Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs and Giveaway

FF GF Corn Dogs“It smells like the state fair.”  That was Martin’s initial response to the Foster Farms gluten-free corn dogs warming up in the kitchen.  “They taste like it, too.”

Foster Farms has recently launched a certified gluten-free corn dog, and I’ve got to admit, these are the best I’ve ever had.  The cornbread portion is slightly sweet, firm enough to hold together, though with a great texture and crumb.

Braden was excited about the dog itself, as it is quite firm and stays on the stick.  We’ve had some in the past that fell apart or were so fatty that the cornbread part was soaked and nearly pudding-like.  Not so with these.  Carter and Corice are just in love.  We experienced a full week of “can we have corn dogs for lunch?”

They’re obviously fried, as they leave a bit of grease on the plate.  But that’s part of the appeal of corn dogs, isn’t it?  These are meant to be a great gluten-free substitute for a good “mainstream” corn dog, and that’s exactly what they are.

I’ve found these at my local Kroger, right alongside all of the other corn dogs.  It was a happy day for us.  If my freezers weren’t currently full, I’m sure my husband would have stocked up on these like crazy by now.  :)

Would you like to give these a try?  Foster Farms is offering a few vouchers for a free box of their gluten-free corn dogs to some lucky Delightfully Gluten Free readers.

First, go like the  Foster Farms Facebook page.  Then comment here about your love of corn dogs and/or state fair food (or something along those lines).  Since I’ve been a bit MIA lately (pregnancy troubles…), I’m giving you 2 weeks.  This giveaway ends at 9pm central on December 4th, 2014.  Enjoy your little bit of the state fair!

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Crispy Green Photo Contest

Crispy Green Photo Contest

Click on the photo above to be taken to the Crispy Green facebook contest page.

Don’t remember Crispy Green?  Read about them here.  You’ll certainly want your kids to have something a little less…Halloweeny…after Halloween.  :)

 

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Skinny Noodles

Skinny Noodles are my new best friend.Skinny Noodles

Awhile back, I failed my glucose tolerance test.  Ugh.  There’s only so much low-carb, high-protein quick meals a person can take (I’m not able to spend much time in the kitchen these days).  I received some samples from Skinny Noodles a few weeks ago and they have made me very happy indeed.

Skinny Noodles are shirataki noodles, made from an Asian root called konnyaku or konjac.  They are not only gluten-free, but also weight loss and diabetic friendly because they are low calorie and low carb with 0 fat.  They are quite filling, too, as I have had to share mine with the kids lately since the baby is taking up too much room.  :)

Skinny Noodles’ biggest drawback is that they smell kind of fishy.  But after you’ve rinsed them for a couple of minutes (and especially once you add some sauce or something), the smell disappears.

And no carbs!  They don’t cause my blood sugar to go up at all.  They are a firm noodle, not falling apart as you eat them.  They don’t have a lot of flavor to them, so they go well with just about anything.

Two days ago, I enjoyed (immensely) a wonderful, fast lunch with Skinny Noodles Spinach Fettucine, alfredo sauce, some leftover rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club, and some parmesan.  Oh, it was nice (and easy on my blood sugar!).  It took me less than 5 minutes to prepare, too.  Carter and Corice love them, also, though I mostly keep them for myself (hey, I’m the one watching my blood sugar).  They are one of the rare things I enjoy eating these days.

Skinny Noodles also come in Angel Hair, Macaroni, and “Rice” varieties.

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Veggie Lites Muffins

I started writing this post weeks ago, but wasn’t quite ready to “out” myself yet.  You see, the main reason I haven’t done almost any blogging lately is morning sickness…and then getting out of the groove.  Yes!  We are excited to announce the impending arrival of child #4 in December.  Corice is EXTREMELY excited that she is finally getting the sister she’s been asking for the last two years.  Martin is just beaming with pride and excitement all the time.  Braden and Carter are excited, too, though Carter is a bit bummed he’s not getting a baby brother.

So I’m going to try to get back into the groove, though now it will be hard because I have the whole “gestational diabetes” thing hanging over my head again (and I look and eat healthy!).

Thankfully, there are some good foods out there that are not only tasty, but won’t make my blood sugar go crazy.  Garden Lites Veggie Muffins have 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein in each muffin.  They do still have sugar (11g) and total carbs of 24g, but for a really tasty muffin, these are pretty great.

Veggie Lites Muffins

 

(This is what they look like after sitting in the freezer for 6 months and defrosting and refreezing at least once.)

Though you can’t taste the zucchini in the Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip muffins, you can see a little of it.  These have some oatmeal and a great flavor.  They’d make a great breakfast or snack.  Carter says “it tastes really good!”

Corice is seriously enjoying her blueberry oat muffin!  “Oh, these are soooo good.  Mmmm.  Mmmm.  Mmmm.”  Man, she doesn’t usually make noise like that.  She likes the blueberries and the little bits of veggies in it.  “It’s very nice.”  Carter likes the squishy blueberries. The oats give an nice chew to the muffin.

