Waffles and Cornflake Chicken Nuggets


Chicken and waffles, a southern specialty, made gluten-free with Erewhon cereals, and a special curry twist! The Corn Flakes Cereal gives the chicken nuggets a super crunch. The curry flavor in the waffle is subtle, but just the right complement to the chili spiked maple syrup.

(I wrote this recipe for an Erewhon recipe contest. I have no specific agenda with the brand.)

Curry Waffles and Cornflake Chicken Nuggets Recipe

1/4 cup rice flour
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Corn Flakes Cereal, crumbled
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray

1/3 cup maple syrup
2 dried chipotle peppers (dried jalapeno pepper), split open- (typically my recipes are nightshade-free, you can of course just use maple syrup)

1 cup brown rice flour (or white rice flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 eggs
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup hemp milk (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free Cereal

Garnish (optional)Cilantro


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Set out a bowl with 1/4 cup rice flour. Then a bowl with one egg beaten, and another bowl with the crumbled corn flakes. Finally set out a large baking dish and spray the bottom with cooking spray. Cut the chicken into nuggets. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each nugget in the flour, egg, corn flakes, and then set in the baking dish. Repeat until all of the nuggets are coated. Spray the top side of the nuggets and bake in the oven until cooked through. (About 12 minutes.)

In a small sauce pan, combine 1/3 cup maple syrup and dried chiles (including seeds). Heat on low to infuse the maple syrup with flavor but not hot enough to reduce the syrup. When it reaches the spicy level that you like, strain the syrup and serve.

For the waffles, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl combine the egg, oil, milk, and maple syrup. Whisk together then pour into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir then add the crispy rice cereal. Cook in a standard waffle iron according to the manufacture’s instructions. This recipe will make 4 standard sized waffles (as long as you don’t over fill the waffle maker).

Serve the hot waffles topped with chicken nuggets and maple syrup. Garnish with cilantro if desired.


I am sharing this recipe on Allergy Free Wednesdays,

Squash and Corn Pancakes with Cilantro Dressing

Squash pancakesOK, these just don’t look as pretty as I would like. Please  don’t hold that against the pancakes. Trust me, these are delicious and you will want a gallon of the dressing if you love cilantro as much as I do. In fact, if you don’t get around to making the pancakes, go ahead and make the dressing for your next salad.


I cooked a bit of the pancake batter in the waffle iron to make mini buns. There are two mini hamburgers here- although the photo doesn’t do it justice- they really are quite cute. With little picks in them. And a bagel (from my cookbook) on the other side.

Squash and Corn Pancake Recipe

2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

2 cups chopped onion
1 cup corn
1/3 cup rice flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cup cooked smashed squash (Delicata, Acorn, Red Kuri)
1 egg


Combine all of the dressing ingredients together in a food processor and blend until mostly smooth.

Combine all of the pancake ingredients together and cook as you would any pancake on a skillet over medium-low heat with a touch of oil. Flip them when they are cooked on the first side.

Serve the pancakes hot with dressing.


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Rice and Bean Burritos


I love burritos. I know I have claimed several foods as my “favorite” but I really must tell you, burritos are so high on my list. It can be difficult to enjoy them without nightshades, i.e. salsa, but I still manage. This “suggestion” satisfies my burrito cravings, and I hope you enjoy it too!

I am referring to this as a “suggestion” rather than a recipe, because there is no need to be precise here.


And by the way, I have a pet donkey named Burrito. Just a coincidence really, as he came with the name. He is super cute don’t you think?

Rice and Bean Burrito Suggestion

Crepes (There is a great recipe for gluten-free crepes in my cookbook- I just replaced the rice milk with hemp milk for the burrito.)

Basmati Rice, cooked

Sauteed onions and garlic with black beans and corn – salted

mango, chopped
cucumber, chopped
red onion, minced
lime, juiced


So, basically just create each element, then put them all together wrapped up like a burrito. Enjoy!

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Happy Anniversary- Cuter Than Gluten


Hey, it’s been a year of gluten-free blogging! Let me know you’re reading and what you would like to see on this blog going forward.

