In general, I am not fond of pretend meat, but I make an exception for hot dogs! They are just an excuse to eat pickle relish. :o)
However, pretend meat has two positive uses: to satisfy cravings, and to make social events easier, especially for children.
I do not crave the taste of hot dogs, per se. In reality, I cannot even remember what a meat hot dog tastes like, and I cannot imagine that it tastes very good, given what is in them! I do, however, CRAVE sweet pickle relish! I am also very fond of ketchup and mustard. Where else I could use sweet pickle relish??? (Let me know, in the comments, if you have any other vegetarian suggestions!). So, I keep vegetarian hot dogs in the freezer for those times when I need a pickle fix or just need a quick meal.
Parties or BBQs
Sometimes, you and/or your children will be invited to a barbecue or picnic where things are cooked on a grill. This is a great time to take veggie hot dogs (or veggie burgers)! The hosts will already have toppings and sides, and all you have to do is supply the hot dog or burger. This will make your child stand out less, whether he or she decided to become a vegetarian (see my post about this here), or the entire family is vegetarian.
This also works at indoor parties, since the veggie hot dog only needs to be heated in a microwave or boiling water. If heating on a grill also used for meat, wrap the hot dog or burger in foil wrap to avoid contamination with meat bits… ugh.Print
- Vegetarian or Vegan Hot Dogs (read package carefully to check if they are vegan if you want a vegan meal)
- Bread or bun
- sweet relish
- Heat hot dogs in an oven, pan of water, grill, etc. according to package directions. I like to use a toaster oven.
- Prepare bread with your favorite toppings, and toast the bread/toppings a bit in the oven so that your warm hot dog does not get chilled by cold toppings from the refrigerator.
- Category: kid-friendly
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: imitation meat, kid-friendly, cravings, childhood