Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Childhood Favorite At Its Healthiest
Last week while I was grocery shopping at Whole Foods, I noticed something I thought would make my little people shout from the hills!
I hate to admit this but sometimes I plan a meal that is a total bust. Other times I find myself running behind and it's too late to cook dinner. Or like tonight, I finally ran out of groceries! These are the times I need the "shout from the hills" kid dinners that will soothe complaints of kids and nerves of momma.
No matter the time, the place, the company, my little people could eat a hot dog. I think they could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't condone eating hotdogs everyday. Just saying that my little people could!
So that said, we have been eating all natural buffalo hot dogs when we eat them. Last week I stumbled across beef, chicken and turkey hot dogs. We have taste tested all 3 flavors and they were well received by all 3 people. The package says to boil the hot dogs but the kids don't care for them boiled. And get this, the beef hot dogs are made from 100% organic grass-fed and finished beef! All of the hot dogs are uncured and nitrate free.
I have to remind myself that these hot dogs are still processed meat. "Processed meat is meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by adding preservatives such as nitrites or nitrates. Examples of processed meat include ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, sausages, bratwursts, frankfurters, hot dogs and some types of minced meat." The chicken hot dog says it is "lightly smoked" and therefore meets the definitions of processed meat even though the hot dogs are uncured and nitrate free.
Although we only eat all of the hot dogs in moderation, I do like the fact that my little people can enjoy a childhood favorite at its healthiest. I still wish they would ALWAYS like the food I make and have no need for a "shout from the hills" substitution!