Simple Things.

One of my favorite things to do in Seattle on the weekend is go to the Ballard farmers market.  In addition to the many beautiful fruit and vegetable displays, musicians playing in the street, and dogs of every shape and size, there is another thing that lures me there each week.

Hot dogs.

IMG_1510 (427x640)

Field Roast veggie dogs with a long list of available toppings – mine all mine for $6 every Sunday afternoon.

IMG_1509 (640x427)

I’ve been trying to make quick lunches at home during the work day when I am busy, and lately Field Roast has been making a regular appearance in my fridge.  But mine never tastes quite as good or as special as the market version, so today I set out to match the Ballard dog as closely as possible.

I discovered that the secret was in the bun.

IMG_1921 (640x427)

Opened up and placed in the pan face down for a few minutes, just until nice and toasty.  Hot dog buns don’t fit in our toaster so I always eat them cold and kind of chewy.  Why did the whole “toast in the pan” concept take me so long to figure out? 

IMG_1925 (640x427)

In general I am not a fan of fake meats.  Something about the chick’n and nugget-like textures really freak me out.  Not to mention the long and usually scary ingredient lists, and the fact that I think trying to mimic a meat product is really unnecessary when there is so much great food out there!

Field Roast sausages are pretty much my only exception.  Check out the ingredient list for this Smoked Apple Sage variety:

Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, nonsulphered dried apples, yukon gold potatoes, naturally flavored yeast extract, onion powder, barley malt, garlic, natural hickory smoke flavor with torula yeast, sea salt, spices and rubbed sage

IMG_1922 (640x427)

Nothing fake, nothing weird, and nothing I can’t pronounce.  I also love that each one has 26g of protein, and that they keep me full all day long.  Even better, Field Roast is a Seattle company!  Almost all of the burger joints and hot dog carts around the city include Field Roast as a veggie option – truly wonderful. 

IMG_1923 (640x427)

So anyways.  Back to my lunch…

IMG_1926 (640x427)

Funny how something as simple as a toasted bun made such a delicious difference, and almost fooled me into thinking it was as good as my Sunday afternoon Ballard treat. 

IMG_1929 (640x427)

I should probably go get another one this Sunday anyways, just to compare.

IMG_1933 (640x410)

Have a great weekend!

For pregnancy talk, check out this week’s Babble: