Many people have asked me for some of the recipes that I create for Caesar, so I thought I would create a whole new page to add recipes as I work with them. Let’s start with just a couple of recipes (all of my Caesar recipes are very easy to prepare by the way!!) — I will add more recipes over time.

MEALS

Variations on Chicken Meals:

Most importantly in my meal-planning is using a variety of veggies so that Caesar gets plenty of nutrients from different sources – my base for meaty meals is always lean chicken or lean ground beef.  Here are a couple more combinations:

Chicken and Peas Medley

Chicken and Peas Medley

Ingredients:

Coconut or Olive Oil

2 lbs lean ground chicken (or beef of course)

3 large carrots – shredded or cubed

1 bunch swiss chard

2 cups frozen peas

 

How To:

Heat 2 tbsp of coconut or olive oil in wok; add ground chicken and brown; add swiss chard – which will add fluid as cooks, add carrots and frozen peas and cook until all veggies cooked and most fluid is absorbed – although Caesar loves to lick up any “soup” or fluids from his meals!!

Veggie Delight

Here’s a useful combination to make sure your babies are not overloading on meats which can be hard on the liver – something schnauzer families need to look out for with our babies!

Veggie Delight

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice

1/2 cup red rice

2 tbsp coconut or olive oil

2 cups chopped carrots

1 bunch swiss chard

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp ground basil

Cook both rices in pots according to directions (if any) – I generally use 2 cups of water for each cup of brown and red rice – you could cook both together (which would need 3 cups of water).

Then heat up oil in a pan/wok, add both rices, add carrots and cook slightly, add swiss chard until wilted and cooked and then add apple cider vinegar and basil.

 

Sweet Potato, Chicken and Apple SurpriseSweet Potato, Chicken and Apple Surprise

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground lean chicken

1 medium sized sweet potato (shredded or chopped)

2 apples (chopped into cubes with skin)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

apple cider vinegar

How To:

Melt coconut oil in hot skillet, add chicken.  When meat is browned, add sweet potato and cook till potato is just softened — will take anywhere from 5 -15 minutes depending on the size of sweet potato pieces.  Add apple pieces and apple cider vinegar and cook till fluid is almost gone (I like leaving Caesar’s food just a little juicy rather than too dry!).

So what’s the “surprise” — I don’t usually add fruit to Caesar’s meals as he has fruit as his “treats” after breakfast each morning! But let me tell you that this meal smells like a dessert!!  And he really loved it (but maybe that’s because he wasn’t expecting some fruit in his dinner…) 😀

Another surprise for you: this is easy and your dog will love it!!! 🙂

I put Caesar’s meals into little containers and store in the freezer until I need them.  Then I take out one container, allow it defrost on my kitchen counter, and reheat in the microwave in a bowl — I use 1/4 cup of this with 1/4 cup dry kibble (we’re using Taste of the Wild right now) for each meal (3 meals per day).

The amount I don’t use, I cover and store in the fridge to reheat for his next meal.

TREATS

These are great as training treats and also for filling Caesar’s kongs with, while we’re at work or away from home for a few hours.

Fish Bites

fish fry!

cooking…

Ingredients:

1 package frozen fish fillets (6-8 pieces)

large handful of parsley

1 teaspoon turmeric

Dash of pepper (1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon) which helps absorption of turmeric

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil

done! cool and serve! (or freeze)

To Make:

Thaw and rinse fish fillets

Rinse parsley and put into blender with lemon juice

Pour this over fish and add turmeric and pepper

Heat oil in frying pan on stove – add fillets; cook till all fluids are dry to prevent staining of fur/carpet, etc.

I break these into pieces and freeze for later use.   🙂

Caesar loves them!

