Sunday, August 15, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These treats make my dogs drool over the thought of them. They're simple, wholesome, and healthy-what more could you want out of a treat for your loyal pup? The husband calls them Mamma's Biscuits because our dog Jordi literally goes crazy and will do anything in his repertoire of tricks in order to get one! An added bonus, these treats are human grade! (its not too far off of a peanut butter cookie)

First of all the ingredients are very few (only 4 in fact):

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup of milk
1 cup of your dog's favorite peanut butter

Preheat oven to 375

Mix your dry ingredients separately so that the baking powder is well incorporated into the mixture.

Mix together your milk and peanut butter until smooth, then gradually add in flour mixture until it's all incorporated.

Knead the dough until you you're happy with its texture (this is an oily/dry dough, its never very smooth but it is workable). Roll the dough out until its a 1/4 inch thick and cut into your favorite shapes. Bake it for 16-20 minutes, times will vary based on size of your biscuits and the intensity of your oven. These can burn easily, so use the lowest time and give it extra time as needed. As a variation, mix in some honey for a sweeter flavor.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Three Cheese Lasagna and Italian Bread

As the title states, thats what's for dinner tonight (to quote my favorite tv cook). Additionally, there's no meat in this dinner and the bread is homemade. I did have my bread machine mix up the dough, saves you some time because you can do other things during that hour and half. Then its just as simple as shaping, proofing, prepping and baking! If the way it smells is any indication, this is going to be awesome! The lasagna, will also be homemade (save for the pasta, which will be no boil). I prefer to make my own tomato sauce when making lasagna. While this is obviously not a vegan dish, it does qualify as vegetarian, but will satisfy the meat eaters in the family too. Its important to scale back meat quantity. The average American woman only needs approximately 5.5 oz of meat/bean proteins a day-I guarantee you get more than that! If anyone wants either of these recipes, comment. If there's enough interest, I'll post it on Kitchen Ninja's facebook page and on here.

pro tip: when mixing together a cheese mixture for any baked pasta dish, mix in at least egg to help hold the dish together.