Whole eggs are a great source of protein for your dog. Our holistic vet recommends that the egg be cooked with the whites cooked all the way through, as to not cause a biotin deficiency, but with the yolks still runny. Next time you are cooking eggs for yourself, fry up an egg or two for your dog. It’s one of Tashi’s favorite meals!
Everyone likes a special home-baked meal and your dog is no exception. This recipe incorporates whole food goodness in an easy to make recipe that you and your dog can share.
1/2 lb beef stew meat
1 cup goat milk
2 large eggs
6 slices Ezikiel sprouted whole wheat bread, crumbled
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/8 cup chopped italian parsley
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 Tbsp blueberries
1/8 cup peas
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp powdered eggshell
1 tsp olive oil
200 mg vitamin E, added from a one capsule
1 small garlic clove chopped fine
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together and press firmly into a glass casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown. This recipe can also be served to your dog raw, or baked you can both enjoy its wholesomeness!
Making cookies for you and your dog need not be two separate events. With this recipe, you can make something for the two of you with just a few simple modifications. This is a small batch recipe, making just enough for a few fresh cookies for both of you as a special treat. The cookies stay fresh for about 3 days. You can also double the recipe if desired.
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (be sure to not use maple flavored syrup that is full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients)
1 Tbsp plain sparkling water like Perrier or club soda (do not use flavored waters with artificial flavoring ingredients. You can also use plain water, but carbonation makes the cookies more fluffy)
1 tsp herbs de provence
1/2 tsp milk
raspberry fruit preserves
Mix the flour, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, maple syrup and water. Add the liquid mixture to the flour and form a dough. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Let dough rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick. With a small circular cookie cutter (or the top of a small juice glass), cut into 8-10 rounds and place on a cookie sheet. With your thumb press the center to make a dent. Fill with dab of fruit preserve.
For your dog:
Take the remaining dough and roll a little thinner, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small flower shapes. Mix egg with milk. Brush the tops of the flowers with the egg mixture. Sprinkle with herbs de provence.
Bake on the same cookie tray for about 20-25 minutes. The thinner dog cookies will be crisp and your jam cookies will be more soft.
The small amount of pure maple syrup in these cookies is safe for your dog as an occasional special treat. That is also part of the reasoning for the small batch. Do be careful to not give your dog your fruit preserve cookies, especially if you are using preserves which may contain xylitol, which is very toxic to dogs. Use common sense and keep your cookies for you. But you can eat your dog’s cookies if he will let you share!
This is a fun and easy way for both of you to have a fresh baked treat with minimal effort.
These simple treats are a snap to make and take worry away from buying jerky treats from the store.
2 Tbsp local wild honey
2 Tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
4 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 lb chicken (stir-fry cut)
Grind the rosemary by hand or in a food processor. Combine molasses, honey, rosemary and water in a bowl. Add the chicken and stir to cover all pieces. Cover and marinade in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a roast pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. Twist and lay the marinated chicken on the rack. Brush any remaining marinade on top.
Bake for about 5 hours and let cool before serving.
These will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
For longer shelf life, pre-cook the marinated chicken strips on the stovetop before placing in the oven to dehydrate, still baking at 225 degrees for 2-4 hours.
Wheatgrass is one of the best living sources of chlorophyll available. It’s has over 100 elements that are needed by our bodies. It’s loaded with amino acids, enzymes, protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a wonderful detoxifier and rebuilds the blood stream. Chlorophyll washes away drug deposits in the body and neutralizes toxins. It also helps in purifying the liver. On top of all that, it neutralizes odors and gives your dog fresh breath.
As soon as I get the wheatgrass juicer out, Tashi goes crazy for her favorite healthy treat of the day. We grow our own wheatgrass and grind it daily with a HandyPantry macerating juicer. It only takes a few minutes and is easy to clean up. The benefits of wheatgrass are highest if you drink it within 20 minutes of juicing, but you can keep some in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it in small amounts in baby ice cube trays. I generally juice about 2 ounces of grass day day for myself and give Tashi about 1/4 tsp which she enjoys straight. If your dog is not so keen on wheatgrass, you can also add it to food or water.
Powdered wheat or barley grass is a good option as well if you are short on time. Just make sure you are buying a product that does not have other stuff added to it that may be harmful to your dog.
The key to using wheatgrass for your dog is to use it in small amounts. Too much wheatgrass too soon can be too detoxifying and cause vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness. Tashi weighs 14 lbs so she gets 1/4 a tsp, but we started with a tiny drop and built up from there over time. A 50 lb dog can build up to 1 tsp a day.
Here is a link to an article I wrote on growing wheatgrass for dogs for the Examiner http://www.examiner.com/article/growing-wheatgrass-for-dogs
Choosing the ingredients of what your dog eats is essential to good health. Tashi loves fresh baked cookies in a variety of assortments! These New Years Day cookies are very simple to make and are a bit hit at our house.
2 cups whole wheat flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/8 cup rolled barley oats
2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil (melted)
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, wheat bran, barley oats, parsley and pumpkin seeds. Add water and oil to dry ingredients. Knead for 2-3 minutes. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick and cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes.
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