Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.
As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.
Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!
1 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
Rinse strawberries and blueberries. Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries. Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture. Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!
Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog
Marinated and seasoned grilled chicken breasts, so full of flavor, you won’t even notice they’re healthy! This marinade direction I’m sharing nowadays is that the direction I exploit to infuse and season the chicken breasts I grill weekly for meal preparation. As a result of when operating 10-plus hour work days, UN agency needs to return home and create dinner? I’ve even enclosed many dish concepts to travel with these grilled chicken breasts too so you are covered for dinner for the whole week!
If you recognize ME then you recognize that I eat grilled chicken salads for dinner. And that I ne’er get uninterested in it. And that I HATE sauce (it’s a texture factor for me), thus my dish consists of a mixture of butter lettuces and romaine lettuce, some croutons and a grilled misshapen. With however flavor us this chicken is, you don’t even want sauce anyways!
I sometimes grill up a batch of this chicken the night before I’m going back to figure, thus after I get off of labor I will simply get through, knock out my unit chores (get the mail, water the plants, feed the dogs, etc), do a fast exercise then nosh on some dinner. And currently that we tend to area unit transitioning to 12-1/2 hour shifts at work return Gregorian calendar month, meal preparation are even a lot of important!
I don’t have a smoker or fancy BBQ. Just plain oil’ gas grill… Thus i used to be excited to receive Smoking-O’s rings, that area unit designed to feature that smoke and charcoal flavor to food roast on a gas grill! You don’t have to be compelled to pre-soak the Smoking-O’s either such as you do with wood chips…you simply heat your grill up, place a smoke ring on the grill straight from the package, let the ring lightweight and smoke, then you’re in business! Instant flavor supplemental to your food! And then easy…because if I will bang, you’ll be able to do it! Click here to envision Smoking-O’s out and to look at the video on however the merchandise works!
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat (about 6 breasts) 1 packet McCormick’s Grill Mates Mesquite Marinade 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup Sweet Mesquite Seasoning 1 tablespoon bacon salt 1 tablespoon garlic pepper 1 tablespoon Lawry’s Seasoning Blend
1. In a bowl add the Sweet Mesquite Seasoning, bacon salt, garlic pepper and Lawry’s Seasoning Blend.
2. In a large ziplock bag, add the entire packet of mesquite marinade and the water. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the marinade and water together so they are incorporated.
3. Add one chicken breast into the ziplock bag and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the spice mixture and sprinkle with a 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands (on the outside of the bag) to work the chicken breast into the marinade. Continue to add the chicken breasts into the ziplock bag, one breast at a time, sprinkling each breast with the seasoning mixture and Worcestershire sauce. Continue this layering method until all the chicken breasts have been added into the ziplock bag.
4. If you need more liquid, add a little more Worcestershire sauce or water to the marinade. If you want more seasoning in your marinade, add additional amount of desired seasonings. Close the ziplock bag and use your hands to work the chicken into the marinade. Set aside.
5. Make sure your gas grill is clean before turning it on high heat to preheat the grill. After the grill has heated up, place one Smokin-O’s smoke ring on a hot spot on the grill and close the lid. Allow smoke ring to light and smoke (approximately 7-minutes).
6.Once smoke ring is smoking, use tongs to place the chicken directly on the grill. Reduce the heat to medium-high and close the lid. In 7-8 minutes, use the tongs to flip the chicken over. Close the lid and let the chicken cook.
7. Allow chicken to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes. Check chicken and flip again, if needed, or let the chicken cook for a few additional minutes on the second side. Cook chicken until it is completely cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165-degrees. Cook time will vary on how thin or thick your breasts are.
8. Once chicken is fully cooked, use clean tongs to remove the chicken from the grill, and place chicken breasts on a plate or in a reusable container (if you are meal prepping). Cover the container and let the chicken rest for several minutes before slicing to eat.
9.Turn off the grill and close the lid. Let the Smokin-O’s ring sit on the grill until it completely burns out.
10. Serve chicken with desired side dishes or on top of a salad.
We’re all very busy working on our gift lists just like Santa’s little elves. In all the hustle and bustle of the season we sometimes forget to give our furry little friends a little something.
We’ve been giving not only our family pets Christmas gifts for years, we give our pet lover friends gifts for their fur balls too. I’m not sure who started this tradition and when we started, but I do know that we all love it!
I know sometimes things get too crazy and you think do I have to think of pet gits too? Not to mention pet gifts at the pet stores can be ridiculously expensive, sometimes hard to fit into a Christmas budget specially if you have lots of pet friends. But you don’t have to break the bank on buying gifts for the furry critters or your friends that have some.
