Hoki-Dokie Oven “Fried” Fish Filets

Posted by on November 3, 2009 | 8 Comments

As promised, I have some delicious recipes for using the cereal in my U.S. Mills Organic Breakfast Giveaway (see that post to enter to win now).

This particular recipe was a huge hit after a series of fish fillet bombs. For some reason (whether it be frost-bitten fish or questionable recipe), every piece of mahi or salmon I made was coming out too dry, too chewy, or too bland.

But the combination of this popular New Zealand fish (that I stumbled upon at my local grocer) and this easy cooking method left us with wonderfully flavorful and flaky fish. Even my husband, who only likes his fish raw, proclaimed it was “Excellent!”

Of course, cod, halibut, or other firm white fish will work beautifully in this recipe should hoki not be available to you.

Dairy-Free Oven "Fried" Fish

Hoki-Dokie Oven “Fried” Fish Fillets

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Low Fat, and optionally Gluten-Free. Did I mention it is positively delicious too?

  • 10 Ounces Fish Fillets (I used Hoki, but any thin white fish filet should work well)
  • 1 Tablespon Dairy-Free Margarine (I used Earth Balance Soy-Free)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 Cup All-Purpose, Whole Wheat, Spelt, Chickpea, or other Gluten-Free Flour (I actually used oat flour – oats ground in my spice grinder to a powder)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Cornflakes, crushed or whizzed into crumbs (I used Erewhon Organic Corn Flakes)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper (black or white)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Preheat your oven to 400ºF.

Baste both sides of your fish fillets with the margarine, and sprinkle them with the flour until lightly coated.

Beat the egg in a shallow dish, and briefly set it aside.

Combine the corn flakes and all of the remaining ingredients (I actually combined the flakes and spices / salt in my spice grinder and gave them a few good pulses to turn the corn flakes into crumbs and combine everything), and place them in a large zip-top baggie.

Dredge one of the fish fillets through the egg (both sides), place it in the zip-top baggie and give it a good shake to coat, remove and place it on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining fillets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the filets. You may opt to flip them midway, but mine worked well without the flip.

Yields 2 healthy “fried” entrees

Giveaway: Gourmet Tortilla Chip Sampler Packages for Your Summer BBQ’s!!

Posted by on June 11, 2009 | 316 Comments

Healthy, gourmet, and all-natural are rarely terms we associate with the humble tortilla chip, but things are different at Food Should Taste Good. I had the chance to sample all of their completely delicious original flavors a while back … but, now they have four new flavors, and they want you to taste just how good they are! They will send a gift package to three of you (yes, that is 1 .. 2 .. 3 winners!) to include full-size bags of their four new tortilla chip flavors.

My good friend Hannah, author of My Sweet Vegan and blogger extraordinaire at Bittersweet, taste tested each of the new flavors, and I have some highlights and mini-photos from her review to get your taste buds ready:

  • Yellow Corn – “refreshingly clean and crisp tasting”
  • Lime – “the mellow, natural zest that met my tongue was a very pleasant surprise”
  • Cinnamon – “very aromatic from the minute they’re released from the bag”
  • Potato Chive – “these chips proved to have a very rich potato flavor, tasting earthy in the best way possible”

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

Special Diet Note: These chips are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan! Can’t beat that.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. You can just say hi, you can tell me how much you love this blog (brownie points are tallied), you can tell me which chip flavor you are most excited about, and/or you can put in a special request for a chip flavor you would love to see Food Should Taste Good come up with next.

To enter more than once, Tweet this giveaway via your twitter account, tell your friends on facebook, and/or link to this post from your blog. Be sure to leave a separate comment letting me know you did so! Two of last month’s winners were actually tweets, so every little bit helps!

Comment entries will be open through Tuesday, June 16th, after which time the three winners will be announced. Good luck!


Though I usually wait until after the giveaways to post up deals from the companies, I know that you will want these whether or not you win, so here goes …

  • Printable Coupon: Join the fan club on the Food Should Taste Good Website (under special offers-coupons), and they will email you a printable coupon for $1.00 off. I have already used mine.
  • Recipe Contest: Once you have these crunchy snacks in hand, get creative and come up with a recipe. Submit your recipe on the contest page and if chosen for that month (one winner per month), you will receive a whole case of chips!

