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Octopus and Seaweed

 Octopus and Seaweed
Your hungry kids will squirm with delight when they get a look at these remarkable smiley sea creatures perched on a bed of seaweed.—Kerry Tittle, Little Rock, Arkansas
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 package (3 ounces) beef ramen noodles
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 5 drops liquid green food coloring, optional
  • Prepared mustard


  • In a large saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups water to a boil. Add the
  • noodles and contents of seasoning packet. Boil for 3-4 minutes or
  • until noodles are tender.
  • Meanwhile, add 4 in. of water to another large saucepan; bring to a
  • boil. Cut each hot dog lengthwise into eight strips to within 2 in
  • of one end. Drop into boiling water; cook until heated through.
  • Add food coloring to noodles if desired. Drain if necessary. Place
  • noodles on serving plates; top with a hot dog. Add eyes and mouth
  • with dabs of mustard. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 238 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 860 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.