Go, Carrot Dog, Go!

by Maria Theresa Maggi on April 20, 2013


Children’s picture book pop quiz: who wrote Go, Dog, Go!?  If you guessed P.D. Eastman instead of Dr. Seuss himself, you are ready to appreciate the quirky delicacy us plant-based eaters call carrot dogs. And if you didn’t guess P.D. Eastman, hang on. You may be convinced once you read the tail–oops, I mean tale– of how I came to try–and love– carrot dogs. I have a genius of a recipe to tell you about from vegan food blogger and cookbook author Kathy Hester. It’s where I got the method and the idea to twist the recipe for a different sort of carrot. One that’s too small to be a dog in a bun, but too tasty to pass up giving a special treatment.

Since this is sort of a silly post, I have a silly confession to make. When I first found Kathy’s recipe at fatfreevegan.com, I was skeptical. Why would I want to eat something meant to go in a bun when there’s no easy-to-be-had low fat or fat free gluten free hot dog buns around these parts?  I’m better off without bread of all kinds anyway. Why provoke that feeling of being left out? But I love carrots so much that when I came upon this thread about carrot dogs in the Food and Recipes Forum on Dr. McDougall’s site, I decided to find a way to make and to wrap my very own carrots dogs without the traditional bun.

And I got hooked. My inner four year old kicked in and ate them every day for about 3 weeks. Or maybe it was my inner grade school girl, remembering hot dog days at our Catholic school without a cafeteria. The closest we came to a hot lunch ever was Thursday, affectionately known as “hot dog day.” On Tuesday we’d place an order. Did we want one hot dog or two? Did we want mustard? Ketchup? Relish? I was a mustard only kind of hot dog eater. The “hot dog ladies” (usually mothers of kids at the school) would bring large boxes into each classroom filled with steaming hot dogs all wrapped in their ordered buns and condiments. And there were also bags of Laura Scudder potato chips. I have no idea who cooked the hot dogs or where they came from. But it was the most fun lunch day of the week.

So if you want to take yourself back to your childhood, or the barbeque or the ball game where you used to enjoy a hot dog, try out Kathy’s basic recipe, Easy and Healthy Carrot Dogs at fatfreevegan.com. Or if you’d like your kids to have the fun of a hot dog without all the processed ingredients in both meat dogs and veg dogs, give them a carrot dog to munch on.

In the end I wrapped my big dogs in corn tortillas:

Big dog.

Big dog.

and ate. And ate. And ate. I also enjoyed them wrapped in a large romaine leaf drizzled with my Lemony Pear Dressing and a little ground golden flax, but those disappeared before I thought to photograph them. I would have eaten them in a box or with a fox. Probably even in my house with a mouse, come to think of it. But I am confusing my Dr. Suess books. And there was still the question of those tasty little carrots I had discovered and dug up out of the garden.

Remember these?

Little dogs.

Little dogs.


I wanted to make a marinade for them with a special twist that would make their sweet taste sing on top of a bowl of warm grains, like millet. And this is what I came up with.



Maria (moonwatcher)



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1 Stacy April 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m not so sure about carrot dogs but I love your story about hot dog day at school when you were a child. Our school had hamburger day once a week and it was much the same. You placed your order and someone, somewhere made burgers. Moms delivered them to the classroom. The best part: You could order a carton of chocolate milk to go with it. Best day of the week, hands down!


2 moonwatcher April 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Thanks, Stacy! Glad you enjoyed the story.


3 Sandy Moderhack April 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I did fix the carrot dogs and both my husband and I enjoyed them. Just may have to give your version a try! Thank you Moonwatcher.


4 moonwatcher April 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

You’re welcome, Sandy!


5 Marcia April 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

Oh boy! Another reason to eat carrots, I love it! Wrapping it in a corn tortilla is genius – thanks. I think I’d like to try roasted parsnips also – yum!


6 moonwatcher April 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks, Marcia! Hmm, parsnip dogs–I like that idea!!


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