By Karen Ilhardt, Home Economist Kroger Customer Connect (C|c)
Do you spoil your pet? Most of us do. Often our pets become like a member of the family. They have a name, special place to sleep, routine, show us affection and like to eat certain items. My dog is now 14 years old and still greets me with bright eyes and a wagging tail in anticipation of treats. Our pets show us unconditional love and protection. They lift our spirits and always listen to stories of our day. Shouldn’t we treat them to some homemade, organic treats?
In recognition of National Pet Month, I have included two simple dog treat recipes. Cats unfortunately, tend to be more sensitive eaters. If you are the designated caregiver of a cat (or cats) you will need to find what works for your furry friend(s).
The simplest dog treat recipe I could find starts with organic chicken. There are several offerings of organic chicken in the Simple Truth® line. The boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs will help reduce some of the prep work. After the chicken has been rinsed and the fat removed, make thin strips of about 1/8 inch. Place them on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 200? F for about 2 hours. Cool completely and break into bite-sized pieces. Store the treats in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 8 months. My dog would LOVE these fresh, organic chicken jerky treats!
A little more work goes into making traditional doggie biscuit treats. They are very similar to homemade cookies so be sure to make them into distinctive shapes or they could be mistaken for people treats.
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with Oatmeal:
2 ½ cups Simple Truth® Organic flour
1 cup Simple Truth® Natural Oats (rolled or steel cut)
1/2 cup Simple Truth® Organic Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 1/3 cups hot water
** Let your dog think they are getting “people cookies” by making the traditional ball shape and flattening it with the crisscross of fork tines. Just be sure to store them in well-marked containers. J
What special treat(s) do you give your pet?
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