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Homemade Treats

Satin Balls
One of the best ways to put weight on a dog is with something called "satin balls".  It's high in fat so it puts on weight quickly, but it's also got other ingredients to make it a total diet so it can be fed alone or as a supplement.

This is the original recipe:

10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt


However, if you just want to try them out or have a small dog, I recipe this scaled down version (1/10th or the original).

1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons corn oil or flax seed oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt
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People and pets will enjoy these sliders!

Note! You should not feed your pet human food without first clearing it with your pet’s vet. Every animal’s needs are different and we want to make sure this one’s okay for your furry friend before you try to serve it to him or her.

  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning, such as McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning (a palmful)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (eyeball it)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 6 small round dinner rolls, split

Preparation

Combine the meat with the Worcestershire sauce, grill seasoning and cumin in a medium bowl. Form 6 thin 3-inch patties and drizzle each on 1 side with EVOO. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties, EVOO side down, for 3 minutes per side for medium well. Serve the burgers on the dinner rolls with the topper of your choice.


Grrrreat Chicken and Rice Cakes with Bacon

Since every animal’s needs are different, check with your vet to see if this recipe is good for your pet.

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Sour cream (people’s portions only)
  • Salsa (people’s portions only
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Add the rice, lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool.
  2. While the rice is cooking, in a medium nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes; drain on paper towels. Finely chop the bacon and add to the cooled rice. Reserve the skillet.
  3. Mix the eggs and bread crumbs into the rice mixture; season with salt and pepper. Shape into 4 equal-size patties.
  4. In the reserved skillet, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the rice cakes and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving to your pup. Top the people’s portions with sour cream and salsa

From: Rachael Ray


Holiday Brunch Gus-tinis

Serves 1 dog or 2 people

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (for people portions only)
  • Half of a 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 slices wheat bread, toasted and cut into triangles
  • Salt and pepper (for people portions only)
  1. In a small skillet, heat the EVOO over medium heat. For people portions, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds (many dogs can not eat garlic so check with your vet to be sure)
  2. Add the spinach and cook until heated through. Add the egg and stir to scramble, 1-2 minutes
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the nutmeg.
  4. Top the toast with the spinach-egg mixture. Season people portions with salt and pepper.

From: Rachael Ray


Turkey Pot Hold-the-Pie

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced turkey, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat
  2. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve. Get ready for some wet kisses!

Real Dogs Eat Quiche

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/2 pound uncooked turkey breakfast sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 9-inch frozen piecrust, partially baked
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, crumbled
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley,finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, for serving (people’s portions only)
  • Chili sauce or green salsa, for serving (people’s portions only)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned; let cool. Add the sausage to the piecrust and scatter the cheese on top.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, half-and-half and parsley, and pour over the sausage and cheese. Bake for 40 minutes; let cool.
  3. Chop up a wedge for the pooch. Season the people’s portions with salt and pepper and top with the chili sauce.

From: Every Day with Rachael Ray, March 2008


Thank Your Dog Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small carrot, chopped or grated
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 cup unseasoned stuffing bread cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken stock
  1. In a medium skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook until light brown, about 2 minutes. Add the chopped carrot and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peas and lower the heat to low. Stir in bread cubes and remove from the heat.
  2. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then add 1 cup turkey stock and cook, whisking constantly, until the gravy thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Soften the stuffing with the remaining 1 cup stock. Place in a bowl for your pup and let cool for about 5 minutes. Top with the gravy and let cool for another minute before serving.

From: Every Day with Rachael Ray


Chicken and Matzoh

  • 8 matzoh balls (1 package)
  • 1 C. boiled, boneless chicken, finely chopped
  • 1 C. chicken stock
  • 1/2 C. cooked mashed carrots
  1. Prepare matzoh balls according to the instructions on package.
  2. Put motzoh balls in in mixing bowl. Add chicken and carrots.
  3. Moisten to desired consistency with seasoned stock. Mash thoroughly.

From: The Snoopy Doghouse Cook Book… 59 Recipes For Your Dog


Peanut Butter-Banana Treats

Makes 20 Cookies

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C. banana, mashed
  • 1/4 C. peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C. wheat germ
  1. Mix egg, banana, and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add dry ingredients.
  3. Roll out on a heavily floured surface and cut into bars or desired shapes.
  4. Bake at 300F for 30 minutes or to desired crunchiness. The centers will continue to harden as they cool.
  5. Brush with egg white before baking for a glossy finish.
  6. Bake the banana peel for 5-10 minutes for another chewy treat.

From: People Food For Dogs by Katie Merwick