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Gluten-Free Corn Dogs are a Treat at my house. A treat for the kids because they love them. A treat for me, too, if they are pre-made and frozen, so I can offer them for a quick meal at my house. ;)

I have made my own gluten-free corn dogs. They turned out very tasty, but took some time and effort to get them just right. It seems simple enough: You dip and coat hot dogs with cornbread batter, then deep fry. But, sometimes it takes a little practice at getting the batter to stay on the hot dog, the hot dog to stay on the stick, and frying it with the stick.  Anyway, that’s another story. This story is about the new Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs you can find in the freezers of your local grocery stores.

FFCornDogBoxI was recently contacted to try the new Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs. In case it isn’t clear by the Foster Farms brand name, these corn dogs are made with chicken franks. The chicken franks are “double-dipped in a honey-crunchy” cornbread batter. And, Yes!, they are as good as they sound. I baked them according to the directions on the box. From frozen, 18 minutes at 350º F. (For faster results, you can microwave in 40 seconds or deep fry for 9 minutes. Those are times for cooking from frozen. If thawed, cooking times are even faster.)

FFCornDogHow did they taste? Great! The hot dog was tender, not too chewy, and had a good flavor. The cornbread coating was lightly crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside. The cornbread coating is also lightly sweetened. Really yummy. My daughter was a little hesitant to try it, but once she did she wanted another one. So did my son. They had to stop at two corn dogs each because I didn’t cook the whole box, which contains 12 corn dogs.

Now for the ingredients. Like I mentioned, these corn dogs are made of chicken. There are no added hormones or steroids. No trans fats. And, each corn dog contains 7 grams of protein and 180 calories. Each corn dog also contains 530 mg of sodium (22% of the recommended daily value). You’ll find sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, and the dreaded sodium nitrite on the ingredients label. Also contains soy and egg.

Would I buy them for my family? Yes, on occasion. I’m not going to go looking for them to add to our menus on a regular basis. However, it would be nice to have in the freezer for those crazy nights when I really need something quick and easy for dinner. Something my kids could fix for themselves. And, wouldn’t this be an easy item to cook for a kids’ birthday party or a play date? Something everyone could enjoy. You don’t even need to tell your guests that it’s gluten-free because they won’t know the difference.

It is important to note that these are Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Foster Farms also makes Gluten-Free Breasts Strips and Gluten-Free Breast Nuggets now, too. If you’ve tried any of them, I’d love to know what you think.

 ***The Foster Farms Corn Dogs were sent to me free of charge to share my honest opinion with CeliacFamily.com readers.***
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SweetPotatoesThis month at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, we’re discovering old and new ways to enjoy Fall Produce. This week, we’re exploring ways to add Sweet Potatoes to our meals.

What variety of Sweet Potato do you buy and eat?
I usually buy the standard Sweet Potatoes (rosy skin color, orange flesh), but I’ve been intrigued by the Golden Sweet Potatoes and Garnet Red Sweet Potatoes I’ve been finding at the stores and the farmers’ markets. I’ve been told that the darker skin colors are sweeter, and the lighter skin colors are more mild. I may have to do a taste test this week and see for myself.

Nutritionally, Sweet Potatoes are packed with good stuff. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene, as well as a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamins B, Manganese, Copper, Potassium, and fiber. So eat it up this fall!

For more ideas of eating sweet potatoes, check out the Menu Swap roundup this week at Mom’s Plans and my Pinterest Page of Sweet Potato Recipes.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Shredded Chicken for Tacos

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday – Fried Chicken, Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges (peeled and cut, tossed with olive oil and salt, baked at 375º for 30 min.), Green Beans

Tuesday – Trying Papa Murphy’s new Gluten-Free Pizza, Salad

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Chicken Tacos, Corn and Black Bean Salad, Guacamole

Friday – Carrie’s Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Udi’s Dinner Rolls

Saturday – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Sunday – Roasted Turkey Breast, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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GFWorldChinaAnother Monday, another Gluten-Free Menu Swap with plenty of tempting gluten-free meals. Chinese Food is the last theme of Tastes of the World this month. 

