Cranberry Sauce Cookies

Cranberry Sauce Cookies

One half empty jar stared back at me from the refrigerator shelf as I contemplated a new treat for the Kirbster. I figured why not since the ingredients are dog friendly? Why not indeed! They were a huge hit, so much that while taking pictures Kirby and our foster, Jilly Bean, began eating the cookie right out of my hand.  LOLz I just started snapping pics while they greedily chomped away.

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Chicken Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

The majority of Kirby’s meals are homemade so I like to change it up to give him a variety of foods.  This one has a lot of ingredients for their different healthy benefits but it’s so easy to make.  Granted it’s not very pretty but the aroma while it’s cooking is divine.  Even out of the freezer, once thawed it has such a fresh smell. 

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Muttloaf

I love meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Talk about comfort food for the soul!  I enjoy feeding Kirby different options so I thought why not a meatloaf of his own, hence muttloaf was born.

There really is no wrong way to make meatloaf.  All you need is a pound of ground hamburg and a little imagination to come up with your own recipe.  I used instant oats because I wanted to be sure they cooked completely.  Parsley is so good for bad breath.  Kirby doesn't like to eat raw carrots so I try to implement them into his meals or treats but you could use any veggie.  Using baby food gives me the liquid I need to blend the ingredients but you can chop some fresh veggies and add tomato paste or water.  Flaxseed is really good for Kirby's skin and coat but can be replaced with a few tablespoons of olive oil for the same benefits.  I used sun dried tomatoes for a chewy texture but you can use fresh or canned diced tomatoes.  

Check my lists of healthy ingredients and Foods That Harm Dogs then just use what you have in your frig or pantry.  Your pup will love it!

 Muttloaf

Muttloaf

Comfort food can be dog friendly with this muttloaf.

Yields: 8 loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition facts: 217 Calories, 77 Calories from fat
Total fat: 8.5g or 13% (2.3 saturated fat, 0.0 trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground egg shell
  • 2 (3.5 oz) jars carrots baby food
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup diced sun dried tomatoes

Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and, using your hands, mix thoroughly.
  2. Form into individual small loaves and place on greased rack of broiler pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  4. Let cool and serve.

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Freeze leftover loaves in ziplock freezer bags.  For a quick and easy meal just pop in the microwave.

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muttloaf

Kirby and our foster, Fritz, say Muttloaf is very good stuff!

Sweet Potato Puffs

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Sweet Potato Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1 egg

Preparation Instructions

1.  Cook sweet potato in microwave for roughly 3 to 4 minutes to soften.

2.  Cut in half and scoop out the sweet potato.

3.  Mash together sweet potato and banana.

4.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. 

5.  Roll into 1 inch balls and place on greased baking sheet.  

6.  Then flatten each ball with your finger.  (If you want to cut out cookie shapes then add more flour to make dough less sticky and easier to work with).  

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7.  Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool.

These puffs are soft and chewy.  They will keep a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Watch for mold and throw away at the first sign. 

These soft cookies are packed with good stuff for your dog!

Harvest Pumpkin Balls

Now is the time to stock up on canned pure pumpkin which is an amazing ingredient for dogs.  Constipated? A little pumpkin can help.  Runny stools? A little pumpkin can help. Upset tummy or trying to transition to a new food? Again, a little pumpkin can help!

This recipe is not only tasty but chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients for sensitive tummies.  Pumpkin is packed with large quantities of vitamin A for resistance to infections, improve night vision and keep the body's membranes healthy, potassium for good blood pressure, iron for healthy blood, and roughage to help digestion. We only use fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, never pumpkin pie mix which has sugar and other harmful ingredients.

Harvest Pumpkin Balls

Harvest Pumpkin Balls

You’ll want to stock up on canned pure pumpkin to make this dog treat that’s is not only tasty but chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients!

Yields: 44 large balls, 88 small balls
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Nutrition facts: Calories: 23/12
Calories from fat: 4/2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in medium size bowl.
  2. Shape into balls and place on lined baking sheet. This dough is very sticky so I let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for easier handling. Then I scoop out balls with my silicone melon scooper and let them chill for about 10 minutes. Then I cut those balls in half with a sharp knife and roll into small balls. If you don't want to spend the time forming the balls, use a spatula to smooth out the mixture on the lined baking sheet. When halfway baked, score with a pizza cutter. Watch your cooking time as the thinner they are the faster they will bake.
  3. Grab a small handful and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and make sure there are no loose pieces.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Harvest Pumpkin Balls raw

Note: To make them really crispy turn off the oven and leave the treats in for another 20 minutes.

These treats have a crispy outside with a soft, moist center which means they will mold like any baked good.  Keep refrigerated up to a week or freeze up to three months.

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