Canine Spaghetti

A dog friendly spaghetti inspired by Lady & The Tramp featuring ground chuck and ground pork with a mouthwatering sauce. You can use regular pasta or raise the healthy bar using supergreens pasta.  Kirby and Kenzie give it 4 paws up so I know your dog will too. 

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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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Roman Style Tripe

Roman Style Tripe

We have access to a meat processing company so I can stock up on plenty of offal for Kirby.  I purchased one package of Tripe which I thought was expensive at $6.  Tripe is the cow's stomach and considered a delicacy in many countries.  The Paleo Diet, a "back to what our ancestors ate lifestyle diet" which is gaining popularity in the United States, recommends tripe. 

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Hunter's Chicken Stew

Hunter's Chicken Stew

This is my dog friendly adaption of a traditional dish developed in central Italy. The fable behind this dish is there was a hunter who was determined not to come home empty handed to his hungry children. Luckily he caught an escaped rabbit of a neighboring farmer and on the way home foraged for some wild herbs to go with it.

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Loaves of Lamb

Loaves of Lamb

Lamb is quite popular in Italy where they have been raising sheep since the dawn of time. These animals provide wool, milk for cheese and ricotta, and of course meat. Especially in the spring lamb is generally served as a main course. Have I mentioned I'm half Italian? Hence, I love Italian food of which spaghetti and pizza are just the tip of this delicious cuisine.

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Turkey Burgers

Kirby loves a healthy burger! These are made with turkey but any ground meat would work. 

 Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

A healthier burger

Yields: 12 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition facts:
128 Calories, 55 Calories from fat
Total fat: 5.9g or 9% (1.6g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag broccoli slaw
  • 2 Roma tomatoes or ½ cup tomato juice
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. Purée or finely dice your veggies.
  2. In a large bowl use your hands to thoroughly mix together all the ingredients.
  3. Evenly fill each oil sprayed muffin tin with the meat mixture.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them sit for about ten minutes to firm up before removing.

If you can't find broccoli slaw in the produce section, chop up 4 cups of broccoli, carrots and cabbage.

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I freeze these in ziplock bags. Take out what you will need that morning and let thaw in the refrigerator. When time for supper just pop in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm. Quick, tasty and healthy!

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!