Kid Favorite, New (Healthier) Twist

If you’ve got kids (and I do) sometimes getting them to eat anything at dinner can be a battle, let alone something relatively healthy.  They seem to always want to eat the same tried and true kid friendly fare.  While I am a HUGE advocate for getting our children to try new things (do you know it can take up to 12 times of trying something before a child decides they like it?), I realize we don’t want to fight over every meal. Therefore, I thought I would start a kid version of my better for you and budget friendly meals (with matchups) and give some less than healthy choices a bit of a makeover. Your kids will eat it without a fuss and you can feel at least a little bit better about what you’re serving.  With that in mind, this week I’ve transformed the familiar “pigs in a blanket” into a dipping delight that might actually make this meal fun for everyone.  I hope your kids enjoy it, and maybe you too!

Chicago Style Dipping Dogs
(* adapted from a Pillsbury Recipe)

Ingredient prices are based on the Publix Circular starting Wednesday  or Thursday depending on your location:

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury reduced fat refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (3 for $5)
-$1/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls 4/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 7/9/2011
-$0.30/3 Pillsbury Grands! Products 3/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/4/2011)
-$0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Roll 3/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 6/4/2011)

8 Ball Park turkey hot dogs (2 for $7)
-$0.75/2 Ball Park Products (exp 6/2/2011)
-$1/2 Ball Park Products 5/1/2011 RP Insert (exp 6/4/2011)
-$0.55/1 Ball Park Buns 5/1/2011 RP Insert (exp 6/4/2011)
-$0.75/1 Ball Park Beef Franks 5/1/2011 RP Insert (exp 6/4/2011)
-$0.55/1 Ball Park Product (exp 6/2/2011)
-$1/1 Ball Park Product Rolling
-$0.75/2 Ball Park Products 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
-$0.55/1 Ball Park Angus Product 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
-$1/2 Ball Park Product 3/27/2011 RP Insert (exp 5/25/2011)
-$1/2 Ball Park Buns and Ball Park franks tearpad
-FREE Publix Potato Chips 8oz (up to $2.59) wyb Ball Park Frank Nad Ball Park Bun MQtearpad (x5/31/11)

8 Vlassic dill pickle spears (BOGO $2.89)
-$0.55/1 Vlasic Pickles, Peppers, or Relish Rolling
-$1/2 Hellmann’s AND Vlasic Product All You Mar 2011 (exp 6/30/2011)
-$1/2 Vlasic, any pickles, peppers or relish 3/31/2012)
-$0.55/1 Vlasic Pickles, any (Publix Coupon) – Spring Family Gatherings Publix Coupon (exp 5/15/2011)
-$0.75/1 Vlasic Pickles, relish or peppers, any size (DND9) blinkie (exp 6/28/2011)

Hidden Valley Low Fat Ranch Dressing 16 oz (BOGO $3.45)
-$1/1 Hidden Valley Salad Dressing 3/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/15/2011)
-$1 off produce wyb (2) Hidden Valley Dressing – Tearpad (exp 6/30/12)

Hunts All Natural Ketchup 35 oz BOGO $2.49
-$.50/2 Hunt’s Ketchup Conagra Rediscover Family mailer (exp 6/30/2011)
-$0.25/1 Hunt’s® All Natural Ketchup zip 10562

8 tablespoons chopped tomato (On Sale $1.49 lb)

Crinkle or Baby Carrots ($1.49)

Start by separating or cutting each can of dough into quarters (if using crescent rolls, press perforations to seal). Place one hot dog and a pickle spear at the end of each rectangle and then sprinkle with diced tomato. Roll up each dipping dog and pinch the edge to seal.  Place seam side down on an ungreased cookies sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with carrots as well as low fat ranch dressing and ketchup for dipping the dogs and carrots. OR check out my bonus side below that would be another fantastic dipping addition to this meal.

Bonus Side:My friend Lisa over at snappygourmet.com (who happens to have just had one of her recipes feature on The Pioneer Woman’s Blog) is participating in a recipe challenge this week. Her Caribbean Sweet Potato  Baked Fries & Tangy Apricot Dipping Sauce looks amazing and could be a great side for several of the dinners in this week’s meal plan.  She also has a giveaway as part of her challenge, so click on over and you might end up with more than just a great new recipe! By the way, sweet potato fries are often a big hit with the kids and a great healthy alternative to many of their other tried and true favorites. If you don’t want to make them yourself, you can buy them in the frozen section (Alexia is a typical brand).

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