Over the past couple of days Meg van der Kruik of Beard & Bonnet has let us into her culinary world. On the first day she invited us into her home to take a peek around her kitchen. Yesterday, she shared the story of why she went gluten-free. Today's we're hearing about her five favorite gluten-free pantry staples and budget shopping tips!
Here are a few things Meg likes to have on hand at all times as staples in her gluten-free pantry, plus a few budget saving tips and a recipe you have got to try:
Meg’s Gluten-Free Pantry Staples
- A gluten-free all-purpose flour from a reputable brand. "I like Better Batter, King Arthur Flour or Cup 4 Cup," Meg says.
- An assortment of raw nuts and seeds
- A great gluten-free pasta like Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta or Jovial
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Tamari. "I couldn’t survive without that stuff," she says.
Budget Shopping Tips
- Shop in the bulk section to cut down on costs for things like beans, rice and nuts.
- Make your own vegetable broth. "I started making my own vegetable broth at home this past year in the slow cooker and it reduced my cost from a little over $4 a quart to around $1.75," says Meg.
- Join a CSA. "I use a CSA for farm fresh eggs, organic veggies and fruits; they always send way more produce for $25 a week than I could ever get in the grocery store," Meg notes.
Try One of Meg's Recipes
Meg is known for her amazing falafel, so you can imagine my excitement when she cooked up a batch during my visit! They were incredible. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I could have eaten the whole batch myself. This recipe is a take on the original that she served up while I was in town. It uses protein-rich black beans in lieu of the traditional garbanzo beans and boasts a kind of Southwestern vibe.
Meg recommends eating these falafel in grilled tortillas with roasted tomatillo salsa, or ditching the tortillas altogether and dunking them straight in a batch of guacamole! Or, if you are a traditionalist you can dunk them into some hummus or tangy tzatziki! Whichever way you go, you can't go wrong. It's a versatile dish that is likely to please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Get the recipe → Black Bean Falafel at Beard & Bonnet
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