Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!
If you look at the big picture, Ashley and I generally eat a healthier diet than we did before we started avoiding soy. We tend to cook more at home, eat more vegetables, and definitely eat less pre-packaged food (including things like Rice-a-Roni that you need to cook at home) than we used to. But that doesn’t mean we are health food nuts or only eat super-healthily now (stay tuned for an upcoming post that goes more in-depth on this topic). When we started avoiding soy, we didn’t necessarily want to give up the types of food that we were eating.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve learned to find or make soy-free varieties of several foods that don’t seem like soy-free foods (or seem like foods someone “eating healthily” would eat). One of the biggest examples: Corndogs. Who makes corndogs at home? We do! Pre-soy intolerance, corndogs were something we got at the county fair or frozen from the grocery store. Since both of those options contain soy--and we love corndogs--we learned to make them at home. It was easier than I expected, and they turned out delicious. They don’t always look pretty, but certainly taste delicious!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal (you can keep it in the fridge to make it last longer)
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 6-8 hot dogs
- Wooden skewers
- Canola oil (or peanut oil) for frying
What to do:
- Mix everything in a bowl to make the batter. The batter should be thick so it will stay on the hot dogs.
- Preheat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- One or two at a time, insert a wooden skewer into a hot dog, coat it with batter, and lay it down in the oil (the wooden skewer should be sticking over the edge of the frying pan) It doesn’t need to be entirely submerged in the oil.
- Using the wooden skewer, rotate the corndog at regular intervals to ensure even cooking.
- When the batter is browned and the hot dog is hot, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Let cool slightly and then eat!