Okay, comment away to enter …

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Taking the Whole Life Challenge

Posted by on May 22, 2009 | 12 Comments

Maggie at Say Yes to Salad has proposed a Whole Life Challenge, an opportunity to add one healthy new habit into your lifestyle each day. I wasn’t sure if she meant pick a different one each day, or just pick one of them and do it each day … so I will improvise. Since I might be cheating a bit with a few of her items (I already stick to organic greens, for example), I have built on her suggestions to create a customized “Challenge” list.

  • Drink More Water – Start each day with a nice big glass of filtered water with lemon or lime. There is no better way to start the day, but I always forget.
  • Get Walking – Add 20 minutes of walking to my exercise routine. This could be around the neighborhood, treadmill-style if the heat is overwhelming, or simply doing some stairs!
  • Adventure New Meals – Try at least 1 *new* meal recipe each week – can be for lunch or dinner. Hmm, I may even shoot for 2!
  • Soak Up Some Vitamin D – Get at least 20 minutes of unadulterated sunshine per day.
  • Add Green to My Morning Smoothie – Eeek, green, my biggest beverage fear. I can’t do the green oats, but I will go for the morning shake.

No worries, I won’t bore you all with my daily log, but will let you know the results. I think this idea is fantastic. Just picking one thing a day takes away the overwhelming nature, but allows you to make real, lasting strides. I encourage you to join Maggie’s challenge too! Use her list, my list, or make your own choices toward a healthier lifestyle and try to do just one thing per day!


For those of you who read this post about getting healthy, I shall reward you with some giveaway links and a note that I have some great recipes coming up on the blog very soon, and a fantastic giveaway starting on Tuesday that you won’t want to miss. Here are some fun bloggie giveaways going on right now …

Have a fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Organic Cookie Winners & Your Flavor Picks

Posted by on May 10, 2009 | 5 Comments

So some of you caught onto my calendar deficiencies. I got the date wrong twice on the end of the HomeFree Cookie Giveaway, but it does officially end today, Saturday May 9th (did I get it right this time? – I know, it’s Sunday on the East Coast, but bear with me here)! And I am here to not only announce the winners, but to share your cookie idea round-up … your responses were all too yummy and they took me a long time to compile so please do check them out below! Not to mention, you just might find some cookie baking inspiration

First, the winner …

Comment #46 – Ellen – “Chocolate and coconut! Yum.”

Congratulations Ellen! A HomeFree Sampler Package filled with big and mini Organic Cookies (that also happen to be vegan, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free) is coming  your way!

A quick announcement too; during the course of this giveaway Navan Foods started carrying HomeFree Cookies. So you can purchase them in store or online (they ship throughout the U.S.).

Now, for the types of cookies you want HomeFree to bake next:

Most Popular – Jill at HomeFree, are you reading? Not that my mini market research is the end-all-be-all, but of the 197 responses, these were the most requested new cookie flavors (in relative order of popularity):

snickerdoodles & sugar cookies

  • Snickerdoodles (The hands down winner!)
  • Sugar (It seems there are a shortage of allergy-friendly (and even vegan) sugar cookies on the market! Dr. Lucy has perfected the crispy allergen-free sugar cookie (in my opinion – photo above), but there does seem to be room on the market for a big softie or a soft and  chewy version – at home, try the Allergy Kid’s Sugar Cookie Recipe) (UPDATE: Well, it looks like I have to eat my cookies, er words. Look at what’s new)
  • Chocolate Mint or Chocolate Chip Mint
  • SunButter or SoyButter (Most of you wanted this in combination with chocolate, though there were a few purists. There were several picks for PB & Chocolate, but since Jill can’t use nuts in her factory, I defaulted to the votes to these nut-free “butters”)
  • Lemon (votes for sugar cookie, shortbread, and lemon crème versions)
  • Coconut (votes were for chocolate coconut and several for “something with coconut”)
  • Gingerbread or Gingersnap
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • White Chocolate & Cranberries (I also counted the votes for white chocolate and macadamia toward this one)
  • Toffee, Toffee Bits, or Caramel
  • Carrot Cake (one suggestion for a coconut crème filling too, yum!)

