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Boost the 'fun factor' of healthy foods with these tips and recipes.
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Fun and Kid-Friendly Recipes continued...

3 medium potatoes
2 to 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
8 less-fat turkey hot dogs (or less-fat turkey sausage links)

With a grownup helping:

  • In a large saucepan, boil potatoes in their skins until tender (20-30 minutes). Cool the potatoes, then, using a plastic knife, remove their skins. Place the potatoes in a mixing bowl and, with an electric mixer (or by hand with a potato masher), beat until creamy.
  • With a wooden spoon and your hands, blend in the flour until the dough is stiff enough to roll out. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a thin, oval-shaped sheet about a 1/8-inch thick.
  • In a medium saucepan, boil the hot dogs. When they are cooked throughout, lower the heat to simmer until the potato rolls are ready.
  • Heat a large nonstick grill or skillet, and use it to cook the flat rolls a few at a time. While the undersides are cooking, use a pastry brush to brush the top sides with water. Once the bottoms are lightly browned, flip rolls over and lightly brown the other sides.
  • Sprinkle each roll with water, and wrap around a boiled hot dog. Then wrap each in a paper towel so the roll softens around the hot dog. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8 wrapped hot dogs

Per hot dog: 248 calories, 10.5 g protein, 37.5 g carbohydrate, 6.3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 484 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 23%.

Plattar (Swedish Pancakes)

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 2 pieces "pancakes, waffle."

If you want to make these like authentic Swedish pancakes – which are much thinner than ordinary pancakes – use just one tablespoonful of batter per pancake.

1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large egg (higher omega-3 if available)
1/2 cup egg substitute
2 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Canola cooking spray
Jam (flavor of your preference)
Powdered sugar (optional)

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