Aug 28, 2020

Let’s DISH and Talk About Pet Food

You love to cook for your family, and if you have a pet, they are a part of your family, too. People thrive on home-cooked foods, and your dog who gives you so much pleasure, love and companionship deserves to eat nutritious, delicious foods as well.

Pet food is generally filled with things you wouldn’t feed to your family, so why feed it to Fido? Healthy, delicious recipes will impact your dog’s health in a positive way, and they are easier to prepare than you would think. Since you love your pooch, you probably prefer the better quality of food you can prepare in place of commercial-grade quality. You’ll want your dog to have the longest life possible, and good nutrition plays an integral role in achieving optimal health for pups.

Real home-cooked food will not make your dog fat. That is a myth. They will get fat if they overeat, in just the same way people gain weight. Another myth is that feeding your dog real food is spoiling him or her. It is not spoiling, but it is taking good care of your favorite friend!

Cooking for your dog is no more complex than cooking for yourself. Healthy, fresh meat and vegetables is all your dog needs to thrive. You don’t need to stress over presentation or taste. Your dog will appreciate everything you make while thinking you are the best chef and human ever! So put your cooking skills to the test and prepare some dog-gone good cuisine. Do more than just throw your dog a bone – create the following recipes fit for a human but made especially for your dog, with love!

 

TURKEY MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey

½ cup cooked brown rice

1 large egg or 2 small eggs

½ green bell pepper, seeded and cut into small diced pieces

Pinch of fennel seeds

Pinch of dried oregano

Dash of Celtic sea salt

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium organic tomato sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients except for the coconut oil and tomato sauce together in a bowl and form into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs in a glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Drizzle the melted coconut oil and the tomato sauce over the meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes, or until done.

 

 

“NO DOG BREATH” BISCUITS

Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached all-purpose white or whole wheat flour, or a combination

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup vegetable shortening

1 cup buttermilk or low-fat yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

¼ cup chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley or mint leaves

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the flour, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and mix to combine. While the processor is going, add the shortening, a few pieces at a time, and process until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, and mix by hand until combined. Mix in the honey and parsley. Divide the mixture into 24 pieces and flatten them, or roll out the dough and use a fun cookie cutter. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place the sheet in the oven and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.