Shout out to all the old, picky, stubborn dogs! Ours has lumps and bumps, is slowly losing his guard-dog sense of hearing, and occasionally treats us to a #2 in the house. He’s sweet and funny and 100% part of the family. All of you pet owners know how real the feelz are for your animals. Caesar has really been perfecting his stubborn, picky eating game in the last couple months. Read: not eating, except for treats. Well, no one in my house is gonna not eat. I mean… Imma feed you… it’s kinda what I do. Enter: turmeric egg muffin cups for breakfast and ground beef and sweet potatoes for dinner for this enormous pumpkin head:
healthy edible love for your dog
Please (pretty please) check with your vet about your own dog’s needs, but eggs are very (like, very) nutritious for dogs. They’re loaded with protein and amino and fatty acids and are good for digestion. Instead of sleepily scrambling an egg for Caesar every morning, I whisked together a dozen with a couple teaspoons of turmeric (a natural anti-inflammatory – hello, achy senior dog hips), and poured them into a muffin pan. Next, because I have a heart and Caesar’s one true love is dairy, I sprinkled some mozzarella in the center of each one and baked them at 350 for 20 minutes. Each morning, these little single-serving muffin cups are waiting for me in the fridge, I can pop one in the microwave for 15 seconds, and Caesar happily wolfs it down.
For dinner, we have 2 quart containers (love, love these for meal prep and leftovers) of ground beef and shredded sweet potato that I cooked in a skillet with a little olive oil. This gets mixed into dry dog food, sometimes with a little warm chicken stock or greek yogurt. Lean ground beef is a healthy source of protein for dogs with lots of vitamins and minerals for those old joints and muscles. Same with sweet potatoes – full of vitamins, low in fat and high in fiber. Caesar snubs vegetables that look too much like vegetables so I shred the potato rather than dicing it up. If your dogs is not so picky… good for you😊
Both these recipes were about 30 minutes worth of work for 10-12 days worth of food … and it cost less than $10. Most importantly, Caesar is eating it! He’s actually absorbing some nutrition from real food rather than relying on snacky treats for his health. #worthit! For now, all is right with the world and I feel good about our life choices. Check back with me in a couple weeks when Caesar’s pickiness will undoubtedly rise again. He’ll decide he’s over these options, and I’ll let you know what we figure out then!
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Turmeric Egg Muffin Cups for Dogs
My dog-friendly version of Turmeric Egg Muffin Cups are an easy and nutritious option for picky dogs!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 22 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- olive oil or coconut oil
- 12 eggs
- 2 t turmeric
- 1/4 t black pepper
- 1/2 C mozzarella
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin pan really well with olive oil or coconut oil, or use a silicon pan.
- Whisk together the eggs and turmeric. Pour the eggs into the muffin cups and sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese into each one.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
The black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin in the turmeric, which helps with inflammation.
Store these in the fridge and reheat them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Beef and Sweet Potatoes for Dogs
Dog-friendly sweet potato and lean ground beef mixed into dry dog food is a nutritious and easy dinner for your pup!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 13 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 sweet potato, grated or diced small
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the ground beef and cook until mostly browned.
- Add the sweet potato and cook for a few minutes, until the beef is browned all the way. (If using diced sweet potatoes and you want them soft, give it a few extra minutes.)
Store this in the fridge.
We like to mix this into our dog’s dry dog food, sometimes with a little warm chicken stock or greek yogurt.