 

Basil-Turmeric Beef Bits

Basil-Tumeric Beef Bites

Ingredients:

1 lb Lean Beef (chopped into 1cm cubes)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil

1 tablespoon turmeric powder

1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil

How To:

Heat oil in skillet on medium heat.  Add chopped beef pieces, basil and turmeric.  Cook until meat is browned.  You will notice that the meat will likely maintain the bright yellow tinge of turmeric. I used to put turmeric into Caesar’s main meals, but didn’t like the yellow tinge it was leaving on his fur but now that it’s in the treats I make for him, there’s minimal chance that any fur-staining will occur (from his food at least!!).

I store these in ziplock bags in our freezer and take out a small handful as needed (might just leave them on the counter to defrost or heat them up if I forgot to take them out early enough!!)  It’s so useful to have these homemade yummy (and aromatic) treats on hand as needed 🙂

Note: Be careful if you’re working on a white kitchen surface as turmeric can stain terribly!  Also watch out for white clothes/carpet/rugs around you or where your dog might enjoy his/her treats!

COOKIES

Here are a couple of recipes that can be used as homemade cookie treats — let me know if you try them (or if your dog does!) ;)

My cookies are baking!!

Cranberry-Spelt Cookies

Cranberry-Spelt Cookies
1 3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup oil (coconut or vegetable works)
3/4 cup cranberries
1 egg
1 1/2 cups quick or rolled oats
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup brown or cane sugar (I reserve this for the “human” version of these cookies!)
1/2 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  1. Mix spelt flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda together in a bowl. Mix brown/cane sugar (if using), oil, applesauce, egg, and maple syrup together in a separate bowl; add to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Fold in oats and cranberries. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto an un-greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake cookies in the preheated oven until the edges are light brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

 

 

 

so worth it!!

Cinnamon Bites

2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp. (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) water or milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil (what original recipe called for — can substitute other oils if desired)
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) honey
1 tsp. (5 mL) cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly-role style and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread them with cream cheese.

Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Store extra in a tightly covered container of freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.

Note — I have also used this recipe combining the cinnamon and honey into the mixture directly and using my cookie cutters to make the desired shapes (as in picture) — I believe he liked these just as much as the rolled cookies!

Homemade Flax Seed Dog Biscuit Recipe

(note: I have not tried making these yet, but came across this recipe some time ago and think it would be a very good one — though I might try substituting with other types of flour to avoid too much wheat… I’ll let you know how things work out when I try this)

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz (340g) whole wheat flourYummy!
  • 12oz (340g) bread flour
  • 2 oz (55g) wheat germ
  • 1 t (5g) sea salt (I might still cut this amount in half too…)
  • 2T (30g) brown sugar
  • 3-4T Flax Seed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1c (240ml) vegetable oil
  • 3oz (85g) powdered dry milk (I’d use low fat)
  • 1c (240ml) water

Directions:

  1. Combine wheat flour, bread flour, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar, and flax seed in mixing bowl. Stir in eggs and vegetable oil.
  2. Dissolve dry milk in water then incorporate the mixture.
  3. Mix to form a very firm dough that is smooth and workable. Adjust by adding a little extra flour or water as required.
  4. Cover the dough and set aside to relax for 15-20 min.
  5. Roll the dough out to 1/2″ (1.2cm) thick. Cut out biscuits using a bone-shaped cutter 3″x1.5″ (7.5×3.7cm). Place the biscuits on sheet pans lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for approx. 40 minutes or until biscuits are brown and, more importantly, rock-hard. Let biscuits cool, then store in a covered container five to six feet off the floor :D. Use as needed to reward your four-legged friends.

Enjoy!  And hope your dogs will too!!

Oatmeal, Flax and Blueberry Cookies

So I felt like making some oatmeal cookies for my husband and myself (I very rarely have such a craving but I do know he has a sweet tooth!).  Halfway through making a basic cookie for us, I decided we should use ingredients that would also be healthy and therapeutic for Caesar.  Caesar really came out ahead with his stash — but we’re hoping people don’t notice us eating the occasional “dog biscuit” ourselves!!  Hope your dog will enjoy these as much as ours does!  Note: sugar can be replaced with honey or molasses for even healthier benefits! Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 cup brown sugar

our little plate of cookies

our little plate of cookies

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup whole flax seed

1/4 cup ground flax

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (without shell and unsalted)

1/4  cup frozen wild blueberries (can use fresh if available)

Combine all ingredients with 1/3 cup water, roll out dough and cut into desired cookie shapes.  Place on greased cookie tray and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until cookies look golden brown.  Caesar loves these!!! And ok, we do too…!!

