Cheap and Easy Alternatives

Flour alternatives:

Flour is traditionally made of wheat which, even in it’s whole grain form, causes problems for people with diabetes and gluten allergies. And while many of these may still have carbs they are complex carbs and therefore processed differently than wheat flour by most people. If you have health concerns be sure to contact your health care provider and monitor your reactions to these alternatives.

Now, for a few of my favorites:

Almond flour: This is especially good for baking because the nutty flavor is a nice compliment to desserts. I’ve used it for cookies, cakes, pie crusts and cheesecake crust.

Oat flour: I’m still experimenting with this one but it has great potential for breads and rolls.

Bean flour: Again, I’m still experimenting but bean flour has proven to be a great thickener for soups and stews.

Pasta and Alternatives:

Most sauces can easily be made low carb but without something to pour them over it won’t matter. Fortunately there are some great alternatives that are both inexpensive and delicious.

Cabbage: This is really my favorite. It’s great for creamy sauces or anything you’d normally use with egg noodles. Just slice and saute. I like to use butter or bacon grease (yeah, I know but this is a low-carb page, not a low-fat page). Alternatively it can be boiled.

Zucchini or Summer Squash: A great alternative to lasagna noodles- simply use a vegetable peeler to slice into wide, thin strips and layer as you would lasagna.

Alternatively it can be sliced into thin, narrow ribbons and sauteed with butter and garlic for a spaghetti.

Eggplant: Entirely theoretical from my perspective since I haven’t actually tried it but I’ve seen recommendations to use eggplant as another lasagna noodle alternative.

Spaghetti Squash: Not as cheap as some of the other things mentioned but absolutely delicious. Use a sharp knife to make holes (similar to preparing a potato for the microwave), place on a paper towel and cook in microwave for about 12 minutes or until tender. Cut open, scoop out the seed, then scoop out the squash. It will be stringy, similar to spaghetti and is absolutely DELICIOUS with red sauce.

2 responses to “Cheap and Easy Alternatives

  1. Hi Hope!
    I had to eat gluten-free while I nursed my middle child. Oat flour is fantastic for baking. It doesn’t taste like “white” flour, of course, but it has a great taste all on its own! I’m sure you know this, but you can grind up instant oats in a blender or food processor to make the flour in a pinch. If you bought oats in bulk this would probably be cheaper.

    • Hi Nicoya!

      Thanks for the tip. Oat flour is one of those things I’m experimenting with. I’ve used it as a replacement for bread crumbs in meatloaf with no spikes in my glucose levels but when I tried oatmeal for breakfast I had a huge spike. One of those tricky things that I’ll keep experimenting with. 🙂

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