Buffalo Sauce Without the Wings | Triumph Dining

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The Superbowl gets us all thinking about traditional “football foods” and among those are wings. Lately I’ve decided that it’s not necessarily the wings that I like, it’s the wing sauce. Once I figured that out I’ve been able to satisfy my urge in a number of ways, none of which actually involve the messy process of eating chicken wings.

First, there’s buffalo chicken salad. Toss cooked chicken chunks in a hot wing sauce like Frank’s (check their website to verify which flavors are gluten-free) or just sprinkle it on your salad in addition to or instead of the dressing. Along with mixed greens you can add some cooked quinoa, diced carrots and celery and blue cheese. Top it all with blue cheese dressing. If you’re worried about blue cheese with your gluten-free diet you can sub that out of another cheese of your choice and a different creamy dressing.

I am still working to prefect my buffalo chicken pizza. It starts with a gluten-free pizza crust. I top that with a small amount of pizza sauce or bbq sauce then cover that with cooked chicken chunks that have been tossed in a buffalo sauce. Add some blue cheese then some mozzarella on top of that and bake until hot. Serve with carrot and celery sticks or dice and add to the top of the pizza once it comes out of the oven.

Lastly, there’s buffalo chicken dip. I love this dip but it’s something I need an excuse like a football party to bring out. It makes a lot so be prepared to share.

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts,  cooked and diced or shredded
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup buffalo/wing sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients and bake in an uncovered casserole dish for 20 minutes at 350F or until hot. You can transfer to a crock pot to keep warm. Serve with tortilla chips, carrots and celery.

Superbowl Gluten-Free Style | Triumph Dining

022413Pulled-Pork-SliderI’m certain that each of us has shown up at a party only to find out there’s nothing gluten free for us to eat. Here are some ideas for a totally gluten-free Superbowl party. Host it yourself or bring your own dish so you know there will be something there for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your own cider or gluten-free beer. Continue reading “Superbowl Gluten-Free Style | Triumph Dining”

Feel Good Foods Eggrolls | Triumph Dining Product Review

eggrollThis is our second review for Feel Good Foods. In the first post we reviewed their Chinese dumplings. Similar to dumplings, even at the rare Asian eateries that cater to gluten-free diners, dumplings and eggrolls are off the menu. Those of us who follow this diet have had to do without until now. Now, thanks to Feel Good Foods, we can easily make a gluten-free stir fry at home and pair it with rice and dumplings or eggrolls.

In this taste test we tried the chicken eggrolls and the veggie eggrolls, but they are also available with shrimp. Our taste testers found these eggrolls were comparable to non-gluten free eggroll options on the grocery store shelves. No one would have guessed these were gluten-free.

The baking instructions were easy and the eggrolls were hot inside in the amount of time indicated. (We did not try the pan fry method but directions for that are on the box also.) The outside wrapper on the eggrolls was crispy though not as browned as I would have expected. Both the chicken and the veggie varieties had lots of tasty, identifiable veggies in the mix. And the wrapper didn’t overpower the stuffing. The eggroll had a good flavor and texture overall.

The boxes contain three eggrolls, which could be an awkward number for a family of four. And while the dumplings we previously reviewed came with their own sauce packets, these did not.

Here are easy stir fry directions to pair with gluten-free eggrolls or dumplings for a quick weeknight meal:

–        In a mixing bowl whisk together and set aside:

  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry or white wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Enough water to bring the total mixture to 1 cup

–        Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and drench with corn starch

–        Sauté chicken and veggies of your choosing until the chicken is cooked and veggies are at the desired crispness

–        Add sauce last

–        Serve over rice

Feel Good Foods Dumplings | Triumph Dining Product Review

vegetable-dumplingsEven at the restaurants that will prepare Asian dishes with gluten-free soy sauce and other gluten-free ingredients, the eggrolls and dumplings on their menu are usually not an option for most of us. Until now – well – at home at least.

Feel Good Foods makes gluten-free chicken dumplings and gluten free vegetable dumplings. These can be purchased from the frozen section of many retailers online from Gluten-Free Mall and cooked by you at home.  Continue reading “Feel Good Foods Dumplings | Triumph Dining Product Review”

Secret Ingredient Cookies | Triumph Dining

cookiejarThere’s something about the change of seasons that drives people into their kitchens to bake.

I came across this Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe when reading Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. In that book she chronicles the life of her family on their year-long quest to eat only food they could grow on their own or trade for locally. In it she talks about the time of year when squash is so plentiful that neighbors will leave baskets of it at each others’ doors for lack of any other ideas on what to do with it.

In the book, her hidden ingredient cookies passed the taste test of kids who didn’t know about the zucchini. I thought I’d try it out on my own kids, modifying the recipe to use a gluten-free flour, of course. I also use one or two zucchini, whatever I need to use up. Continue reading “Secret Ingredient Cookies | Triumph Dining”