Bacon Wrapped Cheese Dogs

Khloe Rose, 2nd Grade Cook is back with her latest recipe: Bacon Wrapped Cheese Dogs. It’s an easy and simple recipe sure to please kids of all ages!

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Dogs

 

16 oz package cheese hot dogs (10 hot dogs)

10 slices bacon

10 hot dog rolls

 

Remove hot dogs from the package.

Lay a slice of bacon on a flat surface.  Place one end of the hot dog at a 90° angle on the end of the bacon slice.

Roll hot dog and bacon together, turning hot dog slightly as you go so that the slice of bacon covers the entire length of the hot dog.  Secure bacon on both ends with toothpicks, ensuring the bacon covers the ends of the hot dog.

Arrange hot dogs on in a single layer in the air fryer and cook at 400℉ for 12-15 minutes, flipping once, or until bacon is cooked to desired crispness.  Cooking may take longer depending on the thickness of the bacon and the size of the hot dog.  Check frequently to avoid overcooking.

Place one hot dog in each bun and serve immediately.

 

10 servings, 300 calories per serving

Hack:  If using regular hot dogs, slice each hot dog in half the long way.  Place 2 half slices of cheese on one side, place the other side on top of the cheese and wrap with bacon.

Hack:  Leftover hot dogs can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.  They can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 4 months.

Hack:  Hot dog rolls can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.

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Simple Healthy Coleslaw

This simple healthy coleslaw is mayo-free, vegetarian and low in calories. It’s quick and easy to make and has a fresh taste the whole family will enjoy!

Simple Healthy Coleslaw
Simple Healthy Coleslaw

 

Simple Healthy Coleslaw

 

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1½ spicy brown mustard

1½ tsp honey

1½ tsp celery salt

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp slivered almonds (optional)

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced

1 cup green cabbage, thinly sliced

⅓ cup grated carrots

 

In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, celery salt, salt, pepper, almonds, jalapeno pepper and green onion.  Set aside

Place red cabbage, green cabbage and carrots in a medium-size mixing bowl.  Drizzle oil mixture over the top of the vegetables and toss to coat.

Serve immediately.

3 servings, 124 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Hack:  Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need.  They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.

Hack:  Check the produce department for loose carrots so you don’t have to buy an entire bag.  If you don’t see them, ask a clerk if they’re available.

Hack:  Shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For an interesting change of pace, try this broccoli coleslaw as well!


Hack: 
If you have leftover cabbage, check out my recipes for Chinese Chicken Cabbage Soup, Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and LeekRoasted Red Cabbage with ShrimpAndouille Sausage with Fried Cabbage or Homemade Chinese Dumplings!

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

This summer squash sausage skillet combines caramelized onions and summer squash with Italian sausage for an easy one-pan meal that’s low in carbs and calories!

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet
Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

Summer Squash Sausage Skillet

 

water

2 Italian sausage links (6 oz)

1 medium summer squash (12 oz)

½ Vidalia or sweet onion

4 tbsp butter

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried rosemary

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

 

Pour water into a skillet until it measures ½“ and put on the stove over medium-high heat.  Add Italian sausage links and simmer, turning occasionally, until sausage reaches an internal temperature of 160℉, 12-15 minutes.

While the sausage is cooking, cut summer squash into ¼“ rounds and thinly slice the onion.

Remove sausage from skillet and turn heat to medium-low.  Put butter, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper in the skillet.  Allow butter to melt and add squash and onion.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and squash are soft and caramelized, about 45 minutes.  Add more butter, if necessary, to keep the food from sticking.

While the vegetables are cooking, slice sausage into rounds. Add the pan when vegetables are done and heat through.

Serve immediately.

 

3 servings, 405 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in airtight containers for up to 12 months.

Tomato and Shrimp Salad

Tomato and Shrimp Salad is a vegetarian treat that can be served as an appetizer or a light meal. It’s low in calories and packed with nutrition!

Tomato and Shrimp Salad
Tomato and Shrimp Salad

Tomato and Shrimp Salad

 

2 tbsp minced sweet onion

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

¼ cup lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup chopped basil (1 oz)

Salt to taste

1 tsp black pepper

½ pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 pint grape tomatoes

5 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

 

In a small bowl, combine onion, garlic, jalapeno, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Place shrimp, tomatoes and bacon in a large salad bowl.  Drizzle dressing over the top and toss to combine.

If desired, serve over a bed of salad greens or baby spinach.

 

6 servings, 210 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives is a traditional dish made from dough instead of batter pancakes that are generally served in other countries.

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives
(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ – ¾ cup water plus more for soaking noodles

8 ounces angel hair rice noodle

3 cups chopped fresh chives** (5 oz)

1” ginger knob

3 eggs

5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp white pepper or to taste

1 tbsp sesame oil

Salt to taste

 

Measure flour and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl.  Slowly add water until it forms a soft dough.  Turn onto a flat surface and knead until it’s smooth and no longer sticks to the surface, oiling the surface and/or using a pastry knife if necessary.*  Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

Cover rice noodles with hot water and allow them to soak for 20 minutes.

Finely chop chives and ginger, set aside.  Beat eggs well in a small bowl.

Heat 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a saute pan or wok.  Pour in beaten eggs and allow to cook, undisturbed, until set. Use a spatula to flip the eggs over, leaving them in one piece.

Remove from the pan and allow it to cool slightly.  Chop the eggs into small pieces and add to the chive and ginger mix.  Cut the rice noodles into ½” pieces and add to the mixture.

Add soy sauce, olive oil, oyster sauce, white pepper, sesame oil and salt to the chive mixture.  Stir to combine.

Divide dough into 6 portions and roll into balls.  Dust surface of counter with a small amount of flour and roll each ball into a 7” circle.  Place an equal amount of the filling mixture into the center of each circle.  Fold over and press the edges to seal.

Heat remaining 2 tbsp vegetable oil in the saute pan or wok, spreading it evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Cook pancakes in batches, flipping several times until both sides are golden brown.

Alternately, pancakes can be brushed with vegetable oil and cooked in the air fryer at 380℉ for 8 minutes.

*I prefer to oil the kneading counter instead of using flour as too much flour will result in a dry pancake.  Only use flour if the mixture is too wet to form a soft dough.

** I substituted green onions in this recipe

6 servings, 470 calories per serving

Hack:   Sealing the edges of a pancake is similar to pleating a dumpling. For more in-depth instruction on rolling and pleating dumplings, check out this video!

Hack:  Cooked, filled pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 3 months.

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube! Don’t forget to like, subscribe and press that notification button so you won’t miss any new videos!

 

 

Buffalo Pork Chops

These spicy buffalo pork chops are easy to put together and cook up quickly. Have dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes!

Buffalo Pork Chops
Buffalo Pork Chops

Buffalo Pork Chops

 

¼ cup blue cheese dressing

2 tbsp hot sauce

1 tbsp olive oil

2 boneless pork chops, about 6 oz each

¼ cup finely chopped celery

2 slices swiss cheese

 

Mix together blue cheese dressing and hot sauce.  Set aside.

Allow pork chops to rest a room temperature for 30 minutes prior to cooking.  Dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.

Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add pork chops and cook for 3 minutes and flip.  Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145℉.  Remove from the pan.

Add celery to the pan and saute for 3 minutes.  Move celery to the side and return chops.  Cover each chop with equal amounts of celery.  Divide blue cheese dressing mixture evenly over pork chops.  Cover each chop with one slice of swiss cheese.

Cover pan with a lid, remove from heat and allow to rest for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

Recommended side dish:  Easy Vegetable Rice

 

2 servings, 550 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Hack:  Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.