How I Keep My Gluten Free Food Shop Affordable

Gluten free food can get costly, so I’ve got some top tips for keeping things affordable when shopping in the free from aisle!

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I see a lot of people discussing the cost of free from foods on gluten free forums, pages, etc and although I agree that gluten free food is more expensive and it can be a real annoyance, there’s not a lot that can be done, so there’s no real point in getting worked up about it.

I’d love to pay 95p for 1kg of pasta like it is in the normal aisle and 50p for a loaf of bread would be nice too but unfortunately, it’s unlikely that will ever happen due to having to be gluten free, so I’ve got over it and moved on to making my free from shop as affordable as possible.

When I moved out, I knew I needed to watch what I was buying in the supermarket to avoid the weekly food shop getting out of hand but with careful planning and a few great finds, I’ve managed to keep our weekly food shop for two, most of which is gluten free (J does eat gluten) to under £30 a week and we always have plenty of food in, so I thought I’d share with you how.

Keep Free From Aisle Products to a Minimum

In the local Tesco where I do my weekly shop, there’s a whole aisle dedicated to free from, so it’s easy to get over excited and want to buy everything but my top money saving tip is to buy as little from this aisle as possible.

I still need pasta and bread from time to time and like to buy the odd pack of biscuits or a cake for myself but as a whole, I tend to swiftly walk past this aisle and focus on my next tip…

Go Naturally Gluten Free

The number one way to keep your weekly food bill down whilst being 100% gluten free is to opt for naturally gluten free food/meals opposed to dishes that require processed free from products.

Some top tips is to go for lots of meat and fish if you eat those kinds of foods, lots of veggies and to eat more rice and potatoes and less pasta.

Some of my favourite meals are naturally gluten free such as stir fry, chilli, lamb mince curry and cooked breakfast.

Find Alternatives to Sandwiches for Lunch

Loaves of gluten free bread can cost anywhere up to £3.50 which is a lot of money for a few sandwiches, so I found a big money (and calorie) saver was to ditch the sandwiches at lunch and opt for other things.

Salads are a good one but I like to have rice cakes (Tesco own brand are Coeliac safe) with cold meats and you can add raw veg sticks and houmous too to bulk it up.

If you stopped buying gluten free bread, you could start to make a big weekly saving!

I tend to have a loaf in my freezer if I fancy a sandwich or some toast but try not to make it a daily staple!

Keep An Eye Out for Non-Branded Gluten Free Foods

Not everything in the supermarket that is gluten free is in free from packaging, some foods will naturally contain no gluten and be safe for Coeliacs and others will be labelled gluten free but in regular supermarket packaging and these finds are often a lot cheaper.

I’ve done a whole blog post on my top gluten free finds from outside the free from aisle, so check that out to potentially save yourself some money on things like pasta, crisps and ready meals!

So, there you have it, just a few tips for keeping your weekly food shop down when sticking to a gluten-free diet. I also pick a breakfast that is low cost and only needs purchasing every few weeks such as cereal and also utilise my freezer as much as possible such as freezing leftovers and splitting up packs of meat and freezing into portions, so they last more than one meal.

These tips might not work for everyone but if you’re in a similar situation to me where you’re shopping for two adults, these might be a good place to start.

Do you have any top tips for keeping gluten free food shopping affordable? Share them in the comments!

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5 Gluten Free Blogs I Recommend to Everyone

Before I set up my own blog and Instagram, it was following a lot of other gluten-free bloggers that helped me and inspired me to start my own, so I thought I’d share the love for 5 of the bloggers that I recommend to everyone in this community.

Gluten Free Alice

Alice’s Instagram was one of the first I ever followed and her account has grown so quickly and now has over 17,000 followers.

Her blog is full of amazing gluten and dairy free recipes and her Instagram is a great place to go to stay up to date with new finds in the supermarkets and plenty of meal inspiration.

Becky Excell (Gluten Free Cuppa Tea)

Becky is probably one of the best known gluten-free bloggers in the business and she was one of the first I started following. Her Instagram, blog and YouTube channel are all essentials for anyone newly diagnosed as Coeliac or following a gluten-free diet.

She’s also an amazing person to follow for dairy free and low FODMAP inspiration. Her blog is full of amazing gluten-free recipes, my favourite being her fudgy chocolate brownies, they’re amazing!

