21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco for $162

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 1, 2014

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Thank you all for your patience with me in getting this plan together! We ran into a few hiccups…then I was out of town for several weeks…then I discovered that I forgot an ingredient in the total, etc. But it’s here…it’s done…and it’s ready for you!!!

Notes & Disclaimers about this Gluten Free Plan

  • Yes, I realize this makes for $7.85 dinners…but they are gluten free…pennies more expensive, but still really cheap! Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better. That explains that!
  • Meals are for a family of 4. Larger families, or families with teenagers will need to adjust quantities.
  • Meals are as kid friendly, family friendly as possible, and all are gluten free. As always, you are responsible for reading labels and ensuring that everything is Gluten Free.
  • I would expect you to have some ingredients needed for the different recipes in your pantry, like spices, balsamic vinegar, etc. In the recipe/ingredient list below, I’ve only included the ingredients from the Costco purchase list. In the printables, I include a more detailed breakdown of the ingredients you’ll need from your pantry, or the store.
  • Finally, please check the Costco Store Deals list, complete with updated store coupons and any matching coupons or savings offers. This list is updated weekly and is available in the new Favado grocery savings app too!

21 Gluten Free Meals from Costco for $162

Important note about the BBQ Sauce pictured above…in my haste, I picked up the wrong brand…as the one pictured contains modified food starch which of course is gluten. In the notes below and prices and list, I’ve included the Stubb’s brand in the shopping list and price list, which doesn’t contain any gluten! Wanted to clarify!

Recipe List

In order to keep this plan simple and make the most of the different ingredient sizes (hello, 15 lbs. of potatoes & 100 tortillas!!!), I decided to do 10 meals times two plus one.

21 Total Meals y’all!!!!!

Repin These Recipes from the GF Costco Meal Plan

Ingredients & Price List

  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken breast – $20.51
  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken thighs – $21.46
  • Boneless pork chops, 8 count – $20.87
  • 5.88 lb. ground beef – $18.76
  • 15 lb. gold potatoes – $8.49
  • 6.5 lb. sweet potatoes – $5.99
  • 100 count corn tortillas – $3.19
  • 12 lb. organic brown rice -$14.79 (or 4 lb. red quinoa – $9.99)
  • 5 lb. organic baby carrots – $5.49
  • 6 pack red peppers – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen green beans – $6.79
  • 5 lb. organic frozen corn – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen mixed vegetables – $6.69
  • 4 lb. organic frozen broccoli – $6.29
  • 12 pack tomato sauce, 15 oz. cans – $7.59
  • 2 pack Stubb’s brand BBQ sauce, 36 oz. – $6.99
  • 8 pack chicken stock, quart size – $9.99
  • 2 lb. block Colby Jack cheese – $5.99

Total – $181.83

Anticipated Leftovers

  • 3 cans tomato sauce
  • 4 qt. chicken broth
  • Frozen mixed vegetables, 4 meals worth
  • Baby carrots, 2-3 meals worth
  • About 40 corn tortillas
  • LOTS of rice!!!!!

Estimated cost savings from the leftovers – $20

Total After Leftovers $162

Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown

Please note that each recipe below has the ingredients listed as a single meal unless otherwise marked. Note that many of the recipes will be made twice, as noted above, so be sure to check if you need to double the ingredients if you are making one for the freezer.

Also, this ingredients list below is what you purchase from Costco. The other “pantry staples” and “optional toppings or garnishes” are listed on the Recipes & Ingredients printable, linked below.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 30 corn tortillas
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 4 cups frozen corn, 2 cups per meal

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 red peppers
  • 4 cups frozen corn
  • 8 – 12 corn tortillas
  • Garnish, shredded cheese

Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies x2

  • 4 pork chops
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 2 cups frozen green beans

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry x2

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots

Shepherd’s Pie x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • about 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 6 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 6 lbs potatoes
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Beef Tamale Skillet Dinner x2

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli or green beans

Southwest Rice Pilaf x2

  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli or green beans

Ranch Chicken and Potato Casserole x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • about 6 lbs. potatoes
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

BBQ Chicken Street Tacos x2
(doubled recipe)

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • about 1 1/3 cups BBQ sauce
  • about 1 – 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 16 – 24 corn tortillas
  • 4 cups frozen veggies, 2 cups per meal

Basil Balsamic Chicken with Rice & Veggies x2

  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 2 cups frozen green beans or broccoli

Sloppy Joe Bowls

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 – 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 cups frozen green beans or broccoli

Pantry Staples Needed

  • Spices – cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion, parsley, basil, dill, Italian seasoning, taco seasoning or ranch seasoning mix, cinnamon, ginger
  • butter
  • milk
  • olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard
  • 1 small onion or minced onion

Grocery Store Ingredients Needed

  • 2 cans of light coconut milk (best price is $1.49 each…I see that price on the “off brand” at my HEB and the store brand at Sprouts)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Optional – cilantro, red onions
  • Optional – bacon
  • Optional – sour cream
  • Spices and other baking staples

Other GF Products sold at Costco

These products are not featured in this plan, just thought it would be helpful for those who don’t have memberships, or who haven’t seen these yet in Costco stores.

  • Udi’s gluten free loaf bread, 20 oz. – $6.79
  • Honeyville Gluten Free Almond Flour, 3 lbs – $18.99
  • Namaste gluten free baking mix, 5 lb. bag - price unknown, my store is out of stock at the moment!

We Make It Simple…

While we have all the content free above, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you. This printable has the complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices), as well as complete recipes with ingredients broken down to make it easy for you.

