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Dogs In a Garden

gluten free hot dog

The boys have declared a salmon boycott and reserved their right to eat an alternate protein on salmon night.

Tonight, my younger son chose to exercise his boycott with a hot dog, organic turkey, of course; not to sound snobby, but I make quite certain that when my children eat animal products, they are from clean sources (no hormones, pesticides, antibiotics).

He sat staring at the hot dog on his plate for a moment, then looked up at me and said, “Mommy, can I have a piece of lettuce?” As I walked to the fridge I realized he had adopted my favorite “junk food” meal as his own. Here it is.

Dogs In a Garden


  1. Cook the hot dogs (either in boiling water, a hot skillet or on the grill)
  2. Place a cooked dog in a piece of romaine lettuce
  3. Smother with your favorite condiments
  4. Devour

The phrase, “Dogs in a Garden,” was coined by my good friend Rhonda at our Matrix Memorial Day barbecue. This gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb method of eating hot dogs saves room for the good stuff (think dessert) at a summer barbecue.

posted on July 27, 2007, 8 comments

  1. Emily

    Elana, have you had these hot dogs and ketchup yourself? Or are they just for the kiddos? I would be a little scared to try them because anything processed scares me as you never can be too sure about hidden ingredients and if you’ll have a reaction. But it sure would be fun to have a hot dog once in a while for a treat!

  2. Emily,

    Yes, I do eat these every now and then at a barbecue and haven’t had a problem with them. It definitely is fun to have a hot dog once in a while, especially cooked on the grill. Yum.


  3. Junecutie

    Hiya Elana,

    I am interested in what brand of hot dogs you like. I love hot dogs but am having trouble finding a soy free brand. My absolute favorite summer meal is hot dogs cooked over a open fire, potato salad, and baked beans. When I was a kid, I could eat half a dozen hot dogs plus fixings in one meal. I sure can’t do that any more (and shouldn’t anyway), but it would be nice to have them once in a while. Have a great Memorial Day with your darling family.
    Much love and many blessings,

  4. Hi June and thanks for your comment. Just click on the link that says “hot dogs” and you will be taken straight to the product I use. I link all of the interesting products on my site for exactly the type of reason you mention above :-)

  5. Wow, that is awesome that your son asked for lettuce!

  6. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Of course, for me it would be veggie dogs and homemade ketchup and relish. Ketchup is surprisingly easy (just a bit time consuming- stir every 15 minutes for 2 hours, but I watch a movie). I learned this when I was on a detox and not consuming any salt or sugar.

  7. Tanya

    New to the site, I see tons of fab chicken & turkey recipes but can’t find any red meat, pork or lamb recipes? Or are they in a separate section & going blind (quite possible LOL) Thanks, gonna try some of your recipes soon!

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