Runners-Up – These selections each received at least two or three votes, and seemed like reasonable requests:


  • Chocolate and … Cherry, Orange, Cranberry, Crushed Peppermint Sticks, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Banana … (It seemed very few of you could agree on one single combination, but chocolate was the running theme here)
  • “Butter” Cookies or Shortbread
  • Macaroons
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Key Lime or Coconut Lime
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (At home, try the Allergy Kid’s Recipe)
  • Oatmeal Raisin or Oatmeal Cranberry
  • Soft Molasses

Kudos for Creativity – These concepts might pose a challenge for mass marketing and production, but they might inspire some of your own cookie making adventures:


Note: If you have a recipe up for one of these creations, let me know and I will link to it!

  • VeggieGirl  – “Carob chip-caramel cookie”
  • Nancy  – “Something that tastes like cookies & creme, but it doesn’t have to look like an Oreo.”
  • Ellie – “Banoffee cookies- chunks of dried banana and toffee!’
  • Tamar – “Lemon lavender “
  • Libby  – “An allergen free version of a Girl Scout Samoa”
  • Brittany – “Coconut cream pie” (hmm, is someone on a Larabar kick?)
  • David – “Rum & raisin”
  • Sarah – “An everything cookie”
  • Giddy tigress – “Strawberry Mango’
  • Erin Solano – “passion fruit”
  • Katie – “butter cookie sandwich filled with a fudgy center would be great… think keebler elf cookies but healthier!”
  • Laurel – “s’mores”
  • Mary Casper – “cranberry lime”
  • KIARA – “Cappuccino”
  • Rachel M. – “the cookie equivalent of a lemon poppyseed muffin”
  • daniella – “banana with peanut butter chips”
  • Denyse – “coconut mocha chip cookie”
  • Cecilia – “chewy muesli cookie”
  • Jennifer – “a pina colada cookie!”
  • Meaghan Hibbard – “A breakfast type cookie with granola and dried fruit” (Talk about a coincidence; I just posted a recipe for this type of cookie, photo above from Enjoy Life)
  • Victoria – “pumpkin-oatmeal-chocolate chip” (try this recipe on the PPK, submitted by Karen)
  • katy – “chocolate oatmeal raisin cookies”
  • Christine V – “lemon blueberry” (Oh yum, I’m with Christine on this one)
  • KW – “Brown sugar and caramel”

Now go bake some cookies with mom! Happy mother’s day to all of you wonderful moms reading this!

Did Someone Say Organic Cookie GIVEAWAY?!

Posted by on May 3, 2009 | 198 Comments

Way back in the day, when I first created the website Go Dairy Free, there were just a few fledgling special diet companies out there. One of the first ones I made contact with was Gak’s Snacks. Jill, the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, created a peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free bakery (also vegan and organic) that churned out the most delicious coffee cakes and cookies under the Gak’s Snacks label.

But Jill’s once little company has grown since I first met her … and with that growth, she decided they needed a new identity. So Gak’s Snacks became HomeFree Treats. While I admit to missing the old name, I am elated that Jill hasn’t changed a thing about her products, aside from adding some new ones! Trust me, everyone will want these (just ask Sarah), they aren’t simply for the food allergic (yes, even if you can eat everything under the sun, you can, AND SHOULD enter to win this giveaway).

Home Free Giveaway


Oh yes, the giveway…

Enter to win Organic Cookies from HomeFree Treats!

Jill at HomeFree Treats will send a sampler pack of her delicious organic cookies (also available to purchase from their website) to one of you! The package will include one full box of each of the following yummy cookies:

  • Organic Chocolate Chip [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Chocolate Chocolate Chip  [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Oatmeal [Big] Cookies
  • Organic Chocolate Chip Minis
  • Organic Chocolate Chocolate Chip Minis
  • Organic Oatmeal Minis

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post, and let me know what flavor of cookie you think Jill at HomeFree should come up with next. No ideas? That’s okay, just tell me why you want these cookies!
  • For a second entry, twitter and/or blog about this giveaway, making sure to link back to this post.