The Gluten Free Blogger

Sarah was diagnosed Coeliac at around 12, so has plenty of experience of dealing with the highs and lows and now she’s dedicated a lot of time to creating some great recipes, so gluten-free foodies don’t have to miss out.

Her blog has so many great recipes, especially for sweet treats – homemade jaffa cakes anyone?

Her Instagram is also a great follow to help keep up to date with new products and get inspiration for meals to make at home!

The Coeliac Sanctuary 

Probably one of the first blogs everyone finds when newly diagnosed is The Coeliac Sanctuary and that’s because this blog is a go-to for information about products and places to eat which is so helpful when you first get diagnosed.

Whether you want recipes, product recommendations or suggestions for places to eat, you can find it all on this blog.

Gluten Free Suitcase

If you’re gluten-free but still want to travel, you need to be following the Gluten Free Suitcase on Instagram.

Alexandra is always travelling and exploring the gluten-free scene is various places around the world, so if you’re a foodie who wants to feel more confident about being gluten-free abroad, her Instagram and blog will really help.

So, there you have it – 5 gluten-free blogs I recommend to everyone!

Who are your favourite gluten-free bloggers?

My Gluten Free Bucket List

As much as I love living in Cheshire, I do feel that as a gluten-free foodie the place to be really is London and the south of England in general, it just seems to be where all the good food is going on!

This got me thinking about all the gluten-free foods I want to try, so I thought I’d put together a ‘Gluten Free Bucket List’ with all place I want to eat and foods I want to try and it might even give you some ideas of foodie experiences you want to have!

My Gluten Free Bucket List

1. Take a Trip to Broadway Market

I see Broadway Market plastered all over Instagram most weekends but as it is down in London, it’s a bit far for me to travel.

There’s a lot of places I want to visit down south, so if I ever took a trip down there, Broadway Market would be one of the first places I went.

Gluten Free Alice has posted a great blog about the best places to eat at Broadway Market, so I’d definitely be using that as a guide if I got a chance to visit.

2. Visit Beyond Bread

I hear so many fellow bloggers talking about Beyond Bread, particularly raving about the pastries but unfortunately, my nearest is in Birmingham which isn’t somewhere I ever visit.

I’m not a huge pastries fan but the Beyond Bread products look great, so I’d 100% love to give them a go if I’m ever nearby!

3. Try the Leon GFC

When Leon launched gluten-free chicken nuggets that you can get on the go, all of us free from foodies went crazy and I just can’t wait to try them!

They originally were only available in selected London branches but now they’re available throughout the UK, including in my local restaurant in the Trafford Centre, so next time I’m there, I will definitely be giving them a go.

4. Have a Meal at MCK Grill

If you’re not familiar with Megan McKenna, she was made famous through TOWIE and is now a well-known reality star but the main reason I follow her is that she has Coeliac Disease.

She’s opened her own restaurant in Essex called MCK Grill and the menu is 99% gluten-free and because she has Coeliac Disease, they’re bound to be super aware of cross-contamination.

The menu includes GF burgers and fries, afternoon teas and roast dinners and the food looks amazing!

5. Try a Gluten Free McDonalds Burger

They’re not available in the UK but a lot of McDonald’s in Europe serve gluten-free burgers on sealed Schar GF buns and if you’re gluten-free, it’s bound to be something you just have to try.

The buns come in sealed bags to avoid cross contamination which I think is a great idea, so next time I’m on holiday, I’ll be on the lookout!

6. Eat a Gluten Free Ice Cream Cone

It’s amazing how as soon as you can’t have something, you really want it and for me, that is the case with ice cream cones.

I never even really liked ice cream cones before being gluten-free, I always got my ice cream in a tub but now they’re nearly impossible to find, I’m desperate to have one.

There are a few places dotted around the UK that serve gluten-free ice cream cones, so if I’m near the seaside anytime soon, I’ll be on the hunt!

7. Visit America

Ok, so this is a big one but there’s a lot of reasons I want to visit America but their gluten-free options are one of the main ones.

I’ve got a few friends who have been to America and apparently they are doing free from seriously well over in the states, so of course, I want to experience it for myself!

