The Canine Cookbook

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Dogs love sweet potato chips as much as humans do!

We cook for our families and friends on an almost daily basis. So why not add our pets to the list? If you are a dog owner and your furry friend has to be on a special diet, isn’t feeling well or if you just want to give them a healthy switch from their normal dog food, there are plenty of options in the kitchen.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), sweet potatoes and pumpkin are high in fiber and good for your dog’s digestive system while chicken and rice, which is packed with vitamins and minerals, is the perfect canine comfort food if your dog is sick or has a sensitive stomach. And just about every dog goes wild for peanut butter, so make your own healthy version of dog biscuits for your pup to munch on. Apples, carrots, scrambled eggs, turkey, cucumbers and a varied selection of other human foods are also A-OK for your pooch to eat.

With the holidays coming up, these treats are a sweet and healthy way to spoil your pup. Grab your ingredients and get cooking these tasty dishes your dog will love.

Sweet Potato Chips

1 large sweet potato, washed and dried

1. Preheat oven to 250° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Slice the potato into ⅓-inch discs, no smaller than ¼-inch and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake for three hours, turning half way through. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Although the treats are dried, store them in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or freeze for up to four months.

Recipe courtesy of The Dogington Post

Chicken and Rice

2 chicken breasts
1¼ cup of water
½ cup of white rice

1. Preheat oven to 325° F

2. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish with a quarter cup of water, cover and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and easily shredded.

3. Place ½ cup of rice and 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let steam for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Do not add any salt or seasoning to either item.

4. Shred the chicken and mix it into the rice along with any juice left in the baking pan.

5. Serve your dog very small portions—about ¼ of their usual serving at meal time—in several increments during the day if they are sick or have stomach issues.

You can also boil the chicken in water if you choose not to bake. If you want to skip the rice, shredded chicken keeps in the fridge for three to four days, or you can freeze it for two to six months.

Recipe courtesy of Mother Nature Network

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

1 cup oats (old fashioned, 1-minute oats, or instant), plus more if needed
⅓ cup pumpkin pureé (not pumpkin pie filling)
¼ cup natural peanut butter

1. Preheat your oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Add oats to a food processor and grind until they reach a fine powder. Add in the pumpkin and peanut butter and blend until a sticky dough is formed.

3. Remove from the processor and roll out on a lightly floured surface. (Use wheat flour, more ground oats or another flour that you have on hand). Cut out cookies using a bone-shaped cookie cutter or small cookie cutter of any shape.

4. Lay the treats on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the treats are dry and hard.

5. Let cool before giving to your pup and then store in an airtight container.

Recipe courtesy of Sam Turnbull and www.itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Boulevard and Anton Media Group’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of three PCLI awards.

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