This year we’ll be giving out homemade doggie biscuits. They are very easy and inexpensive to make and you can package them in any type of container you like. We’re packing ours in pint size Mason jars, it’s sort of the double gift, the jar can be used throughout the year for more treats!
I baked these treats in about an hour using just a few ingredients, many of which I already had in my pantry. I used rolled oats, ground flax seeds, and olive oil along with the other ingredients for a tasty and healthy treat. Rolled oats are a good source of fiber and the flax seeds and olive oil are good for skin and coat. My Siberian Husky, Cannoli, loves them. She’s my taste tester!
Here’s my recipe! It will make 24 bone shaped dog treats about 3″ long and 1/2″ thick
2 cups flour – organic if you have it
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 small jar of chicken in chicken broth strained baby food
1 small jar of carrot strained baby food
3/4 + cup water
1/4 cup Olive oil
1. Mix all ingredients except water together in large bowl.
2. Knead dough, adding water about 1/4 cup at a time until the dry ingredients are all mixed in and you can form a ball.
3. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness.
4. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters or use a glass to make round shapes.
5. Place biscuits on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
6. Re-roll dough until you have cut it all into biscuits.
7. Brush both sides of biscuits with olive oil.
8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turning biscuits halfway for even browning.
9. Remove from oven and cool on racks. Cool completely before placing in containers.
Store at room temperature in sealed containers. It will keep for 2-3 weeks or place in freezer to store longer.
I’m always trying new treats for my Siberian Husky, Cannoli. This summer to keep her cool I’ve been making her frozen dog treats which I call Pup Pops. I use fruits, veggies, juices, and other ingredients I have on hand.
A friend recently dropped off a big sack of fresh mangoes. I found my kitchen filled with quickly ripening mango. I decided to use some of them to make these frozen pup pops.
Mango is said to be the “king of fruit”. It’s loved not only for its sweet taste, but also for its healthy benefits. Mangoes are filled with vitamins and minerals that promote good health for both humans
and their pets!*
I chopped up this sweet juicy fruit, mixed it with plain Greek yogurt, and came up with a really yummy treat. They were so good I couldn’t resist snacking on them too. This is truly a treat that you can share with your favorite fur ball. My Cannoli loves them!
I use styrofoam cups to freeze the pops in. It makes storing and unmolding them easy and neat. Just tear off the foam before you give it to your pup. I fill the cups about halfway but you can make whatever size you want. You can also use ice cube trays or any other plastic container to freeze them in.
1 ripe mango
1 pint plain Greek yogurt
Dice ripe mango into bite sized pieces.
Stir mango into yogurt.
Spoon mixture into molds.
Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the “meat” of the fruit and don’t cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
Freeze for at least 6 hours before removing from mold and giving it to your pet.
*Mangoes are safe for dogs to eat, but their seed is not. Mango seeds like other fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide which is poisonous. When making treats using mango for your pets be sure to use only the "meat" of the fruit and don't cut it too close to the seed to avoid accidentally cutting into pieces from the seed.
It’s gonna be a hot summer and I’ve been busy making frozen treats to keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool. I make a variety of frozen treats that I call Pup Pops and Cannoli loves them all.
My newest treat are these Cranberry Mint Pup Pops. These treats don’t only keep her cool they are also good for her. Cranberries are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, and are filled with minerals and antioxidants; all very good for your pet’s overall health and promotes urinary tract health. (To read more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs click here for the article from Raising Healthy Dogs). Mint such as peppermint, spearmint, and other varieties in the Mentha* family, EXCEPT PENNYROYAL (Mentha Pulegium), can help freshen your pup’s breath and is also good for easing stomach upsets. (To read more about herbs that are good for dogs click here for the article from Modern Dog Magazine).
This frozen treat is so easy to make, you just need 2 ingredients! They are perfect for the dog days of summer!
I freeze them in styrofoam coffee cups, when I’m ready to give her a treat I just peel away the foam and throw it away, but you can use ice cube trays or other freezer safe plastic containers. I fill up the cups and make 6 oz. treats, I find it lasts longer than smaller portions, but really you can make any size portion you want.
You can use any brand of cranberry juice, but you should check the label for the sugar content. I prefer to use organic juice as it doesn’t have much sugar added.
1 bunch fresh mint
1 bottle organic cranberry juice
1. Rinse mint leaves and shake off excess water.
2. Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
3. Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
4. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
5. Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It’s poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.
Tear off mint leaves and place them in your containers. About half way full.
Pour cranberry juice over mint leave. The leaves will float.
Freeze for at least 6 hours.
Unmold treats and toss them to your pooch on a hot summer day.
*DO NOT feed your dog Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium) it is poisonous for them. It's poisonous for children as well, so keep pets and kids away from this if you have it in your herb garden. Some folks plant Pennyroyal in their garden because it naturally repels mosquitoes.