This little piggy went to market,
And this little piggy stayed home (in his healthy whole-wheat blanket),
This little piggy was actually made from soy,
And this little piggy was anything but processed.
And this little piggy went “Whee! Whee! We all need to eat better, but we don’t have to ditch our favorite meals!”
Okay, certainly not the best story, but the moral is good. You don’t have to give up your favorite meals. You just have to prepare them in a way that’s better for you.
I love kid food. I love pigs-in-a-blanket because growing up I ate them all the time. Even as adult, I still crave them. The problem is that the overly-processed pig parts in regular hot dogs and the hydrogenated oils in store-bought crescent dough is anything but nourishing; it’s the exact opposite.
The solution? Try soy dogs! Unless you’re one of those people who can’t taste salt (and there is so much sodium in regular hot dogs), you’ll never be able to tell the difference between soy dogs and regular dogs.
And then take problem solving a little further with a homemade, whole-wheat “blanket.”
I’ll list the recipe below, but before you protest that you don’t have time to make your own dough, let me assure you that this recipe takes a minute to make and rises in 15 minutes or less. In 15 minutes, you can wash the dishes, prepare other foods, make your lunch for tomorrow, or take a quick cat nap. That’s what I typically do anyway.
Makes 4 little pigs
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 t stevia
1 t onion powder
a little salt, if you must have it
1/2 t yeast
7 T warm (but not piping hot) water
1 t olive oil
2 soy dogs
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set aside.
-Combine all dry ingredients, except yeast. Push to one side. Drop yeast on the other side, and then add water. Mix up a bit before blending water with the rest of the dry ingredients.
-Mix in olive oil. Cover with a towel and let rest for about 15 minutes.
-When dough has risen, separate into four sections. Roll out into long skinny triangles. Roll the pigs up in their blankets and bake for about 11-13 minutes.
Serve warm and with my absolute favorite condiment of all time: Trader Joe’s organic ketchup! You can even have a little fun like I did decorating the pigs with the ketchup or whatever other condiments you like.