Fun Recipe to Try: Hotdog & Spaghetti Squids

Many moms struggle with fussy eaters, and that’s why I wanted to share this super easy, fun recipe with you all today to give you the inspiration to get cooking, get your toddlers and young children involved (even my older kids love to make these!) and have fun while making something the kids will love and will certainly eat. Although I’m not a fan of the generic hot dog brands such as BallPark and others, I do happen to like Applegate Farms all natural, non-checmically laden and no filler approach to hot dogs and other meats. I buy mine from Super Target, and I know Publix also carries this line as well.

Here’s what you need:

  • One package of hot dogs (one for each person, less for smaller kids or if you only have a couple people eating)
  • Less than 1/4 package of Spaghetti noodles, broken into small pieces about 1″ long
  • A pot to boil water in
  • Water

Here’s How You Do It:

  1. Place water into pot and turn it on high to boil.
  2. Cut the hot dogs into 4 pieces across. If you have small children, you will want to cut these pieces extra small.
  3. Insert pieces of spaghetti into the bottoms of hot dog slices so there are 6-8 pieces in each piece. The kids love taking part in this!
  4. Place the hotdog/spaghetti pieces into boiling water, and cook until spaghetti noodles are cooked and soft, usually 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove, let cool, and serve! You could add sauce if you like for an added health boost of lycopene, vitamin A, Beta Carotene, and vitamin C, or serve them as is.

Your kids – and yourself – will adore the simplicity and the fun you will have making these together and getting active in the kitchen. Not only will they love the flavor, texture and taste, but they will also love the fact that they got involved and will be more inclined to actually eat. Plus – they’re squid shaped! Give these a try the next time your kids are being fuss-pots, and you’ll be amazed at how much they will love this winner of a recipe.



Have fun!


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