Store in paper bags in fridge for 2 -3 weeks (if they last that long!!)

Happy Caesar!!

Happy Caesar!!

Kindly,

Dr. Menen

 

Enjoy!!  And let me know if you try these recipes!

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8 responses »

  1. bjørnar kvalsvik says:

    You’re a gem hanifa and Caesar is so lucky lo have you. I will try this next weekend. Sounds absolutely amazing:-)<3

  2. Sonnethawk says:

    My dog has allergies to wheat. Also, I was wondering about the acid-base balance in the dog food since female Schnauzers are very highly prone to get Struvite urinary stones and the males are more prone to oxalate stones. I read that sweet potato should not be given because it is too alkaline, and when an alkaline diet is fed to a dog, especially a female, that that is what causes then to get the struvite stones. Care to comment?

    • Dr. Menen says:

      Hello there and thank-you for your question/comment! Some sources do see a link to types of bladder stones for male vs. female dogs, but in my opinion, the nutrition and general health maintenance is key in preventing and/or managing bladder stones in either sex. You are correct that acid-base balance (or rather imbalance) is what is most indicative of stone production. A highly-alkaline diet can lead to MORE acidic urine which is linked with the most common stone formation in miniature schnauzers – oxalate stones (oxalate stones only form in urine that is acidic). Struvite stones most often occur when a dog develops a chronic urinary tract infection (bacterial cystitis) with certain bacteria that have the power to make the urine LESS acidic. So, the best way to monitor your dog’s bladder health is to have the urine analyzed and/or monitor with your own pH strips to maintain a healthy range of pH at approximately 6.6 -7 pH range for best prevention of either type of stone. Foods such as sweet potato do promote a more acidic urinary pH and must be balanced with foods that help create more alkaline pH. Your question is such a good one, that I intend to write a blog entry about stone formation, prevention and possible management for other readers. Remember for now that it’s not the inclusion of a single dietary ingredient that leads to stone formation but a combination of nutrition and lifestyle factors that promote their formation. Exercise, adequate water intake and the opportunity to urinate regularly can be incredibly beneficial in the prevention of bladder stone formation. My next post will expand on your question more thoroughly — thanks again for raising this question for other readers!

  3. Lyndel Maroske says:

    Hi Dr Menen, We are eagerly awaiting the birth of our little female schnauzer around April and I have been doing my research on training methods and diet and am now leaning towards the raw or BARF diet for our little girl. This type of diet is based on the view that the canine metabolism hasn’t evolved much since domestication and that we should not be i) giving them any cooked food; & ii) providing a diet as close to what they would be eating in the wild as possible. Though I love healthy cooking and would look forward to making some doggie biscuits, dehydrating liver and other meats. Any comments

    • Dr. Menen says:

      Hello Lyndel,
      Thank-you for your comment and I’m sure you are in for some fun ahead with your new expected female schnauzer.
      Raw food/BARF diets do have some controversy surrounding them with some people who believe there’s nothing better and some that absolutely oppose its principles. Each pet owner has to do what they feel is best for their fur-babies, but I thought I’d share with you some of the pros and cons (which you may already know) that I’ve learned about raw diets:
      Pros
      better digestion – natural raw food passes through easier
      healthier coats and skin
      increased energy levels
      improved disposition
      fresher breath
      cleaner teeth and gums – chewing bones helps this process
      weight control – no fatty grains
      very low in carbohydrates – which often cause food allergies and digestive issues
      no chemicals, preservatives, sweeteners, fillers and additives

