This post was created in collaboration with Lightlife.
When it comes to eating I don’t have any major “rules”. I prefer to eat foods that are nutrient dense and nourish my body but there are times when I like to enjoy some pizza, fried foods and the occasional sweet. If you’re looking for nourishing bowl inspiration I post a new one on my Instagram or IG stories most days but if you are looking for something that is delicious but not so healthy read on.
When I was a kid growing up in Vermont (and not plant-based) we used to go to a spot called Charlie’s Red Hots. They had this hot dog that was basically the Vermont version of a Michigan dog. To be honest I don’t remember what it taste like 20+ years later but I thought I would go ahead and attempt to recreate this legendary hot dog but make it a bit healthier and plant-based. Of course it would only be appropriate to make this dog when my parents where in town to give it a try.
- 1 package of Lightlife Veggie Dogs
- 1 package of Hot Dog Buns (New England style if you can)
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Medium Onion, diced
- 1 package Veggie Ground Round
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 a cube of Not-Beef Boullion
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Yellow Mustard
- Dijon Mustard
- Saute onions over medium-high in a bit of oil until translucent.
- Stir in one package of veggie ground round and add all remaining ingredients.
- Cook over medium until heated through and thickened.
- Heat veggie dogs per package directions.
- Toast your bun, add a veggie dog and top with sauce. Add on some yellow mustard (optional).
Okay, but lets get to it how were they? They were so delicious! Although they would have been better with a New England hot dog bun but the West Coast just doesn’t seem to stock the best kind of hot dog buns. Also these are best enjoyed with a great Vermont beer.
What did my meat eating, Charlie’s Red Hots loving parents think? Well as soon as my mom got home to Vermont she sent about 12 text messages desperately requesting that I get this recipe post live so they could make the sauce at home.
What is a food from your childhood that you love to recreate at home?
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