So, there you have it. My Gluten Free Bucket List and from the look of it, I’ve got a lot of eating to do!

Is there anything or anywhere you want to try for gluten-free? Let me know in the comments!

How I Meal Plan

Since moving out, I’ve made it my mission to meal plan every week and stick to it.

Not only is it so important for budgeting, I like to monitor my diet really closely and make sure I’m aware of what I’m eating as much as possible, so planning my meals out helps me keep on top of that.

I thought I’d share with you how I meal plan in case you’re keen to try and start meal planning yourself, whether it to be save money, reduce food waste or monitor diet.

1. Write it Down

I have a weekly planner in my kitchen that has both mine and J’s hours on it, our meals for the week, bills we need to pay that week, things we need to do and special occasions. It’s a big A3 pad we can both refer to and kind of organises our whole life but it’s where I plan all our meals.

I find writing down the meal plan with pen and paper opposed to on my phone or just keeping it in my head makes it official and that way I have to stick to it. It also means J know what what we’re having too.

I’ll base our meals around our working hours, so I’ll cook bigger meals that need more ingredients on days we’re both eating and when J is on lates and I’m eating alone, I’ll plan something easier to do for one.

2. Start with the Freezer

When I’m picking my meals for the week, I always start in my freezer and this is how I save money by meal planning.

Instead of planning loads of meals that will mean I need to buy a lot of ingredients in, I’ll go through my fridge, freezer and cupboards and see what meals I can make out of what I’ve already got in.

I usually have sausages in that will either do a meal for just me or both me and J and usually have sides such as chips, pasta and noodles that can be used up by just buying a couple of new ingredients.

3. Organise Your Meal Plan to Reduce Waste

To reduce waste and save money, I’ll organise my meal plan to use up everything I buy and stop having to throw leftover/excess ingredients away.

For example, if we have wrap pizzas, I’ll buy a tin of Pizza Express Passata but we won’t use it all for pizza but the leftover can be made into a pasta sauce, so I’ll plan to do a pasta dish the next day where that can be used up. It saves money as I don’t need to buy a pasta sauce and stops wasting it.

4. Write Your Shopping List From Your Meal Plan

Once I’ve done my meal plan, I’ll write my shopping list based directly off what I need to make those meals and that stops me guessing or over buying.

I’ll go through the plan meal by meal and whatever ingredients I need that I don’t have in the house, I’ll add to the list and I find writing my shopping list like this reduces my spend and stops having a lot of excess food in the house.

I’ll then add breakfast and lunch items on by going through the fridge and cupboards and checking what I need to stock up on.

My meal planning technique is pretty basic but it works for me, so hopefully it will help you too!

Do you have any tips for successful meal planning? Share them in the comments!

Top Free From Finds in the Normal Aisles

All of us ‘free from foodies’ are guilty of it; heading straight to the free from aisle and falling for all the clearly labelled free from foods and paying the price for it too.

I don’t blame you because I did it for a long time too, not even giving a second thought that what I want might be available in the ‘normal aisles’ but over time, I’ve found some great free from foods mixed amongst the normal stuff and they’re nearly always cheaper!

Here are some of my best finds:

Tesco Brown Rice Fusilli Pasta

Is it just me or is the regular pasta aisle insanely large and crowded? Maybe I’ve got used to the compact selection of pasta available in the free from aisle but I can’t even begin to wonder how people navigate their way around all that!

One thing I did spot a while back when searching for some regular pasta for J was gluten-free brown rice fusilli pasta. Packaged like normal Tesco pasta but clearly labelled ‘gluten-free’ on the front, it costs 95p for 250g which considering the average serving of pasta is 70g, this will do a few servings!

It’s delicious and actually my favourite gluten-free pasta!

Tesco Salt & Vinegar Rice Cakes

One product that really winds me up is ‘free from’ rice cakes, I just think they’re such a con!

Rice is a naturally gluten-free product, so as much as you need to be aware of manufacturing methods and flavourings that could stop rice cakes being gluten-free, a lot of supermarket own brand ones from the regular aisle are gluten-free and safe for coeliacs!

I’ve mentioned how much I love the Tesco Salt & Vinegar rice cakes before and they’re definitely one of my favourite regular aisle finds!