Corice thinks the Carrot Berry tastes like carrot cake, while Carter thinks it reminds him more of a pumpkin pie.  In truth, it’s kind of like a cross between the two.

These muffins are all light and fluffy and sometimes a bit extra moist (though that might be because they’ve been in my freezer for quite a few months, and someone had left the door open a crack one day during the summer).  They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free.  And did I mention they’re tasty?

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Tea Thyme Cafe – Marble Falls, TX

Marble Falls, Texas… where is that, you ask?  Precisely.

A few months ago, I bought a Texas state parks pass.  I’ve decided to get my money’s worth from it this year.  Last week, I took my family to Longhorn Cavern state park and Colorado Bend state park.  They are far GrandmaKidsenough away that we decided to make it an overnight trip and stay in a hotel.  Before leaving, I checked findmeglutenfree.com to see if there would be any place to eat near us.  Keep in mind that this is in central Texas where there really isn’t a whole lot.  A couple of hits came up, some chains, but upon reading the reviews found that they were not really options.  Then I saw Tea Thyme Cafe and pulled up their website.  An all-gluten-free cafe!  I told my family we were going even if it was an hour out of the way.  But no, it was 15 minutes from Longhorn Cavern SP, so we had a lovely early dinner after a hot day of hiking outside and touring the cool cave.

As we entered Marble Falls, I made a point to read the population sign.  6,077.  Six thousand people and they have an all gluten-free cafe?TeaThyme

How exciting is that?  I super duper LOVE being able to eat anything at a restaurant.  People without food allergies or medical restrictions just don’t understand how exciting that is.  (And yes, I know my boys need haircuts.)

Tea Thyme Cafe is not open all day.  They close at 5pm, so make sure you go early in the day.  They serve breakfast and lunch all day long and have a new salad bar from 11-3.  I think they also have a breakfast bar on Saturday mornings.  They are not just a gluten-free place, but they do many vegetarian and vegan dishes, and the food is designed to be on the healthier side of life.

Corice ordered the spinach pizza.  This was a flour-type tortilla pizza loaded with herbs, tomatoes, and spinach (and cheese).  The herbs really made it special.SpinachPizza

Braden had the Italian grilled cheese.  This is not your typical grilled cheese.  Slices of tomato and bursting with Italian herbs, it definitely sits apart from your kids’ version.  Braden loved it!DSC_0215

Carter was adventurous.  He’d never tried Pastrami before, so the waiter brought him a little to taste.  He decided on a half turkey and half pastrami grilled cheese sandwich.  It had dijon mustard (which Carter had never tried before, either).  They use Rudi’s gluten-free bread, which is soft and tender.PastramiMy mom ordered the breakfast tacos.  This was the only dish that I didn’t try because it had avocados (and they make my throat itch).  She had proclaimed that Martin would have to eat at least half because she wasn’t very hungry and when she saw how big it was, she was even more adamant.  Martin never even got to try it.  :)DSC_0208

My husband ordered the big breakfast plate, with double turkey bacon instead of sausage and bacon (and told the waiter he wanted scrambled eggs as cooked and dry as they could get – weirdo, lol).  Corice wanted to switch with him halfway through her pizza.  Lucky for her, he still had about 1/3 of his pancakes left.DSC_0209I got the crown jewel: turkey tacos.  I thought they sounded a bit strange, but they intrigued me and I went for it.TurkeyTacos

Now, while I waited for them, a man came out and chatted us up.  Mom asked if he was the owner.  He replied “my wife is the owner; I just do what I’m told.”  :)  He told us the turkey tacos are one of the best things they have and they love to recommend them to new customers.  They are kind of like a fruity chicken salad recipe that I have, in a way.  These have chopped turkey, celery, green onions, cranberries, mandarin oranges, chopped nuts on top, all in a crisped tortilla.  Instead of mayonnaise, they use vegannaise – so you could eat it even if you have an egg allergy.  It was astounding.  I ate every bit, including all that fell out onto my bed of spinach.  All of it.  So good.

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For dessert, we got a vegan brownie with coconut ice cream.  My mom told me they could learn from my brownies, as the brownies were a bit dry.  However, I informed her, it would then make it not vegan (eggs and butter) or even remotely somewhat healthy (did I mention lots of eggs, butter, and sugar?).  Knowing that it was designed to be on the healthier side, I feel that it was a pretty good brownie.  But I really loved those turkey tacos…

GormanFalls2If you are out that way or want to make a trip to see some cool Texas state parks, I highly recommend taking the time to go to Tea Thyme Cafe.  We had an excellent waiter and ate excellent food.

The next day, it was hiking to Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park.

I know it’s been a long time since I posted.  I’ll tell you about that at another time.  Now I just have to get back in the habit.  :)

Enjoy what’s left of your summer!

 

 

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