Gluten Free Spaghetti Hot Dogs – A Healthier Version

You have probably already seen similar photos of pieces of hot dogs threaded with strands of spaghetti. I’ve taken a step further to improve the nutritional content of spaghetti hot dogs. Instead of using spaghetti made from white starches such as wheat and rice, I used sweet potato soba noodles. Soba means “buckwheat” which is gluten free, despite it sounding like it is from the wheat family. Using healthy, gluten free hot dogs, your child has a great lunch. Just add some fruit and they’re good to go.

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Gluten Free Spaghetti Hot Dogs – A Healthier Version

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Yield: Serves 1 adult of 2 kids

Gluten Free Spaghetti Hot Dogs – A Healthier Version

An easy and fun recipe your kids can help you make, gluten free spaghetti hot dogs. Use soba/buckwheat noodles instead of spaghetti for higher nutrition and more flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 natural, nitrate-free, MSG-free, gluten free hot dogs, cut into 4 even pieces (Applegate, Open Nature)
  • 56 strands of organic gluten free soba (buckwheat) noodles* (I used sweet potato soba noodles)
  • 2 teaspoons butter (or gluten free margarine: Smart Balance; or for dairy-free, Earth Balance)

Instructions:

  1. Bring a 2 to  3-quart saucepan full of water to a boil.
  2. Thread 7 strands of pasta into each hot dog piece, pushing them halfway through the hot dog.
  3. Place them in the boiling water and wait a few seconds for the immersed ends to soften before pushing the other ends under the water. Cook on a low boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta using a colander and rinse with cold water. Add the spaghetti hot dogs back into the saucepan and add the butter. Heat over medium heat, tossing gently to warm everything and allow butter to melt.
  5. Serve immediately.

Tips

This makes a higher protein lunch. However, if you prefer more spaghetti, cut the hot dogs in 6 pieces each. This will increase the amount of spaghetti you will use.

*King Soba makes several flavors: My fave is the Buckwheat Sweet Potato, but they also make Buckwheat, Thai Rice, Brown Rice Ramen, Pumpkin Ginger & Brown Rice, and Black Rice, Brown Rice & Wakame.

ALLERGENS VARY DEPENDING UPON THE NOODLES AND HOT DOGS YOU USE. Applegate hot dogs are casein- and dairy-free.

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