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Whether you’re throwing a full-on party or just entertaining a few friends, tasty finger food is a must! Cocktail franks in sweet sauce are a classic choice, but the nutritional stats on mom’s go-to recipe would likely make your jaw drop. So much sugar!
I’ve got a better-for-you recipe that’ll satisfy your nostalgia cravings without sending you into a sugar coma. Grab your slow cooker!
Pump-Up-the-Jam Cocktail Weenies
14 hot dogs with about 40 calories and 1g fat or less each
¾ cup very finely chopped onion
1 cup chili sauce (the kind in the ketchup aisle)
¾ cup low-sugar grape preserves/jelly
1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
1. Cut each hot dog into three cocktail-sized franks. Place in a slow cooker, and top with onion.
2. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix chili sauce, preserves/jelly, and mustard. Add to the slow cooker, and gently stir to coat.
3. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
4. Stir well before serving.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 to 4 hours
Nutritional Information: 1/14th of recipe (3 cocktail weenies with sauce): 88 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 692mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 5.5g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!