Sausages

Processed meats are a bit of a funny one if you’re gluten free. You’re often told ‘meat is naturally gluten free’, which is true it is but processed meats like sausages can have gluten added to them but if you shop wisely, you don’t need to buy free from ones.

High quality sausages will often be gluten free because they have a high meat content and no added nasties.

The Tesco Finest sausages are mostly gluten free and they even add a GF label on the packaging!

Pasta and Stir Fry Sauces

The free from aisle is filled with specially designed free from sauces but if it’s only gluten you’re avoiding, you can often find safe sauces in the normal aisle.

Some of the Homepride pasta bake sauces are gluten free and safe for coeliacs but always check using the CUK app as some aren’t. We have the creamy tomato and herb one all the time!

Blue Dragon stir fry sauces are another staple in our house, we like the sweet chilli and garlic but if you’re low FODMAP, the sweet and sour one is gluten and dairy free and low FODMAP! Again, check each sauces individually with the app as some aren’t safe. I use the sweet and sour sauce to make my takeaway style chicken and it works perfectly!

Nature Valley Peanut Bars

I love peanut bars, some of my favourites are the Meridian Peanut Bars and KIND bars but they’re often sold in the free from aisle whereas the Nature Valley Protein Peanut Bars are labelled gluten free and sold from the regular cereal bar aisle!

They do a chocolate flavour, salted caramel and a coconut version and they’re so tasty! They’re still a little pricey but that’s because of the brand, not because they’re gluten free!

They may still be a little expensive but because they’re a regular brand, they go on offer all the time!

Tesco Gluten Free Fresh Ravioli

Something you may have walked past in the regular fresh pasta aisle a fair few times is the Tesco own gluten free spinach and ricotta ravioli.

It’s not branded in their free from packaging but it does say gluten free on the front and it is delicious!

It cooks in minutes and has a really good flavour, the pasta is delicious and it costs just a little over a £1 for a pack!

Sainsbury’s Crispy Chilli Beef

Possibly one of the best free from finds ever, when I saw on a Facebook group that Sainsbury’s own brand Crispy Chilli Beef from their oriental section was safe for coeliacs, I could’ve cried.

I haven’t had a Chinese takeaway since I was diagnosed, so I try to make my own versions of my favourite dishes but could never pluck up the courage to try and make this, so when I heard the Sainsbury’s pre-made one was safe, I was so happy.

It’s super easy to cook and really delicious!

If you’ve got the time to shop around, read the labels and scan everything with your CUK app, you can find some super affordable and really tasty free from foods in the regular aisles of the supermarket!

What’s your favourite free from find from the normal aisles? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram!

How I Handle Living with a Gluten Eater

Honestly, I can be a bit bitter towards people who can eat gluten. When I first got diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, other people eating gluten in front of me didn’t bother me but a year on, it’s starting to grate on me.

I think it’s because the realisation that this is forever is sinking in more now than ever before. I’m realising now more than I did back then that I’ll never be able to eat gluten again and that’s hit me a bit.

Although I don’t love other people eating gluten around me, I respect it and I understand why they do – it’s not their fault I can’t. I, as I’m sure many of you do, live with a gluten eater.

James eats gluten and that’s fine, it would be bad for him to totally cut it out but it does pose a few problems now and again and I’m sure anyone newly diagnosed is struggling with handling other gluten eaters, more than handling their own diet.

To offer a helping hand, I thought I’d share my top tips for handling living with a gluten eater.

Try and Make NaturallyGluten-Free Meals

I personally think most free from alternatives taste fine but gluten eaters never tend to agree, so creating main meals we can both enjoy can be difficult, so opting for naturally free from meals is a better option.

This doesn’t just have to be ‘meat and two veg’, there are loads of naturally gluten-free meals we enjoy like chilli, stir-fry and lamb mince curry that are all naturally free from and super tasty!

This means everyone can eat the same thing and enjoy it!

Allow them to Eat Gluten

You’re fighting a losing battle. Don’t try and force a gluten eater to eat fully free from with you. It isn’t great for their health anyway but it will also cost you more in the long run.

Gluten-free bread is expensive, so why waste it on someone who can get normal bread super cheap? Me and J have different bread, pasta, cereal and snacks and that keeps us both happy, we just keep an eye out for cross-contamination.

Be Hot on Cross Contamination

Speaking of cross-contamination, be super careful. It’s tough because you wouldn’t feel comfortable having food from a restaurant kitchen that was contaminated with gluten but you have to at home or you’d never eat!

Just remember, you’re in control of your own kitchen so you can clean it to your standards. Always wipe the sides down with antibacterial spray and a cloth when you’ve prepared food and if you’re wiping crumbs away, wipe them with a disposable wipe that you can bin.

Have separate chopping boards for your bread, different butter and always drain GF pasta through a colander before normal. For more tips for managing CC at home, check out my cross contamination blog post!

Different Snack Shelves

I do feel a bit like I have to be on red alert for gluten at all times and it doesn’t stop at home. To allow yourself to relax and not have to be checking ingredients all the time, have a gluten-free snack shelf.

Me and J have our snacks on different shelves, so I know everything on my shelf is for me and is safe for me, I put it there and don’t even have to check the label as I know it’s gluten-free.

I also put J’s snacks on a higher shelf than mine that I can’t reach very easily, so all that gluten is kind of out of sight, out of mind and isn’t affecting my food.

I know it can seem like a nightmare being around gluten even at home but it doesn’t have to be too difficult to deal with.

Have you got any top tips for dealing with living with a gluten eater? Share them with me in the comments or on my Instagram!

Top Healthy Gluten Free Snacks

I’m sure a lot of you will be able to relate to me with this but after being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, I put a bit of weight on.

Nothing major and it was probably just my body putting the weight back on I lost before diagnosis but it was probably also something to do with all the new free from products I was trying.

I’ve been gluten free for over a year now and although I still get super excited to try new products, my diet is a bit more balanced and I’ve started to try and limit the sweet treats and introduce some healthier gluten free snacks.

It can be hard to make healthy choices when avoiding certain ingredients but here are my top healthy snacks that are also gluten free!

The Fruit Bowl Products

If you’re unsure of the brand The Fruit Bowl, you’re probably familiar with fruit flakes because if you’re of a similar age to me or have kids my age, you’ll remember the, being a go to snack for my generation.

The Fruit Bowl have expanded their range of healthy fruit snacks since I was younger and they kindly sent me some out to try.

I’ve been trying to have these snacks when I fancy something sweet instead of getting a biscuit and so far, so good.

My favourite so far has been the strawberry peeler that is only 51 calories, one of your 5 a day and is made using apple and strawberry purée and juices.

Rice Cakes

Crisps are a bit of a weakness for me, so a better alternative is rice cakes.

I really like the giant rice cakes and they’re super affordable and available in both sweet and savoury flavours.

I like the Tesco own brand giant salt and vinegar rice cakes, they’re only 99p for a bit pack and just 47 calories per rice cake which is far better than a pack of crisps!

My top tip for buying rice cakes is to just buy supermarket own ones opposed to free from ones as they’re usually naturally gluten free and far cheaper, just always scam them on the Coeliac UK app.

Kind Bars / Dark Chocolate Peanut Bars

Nut bars have become my guilty pleasure recently and I’ve actually been enjoying them more than chocolate bars.

I love the Meridian peanut bars for my breakfast but if I want some chocolate, the peanut butter dark chocolate bars are my absolute favourite.

Each one of these bars has 201 calories but also has 7g of protein and is both gluten and dairy free. They’re made with 50% nuts that contain healthier fats than something like fatty meat, so they’re not the healthiest but better than a chocolate bar!

Kind Bars are quite pricey but both Aldi and Lidl do an identical peanut bar in packs of 4 that are far cheaper and they’re delicious!

Plain Gluten Free Digestives

If you’re really craving a biscuit, plain gluten free digestives are far lower calorie than the chocolate covered ones or other kinds of biscuits.

I really like the Tesco own brand free from plain digestives and they’re only £1.00 for a pack and just 55 calories each with 2.9g of sugar, compared to 81 calories and 5.3g of sugar for the chocolate ones.

I know they’re not the same but they’re a good alternative if you really want a biscuit.

Please know that I’m not saying we should all ditch the nice treats for low calorie options but sometimes it’s good to mix it up and try and have a bit more balance and these are the snacks I’ve been opting for.

I know Fruit is also always your best option but I hate fruit, so these are better options for me.

