If you love fixing special food for those care about why not for your dog too? Dogs appreciate a change of taste just as much as we do, believe it or not. If you do home-cooking for your canine companion they are sure to enjoy these recipes and if you don’t normally, they will be in for a very special treat!

Mutt’s Favorite Rice n’Burger

2 cups rice
1/2 pound hamburger meat
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup carrots or broccoli or spinach
4 cups water

Put all ingredients into a large pot, boil until done, then cool off and serve.

Pooch Pasta

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
8 ounces beef liver
3 whole egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 tablespoons butter — optional

Puree beef liver in blender until smooth. Add eggs and blend for about a minute. Put flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center of the flour. Pour liver and egg mixture into well along with olive oil. Mix well until thoroughly combined. Turn dough out on floured board and knead well for at least 5 minutes or until smooth and shiny. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let dough rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, no longer than 2 days. When ready to make pasta, divide dough into 8 equal portions, approximately 4 oz. each.

Form into desired pasta shapes with hands or use pasta machine. Cook in rapidly boiling water until al dente. For thin noodles, approximately 10 minutes, for thicker noodles a few minutes longer. Drain noodles and toss with 1 tablespoon butter per serving, if desired. Instead of butter, try tossing noodles with 1 tablespoon olive oil, canola oil or other oil high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Yield: “2 pounds”

Serving Ideas : Toss cooked pasta with finely shredded fresh vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potatoes, etc. before serving. Mix cooked pasta with 2 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese and/or yogurt per serving for a smooth, creamy sauce.

Canine Sushi

1 can salmon, canned, pink — reserve liquid
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water — plus salmon liquid
1 whole egg, hard-boiled — chopped
1/2 cup peas and carrots, frozen — or more if desired
1 tablespoon fresh parsley — chopped
2 tablespoons cod liver oil
1 package Nori Sheets — *see Note

Drain salmon, reserve liquid for rice. do not remove bones or skin, flake with fork. Defrost peas and carrots.

In a sauce pan add salmon liquid, water, brown rice, cook. let cool to touch.

In a mixing bowl add salmon, brown rice, chopped egg, peas and carrots, and parsley, cod liver oil. Mix well.

Place one nori sheet on a flat surface and spread mixture 1/4 inch over nori, leave 1/4 inch edge of nori and dampen with water. And roll, repeat till nori sheets are used, or mixture is gone.

Individually wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate till ready to serve. Cut rolls into size for your dog.

Note: Nori Sheets is dried seaweed found in the oriental section of your grocery store or specialty shop. This recipe freezes well also.

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