Welcome back to Lunch Lady Land! In case you’re new to YinMom YangMom, we are in the midst of a multi-part series on fun foods for your kids’ lunch boxes, with a little bit of healthy sprinkled in…
This is Episode III of Lunch Lady Land, so here are two other great posts, just in case you missed them:
For today’s installment, we are featuring a “main course,” that old fair-food-favorite, corn dogs! What kid doesn’t love??? My three- and five- year olds never pass one up!
Here’s what I love about the YinMom YangMom version:
-They’re baked, not fried
-There’s actual corn in them
-They’re made with low-sodium, low-fat, nitrate-free turkey franks
-They’re perfectly portioned
-The fun factor: you can get fancy with the wrapper
-They are perfectly delicious at room temp
So let’s get started! Here is what you will need:
Corn Dog Muffins
(makes 18 muffins)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 turkey franks
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter
Begin by melting the butter. I like to do mine in the microwave in a glass measuring cup, and then I just add the rest of the liquid ingredients right in there and save myself from having to wash another bowl.
I’m pretty smart. And lazy.
Ok so if you are a bit challenged in the baking department, the liquid ingredients are: melted butter, milk, agave nectar, and eggs.
Next you can combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Dry ingredients are: flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder.
Cut up the hot dogs. I usually cut them into quarters, lengthways, and then into little bites. As much as kiddies love hot dogs, they can be a choking hazard, so you can never be too careful about cutting them up small.
Throw the dogs into the dry ingredients along with the corn, and toss everything around a bit.
Now just pour in the liquid ingredients and stir until combined.
Divide the batter equally among 18 muffin cups with paper liners, and bake for 18 minutes at 350 degrees.
And it’s even easier when you can just pop one or two from your freezer into a lunchbox on a busy morning!
Just add a juice box and a piece of fruit and there you have it!
And if there is something in particular that your kids jones for, that you aren’t exactly thrilled about, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post and I’ll see if I can come up with a healthier version!