The weather prediction this weekend: high eighties. This Saturday during the welcome and summer-affirming temperature, nothing could be better than celebrating an early Father’s Day with a free outdoor concert. The Pops in the Park concert series features local bands every Saturday in June, and it seems especially appropriate on a weekend devoted to pops everywhere. The concerts are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., so eat before you go — spend the day outside with a classic family barbecue but give your dad the day off from the grill. Unwrap your apron, and play it fast and loose with these Faux Chili Dogs and Vegetarian Hot Dogs with Pineapple Relish.
Although vegetarians often beget vegetarians, it is not necessarily true that all those in practice of a vegetarian lifestyle have parents (or kids) that do the same. As such, it is always helpful to have a fair compromise at hand, and these twists on a classic cookout are fun to make and cheap to boot. Demonstrate creative flair and take this all-American staple to the next level — one that is healthier for your father and anyone else with whom you share these vegetarian hot dog recipes.
Every day is a great day to tell your dad you love and appreciate him, but not all families wax sentimental, even on holidays. Spending quality time with your dad, cooking him a healthy meal and taking him to an outdoor concert is a wordless gesture that says you care. Pops in the Park is a free concert and this vegetarian barbecue is a low-maintenance and inexpensive meal, but the gesture and time spent together is the truly priceless gift.
Cue the music. This Saturday, June 18th, enjoy the musical styling of local swing band, the Swingmasters, at Bertha Henschel Park. Click here to learn more about the Swingmasters, including music samples. Finally, as you might expect from a concert in the park — don’t forget to bring your own chairs and blankets, etc.
Faux Chili Dogs
- 2 packages soy dogs (Most brands carry less than the standard 8 in a hot dog pack. Buy accordingly.)
- 2 packages hot dog buns (Oddly enough, hot dogs and buns never match in number…)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 (15-oz) cans black beans, drained
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion has become translucent. Add the red bell pepper and black beans to pan. Continue cooking until beans have heated through and vegetables are tender.
Grill veggie dogs over medium-high heat on the barbecue. Rotate soy dogs with tongs as they heat for even grill marks. (Soy dogs have less fat than regular hot dogs, so they don’t develop grill marks as quickly.) Meanwhile, place open hot dog buns onto barbecue and toast for about one minute.
Construct veggie dogs with buns, and spoon bean mixture over top. Sprinkle with grated cheese, and enjoy your Faux Chili Dog.
Vegetarian Hot Dogs with Pineapple Relish
- 2 packages soy dogs
- 2 packages hot dog buns
- 1 can pineapple chunks or slices, finely diced
- 1 green apple, finely diced
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Add pineapple, green apple, red onion and cilantro in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Chill in refrigerator.
Grill veggie dogs and hot dog buns (same as above). Construct veggie dogs and buns, and spoon the pineapple relish over the top.