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.
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
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
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!!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!)
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 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).
- 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.
- Bake cookies in the preheated oven until the edges are light brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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)
- Combine wheat flour, bread flour, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar, and flax seed in mixing bowl. Stir in eggs and vegetable oil.
- Dissolve dry milk in water then incorporate the mixture.
- Mix to form a very firm dough that is smooth and workable. Adjust by adding a little extra flour or water as required.
- Cover the dough and set aside to relax for 15-20 min.
- 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.
- 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!!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup brown sugar
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!!)
Enjoy!! And let me know if you try these recipes!