What are your go to healthy snacks? Share them in the comments!

3 Pieces of Advice for Newly Diagnosed Coeliacs

*this blog post is in collaboration with Allergen Accreditation UK as part of their One McPeake Challenge, however this is not an ad.

When I got diagnosed with Coeliac Disease over a year ago now, my GP basically left me to fend for myself and figure out what it was all about which needless to say, was a bit overwhelming.

I didn’t check out blogs or Instagram accounts until I’d been diagnosed for a while because I didn’t know they were a ‘thing’, so I feel like I messed up quite a lot in the beginning because I just didn’t get the advice.

If you’re newly diagnosed and wondering what the heck you’re doing, here my top three pieces of advice you need to know when dealing with Coeliac Disease:

1. Take Cross Contamination Seriously

For a good few months after being diagnosed, I didn’t really know what cross contamination was and I didn’t really do anything to avoid it, which probably made me ill quite a lot near the beginning.

Cross contamination occurs when your food has no gluten containing ingredients but has been prepared in a way or in an environment where it has been mixed with gluten and the food now contain traces of gluten.

Cross contamination is quite easy to monitor at home and I’ve shared a blog post on the best ways to avoid cross contamination at home but when you’re eating out, really quiz the waiter or manager of the restaurant/cafe to ensure they know they’re stuff about keeping your food safe!

2. Don’t Ignore May Contain Warnings

Before I was formally diagnosed, I attempted the gluten free diet to see if it made a difference and now I realise how badly I was actually doing it.

I never paid any attention to ‘may contain warnings’ which is essentially when there’s no gluten containing ingredients in an item but it’s been made in a factory where cross contamination is possible.

It’s unlikely you’ll get ‘glutened’ from a product with a ‘may contain’ warming but it’s always possible and if you’ve got Coeliac Disease, it’s best to avoid

3. Don’t be Afraid to Tell People You’ve Got Coeliac Disease

When I was first diagnosed, I used to hide the fact that I had Coeliac Disease when we ate out as I was embarrassed and didn’t want to be a pain.

I’d pick things off the menu that I thought would be naturally gluten free or just not eat the bread or obviously gluten containing items on my plate which looking back, was so dangerous.

Never be afraid to tell people you have Coeliac Disease and never be embarrassed to ask waiters or chefs to be careful or treat your food in a special way because you have to be confident you’re food is safe for you to eat and the only way you’ll get that reassurance is by telling people.

I had no idea what I was like to have to avoid certain foods before being diagnosed Coeliac, so it was a real shock to the system, so I do wish I’d heard of the One McPeake Challenge by Allergen Accreditation UK before now.

Created by Jacqui McPeake, she ran this challenge on a small scale a MMU but Allergen Accreditation UK are challenging people to cut out 1 of the main 14 allergens from their diet for the first two weeks of September to see what it’s like.

As well as raising awareness for what it’s like for people living with a food allergy or intolerance to help make eating out, supermarket shopping and living with out certain foods generally easier, the challenge will hopefully also raise money for the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

Cutting our foods from your diet long term when not required is not recommended but if you have no underlying health complaints that could be affected by removing the intake of one of the 14 allergens, this could be a fun challenge for you to get involved with.

For more information on the challenge, check out the Allergen Accreditation website or a great blog all about it on Last But Not Yeast!

If you decide to get involved, good luck and I can’t wait to hear how you get on!

5 Things I Learnt Moving into My Own House

You may have seen on my Instagram that me and J moved into our own house a couple of weeks ago and needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind.

We both lived separately with our parents before moving into our new place, so although we liked to think we did our bit around the house, we’ve soon realised we didn’t do very much.

I’ve learnt so much since we moved out, so I thought I’d share just 5 of those with you as a little heads up if you’re planning on making the big move!

1. Housework Never Ends

Literally. Never. Ends… I used to wonder how my mum found so many jobs to do around the house but now I understand. I spend most of my evening and weekends sorting the house, the laundry or cooking or doing the food shopping or something house related and it really is tiring!

2. I Owned So Much Stuff

I thought packing up my stuff would be a quick job as I don’t hoard rubbish and only had my bedroom to clear… oh how I was wrong!

It took me two days going back and forth from my parents’ house to move all my stuff and it just seemed to keep on coming… I had no idea!

