Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Regional Favorites: Tasty Hot Dogs

Build your own seriously delicious frank with a regional twist.

Coney Island Hot Dog
Photo: Oxmoor House

Get Along, Little Doggie

This classic ballpark food is a blank canvas upon which each region has left its own tasty mark. Make your dogs a little healthier by choosing 97% fat-free beef franks. You'll save 10 times the fat and four times the calories over traditional beef franks.

Up in the Northeast, it's all about the Coney Island Dog.

Preheat grill to medium heat. Place 4 (97% fat-free) beef franks on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill, covered, 10 to 15 minutes, turning frequently until done. Place franks in 4 toasted white-wheat hot dog buns; spoon 1/2 cup cooked chili over dogs. Top evenly with 1/2 cup chopped onion and 1 tablespoon mustard.

SERVES 4 (serving size: 1 dog)

CALORIES 150; FAT 4.2g (sat 2g); SODIUM 716mg




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