This is one of those recipes that we used to have when I was growing up but then I just kind of forgot about it. A couple years ago, my dad was over helping with one of our endless home improvement projects and I needed to throw something together for lunch. This has become one of his favorites which is why we had it last month for his birthday as well as a couple weeks ago when we visited my brother's family at their new apartment.
Kay and Grandpa on his birthday
It is very versatile because we have found that most non-vegetarians will eat vegetarian hot dogs without batting an eye if you just don't say anything. The first time I tested this was 2 years ago at Kay's birthday party. No one had any idea. Then a few months later we had a family get-together. My niece is usually a very picky eater (maybe not always but at least when I try to feed her!) but it seemed crazy to get regular hot dogs for just her so my mom and I decided to give her the veggie hot dogs. I worried a little when she didn't want a bun, ketchup or mustard. She ate it completely plain though and didn't seem to mind at all. (I have to say, they've come a very long way since I first tried them 19 years ago. Those things were disgusting!)
Kay and her cousin playing Wii
Therefore this makes a really good meal when you have a mixture of people. It is also really easy. That first time I literally just threw things together!
Franks and Beans
1 cup onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon oil
15 oz can of vegetarian baked beans
15 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons mustard
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
6 hot dogs, cut into bite-sized chunks
Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Saute the onions over medium-low heat until browned. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through and the flavors are blended. Stir every now and then so it doesn't stick.
Kay: I like mostly the hot dogs but my dad likes mostly the just the beans so it works out good.
Dana: This recipe can get unhealthy really fast depending on the ingredients you use. Make sure you check the salt content in all items and get salt free beans if you can.