Soy Product Post #2
Soy dogs certainly will not suffice for true hot dog lovers. The taste has little resemblance to real hot dogs. BUT unlike hot dogs, tofu dogs are a relatively low calorie, healthy option. LightLife’s Smart Dogs, one of my favorite varieties of veggie dogs, contain a mere 80 calories and one gram of fat per link, and virtually do not contain any saturated fat. The typical hot dog on the other hand contains almost twice as many calories, 13 grams of fat, and approximately a quarter of your day’s saturated fat.
Hot dogs also contain substantial amounts of artery clogging cholesterol. Can you guess how much cholesterol Smart Dogs contain? Yup, that’s correct… NO CHOLESTEROL.
Smothered in mustard/ketchup/relish or any of your other favorite toppings and sandwiched into a bun, Smart Dogs don’t actually taste all that bad on their own. While the taste doesn’t quite model a hot dog, their relatively bland taste will take on the flavor of any of your favorite added toppings. And even though the taste can’t compare to a hot dog, the texture is remarkably similar. I particularly enjoy eating Smart Dogs this way while camping, when I can roast those babies in the fire until their skins are blistering.
I use Smart Dogs as a low-cal way to add some protein into my diet. Each link contains 15 grams of protein. I’ve grown up on soy dogs, so I’m quite familiar with the taste, and will even occasionally eat them for breakfast in order to start my day off with a punch of protein. However, my favorite way to enjoy soy dogs is to saute them up with some peppers and onions and pair them alongside a grain for dinner. This sauteed mixture is also delicious when placed on a bun with ketchup.
Simply Sauteed Soy Dogs
–1/2 Green pepper, sliced
-1/2 Large onion, sliced
-2 Smart Dogs (or your other favorite brand), chopped into 1-inch pieces
-1 whole wheat bun, optional
-Ketchup, mustard, relish, or any of your other favorite condiments
Coat a medium saute pan with olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot, turn the heat down to medium and add peppers and onions. Sautee for 5-8 minutes, or until tender. Add the soy dog pieces, and cook a remaining 3-5 minutes until the soy dogs are heated all the way through and the outer skin begins to crisp. Remove from heat, and plate or place in bun. Add your favorite condiments, and enjoy.