Edible Idol: Hot Dogs!

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Welcome to a brand-new HG email feature: EDIBLE IDOLS! Whether you call 'em franks, weenies, frankfurters, or wienerwursts, hot dogs are adored by nearly everyone! We don't just idolize the hot dog; we relish it. (Tee-hee!) Check out our guilt-free ode to the magnificent munchie. If it's wrong to idolize food, we don't wanna be right... 

  Winning Weenies: Something for Everyone!

Best in Beef: Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks

1 frank: 40 calories, 1g fat, 520mg sodium, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

Our love for these pups is no secret... We've been raving about them since 2004. They're still, hands down, our very favorite guilt-free franks. The taste just cannot be beat. Another beef dog we adore? Hoffy Extra Lean Beef Franks, which come in standard and Big Dog varieties! But since not everyone is down with red meat, keep reading...

Top Poultry Picks: Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Turkey and Chicken Hot Dogs
1 hot dog: 60 - 70 calories, 3.5g fat, 370 - 420mg sodium, 0 - 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 7 - 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

We were super-excited to discover that these turkey and chicken hot dogs are amazingly tasty. They're also free of preservatives and artificial nitrites. They don't taste quite as much like conventional dogs as our beloved beef pick, but the flavor is so good, we don't mind at all!

Meatless Wiener Winner: MorningStar Farms Veggie Dogs
1 link: 50 calories, 0.5g fat, 430mg sodium, 4g carbs, <1g fiber, 2g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

These things are kind of a big deal. Why? Because we searched tirelessly to find meatless hot dogs we truly enjoy, and many failed to impress us. Thank goodness for these freezer-aisle doggies from MorningStar Farms. If veggie dogs are your thing, consider these your new BFFs (best franks forever)!

  Peak Performances!

Corn Dogs
- When it comes to kicking corn-dog cravings, not just any find will do -- you need to get your hands on some products with great stats. We recently fell deeply in junk-food-swap love with Applegate Naturals Wheat-Free Beef Corn Dogs; they're phenomenal. For a meat-free fix, look no further than the varieties offered by MorningStar Farms -- classic full-sized corn dogs and minis too! Wanna get a little wacky? Whip up these Corndog Millionaire Muffins!

Chili Dogs - Keep it classic by loading up a light bun with one of the top dogs above, a few tablespoons of low-fat chili, and some diced onion. Or get a little crazy with our Chili Cheese Dog Nachos or No-Buns-About-It Chili Dog Chili. Rockin'!

Pigs in a Blanket - These De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket are probably our most popular hot dog recipe EVER. So simple and a major crowd-pleaser! And for a fun variation, check out these Cheesy Pigs in Bacon Blankies. Yum, yum, yum!

  Think Outside the Hot Dog Bun: Unconventional Ways to Celebrate Today's Idol

On a Skewer
- Hot dogs taste great grilled, and kebabs are crazy-fun! This recipe is super-simple -- just three ingredients -- and wildly delicious. TRY IT!

Wrapped in Lettuce - Why not ditch the carb-packed bun? Large lettuce leaves are totally efficient at holding in your hot dog and toppings without racking up lots of extra calories. Iceberg, romaine, and butter lettuce are best. Steamed cabbage leaves also work well!

From the Slow Cooker - Yes, hot dogs pretty much always come fully cooked... but that doesn't mean they don't rock simmered in sauce for hours in a slow cooker! BTW, we prefer beef franks in slow-cooker creations.

  Hungry for More? ENCORE!

Pigs on a Mattress, Cold Dog Slaw, and Hot Dog & Scramble
- Hot dog goodies for any time of day. Scope out these frankly fabulous recipes!

Hot Dog–Hot Potato Hotcakes - Our savory hotcakes are too fun not to try. DO IT!

And for a SLEW of three-ingredient hot dog recipes... check out the "Hot Dogs, Hot Trios" chapter of Hungry Girl 300 Under 300! Click here to shop for amazing online deals, or just pick up the best seller wherever books are sold!


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