Friday, September 30, 2011

Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free September: Chinese Dishes Made Allergen-Free

Does anyone else feel that this has been a really long week? Thankfully it's Friday, and we can go home, kick up our feet, and relax! But what's for dinner? Who wants to cook? No? No? How about you? Well, neither do I. I know! The old American standby. Let's order Chinese! We'll get all our favorites, and we'll order them gluten-free just for us! 

Let's start with appetizers. I think some spring rolls sound good, but how about we bake them instead of frying? My stomach doesn't handle all that fried food very well. And let's make 'em vegetarian since we'll be having a lot of dishes with meat and fish for the main meal. Baked Veggie Spring Rolls it is, then!

Baked Veggie Spring Rolls from Amber at The Tasty Alternative

And then I'm thinking scallion pancakes. That was always one of my favorites. Although, to be honest, I usually felt a bit sick after eating them. What about these scallion pancakes? They'll make you feel wonderful! They're baked in coconut oil and made with quinoa for a high-protein, high-fiber whole-grain pancake.

Scallion Pancakes from Valerie at City|Life|Eats

Now onto the main meal. Wait! What about side dishes? What's Chinese takeout without fried rice? Well of course we're having fried rice! You didn't think I'd forget that, did you? And I'll do you one better...we're having two different versions. Bell Pepper and Mushroom Fried Rice and Skillet Fried Rice. Now, make sure you get a slice of red bell pepper in your serving. The red is for good luck!

Fried Rice from Kalinda at Wheat Free Meat Free

Skillet Fried Rice from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily

Now onto the main meal-

But what about dumplings? We must have dumplings! But of course... The dumplings, you see, are part of the main course. Ginger Beef and Dumplings. It's a perfect pairing. I'm salivating at the thought. When's the last time you had dumplings? Before you went gluten-free? Me too! Finally! Dumplings and I will meet again!

Ginger Beef and Dumplings from Christine at Without Adornment

Oh wow. Those dumplings had me at hello. But I think I need something a bit lighter next. It's getting close to that time. You know what I'm referring to...the surreptitiously unbuttoning my top pants button under the table time. I'd rather avoid that if possible, so can we please pick a figure friendly dish next?

Figure friendly you want? Figure friendly you get! But I refuse to skimp on flavor. I want something bold, something with pizzazz, something with...lettuce. Well then I present you with pizzazzed Asian Lettuce Wraps. They boldly go where no lettuce wrap has gone before. Where's that? Shrug. Gluten-Free Land, I guess.

Asian Lettuce Wraps from Tessa at Domestic Diva

Gluten-Free Land? Where's that? I want to go! Oh, it's a beautiful place: filled with gluten-free goodness at every door. They've even got Sweet and Sour Chicken for you, my dear! Sweet and Sour Chicken? Be still my beating heart! I'm not walking to Gluten-Free Land, I'm running!

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken from Lauren at As Good As Gluten

Well, I want to go to Gluten-Free Land too, but I don't eat meat or poultry! you eat fish? Oh yes, I love seafood! Well no worries then! Gluten-Free Land has Shrimp Lo-Mein! Just to be certain, when you say Gluten-Free Land, you are talking about the Chinese restaurant we're ordering from, right? Oh right...umm...yes, that's exactly what I mean!

Shrimp Lo-Mein from Iris (um that's me) at The Daily Dietribe (here)

Sigh. What about me? I'm vegan. Oh my dearest, don't you worry your pretty little head. I'm gluten-free after all...I know what it's like to eat differently. I wouldn't leave you out. For you, we have a Ginger and Sesame Stir Fry with Kelp Noodles! Kelp noodles? Mmhmm. They're like regular noodles, only better!

Ginger and Sesame Stir Fry with Kelp Noodles from Noosh at For the Love of Food

Ahh...after all that, would anybody like dessert?


Personally, I'm so full I'm just going to go unbutton my pants lie down.

Me too.

Me three.

Yeah, I'm pretty full myself. Maybe I'll save room for dessert next time. But I'm feeling like I might be in the mood for some spiced desserts. Tune in next month for the roundup of Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free, when the theme is spiced desserts at For The Love of Food.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you all in Gluten-Free Land soon!



noosh. said...

great roundup!! thanks so much for hosting- everything looks amazing :)

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Oh, Iris, what a delighful job you did on this post! I was right there with you all the way! :-) Some really great entries from everyone, too, and I missed several in my normal blog reading. Off to check them out now! Will share this on my gfe Facebook page, too. And I'm looking forward to spiced desserts next month. Of course, I'm immediately thinking of pumpkin pie spice! ;-)


Kalinda said...

What a fun roundup! Love the running commentary. "Gluten-Free Land" sounds like a theme-park to me. Hehe. Thanks for hosting this month.

Michelle said...

Nom! These look great! I will have to show them to my gluten free roommate. She'll dig it!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Chinese food is my favorite. Yum!

Gluten Free Jesus Freak said...

Just stumbled upon your blog. YUM! Can't wait to try some of these Chinese recipes!


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