Making Hot Dog and Spaghetti “Squid” for Dinner

You know how sometimes, as a mom, you do those things that make your stomach turn just a little bit but that your kids absolutely love? You know, like putting ketchup on macaroni and cheese or literally making green eggs and ham on a Saturday morning? Well, I’d say this project qualified as one of “those” moments.

This was one of those ideas I stumbled across on the web somewhere last fall. I honestly don’t even remember where it was or what the heck I was searching for. At the time I laughed, then filed it away in the dark recesses of my brain somewhere between the location of my parents’ house key and the lyrics to Come on Eileen.

Until one night last week when it surfaced. It was one of those nights where Mr W and I had had a late lunch and weren’t particularly hungry and the kids were begging for some type of “noodle” for dinner.

The conversation went something like this…

Me: What if we made squid for dinner?

Thing Three: Huh?

Thing Two: Squid? Like the stuff with long legs?

Me: Yes, squid…the stuff with long legs.

Thing Three: You don’t mean real squid…right?

Thing Two: No way…she probably just means something that looks like squid….(hesitant pause) right mom?

Me: You take all the fun out of things. *sigh* Yes, I mean something that just looks like squid.

Thing Three: Ooooh! That’s so cool! Yeah, let’s DO that!

So I pulled a package of hot dogs out of the fridge and a box of spaghetti out of the pantry and set a giant pot of water on the stove. Then I cut a hot dog into four pieces and did this…

And the boys cracked up. Then something wonderful happened. They begged to help.

So I sliced up the rest of the hot dogs, and set a stack of spaghetti on the counter and Thing’s Two and Three proceeded to “stabbity stab” a bunch of hot dog pieces with dry spaghetti noodles.

Thing One wandered through the kitchen and paused long enough to ask if she could have a spaghetti noodle, which caused a momentary delay as all three children munched on raw pasta (ew) and Thing One wandered off with an extra noodle for dad.

Within about five minutes, we had a stack of hot dogs and spaghetti that looked like this:

So I dumped them into a pot of boiling water and let them cook for about 8 minutes. Then I drained them, put a little butter on them and served them up with fresh fruits and veggies.

And they devoured them. All while offering running commentary about how they were biting the legs off this squid, or pulling the leg off that squid…and of course the whole thing was mixed with giggles and explosive laughter.

And then they asked when we could do it again.

Not my cup of tea…but give it a try. I bet your kids will love it!

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