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Vegetarian Hot Dogs

I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m trying to cut more meat out of my diet. I’ve had some pretty good vegetarian sausages and I was wondering what brands of veggie hot dogs people think are the best?

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  1. I always buy Smart Dogs. Since I ate meat for most of my life, I find this brand is quite a good substitute. Fat free and 45 calories per dog!
    http://www.lightlife.com/product_deta...

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    1. re: mrsdebdav

      I eat these, too, but they are definitely an acquired taste. While I enjoy them, I don't think they actually resemble real hot dogs very much.

      1. re: mrsdebdav

        I like Smart Dogs too. But I've been a vegetarian for close to 20 years now and so I don't think I really remember what a *real* hot dog tastes like! So take my opinion with the proverbial grain of salt. :)

      2. I'm not sure what he uses but there is a delicious vegan hot dog stand that sets up outside of the bars here in downtown orlando. I'm pretty sure they're just no name canned vegan dogs but he sets you up with all the fixings. Toppings include: homemade chili, "cheez" sauce, red onion sauce, pesto, curry vegannaise, onions, olives, relish, condiments, and...SIRACHA.
        I'm going to get one tonight!

        1. I usually buy Smart Dogs because they are fairly tasty and seem to be the most healthy. I also like Yves "Good Dogs" and have been told they have a taste scarily similar to real hot dogs, though the texture is a bit different. You can also grill the "Good Dogs" with decent results.

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          1. re: soxchik

            Ever try grilling the Smart Dogs? Wondering how they turned out...

            1. re: mom22tots

              I did try grilling the Smart Dogs - they weren't as successful. If I remember correctly, they didn't cook evenly and parts got very bubbly and burned (and not in a good way). There is another brand that comes in green packaging that I've had that grilled very well. If I can find them, I'll post the name. The fact that they were in green packaging makes me think they were Morningstar Farms brand, but I could be mistaken.

          2. There was a long thread on this about two years ago (i'm guessing) but I can't locate it.

            I too prefer the Smart Dogs, primarily for the texture. Smart Dogs brand also had a "deli style" product that was especially good but that was discontinued (or at least no longer available in my area).

            1. Tofurky makes a good veggie hot dog, plain and with chipolte.

              They grill a bit better than the smart dogs, which always seem to stick to everything. They also taste more like the real thing, to me anyway!

              Morning star farms also makes a good hot dog, although they can be hard to find. They come frozen, so they are usually kept in with the other morning star products in the frozen food isle, not with other veggie dogs.

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              1. re: adventuresinbaking

                I also like the Morningstar Farms seitan dogs, over the tofu, but sadly, the hotdog line made by MS has been discontinued.
                So if you like them and see 'em in the market, grab them because that's all, folks.

              2. Smart Dogs ingredients: Water, soy protein isolate, wheat gluten, evaporated cane juice, less than 2% of: natural flavor (from vegetable sources), natural smoke flavor, garlic powder, paprika oleoresin (color and flavor), yeast extract, xanthan gum, guar gum, carrageenan, fermented rice flour, salt, potassium chloride.

                Applegate Farms Organic Stadium Style Hot Dogs ingredients: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Paprika, Celery Powder, Organic Onion Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture (Not From Milk).

                And Smart Dogs are healthier?

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                1. re: MandalayVA

                  Not necessarily healthier, just vegeterian.

                  1. re: mom22tots

                    Yeah, but since people generally equate "vegetarian" with "healthy" it's a good idea to remind people that's not the case.

                  2. re: MandalayVA

                    The OP didn't ask for a "healthier" hotdog (which could have encompased chicken or turkey dogs as well), but a vegetarian one. However, Smart Dogs are much lower in fat and calories, so its really up to the OP what he is looking for. Many hotdogs are not as healthy as the Applegate Farms one.

                  3. My favorite ones come in a can, oddly enough -- I doubt you want a whole case, but here is a link to Amazon grocery.

                    http://www.amazon.com/Worthington-Sup...

                    http://operagirlcooks.com