There is nothing I love more than getting into the kitchen with my kids.
Scratch that. I think I love getting into the kitchen with my kids. But I don’t like the mess that comes along with their helping hands. HOWEVER, I bite my tongue and invite them into the kitchen with me as often as I can. Why? Because I know that I am laying the foundation for them to develop a healthy diet and by getting them involved, they are much more likely to try new things and eat more fresh fruits and veggies.
One of the ways I let my kids have some say in the kitchen, is through their lunches they take to school. I let them pick out their favorite fruits and veggies and take requests–like if they would rather have a sandwich or leftovers from dinner.
Several years ago, my oldest came home from school and told me he would no longer take peanut butter and jelly to school anylonger. WHAT?!! At the time, that was about all my sweet boy cared to eat. As it turned out, there was a new kid at school who had a life-threatening allergy to peanut butter and my son did not want him to sit alone. Oh my heart!! So you know I would NEVER suggest a PB&J after that. I got creative and I created many things that year that expanded his palate and lunchbox in ways I never thought were possible. One of his favorites was one of my easiest creations: Corn Dog Muffins.What is not to love? A muffin that tastes just like a corn dog? It can be our little secret that they are packed with whole grains and protein as well (I use nitrate-free, organic hot dogs for optimum protein.) And the best part is that they freeze beautifully. I will make up a big batch, let cool and then freeze in a freezer safe bag or container. For lunches, I just take one or two (or four for my growing middle schooler) and throw in the lunch boxes. They defrost by lunch time–and my kids like them cold! Sometimes, I am even a nice mom and include ketchup–which in my opinion is just wrong–corn dogs need mustard!!
So whether you eat these on a picnic, at home, pack in a lunchbox or eat with ketchup, mustard, or plain, I guarantee this is WINNING dish in kid’s eyes. And it is simple enough, they can even help you make–it won’t even be that messy 😉
Corn Dog Muffins
- 3/4 cup whole wheat
- 3/4 cup corn meal
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbs canola oil or melted butter
- 8 oz organic hot dogs diced
- 1 cup defrosted corn optional
- 1/2 cup diced cheese optional
Preheat oven to 425.
Combine wet ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients and add wet ingredients to this mix. Stir until well incorporated. Mix in the hot dogs and corn and cheese if using.
Using an ice cream scoop to keep muffins uniform in size, scoop batter into muffin tin lined with silicone liners.
Bake for 15 minutes.
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