Archive | September, 2011

Cooking for your dog – made easy!

19 Sep

A number of years ago my dog had some bladder issues, so I took her to the vet.

Calcium Oxalate crystals in her urine – precursor to kidney stones. Not good.

Vet knew I cooked and was into healthy eating, saw how well I took care of my girl, so she gave me a recipe to keep her alkalinity in check. Translation: stop the formation of Oxalate crystals.

Of course, I quickly made this recipe my own and added a bunch more nutritional elements to it. To which I notice a substantial improvement in her energy and playfulness.

Since Kelsey can’t talk; actions speak louder than words. Now if I would only remember that while dealing with people.

I posted a quickie video today ‘Cooking for Kelsey‘ if you want to watch how easy it is to cook, where/what I use. And where to shop the ingredients.

The link to Youtube –Cooking for Kelsey

Not that it’s rocket science at all. Remember? Broke Actress? Being frugal is good.

The basics to this recipe are:

A couple large scoops ( I use those old dime store scoopers, so the translation would be a medium sized coffee mug or just pour from the bag for 2 seconds;

Dry Black Eyed Peas (just encase you were thinking to to use canned – NO-NO – too much salt!!!) especially for a dog with kidney issues.

Brown Rice. A scoop, a coffee cup or pile of. I use Red Rice. Hu? You say? I say, watch the video! http://youtu.be/wJ9er5jPef8

A Soup Bone, Ox Tail, A Turkey Leg OR a couple Chicken LegsYour choice – knowing your dogs favorite foods.

A bunch of Dried Seaweed. Just grab a handful and throw it in.

Optional: garlic clove, couple whole carrots, squash chunks (skin and all), yam chunks or whole (it cooks for so long it will be mush to stir in). glucosamine tablets, a vitamin e tablet. These are all things I put in from time to time.

Get out your biggest soup pot in the kitchen. Put the ingredients in, in that order. Do not stir. Leave the beans at the bottom. Pour in water to the top of the pot, making sure there’s a good 6 inches of water submerging the ingredients. Beans and rice absorb a lot of water. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn to your lowest setting. Let simmer for oh, 2, 3, 4, 5 hrs. Or more. I’ve been known to forget about it. Or put in a crock pot for the day.

THATS IT!!!

Freeze half into individual freezer baggies or in one big container to be thawed for meals later. The other half keeps in the fridge for about 7 days.

Opening the mail. R there any treats in here?

WARNING: TAKE THE CHICKEN BONES/TURKEY BONES OUT AFTER COOKING. TOSS THEM – DO NOT FEED TO YOUR DOG. ANY BIG BEEF BONES ARE ‘Kinda’ OK. BUT ONLY WHILE BEING SUPERVISED.

DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE WITH ANY KIND OF BONE THAT HAS SHARP EDGES. THEY WILL SWALLOW IT OR TRY TO.  And really, unless you are watching and know your child is not splintering the bone – it’s best to just refrain from giving your dog any kind of bone.

Muffin top the healthy way!

11 Sep Molasses Muffins

My cousin & I baked these muffins for a family gathering last month.

Here’s my version.

Oatmeal Molasses Muffins. I’ve had about 5 so far today.

Molasses Muffins

Mix the liquids up in one bowl =

2 cups low fat buttermilk, 1 egg beaten, 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses, 3 tbsps hemp oil, 3 tbsps finely grated fresh ginger.

Next throw in the raisins and oatmeal and mix up good into the liquid=

1 cup raisins, 1 cup oatmeal

Now stir together the dry ingredients=

1/2 cup wheat germ, 1 – 1/2 cups whole wheat flour ( I used white whole wheat flour)

1-1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt

Take the wet and p0ur over the dry. Mix enough to wet everything – no more or you make the dough less fluffy. And these babies are granola enough.

Bake at 350 F for approx 25 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Couple Tricks Here;

Put the dough in as high as you want them to ultimately be. They do not rise. Too dense probably.

Soak the raisins overnight in water or pour hot water over them & let stand to plump them up.

Use unsulphured molasses. That sulphur shit is bad 4 U. **You can get it at Whole Foods or any health food store.

Use hemp oil. It has a nutty flavor &  is very good 4 U. It has more omega’s than fish oil or flax oil.

The original recipe called for 2 cups plain yogurt (& butter which I substituted nicely with hemp oil). Make sure it’s non fat yogurt. It seemed to make the muffins heavier which is still really good. Mine where a little fluffier. Either way is yummy.

The funky blue silicone muffin tins U C me use in the pic are great I’ve decided – minimal greasing needed & easy to pop out with a twist!!!!