      Cons
      benefits aren’t proven; they’re anecdotal (some people notice the benefits listed above and others do not)
      raw meat can contain harmful bacteria – including E. coli and salmonella – which can affect the dog and anyone else in the house from touching areas the food has been
      airway obstruction and choking – uncooked bones are still dangerous
      bowel obstruction and intestinal perforations – again, uncooked bones, when swallowed, can be a huge problem
      inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract
      severe diarrhea
      time-intensive – besides staying vigilant to avoid having their pets swallow potentially-harmful bones, proponents often talk about the trial-and-error nature of raw food and how they have to change it up to get best results (which of course can be necessary with any foods)
      more expensive

      For most people, the risks of the raw food diet far outweigh the benefits. Remember, the raw food diet isn’t the only way to improve your dog’s nutrition. No matter which choice of diet you use however, do vary the foods regularly as the same foods daily can certainly lead to food sensitivities.

      I believe that if a dog currently suffers from digestive issues or allergies, the raw food diet may be worth testing out (of course I believe that figuring out any food sensitivities and using supplements with foods are still the best choice for improving health in such a situation).

      Here are a few tips that I came across that I think are quite useful for feeding your dog the raw food diet safely:
      1. Consult your vet before you start. Make sure your dog can safely make the transition before going out on your own. Having your vet on board is also good because he or she will know what to watch for in subsequent visits. If your pup is going to be on kibble before you get her, you would need her to do a slow transition to raw foods as this would still be an adjustment/change to her normal digestive process.
      2. Don’t feed your dog bones. Raw or not, it’s dangerous. Every year that the raw food diet has gained in popularity has seen a rise in the number of dogs forced to have emergency procedures to remove bones that have gotten lodged in their digestive tract. This is an especially dangerous issue for smaller dogs.
      3. Watch your dog as she eats. When she’s done, throw away the leftovers (not that there generally are any!). Don’t try to refrigerate them for later. The risk isn’t worth the money you’ll be saving.
      4. Use stainless steel dishes. Clean them well between feedings.
      5. Join a raw diet group. There are many on the internet, and you can learn a lot from the experiences of others, such as where to get safe meat and how much to feed.
      5. Be vigilant. Each dog adjusts differently to the diet, but be aware of any negative behavior changes.

      Finally, I want to share that other information that I’ve read indicates that dogs’ metabolism HAS changed dramatically since domestication and their natural digestive enzymes are no where near the same as they were pre-domestication. For generations they have eaten more people foods and have now adapted their digestion accordingly. This would mean that raw food diets can be challenging initially (especially for pups) as they need to train their bodies to digest raw foods. I lean towards this thinking personally for many reasons, but again, each person needs to do what they feel is best for their own dogs.

      I do think dehydrating meats will be a fantastic treat for training and I wish you a healthy and happy experience ahead with your new fur-baby! I can see that you’re already showing that she’s coming to a great home by your interest in her nutritional plan!!

  4. Lyndel Maroske says:

    Thanks for that fantastic reply Dr Menen. I have already found a holistic vet to consult with once we get our pup. The breeder has her pups on kibble and gives a meaty bone as a treat each night if they are “good”. So would need to do the change over to raw food gradually and watching that she like it and adjusts well. Your thoughts encourage me to do some more research about the adaptations that have occurred for dogs metabolisms since eating people food, and if a raw diet is indeed best! I cringe more and more in horror of what I read goes into commercial dog foods, but knowing what people put into their own bodies, I guess I shouldn’t. Can’t wait for our little schnooter (as my partner fondly calls schnauzers) to arrive. We looked after my sister’s for 6 months last year, and we fell in love with the breed. She looks a lot like Caesar, whose website gives us lots of laughs. So of course, we want a black and white schnauzer too. :0)

    • Dr. Menen says:

      It’s hard not to fall in love with this breed! You’re going to love her and I am sure she’s going to love being part of your home! Do post some pics of her on Caesar Augustus vonSchnauzer’s facebook page for us to see your new addition when you have her! All the best to you and I think you made a good choice with the black and silver!!

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