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March’s Monthly Treat Okinawan (purple) Sweet Potato Cookies

This month’s treat was all about Purple, Yams that is! We used purple sweet potatoes known as Okinawan in their native Hawaii. They are touted as a powerhouse of nutrition and you can find many of the benefits here. The purple pigment provides more than just color. It is a byproduct of the antioxidant Anthocyanin. The Okinawan potato contains 150 percent more antioxidants than blueberries. 

We paired the purple potato with pumpkin seeds. They a great source of protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health. When feeding them please make sure they are raw and unsalted. An interesting fact we also learned about is they are being used as a holistic approach to treating worms in your dog.

We combined jerky, yogurt, and an egg to provide extra protein for your pup. We do keep it simple below is the complete ingredient list. 

  • Rice Flour
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Purple Sweet Potato
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turkey Jerky (locally made)

“Sweet potatoes are cooked with the skin produces more fiber than a serving of oatmeal"

We also sent some our customers another version that we made with organic Buckwheat Flour instead of Rice Flour. Buckwheat is a nice grain free alternative for dogs on special diets

Tips

Granny Smith Apple Pie with Bacon for Dogs

Prep time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Makes 2-3 servings

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Crust:

1 1/4 C Sorghum Flour- Gluten and Wheat Free

1/2 egg

1/8 C water

Filling:

1/2 piece bacon (optional)

1/4 C flour

1 t cinnamon

1 t vanilla

1/2 of a Granny Smith Apple- chopped

1/2 C water

1 t honey

You will also need a ramekin or small pie tin for baking.

1. Turn on oven to 350 degrees.

2. Crust - Beat together flour, egg, and water until completely mixed. Put in fridge for 10 minutes.

3. Filling - In a small saucepan combine flour, cinnamon, vanilla, water, honey and apple. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.

4. Cook 1 slice of bacon on a skillet until crispy, chop, and stir into apple mixture. (we only added 1/2 of the bacon strip)

5. Take out the dough and flatten into a circle large enough to cover the ramekin. Pour filling into the ramekin and cover with the dough (you will have a little left over). Pinch the edges together to finish off the crust, and score the top.

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6. Put in the oven for 20 min.

We scooped out a large spoonful of the filling and served it in a separate bowl after cooled.

If your dog loves apples they make a great pie filling. We also used Sorghum flour for the first time and it worked pretty well for the crust. Though it is a grain, it is gluten and wheat free.  We try to rotate and experiment with different types of flours we use to accommodate dogs with allergies. This type of flour is usually used for breads, pastries, and cookies. It is high in protein and fiber.

*Because Sorghum Flour is high in protein we do not recommend it's use for pups with kidney problems.

And yes your dogs can have apples, they are also a great treat uncooked. Maru had actually never eaten one before! I am not going to say it's her favorite treat, but she did manage to finish her slice of pie and I don't think she will shy away from another!

http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/can-dogs-eat-apples/29085

Nutrition for Dogs, Tips

Super Bowl Game Day Food - Chili and Yam Skins for Pups

Food is crucial for Super Bowl Sunday. We get to enjoy pizza, chips, snacks, and other delicious finger food. But what about the hungry pups on Super Bowl Sunday? At Arrfscarf, we always think about the pups.  We crafted two pup friendly recipes for our canine friends, Chicken Chili and Yam Skins. 


Yam Skins topped with Ground Beef and Cheddar Cheese

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

2 Yams, 1/4 lbs of ground sirloin, 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, olive oil

Directions

Set the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the yams thinly, the thickness of a potato chip. Place the sliced yams on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. Then, lightly sprinkle olive oil on the sliced yams. Place the yams in the oven for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, brown the beef over medium heat. Break down the beef into small pieces while cooking.

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Remove the yams from the oven. Sprinkle each piece with the browned beef and shredded cheese. Place the yams back in the oven on the top rack. Set the oven to broil for 5 minutes.

Cook the yams until tender and the cheese is melted.

Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

1/2 lb of cooked chicken breast, one cup of frozen kale, 2/3 cup of instant long grain rice, 2 carrots peeled and chopped, 1/2 cup of frozen peas, 1/2 cup of beef broth low sodium, 2 cups of water, (optional 1/4 cup of tomato sauce).

Directions

First shred the chicken breast. Then place all of the ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Cook over low heat for 25 minutes and cover.

Remove from stove and let cool.

 

Here you can see both items in their final state of deliciousness.

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It's so funny while making both of these recipes, I sensed Ms. Maru knew that they were for her. Game Day or not, I will for sure make these again for her. The yam skins can be made without the cheese or ground sirloin for a healthy little snack. The Chicken Chili is packed full of ingredients that are full of vitamins and protein for your canine.

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