DOES NOT HAVE GF MATCH-UPS AT THIS TIME.  STOP BACK LATER DURING THE WEEK FOR CURRENT MATCH-UPS.

BREAD

Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread – $3.50
~$1.00 Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread Rudi’s Website
Final Price $2.50

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread – $5.49
~$1.00 Udi’s Gluten Free Bread Udi’s Website
~$1.00 Udi’s Gluten Free Bread Udi’s Website
Final Price $4.49

EnerG – $3.67
Brown Rice Loaf, White Rice Loaf, Tapioca Loaf 

 

BAKING

Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal Flour – $9.79
16 oz (Sale until 01/07/14)

King Arthur Multi Purpose Flour– $6.39
24 oz (Sale until 01/07/14)

King Arthur  – $6.19
Yellow Cake Mix 22 oz, Muffin Mix 16 oz, Brownie Mix 16 oz (Sale until 01/07/14)

 

BREAKFAST

Van’s Gluten Free Waffles – $3.19
Frozen Waffles 6 pack
~$1.50/1 Van’s printable coupon
Final Price $1.69

Van’s Cereal  – $4.39
Various Flavors 11 oz
~$1.50/1 Van’s printable coupon
Final Price $3.49

 

FROZEN

EVOL GF Chicken Burrito – $2.99
5 oz
~ $1.00 off EVOL product – Facebook
Final Price $1.99

EVOL Entree – $4.49
Various Options 5 oz
~ $1.00 off EVOL product – Facebook
Final Price $3.49

Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza – $7.39
Various Toppings
~$1.00 Udi’s Gluten Free Bread Udi’s Website
~$1.00 Udi’s Gluten Free Bread Udi’s Website
Final Price $6.39

Bella Monica GF Pizza – $6.19
Three Cheese, Pepperoni 6.5 oz (Sale until 12/10/13)

Ronzoni Gluten Free Pasta – $2.69
Penne Rigate, Rotini, Spaghetti 12 oz
~$1 off GF Ronzoni Pasta coupon
Final Price $1.69

 

COOKIES & CRACKERS

Pillsbury Refrigerated Dough – $3.99
Cookie, Pie, Pizza Dough 14.3 oz
~$0.75/1 Pillsbury Product
~$0.75/1 Pillsbury Product
Final Price $3.24

Sahale Gluten Free Snacks – $3.00
4 oz (Sale until 01/07/13)
~-$0.50/1 Sahale printable coupon
Final Price $2.00 after coupon
(Credit: BargainstoBounty.com)

NOVELTIES

Joy Cups Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones – $2.49
12 count box
~ $0.55/1 Joy Cups GF Ice Cream Cones – Printable
Final Price $1.94

 

GROCERY

DeLallo Gnocchi – $5.99
12 oz
~$1.00 off DeLallo Gluten Free Pasta
Final Price $4.99

Pacific Organic Broth – $5.00/2
Various Flavors & Types 32 oz (Sale until 01/05/14)
~$1.00/1 Pacific Foods – When you register

 

SNACK BARS

Van’s Snack Bars  – $5.39
Various Flavors 6.2 oz
~$1.50/1 Van’s printable coupon

~$1.00/1 Van’s Product – Printable
Final Price $3.89 – 4.39

 


Gluten Free Detroit Metro’s goal is to help those with a gluten free diet eat well and save money. Each store in the area has individual coupon policies. Please visit the website or customer service desk at the store you are purchasing from to understand how their deals and coupons work.For more Kroger store Match-Ups check out Bargains To Bounty

Meijer Gluten Free Match-Ups (12/22-12/28)

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Notice:  Meijer’s double coupon deals have ended.  They will no longer double coupons under $0.50.  Please visit their site for more information on this policy change.  Meijer’s Coupon Policy

The following coupon match-ups and sales are listed by section so you may find them more easily.  Not all Meijer locations carry the same gluten-free goods.  We are sorry for any inconvenience you have not being able to find items on this list.

