Healthy Hot Dogs

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.

My kids love hot dogs, but they are very much something we save for parties and special occasions. A quick look at the ingredient list of cocktail frankfurts and you instantly see too many ingredients! One thing I am learning about eating cleaner, is to look for short ingredient lists on any packaged food I buy.

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The kids are now very happy that I have found a substitute for the cocktail frankfurt in Peppercorn’s Extra Lean Beef Chipolatas.

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They are a tasty substitute to make a healthier hot dog for the kids’ lunches which they love and I love them because they:

  • contain no artificial flavours or colours
  • contain no meat substitutes
  • are made from fresh ingredients
  • have less than 3% saturated fat

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For those families that need to have a gluten free lunch, you could drop the bread roll and use either a gluten free substitute or wrap in lettuce as the chipolatas are gluten free. My kids happily eat them on their own.

Having a chipolata as part of the kids lunch box provides a great source of protein which is not only essential for growth and development of their bodies, but it also helps them feel fuller for longer.

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We often have sausages on the weekend for dinner, so it is easy to add some chipolatas to the BBQ and have them cooked up and ready to go for lunch boxes Monday morning.

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I also love that Peppercorn are an Australian company who have gone from supplying one store in Neutral Bay NSW to supplying Woolworths stores around the country and leading independent IGAs/ independent supermarkets.

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As well as chipolatas Peppercorn also make sausages, burgers, meatloaf, all of which are gluten free and made from natural ingredients, including fresh herbs and vegetables.

Peppercorn have an active facebook page sharing great family friendly recipes and healthy food inspiration, so head on over and like their facebook page.

Healthy Hot Dogs
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Recipe type: Lunch box
  • 10 dinner rolls
  • 10 Peppercorn lean beef chipolatas
  • Optional: sauces
  1. Cook sausages on the BBQ or by your preferred method.
  2. If eating straight away, cut a slit in the middle of the rolls and add the chipolata to the bread roll, add sauce if desired and enjoy.
  3. If making for lunch boxes, store sausages in an airtight container in the fridge. In the morning cut a slit in the middle of the rolls and add the chipolata to the bread roll, wrap and place in lunchbox. Add a cool brick to the lunch box to keep the lunch box cool.
This makes two days of school lunches for my five kids.


Our Family Menu Plan For This Week


Week Commencing 14th September

Satsweet chilli chicken wraps
Sweet chilli chicken wraps
Sunsausgaes and saladSausage and veg
English muffin pizzas
Quinoa balls
Montomato salad and steakSteak and roast tomato salad
Tueslow cooker butter chickenSlow cooker butter chicken
WedChicken Pasta BakeChicken and pumpkin pasta bake
ThuLeft overs
Friscrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs and tomatoes
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 14th September 2013

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