21 November, 2008

Canine Cuisine: Brekky Muffins & Dinner Noodles

I'm not one for spoiling our furry friends. I do my best to treat dogs like dogs. On the other hand, I love to cook and will take any possible opportunity to try something fun in the kitchen.

So, each week, I'll be whipping up Laney's biscuits and dog food, trying to find the right balance of nutrition to plump up our bone-skinny pup. I hope you enjoy!

Oh, don't forget that nearly every recipe is workable for we mere humans, too!

Laney's Brekky Muffins

1 3/4 cups rolled oats
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup light yogurt or sour cream
1/3 cup light cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup olive oil
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
splashes of milk and apple juice

Note: Please remember to omit raisins, sultanas, and nutmeg from any muffin recipe intended for your dog.

Preheat your oven to 200c (400 f).

Get two bowls. In one, beat the eggs well, add in oats, yogurt, cream cheese, oil, and apples. Mix until moistened. In the second bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, mixing until well blended.

Add the dry to the moist and stir a few times, wetting lightly with milk and apple juice until ingredients are just moistened.

Line muffin cups and give a light spritz with an oil sprayer or non-stick spray. Spoon enough mixture into each cup to fill them nearly to the top.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are browned.

Cool, serve to the pups, and have one for yourself! These treats work for the whole family.

Puppy Pad Thai

1 tbsp sesame oil
2 cups poultry, ground or chopped
1 handful parsley
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup carrot, grated
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tbsp honey
2 cups rice noodles, cooked and chopped (could substitute brown or white rice)

Prepare just as you would for yourself, in fact, this recipe came about as I was craving Pad Thai for us bipeds and thought that, with a few modifications, it would make a lovely dinner for doggies too!

Sautee the meat in a bit of sesame oil, adding in parsley and bean sprouts, stir-frying until cooked through, as sprouts sometimes contain bacteria harmful to pup. Stir in beaten egg, peanut butter, and honey to coat chicken and veggies.

Soften the rice noodles for a few minutes, in water just off of boiling, then drain and chop coarsely so long noodles don't get stuck in pup's throat.

Turn off the stove and stir in the chopped noodles and grated carrot, mixing well to coat everything in sauce and juices.

Cool to moderate temperature and serve it up to your favorite mutt!

These recipes are Laney-dog approved.

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