COOKING FOR THE POOCH
If you've never cooked for your dog, the recent pet food recalls suggests that this is a good time to start. Regardless of how high quality a brand of pet food claims to be, it’s still processed in a factory, and there is no substitute for getting nutrition directly from natural whole foods.
My best friend is my dog Zabar. I found him outside of Zabar’s, and he turned out to be quite a foodie. I spent that last very rainy Sunday cooking some meals for him as it was the perfect day to spend time in the kitchen.
I wrapped the sweet potatoes in tinfoil and placed them in the oven alongside the turkey. I prefer to use Newman’s Own Organic sweet potatoes, but any organic sweet potato or yam will do.
Soon the apartment smelled like Thanksgiving. After the turkey was cooked and cooled, I cut most of it off the bone and blended it in a Cuisinart with the sweet potatoes and some of the pan gravy. I then divided the mixture into separate portions for Zabar.
Just before serving it, I mixed in a tablespoon of plain (not vanilla) organic yogurt. Portion size varies depending on how much your dog eats so do not overfeed. “Lean dog, long race,” as a wise veterinarian used to say to me.
For someone who either orders in or eats every meal out, I know this is a big deal. But, it’s much healthier and satisfying to prepare food yourself. The possibilities are endless and anybody can create a healthy, economical, delicious and dog-friendly meal.
I was in Citarella earlier this week and saw some beautiful salmon. Salmon is full of omega-3s which are good for all of us animals.
So next time you are pressed for time and want a quick dinner, pop by Citarella and pick up a salmon filet and a head of broccoli. Steam the broccoli on the stove or in the microwave with some water, and sautée the salmon for a few minutes. Mix up the salmon, broccoli, and either some cottage cheese or yogurt, and I guarantee your dog will love it. See for yourself ...
— Jordana Z.
|Zabar in a food coma.|