In honor of National Cook for Your Pet Day on November 1st, here are a few tasty treats that you can whip up for the animals in your life.
5 oz carrots, finely sliced
4 oz fresh or frozen peas
1 lb minced beef
3 oz fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs, made with wheat and gluten-free bread
2 tbs tomato puree
½ ounce parsley, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz low-fat shaved Parmesan cheese
3 eggs, hard boiled and shelled.
Steam carrots and peas until tender. Set aside.
Mix the beef, breadcrumbs, tomato puree, parsley, and beaten eggs until combined.
Add cooled carrots and peas.
Roll the mixture into a ball and divide in half.
Place one half of the mixture in the base of a greased loaf tin, pressing firmly down into the corners. Make a slight dip along the center.
Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan.
Place the boiled eggs in the center of the tin, in the dip.
Add the remaining mixture on top, and press firmly around the sides and on top to completely cover the eggs.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 ½ hours
½ lb of ground chicken
1 egg, boiled, shelled, chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
½ cup macaroni
2 tbs olive oil
1 ½ cups chicken stock
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add chicken and cook thoroughly.
Add chicken stock, carrot, and macaroni, bringing to a boil.
When it’s boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until macaroni is tender.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.
Add chopped egg and stir.
Blend the mixture in a food processor until the ingredients are mashed together.
Store in an air tight container up to three days.
A note about eggs
We’ve included eggs in both recipes because they are an outstanding source of easily digestible protein for your dog and cat. Packing 6.25 grams of protein, 75 calories, and 13 essential vitamins and minerals, it’s one of nature’s nutritional bargains.
When giving your animal eggs, scrambled and boiled are the best ways to prepare them as they retain the most nutrients and are easiest to absorb. Boiled eggs are the easiest way to incorporate these nuggets of nutrition into your pet’s diet since there’s no complex cooking, or extra ingredients. They can be given whole to big dogs, sliced into chunks, or diced and mixed into kibble. Raw eggs are not absorbed easily, so we don’t suggest serving them. If you choose to use them, be sure to use the whole egg as raw whites alone can cause biotin deficiency.