This post may contain affiliate links contributing to our site or others we link too.  Please visit our site’s Privacy Policy or other sites individual policies.  

Meijer Gluten Free Products List

Savings Bloggers:  Please feel free to post up to five (5) gluten-free match-ups from our list with a backlink.  These match-ups are for the Southeast Michigan area, but should stand true for much of the midwest.  These match-ups are most often not included in your weekly fliers.  Therefore we shop for sales and prices each week.  We will follow up to make sure there are trackbacks.

Attention Readers:  If you notice these match-ups on any other site without a backlink it has been stolen from GFDM.

 

DUE TO CHRISTMAS GLUTEN FREE DETROIT METRO DOES NOT HAVE GF MATCH-UPS AT THIS TIME.  STOP BACK LATER DURING THE WEEK FOR CURRENT MATCH-UPS.

 

Regular Grocery Match-ups can be found at Bargains to Bounty.


Gluten Free Detroit Metro’s goal is to help those with a gluten free diet eat well and save money. Each store in the area has individual coupon policies. Please visit the website or customer service desk at the store you are purchasing from to understand how their deals and coupons work.

Gluten-free coupon match-up take a lot of work and time.  Most gluten-free specials are not published in the weekly circular making store trips mandatory.  Please accept our apologies for late posting.  If you wish to repost match-ups (maximum of 5), GFDM requires a back link or you will be told to remove the information. 

Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet! – Freebie

Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet! Living with Celiac / Coeliac Disease & Gluten Intolerance

This book is a guide to gluten free living.  It will help you understand what gluten is, where it can be found, and how to avoid it.  Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet is a multiple author book with one being a doctor.   Not only will you get medically based information but you will also learn about social situations and how gluten-free eating works in our current lives.

This book is available at Amazon.com for no cost.


This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. Amazon.com has the right to change item prices at anytime without notice. Any Amazon.com purchases are responsibility of Amazon.com and the individual.

Food Waste Friday: Lost In The Deli Drawer

FoodWasteFriday Celiac and gluten free families often have many fruits, vegetables and perishable foods in their home. Gluten free diets do not lend themselves to packaged and preservative laced foods. Often the only way to keep bread from molding is to freeze it. Therefore, food waste can be a huge problem. Following in The Frugal Girl‘s footsteps our family (mostly me) does our best to consume foods before they mold or go bad. The challenge is not always successful but I take pride in knowing we are saving our money from the “trash can”.


There are times where food goes into the drawers of our refrigerator and somehow they get lost. It is like food becomes invisible in there.

Not only were most of these items beyond their expiration date, but something had leaked in the drawer. Due to lunch meat and hotdogs being a vehicle for food related illness I decided they needed to go. There was no salvaging any of it.

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Here you see American Cheese from Randazzo’s, a piece of very hard goat cheese, a mozzarella string cheese, Aldi‘s Honey Ham, three Hotdogs, Target Pepperoni, and a container of ham from Kroger.

One day we will have a fancy-dancy refrigerator. Currently we have an ugly white one with the freezer on top. The shelves aren’t really level so jello always has a high side. This new dream fridge would have a freezer on the bottom and clear shelves and drawers so everything is visible. A stainless steel finish would be nice too. (Poof… That bubble has burst and dreamland is over. Thanks for taking that trip with me.)

How do you battle food waste? Do you have a picture to share this week?

Gluten Free Beer and Cider Tasting

1218Friday September 13, 2013
6:00 to 7:15 PM

Tasting cost $15.00 each
or Two for $25.00

R. S. V. P. by stopping by the store or by calling 586-978-9463.
All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

In honor of Celiac Awareness Day Champane’s Wine Cellar is having a Gluten Free Beer and Cider Tasting.   Some of the tasting selection includes…

~ St. Peters ~
~ Greens Ales ~
~ New Planet 3 R Raspberry Ale ~
~ Lakefront New Grist ~
~ Bard’s Tale Beer Co. ~
~ Anheuser-Busch RedBridge ~

Call now to see if there is space left.