Here’s a little sneak peek at three recipes coming up… a lemon cake, a sundae, and chicken and waffles. I actually have about 13 recipes waiting to be posted, with more in mind to try out!

orangecake   bananasundae   chickenandwaffles

I have enjoyed this year of blogging and I am really looking forward to another year. When I started blogging it was with the purpose of promoting my cookbook. I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enjoy blogging, but it turns out I really do!

I had a ton of fun making food cute.  Sometimes I made bento lunches with the food and sometimes I created an art piece like the “Mango Lassie” below. Making art out of food is so fun for me, I often get really carried away when it comes time for a photo shoot.

Missed some good posts? Click on the photos below to take you to the post.

Rescue Bento   Pumpernickel Bagels   Cherry Ice Cream Pie

Mango Lassie   chili Taco Cone

So where do I go from here?

1) I will let inspiration and the excitement of any given project lead the way.

2) After the posts already waiting in the wings, my blog will most likely be grain-free (there are already many grain-free recipes here, but the transition will take some time, so by fall new posts should be grain-free). I have been eating grain-free since January and will continue with that. What I eat changes as my body and health change. I can’t say for sure what I will eat in the future, but whatever I am eating will be what is on the blog (because why blog about food I don’t eat?)

3) I will continue to blog about fun projects with my kids. Coming up: Strawberry Fest. We will blog about our cultural studies occasionally too.

4) I am considering sharing more personal stories of diet, fitness, parenting, and life. It would just be a sentence here and there, but I haven’t done much of that this past year. Interested?

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Love, Dawn

Chocolate Coated PB Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Creamy, soft, sweet and salty peanut butter cookie dough encapsulated in the crunch of rich chocolate sets the tone for this perfect dessert.


Crunch through rich chocolate exteriors into creamy peanut butter cookie dough. Extra crunches sneak in with slightly bitter bursts of cacao nibs. The flavor is rounded out with salted peanuts that surround the sandwich… And I could go on and on. Oh my goodness these are so good! So, so, so good.

If you don’t eat peanuts try these with almond butter and toasted almonds. It will be so yummy!

Chocolate Coated PB Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

1 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (lightly salted, 100% peanuts)
1/2 cup raw agave nectar (honey would probably be fine)
2 tablespoons butter or buttery spread
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Cacao Nibs

1 quart (approximate) Chocolate Ice Cream from my cookbook or purchased chocolate ice cream

2 (9.7 oz) 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bars or about 19 ounce of any chocolate that you like
1/2 cup salted, roasted peanuts, chopped


Prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper and make sure they will fit in your freezer.

In a large mixing bowl combine the almond meal, peanut butter, agave, butter, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine then mix in cacao nibs. Chill in the refrigerator until the dough is firm enough to handle.

Scoop one level tablespoon of cookie dough, roll into a ball then flatten onto the prepared sheet pan. Make about 24 cookies then place the sheet pans in the freezer.

Melt the chocolate bars in a double boiler.  There are two ways to coat the cookie dough in chocolate: dip them or paint them (one side at a time). If you plan on dipping the cookies, keep most of them in the freezer and dip only a few at a time (as they soften quickly). After coating both sides of all of the cookies with chocolate, set them in the freezer.

Make sandwiches with the ice cream and cookies. (The ice cream may need to soften a bit in order to form the sandwiches.) Roll the sides in chopped peanuts.

Freeze to set the ice cream, then serve.


I am sharing this recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Wellness Weekend, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,

Cultural Studies: China Day

We are starting a new family project. Each week we are choosing one culture (or country) and teaching our children about the food, language(s), religion(s), and government. These are very brief, simple lessons, as our children are four- and six-years-old. On Saturday nights we have a dinner that somewhat represents the food of that culture. Of course we adapt it to our diets, so we don’t worry too much about authenticity.

This week was China. I made two recipes from my cookbook, Culinary Creativity. Sesame Chicken (oh that one is so good!) and Fried Rice but I subbed cauliflower for the rice. If we create a new recipe on Culture night I will be sure to share it in the future.


We also printed coloring pages for the kids- always a big hit.



Next week we are doing Mexico and after that Iceland and Greenland are sharing a week. I am really curious about what kind of recipes I can sort out for Iceland and Greenland- trust me it won’t be one of their favorites- horse meat! Any suggestions? Anyone from Iceland or Greenland?