3. I Owned Nothing I Actually Needed

I may have had clothes and makeup in abundance but did I have anything I actually needed? No I did not.

I knew I didn’t own a sofa or cleaning products but it was still a shock to realise just how much we needed to buy!

4. Organising Your Finances Isn’t Simple

Bills and finances have become the thing I hate the most in this process because all did for three weeks solid was organise payments, direct debits, accounts and so on.

It isn’t simple and straightforward and it’s actually really time consuming but if you’d like a guide to sorting out all things money when you move into your own home, I’d be happy to share that!

5. It’s a Real Rollercoaster of Emotions

Everyone tells you that you’ll feel so happy and excited moving in with your partner and of course, you do have those emotions but no one prepares you that you’re going to feel scared, stressed and upset about leaving your parents’ home and that can really come as a surprise!

Moving out has been so much fun but it’s been tough at times but if you’re considering it, if you’ve got more than enough money behind you, go for it!

If you’d like any more moving out/interior design style blog posts, let me know in the comments!

Gluten Free Store Cupboard Essentials

Since moving into my own house, I’ve had to do way more cooking than I ever did when I lived with my parents and have also had to think about the food I’ve got in my house way more.

I’ve only been living here for two weeks but I’ve already picked up on a few gluten free store cupboard essentials that I reach for a lot and can always rely on to help me make a meal, so I thought I’d share those with you.

Pasta

This is quite an obvious one but I can’t be without a pack of gluten free pasta in the cupboards. Me and James always say that if you’ve got pasta, you’ve got a meal and that really is true,

Me and J really love pasta and it was our go to when we lived with our parents, so we’ve tried not to rely on it too much in the new house and be a bit more experimental but we love pasta bakes, pasta with a sausages or pancetta and it’s just an easy meal.

Rice

Similarly to pasta, it’s always good to have rice in. It’s cheap, naturally gluten free and has the longest use by date, so if you don’t have to worry about eating it super quick.

I like to eat plenty of rice as it’s relatively healthy and it’s also naturally gluten free, so good if you’re avoiding too many processed free from foods.

We normally have one or two meals with rice a week and we personally have brown rice but I do love whiter rice too. We like doing chicken with a sweet and sour sauce and serve with vegetables and rice or chilli with rice and tacos.

Baked Beans

I used to eat SO many baked beans like I’d probably have a small tin or snap pot everyday but I haven’t eaten as many since we moved out as I’m trying to push myself with cooking but I do still always keep them in and LOVE them!

I prefer Heinz beans and know they’re gluten free, so personally always go for those ones and if you go to places like Poundland or Home Bargains, you can get them for really reasonable prices.

Baked beans are great for quick and easy meals when you still want to get a decent amount of protein. We love beans on toast or crumpets, jacket potatoes with beans and cheese or having full English breakfasts for dinner!

Promise Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brioche

When we moved house, my eating went out the window. I was so stressed and busy, I just wasn’t making enough time to eat but I did manage to have breakfast everyday thanks to the gluten free chocolate chip brioche rolls from Promise.

I talk about these all the time but I am generally addicted. They’re currently on offer in Sainsbury’s for £1 a pack which I great value and I warm two up for my breakfast in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt the chocolate and it is the quickest, easiest and tastiest breakfast.

Bread

Another obvious one but I really do rely on bread for lunches. I’m pretty fussy and tend to stick for sandwiches for lunch, so having bread in is an essential.

Not only is it good for everyday lunches, having gluten free bread in makes for quick and easy dinners too likes bacon sandwiches, beans on toast or part of a full English as a treat!

My current favourite bread is the Tesco own brand gluten, wheat, milk and egg free sliced seeded bread!

Meridian Peanut Bars

If I’m not in the mood to eat a lot or need a quick snack, I’ll always go for one of the Meridian peanut bars.

These are packed with proteins and are gluten and dairy free, so as sweet snacks go, they’re not too bad for you and keep you really full, so are good as a small breakfast if you’re busy or struggle to eat in a morning.

I hope you’ve found this useful if you’re looking to stock up your cupboards with some free from essentials!

I have a whole list of fridge and freezer essentials too, so if you’d me to share those with you, let me know!

What are you store cupboard essentials for gluten free cooking? Share in the comments!