Champane’s Wine Cellars
7007 Chicago Road
Warren, MI 48092
586-978-9463

National Celiac Awareness Day 2013

gfdm_logo150Today, September 13, 2013 is National Celiac Awareness Day.  Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where the consumption of gluten triggers a reaction in the small intestine.  This reaction may cause symptoms of  bloating, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, fatigue, and many other less common symptoms.  Some Celiac patients do not show any symptoms.

The Detroit Metropolitan has a population of  4,296,250 (2010) within six counties.  If you use the Mayo Clinic’s 2009-2010 statistic of 1 in 141 people have Celiac Disease, that means 30,470 people in our area have it.    Of them roughly 80% have not been diagnosed.

celiacchartBack in July of this year Huffington Post wrote an article siting Detroit as the number one city with gluten-free options.  This was based on information from GrubHub.  We agree with their article, but realize there is still a lot of awareness that needs to be brought to the area.

Not only should we address Celiac Disease, but there is a community of people with gluten-intolerance.  Gluten-intolerant people are those that do not show signs of Celiac Disease in blood tests or biopsies, but still have problems.  Symptoms from this group include bloating, upset stomach, brain fog, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, and more.  They also may experience the same problems diagnosed Celiac patients do.

It is much harder to capture the number of gluten-intolerant patients.

Being Gluten-Free is much more than just a fad diet.  It is a lifestyle change, but a blessing for so many.  Just by changing one’s diet they get a new lease on life.  One without health problems, medications, cancers, or other long lasting effects.

If you think you or someone you know has Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance see professional help from your doctor.  Then come back to Gluten Free Detroit Metro to learn cool things about your new lifestyle.

Celiac Sprue Association
Celiac Disease Foundation
Celiac Central
Celiac.com
Tri-County Celiac Support Group

Slows To Go

detroitskyline960_412856_7Everyone knows Detroit has problems, but you would not have known it this past Sunday.  The weather was beautiful and there were many activities going on.  The Eastern Market was filled with Lions fans watching the game on imported televisions attached to generators.  Others were BBQ’ing, playing Cornhole, and laughing while drinking.

Downtown was filled with groups of people, some in vibrant costumes.  We saw bright tutu, crazy socks, Thing-One, Thing-Two, and a few more Things.  There were even Pirates.  After some observation it was noted that they were wearing numbers and part of a race.  The Challenge Nation Race.  Within minutes, thanks to my smart phone, I had decided that we will do this next year.

IMG_1617All the excitement captured our attention and we totally forgot about lunch.  Bellies of children do not forget lunch, however.  We had a few rounds of “What do you want to eat?” before deciding on Slows To Go.  Here we knew there would be good food.  Good gluten-free food!

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Gluten-Free Items Marked with “G”


Slows and Slows To Go are popular places.  At times parking can be a problem, but today was our lucky day.  We got a parking spot right out front and the line inside was short.  Normally there is a little bit of a line that gives one enough time to skim the menu and make a selection.  Not this time.  We quickly decided to get The Duce (brisket and pork) and a 1/2 & 1/2 (St. Louis Ribs and Chicken Strut).  Those two selections come with two sides each.  Our choices were Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans, and  Potato Salad.  Our son picked the Baked Beans that are not gluten-free.  (He has the option to do that.)

There was a wait for our food that started to make our clan a little grumpy, but it was erased when we started to eat.  At first we attempted to eat outside, until the bees got a whiff of our feast.  Our meal tasted just as good inside at the bar seating.  These two meals, and beverages, cost us about $40 and there was enough food for all five of us.  I will save you from reading a slew of words found in a thesaurus and just say everything was Da-Licious! (Here’s a shout-out to Mickey for using his word.)

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The only leftovers were a few baked beans and some black beans.

Slows BarBQ and Slows To Go are fabulous places to eat and a great asset to the city of Detroit.  We encourage you to stop in, have some awesome food, and share the information with your friends.

Slows To Go Carry Out Menu

 Slows To Go
4107 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48021
877-569-7246