Healthy eating is as ever on trend in the human world, but now it’s time our four legged companions got a look in. The question is are we doing right by man’s best friend in giving them processed foods?
Imagine eating the same bland food day in, day out, every day of your life. Boring! We wouldn’t do it so why should we expect our furred companions to do so? So put away those cans of dog food and leave the food pellets in the bag, get cooking!
Are you a dog cuisine novice? Worry not, we here at Slaneyside Kennel Solutions have scoured the internet and found two delicious recipes for you to try out. So this weekend, break out the pots and pans and whip up some tasty food for your favorite pooch.
For the mains:
Chicken and Garden Greens Risotto (Source: Wag The Dog UK)
- 1 kg of boneless chicken thighs and/or breast
- Brown rice 300g
- 400g/14oz Spinach
- 200g/7oz Peas
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh Basil
- 50g Parmesan Cheese (for less calories omit)
- Preheat oven to 180° C or (375° F), add a small measure of oil to an baking tray. Bake chicken for 35 minutes or until juices run clear.
- Prepare brown rice according to instructions.
- Wash spinach, add basil and chop in food processor. Adding a little of the chicken juice helps blend the greens together. Hold off on the peas, they’ll be added later.
- Add chopped spinach, basil and peas to rice. Mix together.
- Once chicken is cooked, cut into bite size pieces. Can be cut up before cooking if preferred.
- Mix chicken, rice and Parmesan cheese. Add the chicken juice from the pan as well.
The recipe can be either doubled or halved depending on the size of your dog. It will last three days in fridge but can also be frozen into single serving sizes.
For treat time:
Dog Biscuits (Source: All recipes)
Makes 18 biscuits
- 250g (9 oz) wholemeal flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 275g (10 oz) unsalted natural peanut butter
- 225ml (8 fl oz) skimmed milk
- Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease baking trays. Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1cm thickness and cut into shapes using biscuit cutters. Place 2cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks.
Here’s a quick reminder of some of the foods (not all) to avoid adding to your culinary masterpieces to avoid a sick dog.
-Grapes and raisins
-Onions and onion powder
Please consult your local vet or other reputable sources if unsure. There are plenty of dog cookbooks out there including the recently published Dog Diet by Kate Bendix, so there’s no excuses.
For a chance to win a €50 voucher for our online store, post your delicious recipes and share photos of your dog enjoying them on our Facebook and Twitterpage. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Slaneyside
Good luck and happy cooking!