All in one place y’all!

This is worth gold when it comes to saving time in preparing to shop and cook your meals. Well, maybe not gold…but way more than $1.49!!! Haha!


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It’s Finally Here ~ 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals E-Cookbook

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 16, 2014

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So many people think that being on a gluten free diet means you have to spend more money at the grocery store. And they’re right, but they’re wrong. They’re right in that it can cost more at checkout. But they’re wrong, in that it doesn’t have to cost more.

So how do I do it?

More importantly, how can YOU do it?

  • How can you not spend an arm and a leg on groceries when you’re on a gluten free diet?
  • You want to eat gluten but don’t know where to start?
  • You heard that eating gluten has to be expensive and complicated?

It’s not that complicated and I’ll show you how to eat gluten free for the next 31 days with my ebook — all for less than half the price of a bag of gluten free flour. I’ll give you 39 recipes that are gluten-free and that I’ve managed to make for less than $5 per meal.

Total, for all the food. (For a family of 4.)

In this e-cookbook, you’ll get…

  • all of my wisdom on eating gluten-free on a budget
  • 39 drool-worthy recipes
  • tips and advice for eating gluten free on-the-go, as well as encouragement for dealing with ‘difficult’ family members or friends who don’t understand you’re diet restrictions
  • AND, I’m also going to toss in a few FREEBIES ~  a plan for a month’s worth of gluten-free meals, along with other free meal planning printables.

I want you to succeed on your “eating gluten free on a budget” journey, and I want you to discover how easy it is to save on groceries while eating gluten-free!!

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This e-cookbook is exactly what it says….it’s 31 Meals, one for each day….plus some extras because there were too many good ones and I didn’t want the best to be left out. :) It truly is…HEALTHY, INEXPENSIVE Gluten-Free RECIPES THAT WON’T BUST YOUR GROCERY BUDGET! 

 

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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crisp

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 30, 2014

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Alright friends. There is nothing sexy about the way this looks. In fact, I think it looks the opposite of sexy.

I didn’t have any ice cream or whipped cream to garnish this with…so I’m left with un-sexy looking apple crisp.

But let me talk to you a minute about the taste. The taste is uber sexy. I think it’s the way the the slow cooker cooks the apples, and how the spices are infused into the apples. And how the crisp on top is perfectly crispy, with just the right amount of softness under the top layer.

Sexy y’all.

You’re just going to have to trust me. And I’m going to have a small little tub of ice cream in the back of the freezer…so I can garnish any and all future un-sexy slow cooker desserts. But I’m afraid that I’ll just eat it all…so then I’m stuck again with un-sexy slow cooker desserts.

Ok…enough of what could be an endless cycle of sexy-unsexy. And onto the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crisp

Yield – 6 to 8 dessert servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 3 to 4 hours in the slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp butter

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt. Cut in a the 1/2 cup of butter with a pastry tool or 2 knives.
  • Add the apple slices to the base of the slow cooker and toss with the lemon juice, brown sugar and corn starch. Drop in 4 1 Tbsp pads of butter. Add the topping mixture over top of the apples in the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crisp as is, or with ice cream or whipped cream topping.

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Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 29, 2014

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Can you see the beef peeking out from underneath the mountain of beans, corn and zesty tomatoes?!!?

This is the perfect ‘clear out the pantry’ meal…and the perfect ‘I’m rushing out the door and don’t have time to make dinner’ meal. Because the hands on time on this is about 4 minutes.

  • Minute One. Place beef roast in the slow cooker.
  • Minute Two. Add seasoning to the roast, put seasonings away.
  • Minute Three. Open all the cans and lightly drain.
  • Minute Four. Pour cans over top of the beef. Toss in trash. Put lid on slow cooker. Continue on spinning throughout your day.

I love slow cooking with chuck roasts and highly encourage that you keep your eyes peeled for sale prices. Meat prices have risen this summer due to drought and herd shortages, so you definitely need to be on high alert for sales!

We all really enjoyed this. AND we had quite a bit of the bean, corn mixture leftover. I decided to scoop it all into a plastic freezer baggie with “Beans, Corn, Tomatoes for Chili” written on the label. Next time I want to make chili, I’ve got a great mixture to add with the ground beef and some tomato sauce. Just an easy way to repurpose these leftovers!

We have just 2 more recipes after this in our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals series…I can’t believe how quickly these fly by.

Have I told you yet what series we’re doing for August?!? 

While we took a break in June between the 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals and this 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals, I decided that we needed to press on into August with a 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas series.

WHOOP!

I’ve been secretly assembling & photographing lunchbox ideas throughout July and will start sharing on Friday! Stay tuned…you aren’t going to want to miss a day of this!

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Welcome to our 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals! July is a HOT month for most of us and one of my favorite ways to keep the kitchen cool in the summer is by using my slow cooker. Each day for the next 31 days, we’ll be sharing tasty and easy slow cooker recipes with you. Be sure to bookmark this page as all of the recipes will be automatically added each day.

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Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef

Yield – 4 servings (plus leftovers!)

Preparation Time – 4 minutes

Cooking Time - 8 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb. beef roast
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 15 oz. cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • Side Dish Ideas: Salad, Rice or Bread, or as a taco!

Directions

  • Add the beef roast to the base of the slow cooker. Add the ground cumin over top of the beef roast. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper as well.
  • Add the beans, corn and diced tomatoes with green chilies over the top as well. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred the beef and mix with the corn-bean mixture. Serve as is, or within a taco.
  • Prepare other side dishes.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Ride ‘Em Cowboy Beef with preferred side dishes.

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