There are several foods that few kids will turn down.
Pizza, mac and cheese, hot dogs, burgers, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and french fries are at the top of my kids’ lists. I don’t know about yours.
At first glance, these items would be considered “junk food” and shunned by the health conscious mama striving to feed her children real food. I would agree that if purchased at a restaurant or taken out of a box from the freezer or pantry, these would indeed be junk food. Unfortunately these delicious kid favorites have been taken over by the boxed food giants and fast food chains and loaded them with inflammatory vegetable oils, GMO ingredients, cheap fillers and additives and disguised them as food.
Fear not though, mama. You don’t always have to be the bad guy saying no to chicken nuggets, pizza, and mac and cheese. By choosing high quality ingredients and cooking these items homemade in your own homes, you can be a “yes” mom and still feel confident that you are feeding your children well.
These mini corn dogs are a perfect example. Typically corn dogs are made with cheap mystery meat hot dogs, corn syrup in the batter, and fried in vegetable oil. Those aren’t good for anyone. These corn dogs start with quality hot dogs that you can purchase from a local farmer or in a regular grocery store. Applegate hot dogs are a decent brand that you can find in most supermarkets. There are more good brands out there. You just have to look. Next the batter is homemade with wholesome ingredients, and the entire thing is fried in quality expeller pressed coconut oil. Another healthy fat can be substituted, but you want to stay away from industrialized oils like canola, soybean, or other vegetable oils.
Serve these cute little guys with some organic ketchup and mustard for dipping with some raw fruit and vegetables or a homemade smoothie, and you have a kid friendly healthy and delicious meal that will please even your picky eaters. Enjoy mamas!
- 1 c. fine ground corn meal/flour
- 1 c. flour of choice (einkorn, unbleached white, whole wheat, etc)
- ½. tsp. sea salt
- 3 t. baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1½ c. milk
- 2 T. melted honey
- 8 grass fed beef hot dogs (This amount of batter will probably make enough for 12-16 hot dogs)
- expeller pressed coconut oil, pasture raised leaf lard or tallow for frying corn dogs
- Heat oil over medium high heat in a skillet.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Add egg, milk, and honey. Whisk to combine.
- Cut hot dogs into thirds.
- Roll hot dogs into batter until completely coated. Drop a few at a time into hot oil and cook until browned.
- Flip to the other side and cook until brown.
- Transfer to a plate to cool.
- Serve with organic ketchup and mustard for dipping.