It’s summertime and we can’t wait to leave the house and explore for a whole day.
With traveling comes the high cost of gasoline and the homework involved in finding gluten-free menus off the beaten path. It goes without saying that a gluten-free diet is much more expensive!
Since I am frugal, that involves packing our lunches and snacks.
Most of our picnics include a sandwich plus a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. That used to be a very expensive menu until Costco started carrying gluten-free products at warehouse prices.
For example, the loaf on the left is sold at Costco for $0.25/ounce while the loaf on the right is sold at other food stores for about $0.53/ounce.
Gluten-free bread breaks easily. To make my sandwiches last, I layer a variety of meats and cheeses on slices of bread. Every sandwich is individually wrapped in paper and plastic wrap. Then, I pack the lettuce, tomatoes and vinegar/oil dressings in separate containers. Finally, the food is packed between layers of freezer packs. On top of the last layer of freezer packs, I mold a small nest for the single-serving bags with baby carrots.
Add to that a case of bottled water, dried fruits and nuts plus some popcorn for the inevitable snack attack!
NOTE: Do not use mayonnaise for your outdoor meals and bring along your EPI pen if you have one!
I don’t know about you, I will stick with Costco for quality AND price.