Hoki-Dokie Oven “Fried” Fish Filets

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.

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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!!

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”

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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!

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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 …

Taking the Whole Life Challenge

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!

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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

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):

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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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?!

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

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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!

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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!