Safe Food Colors For Icing

Safe Food Colors For Icing

Kirby isn't really going to care if his treats are brightly decorated but sometimes I just want to be a little more creative.  I would consider commercial food coloring to be unsafe for dogs since the synthetic or unnatural ingredients used in food coloring is considered unsafe for both children and adults. These artificial food dyes have been linked directly to multiple forms of cancer in adults in addition to behavior problems and hyperactivity disorder in children.

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Baked Three Cheese Spaghetti

Baked Three Cheese Spaghetti

I made this scrumptious meal for brunch last Sunday using my new bakeware from Temp-Tations which I am truly in love with! I can prep, bake, serve, store and reheat all in one dish. After a long day at work, the idea of freezer to oven to table makes me smile. It also means more time with freinds and family during get-togethers instead of being tied to the stove while everyone else gets to socialize. 

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Fruit N Cream

Have a craving for something sweet? Want something quick and easy to throw together? Then you want Fruit N Cream. I don't remember who told me about this but I've been making it for years. This is totally for human consumption although it's safe enough for Kirby to have a very small amount (it's fattening) and he gets to lick the empty bowls. If sharing with your dog please remember to check the creamer ingredients. For example chocolate is dangerous for dogs.

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh fruit 
  • Flavored liquid Coffee Creamer

Directions:

Prepare your chosen fruit.  Strawberries are still my fave with cream. Place in container with snap on lid. Pour just enough creamer to cover the strawberries. I prefer French Vanilla, Amaretto, or Sweet Cream. I love chocolate covered strawberries but find the chocolate or caramel flavors make the combined flavors too sweet for me. 

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Snap on lid and turn over container a few times to completely drench strawberries. Don't add the creamer more than thirty minutes before eating or the strawberries will get soggy.  Keep chilled in the refrigerator.

Sometimes I slice up a big bowl of strawberries and provide a variety of creamers so everyone can choose their flavor right at the table. Kids especially have fun creating their own concoctions.

Try different fresh fruits and flavored creamers and discover a whole world of creamy fruity delish! 

Breakfast Muffins

This is something I bake once in a while for the girls at work but can be adapted for your dog. Kirby loves good food and these grain free muffins are always a nice change for him on those special mornings. I try to add eggs to his treats and meals when I can since they help maintain his shiny coat.

You can pick and choose the ingredients your pup likes best for the filling. For less calories try using turkey sausage. Kirby likes these made with real bacon bits too. Spinach is so good and so under utilized but any finely chopped veggie will work. Try different cheeses - mozzarella, Parmesan, goat, and feta. The possibilities are endless making this an easy favorite for both humans and canines.

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins

Quick, easy, and you can choose the ingredients your pup likes best for the filling.

Yields: 12 muffins
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Nutrition facts:
195 Calories, 140 Calories from fat
Total fat: 14.2g or 22% ( 5.1g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mild ground sausage*
  • 1 cup chopped frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup low fat or 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon safflower oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. In a large pan cook the sausage. When almost cooked stir in the cayenne pepper. Drain well and place in a medium size bowl
  2. Finely chop the spinach and remove any excess moisture with paper towels.
  3. Mix the spinach and cheddar cheese into the meat.
  4. Evenly spoon this mixture into an oiled (I use olive oil spray) 12 cup muffin tin. If you are making this the night before, cover with foil and place in the refrigerator
  5. In a medium size bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil. I then poured mine in a two cup measuring cup, covered with foil, and placed in the refrigerator.
  6. Pour an even amount of the egg mixture into each muffin tin. Throw some extra cheddar cheese on top if you want
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  8. Run a flat knife around the edges to remove the muffins.

These muffins can be frozen. Just thaw and warm in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

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