When eating Chinese food, there are a few common things you need to check for gluten. First, and most common problem is soy sauce. Yes, most soy sauce is made with wheat. Fortunately, there are several brands of gluten-free Soy Sauce alternatives:

Crispy Fried Entrees, Tempura
Most of these meals are battered, which means flour and gluten. To make your own, use cornstarch and egg whites.

WonTons, Dumplings, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, etc.
The wrappers used to make these are made with flour (gluten). To make your own, try Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers like I do for Gluten-Free Egg Rolls.

Don’t Feel Like Making Your Own?
Try P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei restaurants. Both have menus with many gluten-free options.

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Chinese Gluten-Free Meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Seven-Layer Salad with Dill Dressing

Seven-Layer Salad

Pork Egg Rolls

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

Beef Marinade

Marinade for Chinese Beef

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – Seven Layer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing, gluten-free Dinner Rolls

Wednesday – Chicken Teriyaki, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday – Pizza, Spinach Salad

Friday – Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Rice Noodles

Saturday – Gluten-Free Egg Rolls with Ground Pork and Shredded Vegetables

Sunday – Beef (using this marinade) and Broccoli, Rice

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
No Chinese food on Melissa’s plan this week. Instead, her family will be eating a couple slow cooker meals — Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili and Beef and Cabbage Soup. They will also be enjoying Tuna Noodle Casserole, BLTs, Roasted Chicken, Salmon, and a Foil Dinner with Hamburger, Potatoes, and Carrots. Check out her menu post for recipe links and lunch ideas, too.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth says she uses the Coconut Aminos to replace soy sauce at her house. And, I have to say that it is well-received at my house, too. Elisabeth also found frozen gluten-free Egg Rolls and Dumplings made by Feel Good Foods to purchase. Looks like the company is coming out with frozen gluten-free Asian meals, too. Can’t wait to give them a try! For dinners this week, Elisabeth’s family will be eating French Toast Roll-Ups, Chipotle Beans and Rice, Butternut Squash Smoothie, Tomato Soup, Stuffed Squash, and Pizza.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee isn’t planning any Chinese meals this week. She does have some Tex-Mex meals on her menu: Black Bean Chicken Chili, Chicken Enchiladas, and Spicy Black Beans. Her family will also be eating BBQ Pork Sliders, Pizza, BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, and Bacon and Eggs for dinners this week.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori isn’t limiting herself to Chinese food this week. She’s including all types of Asian food, including Vietnamese and Thai food, too. Lori reminds us to be careful about eating imitation crab and fish in prepared sushi because some of it contains gluten. Lori enjoys making Asian Peanut PastaChicken Stir FryAsian Beef SkewersBok Choy Stir Fry, and Chicken Pho. To fill in her week’s menu, she’s also planning for Gluten-Free Apple Sausages, Veggie-Packed Pizza Wraps, and Turkey Burgers.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Chinese Meals this week.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week at Moms Plans for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for gluten-free meals with Sweet Potatoes.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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Ghost Meringue Cookies

It’s officially fall! I love the cooler weather, the festive times, and the promise of family gatherings for the holidays. It’s also that time of year for ghosts and goblins and witches…Oh, My!

These Meringue Cookies are a favorite for holiday parties. And, I’ve submitted them to SavingStar for their recent recipe contest. They compiled recipes from 20 bloggers and are asking all readers to vote for their favorite. Check it out and vote for my Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Festive Meringue Cookies. >>>Be aware that the recipes in the contest are not all gluten-free recipes. But, go ahead and vote for my Gluten-Free Meringue Cookies. ;) <<<

Win a $50 American Express Gift Card.
Vote for Your Favorite Recipe
to Win $50 American Express gift card! — 20 Favorite Recipes from 20 Food Bloggers @SavingStar. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the SavingStar post to enter your vote. You have until the end of September (2014) to place your vote.

