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Healthy BBQ - Tofu Pups

Although hot dogs hail from Frankfurt Germany, they are about as American as apple pie. Sometimes you don't want to eat processed meat or sodium nitrate that is found in most hot dogs.

I found a meatless alternative called Tofu Pups (cute name, eh?). The thing about regular hot dogs is that they pretty much taste like crap until the hot dog people add seasonings. That smoky kind of taste isn't from the meat - and the Tofu Pup people know that. They take good old healthy tofu, add the special hot dog flavor, shape it into a hot dog and voila - instant healthier hot dog. It has no cholesterol, no nitrites, half the fat and one-third the sodium of a meat hot dog.

Now when you go to try these - don't think they are going to be exactly like real hot dogs. The taste is similar, but the texture is completely different. Since Tofu Pups are made out of tofu, they're much softer than the meat version, which I actually prefer.

They take a lot less time to cook too, so make sure when you grill them, you watch them closely and turn them frequently. They don't need to be cooked - they just need to be warmed up.

Fit's Tips: If you find that grilling your Tofu Pups dries them out, try boiling them in water for a few minutes instead.

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Elizabeth1981 Elizabeth1981 10 years
I love these things!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
I love the Lightlife Soydogs! Yum!
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
where would i find these? healthfood store or whole foods? or do they carry them in the regular supermarket
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Yeah, I really like Morningstar Farms hot dogs. They only have like, 80 calories and a half a gram of fat or something crazy like that. I haven't tried the corndog one, not a big corndog fan to begin with.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
Morningstar brand has some yummy meatless hotdogs and corndogs. I don't think you can tell the difference!
skiacresluv skiacresluv 10 years
All my friends that aren't even veggies eat these because real hot dogs are so sick! I really like them, but I don't really remember what a real one tastes like to compare it to.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Hm, doesn't sound too bad, I'll check for these next time I have a hot dog/grill craving.
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