Coconut Cream Cookies Remixed

Coconut Cream Cookies Remixed

I originally shared Coconut Cream Cookies for Dogs with 4Knines.  This almost pure coconut treat has turned out to be one of Kirby’s favorites so I’ve been tinkering with it to change up the flavors or coloring them for a festive look. I’ll add more as I discover them but for now we’ve been using carob powder (brown), turmeric powder (yellow), and red beet powder (pink). The amount of powder to add is the amount to get the color you want.

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11 Ways To Use Coconut In Your Dog's Diet

11 Ways To Use Coconut In Your Dog's Diet

 

I am a big fan of coconut and incorporate it in many of Kirby’s meals and treats using coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut oil, and/or unsweetened shredded coconut meat.  The fat content in coconut can actually be good so even though it contains saturated fat, this particular fat is made up of medium chain triglycerides that do raise cholesterol but only HDL cholesterol In fact, the fat in pure coconut has been shown to help raise metabolism. Read below for the many benefits.  

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Chicken Gizzard Stew

Chicken Gizzard Stew

This is an easy stew you can throw together in a few hours.  Even easier is to throw it all in your crock pot, plug it in, and come back later to a fully cooked stew.  Sometimes I'll add some leftover shredded chicken meat.  Adding some rice or pasta can help stretch out the meals.

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Cinnamon Beef Stew

Cinnamon Beef Stew

This is a savory twist on traditional beef stew based on Stifado (stee-FAH-though), a Greek stew that is typically made with a fair amount of onions, wine, tomatoes, and cinnamon. I've removed the onions and wine since those are huge no-no's for dogs. Also, unlike a typical beef stew, this one doesn’t have potatoes so it's a little more on the soupy side which is ok since dogs really need about 70% moisture in their daily diet. 

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Chicken Liver Meatballs

Chicken Liver Meatballs

Chicken livers are an excellent source of high quality protein and a rich source of Vitamins A, D and virtually all of the B vitamins. They are also relatively inexpensive so stock up and bake these easy meatballs.  I save a lot of time when making meatballs by using a cookie dough scoop.  They may not be perfectly round but Kirby doesn't seem to mind.

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Coconut Fish Soup

Kirby eats a lot of chicken and red meat.  Fish is another healthy option he dearly loves.  I happened to catch some catfish on sale but any white fish would work.  Kirby laps up the broth but you can omit the water if you want a thicker stew.  

Coconut Fish Soup

A flavorful combination

Yields: 12 – 1 cup servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition facts:
272 Calories each, 149 Calories from fat each
Total fat: 16.6g or 25% (13.8g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs catfish nuggets
  • 3 chopped small sweet potatoes
  • 1 (12 oz) bag Broccoli Slaw (broccoli, carrots, red cabbage)
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (5 oz) bag dried mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries, cherries)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. Using a food processor finely chop the broccoli slaw which will help it cook faster and makes it easier for a dog's digestive system.
  2. Rinse and dry the fish, deboning if needed, then cut into small pieces.
  3. In large pot bring coconut milk and water to a slow boil. Add sweet potatoes, broccoli slaw, peas, and dried berries. Add seasonings.
  4. Simmer over low heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the fish and let simmer for twenty minutes or until fish and veggies are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Let cool and serve.

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I freeze this soup in two cup plastic containers for up to three months.  It should last up to seven days in the refrigerator.

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew

Winter needs a good hearty stew to warm and nourish the body in a comforting way.  This hearty stew brimming with meat and veggies will satisfy the pickiest eater, and since your dog wants what you want, you'll be assured he's eating a healthy meal made from human grade ingredients. This smells so good, why not grab some thick crusty bread, ladle a bowl for yourself,and enjoy a hearty meal with your fluffy furiend!

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

This recipe is very different from what I usually bake for Kirby.  It's still on the healthy side but I have to admit a little fancier and a little fatter.  Maybe a lot fatter which probably isn't a good idea for my little chunky monkey.  But it is almost Easter which deserves something special.

The truth is I love to eat lemon cookies covered in confectioners sugar.  Not the diet kind, the real kind. Kirby likes to beg for bites to which I can't seem to say no.  This is my "healthier" version of a basic Italian recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup corn flour*
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 packet Stevia (1/4 teaspoon)**
  • 2 Tablespoons True Lemon or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preparation Instructions:

1.  In large bowl thoroughly combine all ingredients.  

2.  Using a teaspoon drop the batter onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

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3.  Press a fork into the tops of each one to flatten.

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4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until bottoms are golden brown.  

5.  Remove and let cool on wire cooling racks.

Even sweeter? Cream cheese frosting on top!  Not an everyday treat but perfect for a special day!

*The corn flour gives the cookies that yummy yellow color. Research suggests corn is not easily digestable for dogs so I rarely use it.  Oat flour would work just as well.

For the humans - add more sugar, lots more sugar!

** All of the research I have done shows there is no health risk to dogs as long as you are using pure stevia so check the label.  Do not feed to cats!  If in doubt check with your veterinarian or leave out of recipe.