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Marinated Hot Dogs

I stumbled upon this concept from another food blog. We love to marinated steak, chicken, and other meats, but the thought of marinating hot dogs had never crossed my mind. Good news though, it’s amazing. We like to make up a bunch then freeze what we don’t use for future meals.

The recipe is from Good Food Stories.

Total time: 6+ hours (to allow time for marinating)
Prep time: 15 minutes


1/2 cup Ketchup
2 TBSP Soy sauce
1 TBSP Red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp chili sauce
12 Hot dogs
Hot dog buns


  • In a bowl or 1 gallon ziploc, thoroughly mix together all but the hot dogs and buns.
  • Score each hot dog with 3 rows of 7-8 diagonal cuts.
  • Add the hot dogs to the marinade, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight.
  • Grill as usual when ready.

Lazy Weeknight Dinners

As much as we love cooking elaborate homemade dinners, there are some nights that we simply cannot do that because either we are too busy, too lazy, too tired, or simply just don’t feel like it. So, what do you do on those days? Here is a list of some of our easy, weeknight go-tos that are for the most part pretty easy and quick to cook. Most of these are just thrown together and need no recipe, but there are a few that have recipes scattered on the blog.

On the grill:

  • Marinated Hot Dogs: served with fries, chips, or any mac and cheese
  • Bratwurst: served with fries, chips, etc…
  • Hamburgers: any side dish will do
  • Grilled Chicken: any side dish will do
  • Steak Tips/ ribeyes: served with fries/ baked potatoes/ roasted potatoes 1 or 2mac and cheese/ rice-a-roni, and broccoli/ corn/ salad

On the stove:

  • Tacos
  • Pasta with meat sauce: serve with garlic bread
  • Pasta with sausage
  • Comfort pasta: Pasta with butter and cheese
  • Ravioli/ tortellini
  • Shredded turkey with gravy served over rice and corn
  • Comfort food – literally cooked ground beef added to rice-a-roni
  • Kielbasa: served with sauerkraut, pierogi or broccoli au gratin rice a roni
  • Homemade chicken fingers and salad
  • Adult grilled cheese
  • Quesadillas
  • Steak and Cheese sandwiches

In the oven:

  • Steak pinwheels (store bought): see steak tips for sides
  • Homemade pizza
  • Meatloaf: served with beef gravy, and potato/ mac and cheese/ rice-a-roni, and corn/ broccoli
  • Fish and chips
  • Corned beef casserole
  • Calzones
  • Frozen pizza