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Gluten-Free on a Budget

Posted Jul 01 2008 8:20am

I love summertime...going to the pool, basking in the sun getting a tan and grilling with my family and friends are the first things I think of. Although some might say a gluten-free diet inhibits the typical grilled food--hamburgers and hot dogs with a bun--I think a gluten-free diet makes grilling so much more flavorful and creative. Thinking outside of the normal grill box gives you an unlimited number of meals that are gluten-free, nutritious and delicious. Best of all, this meal utilizes fresh meats and vegetables that are naturally low-cost, so you've got yourself a fabulous meal at a fabulous price!

Today’s Meal: Grilled Steak with Tomato Relish, Corn on the Cob and Balsamic Pecan SaladP6150019
Cost: $18.10 from Giant Food

Makes 4 servings

For the Tomato Relish
2 large Tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 Red Onion, finely diced
1/2 bunch Cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Salt, to taste

In a mixing bowl, gently mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate until read to serve.

For the Grilled Steak

4 Beef Steaks (one per person)
Salt, a pinch
Pepper, a pinch

Prepare steaks for grilling by sprinkling both sides with salt and pepper. Heat grill and cook for about 2 minutes on each side for a medium-rare steak.

*If your budget allows, top steak and relish with fresh goat cheese!

For the Corn

4 ears Corn
4 teaspoons Butter or Margarine
Salt, a pinch

Prepare corn by spreading butter across surface. Sprinkle with salt. Wrap each ear of corn in foil. Place wrapped corn on grill. Cook for 5 minutes and then turn over. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Unwrap and serve.

For the Pecan & Balsamic Salad
1 head Romaine Lettuce, chopped
1/2 Red Onion, diced
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped finely
1 pint Grape Tomatoes
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil

Combine lettuce, red onion, pecans, and grape tomatoes in mixing bowl. Pour balsamic vinegar and olive oil over salad. Toss well!

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