When the kids need a break from sandwiches, why not send them with a hot hot dog to warm their bellies before going out to play?

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 hot dog
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare your child's lunch box by packing the hot dog bun, ketchup, mustard and Cheddar cheese.

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  • Preheat your child's insulated beverage container by filling with boiling water. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. I put the kettle on when I get up and let it heat while the kids get ready for school. Right before they leave, dump out that water and replace with more boiling water. The preheating keeps it hot for a longer time. Place a hot dog into the water and close the lid.

  • When your child is ready for lunch, they can take the hot hot dog out of the container and place it on the bun. Top with ketchup, mustard and cheese to make a hot lunch from home.

Nutrition Facts

384 calories; protein 15g; carbohydrates 25.6g; fat 24.4g; cholesterol 47.7mg; sodium 1082.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
Great idea! My 3rd grader came home drunk from the beer that was suggested as a complimentary drink, but other than that, it worked great! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2011
To all of those who responded with "are you kidding me... horrible food choice... blah blah blah". Yes, you are correct, hot dogs are not the most nutritious but on occasion, it can't hurt and you can certainly substitute all kinds of pseudo dogs. I just have to say I love the creative way to do this! Bravo! Read More
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
Great idea! My 3rd grader came home drunk from the beer that was suggested as a complimentary drink, but other than that, it worked great! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2009
I love this one. My daughter is in elementary so to avoid any mess or fuss at lunch time after following the directions to heat the thermos I dump out the hot water and grill up the hot dogs (turkey for us) on the stove top and wrap them in foil. She loves being able to have a tasty and fun hot option for lunch. Thanks to Lorrie for sharing. BTW I hope this is not posting a bunch of times. Seems like I lost my original post when I added a second for clarifcation. My apologies if you've read this already) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
My mom used to pack these for me once a week when I was a kid. Now I bring a couple of dogs to college with me when I need a warm lunch. Cheap college food!!! I make chili-dogs this way too pour out the first boiling water and then put in the hotdog(s); fill thermos with really hot chili. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2008
What a smart idea this is! We were able to fit three hot dogs in our average sized thermos. I preheated with boiling water as Lorrie recommended poured it out placed three thawed hot dogs and then poured boiling water to the top. My child said they were perfect by lunchtimes and all the kids at the table got a good laugh out of it. Now we have a bet to see how soon other kids will start bringing hotdogs for lunch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
I thought this was a good idea but our sausages had gone a bit soggy by lunchtime. Thank you so much Purple Hippie for your tip of cooking the sausages wrapping them in foil and then adding to a warmed but waterless thermos. Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/06/2011
To all of those who responded with "are you kidding me... horrible food choice... blah blah blah". Yes, you are correct, hot dogs are not the most nutritious but on occasion, it can't hurt and you can certainly substitute all kinds of pseudo dogs. I just have to say I love the creative way to do this! Bravo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2008
Thank You for the GREAT idea! My daughter will not eat sandwich meat. We use her thermos for lots of things but I never thought of this. So easy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2008
Not just for kids lunch boxes- EXCELLENT solution for an off campus college student stuck on campus all day with no access to heating appliances. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2009
Great idea!!! I needed something new for my three high school boys...They thought it was so cool and it filled them up! Read More
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