The winner will be selected on Friday, May 9th, so get your comment in before then. Good luck!



More Giveaways (let me know if you have one going on!):

  • Win coupons for the new Soy-free and Dairy-free “Butter” from Earth Balance on The Allergic Kid.
  • Ricki at Diet Dessert and Dogs is giving away copies of her new cookbook, Sweet Freedom!

And the Winners of the Grocery Giveaway Are …

Posted by on April 18, 2009 | 4 Comments

Comment #29 – Tyler at Raspberry Runner – “I think i’d want to try the red quinoa!!! i’ve never seen that in stores before…”

Comment #234 – Heather C – “Can’t wait to buy the Good Karma Chocolate Ricemilk.”

Each of these two lucky winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at the Navan Foods Online Store with free shipping!  They can use the special diet search (free-from, vegan, sugar-free, low fat, organic, etc.) to locate some new-to-them finds or jump straight to their favorite products.  Congratulations ladies!

Now, stay tuned, tomorrow is a new day and a new recipe (a pretty tasty one I might add), and next weekend we will have another giveaway!


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Friends and Giveaways, Can We Ever Have Too Many?

Posted by on April 17, 2009 | 7 Comments

I was honored with a wonderful blog “Friends Award” to pass on and share, and I also have some other giveaways to mention …

friendsMariposa at What Do I Eat Now? is by far my most energetic bloggy friend, and she has bestowed this awesome Friends award upon me, which I am now honored to pass on. The rules seem loose, but I want to award six bloggy friends who I think of as “my possy.”  These ladies not only run awesome blogs, but they have also contributed tons of wonderful recipes and reviews to Go Dairy Free (my alter ego) … I don’t know what I would do with out them (don’t forget to pass it on!) …

  • Hannah at Bittersweet is certainly my longest running blogger friend, and honestly, she has been my biggest inspiration. For over a year we literally emailed daily; and if you haven’t seen her awesome blog then I just have to know, where have you been?
  • Sarah at No Whey Mama has to be one of the most awesome moms, and I more than enjoy having her as a fellow dairy-free blogger.
  • Sarena at The Non-Dairy Queen and I have far too much in common. If only she didn’t live on the other side of the country!
  • Veggiegirl probably has a bazillion of these awards stacking up in her inbox, but I appreciate her too much not to throw one more her way.
  • Karen at Avoiding Milk Protein is a machine when it comes to discovering all things related to milk allergies. I am always amazed at what she finds.
  • And of course, right back at Mariposa. Seriously, her positive energy is infectious!

For some awesome recipes and posts, check out all of these ladies’ blogs. Now, for the giveaways! As you probably know, today is the last day to enter the Navan Foods Giveaway on this blog, so enter now if you haven’t already, but there are a couple more I would like to mention:

I can vouch that both products are awesome, so don’t miss out!

Back tomorrow with two winners and more recipes coming your way soon!


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Foodie Contest and Giveaway Mania!

Posted by on February 26, 2009 | 16 Comments

Updated: First off, thank you all for voting for my soup! I hope you get the chance to try it in all its Creamy Potato and Flavorful Miso goodness! I have also, for your entering pleasure, added even more giveaways to the list below, so check it out!  I will continue to do giveaway round-ups periodically, so let me know whenever you are having a giveaway or contest …

Now, for my general solicitation of your votes … I must give something back. For starters, I have a “get ready” announcement … VERY AWESOME GIVEAWAY BEGINNING ON SUNDAY. If you like variety, snacks, and healthy sweet treats, then this giveaway will be for you, so stay tuned to One Frugal Foodie.