(For full disclosure: If my recipe wins, I get a gift card, too.)

Want to see what else you can make with meringue?

Snowman Meringues

Snowmen

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Trees

Meringue Duckies

Meringue Duckies

 

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GFWorldIndiaTime to pull the curry out of the spice rack this week because this week’s Tastes of the World theme is Indian Food. 

My husband and I have always enjoyed eating Indian food, and now our kids are enjoying it, too! We don’t cook Indian food too often, but our Indian Chicken with peaches is very kid-friendly. I also enjoy using Patak’s brand pastes and sauces (like Vindaloo Curry Paste and Tikka Masala Sauce) for quick and easy Indian meals.

We also enjoy eating at Indian Restaurants, and have found that many have meals that are naturally gluten-free. You just have to ask the management about the menu and possible cross-contamination. We have been fortunate to find that restaurants near us (like India’s Kitchenhave their menus already marked with the information. If dairy is a problem for you, be sure to ask about that, too. Yogurt is a common ingredient in sauces. And, butter and cream is not uncommon in Indian dishes.

Gluten-Free Frozen Indian Meals. Recently I was sent some coupons to try Tandoor Chef frozen meals. Their gluten-free options are clearly marked on their web site and product boxes. I picked up a box of the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Chicken Curry to try. My husband ended up taking both of them to work for lunches. He says both have great flavor, without being spicy hot. He thinks the Chicken Tikka Masala has a more vibrant flavor and likes it best, but found both of them to be very tasty! His only complaint was, although they were good-size portions for lunch, he wanted to keep eating and there were no leftovers. ;)

Desserts! Most of the desserts in Indian Cuisine have dairy or gluten, or both. But, I found this gluten-free recipe for Gulab Jamuns (kind of like Sweet Potato Donut Holes) that really looks delightful! And very allergen friendly: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free, soy-free, yeast-free, and nut-free. Can’t wait to give them a try!

Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for Indian Gluten-Free Meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Indian Chicken w/Quinoa

Indian Chicken w/Quinoa

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

Simple Asparagus

Simple Asparagus

MondayQuinoa with Indian Chicken, Sautéed Spinach

Tuesday – Pork Tenderloin, Rosemary Red Potatoes, Green Beans

WednesdayClam Chowder, Cornbread

Thursday – Dairy-Free Butter Chicken with Rice and Simple Asparagus

Friday – Eating Out

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, Gluten-Free Vegetable Bhaji

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Indian food isn’t common at Elisabeth’s house, but there is plenty of good food to eat this week. Vegan Nachos, Portuguese Soup, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fried Rice, Butternut Squash Smoothie, and Pizza.

The Gluten Free Week: Gluten-Free
Lori is trying some new Indian recipes this week: Chicken Masala with Saag PaneerChicken Curry, and Spiced Chicken Salad with Plums and Chickpeas. She’s also planning for Baked Salmon, Lentil Soup, and Pizza this week.

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
Melissa’s family is starting up their homeschooling regimen this week, so lots of slow-cooker and freezer meals for them this week. Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry, Slow-Cooker Beef Stew, Goulash, Chicken Taco Salad, Low-Carb Ground Beef and Veggie Chili, and Pulled Pork.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee is starting her week of meals with Easy Chicken Stir-Fry, Greek Pasta Salad, and Bacon & Eggs. She’ll finish the week with Gluten-Free Penne Pasta with Crock-Pot Pasta Sauce, London Broil, and Gluten-Free Pizza. Sounds like a tasty week at her house!

Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa is joining us for the first time this week. Stop by her blog to see what she’s cooking, and say hello. Her menu this week has Smoky Chipotle Chili Cheese Mac, Chicken, Potato & Green Bean Dish, Chicken-Fried Steak, Honey Rosemary Chicken, Tacos, Mongolian Beef, and Smoky Paprika Chicken Soup.

Check back later to see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for Indian Meals this week.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us again next week at CeliacFamily for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Gluten-Free Chinese Dinners.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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