But beyond this blog, I also want to give a shout out to some fun contests and giveaways on other foodie blogs/sites that I thought you might all enjoy (links to full details and how to enter are in the titles):


Flax Your Baking Muscles
Hosted by: The Veggie Queen
Win: A year’s supply of flaxseeds from FlaxUSA
Details: Bake up an original recipe using flaxseeds in there somewhere.
Deadline: March 11, 2009

Jocolaty Goodness 
Hosted by: Chocolate Covered Vegan (who else?)
Win: A Case of Jocolat Bars from Larabar
Details: Mention the giveaway on your blog (yeah, I snuck this one in) and leave a comment. Major bonus points for trialing a CCV recipe.
Deadline: April 1, 2009

The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #5 – Sandwich 
From: Peanut Butter Boy
Win: The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook
Details: Create a sandwich recipe using a nut butter to enter (the term sandwich is loosely defined).
Deadline: March 15, 2009

February “Favorite Things” Giveaway (goes ‘til March!)
Hosted by: The Adventures of Kitchen Girl
Win: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Details: Just leave a comment on the giveaway post, proclaiming why you must have this book.
Deadline: March 3, 2009

Ferguson Pottery Giveaway – Postponed for two weeks!
Hosted by: Priscilla Bakes
Win: A beautiful handcrafted bowl
Details: Just leave a comment and say if you like pottery! (please don’t enter if you don’t, this would damage our chances!)
Deadline: March 1, 2009

Give-away 2
Hosted by: Dinner at Christina’s
Win: Annie’s Natural Cucumber Yogurt Dressing
Details: Guess how many jujubes in the glass … I like it, a challenge!
Deadline: March 1, 2009

3rd Strawberry Shortstuff Bar Giveaway
Hosted by: Strawberry Shortstuff
Win: 10 The Simply Bars (high in protein!)
Details: Just leave a comment noting what keeps you motivated to exercise or eat right.
Deadline: March 4, 2009

Barney Butter Giveaway
Hosted by: Lucky Taste Buds
Win: On the Go Barney Butter (almond butter)
Details: Just leave a comment!
Deadline: March 4, 2009

These are just the ones I immediately remembered, but I know there are more. I will add any more current foodie contests and giveaways that I find in the next day or two … so let me know if I missed any that you know of! Once I have a relatively complete list for March, I will post it up on Go Dairy Free too. Good luck, and see you back here for more food, recipes, and giveaways!


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And the Organic HappyBaby Winners are …

Posted by on January 30, 2009 | 3 Comments

Dan and Stephanie!  Congratulations, I will email you both so that you can receive your HappyBaby Free Product Coupons.  For everyone else who wants to get their hands on some organic baby food, HappyBaby products (frozen meals, dry cereals, finger foods, etc.) are available at natural food stores (Whole Foods of course) and select varieties are also available on Amazon.

Now, I realize this giveaway was quite specific, but have no fear … there are some new giveaways on the horizon, which are adult-friendly too! Plus, Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs has a chocolate and baked goodies giveaway going on now … but hurry, today is the last day for entry!

Ah yes, and I think there may just be a recipe looming on the horizon for … well, you will just have to check back to see!

Comment to Win Gourmet Sweets from Divvies!

Posted by on December 7, 2008 | 309 Comments

Yes, the spirit of giving is alive and well!  This week Divvies is offering a gift package to two of you!  Simply leave a comment below and tell us your favorite type of popcorn … caramel, candied, kettle, chocolate, “buttered,” cheesy, or simply salted … however you like it just share and you will be entered to win!  

Now you might be wondering, “What will I win?”  Well, Divvies is well known for their gourmet gift packages, so they will be offering up two of these seasonal packages as prizes! The first is their Santa’s S’morg, a sampling smorgasbord of bakery cookies, candy and gourmet popcorns loaded into a large Divvies gift box … and, it looks something (exactly) like this …

Santas Smorg from Divvies

The second prize is Divvies’ Team Popcorn, a delicious package of gourmet popcorn, complete with stripe circus bags and a paper scoop for sharing with the whole group. An image would be helpful, no? 

Of course, the real thing is much larger, these images aren’t even close to scale!

Also, If you are on a special diet or have food allergies, have no fear.  Divvies runs a food allergy-friendly facility that is free from dairy/milk, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts, and is consequently vegan.

I’m looking forward to hearing your responses, and may just have to follow-up with a recipe or two of your popcorn favorites! The two winners will be announced on Friday, December 12th (2008), so reply now!


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