Frugal Pet Food Recipe: Spinach & Carrot Dog Biscuits

By Helen Chin Lui of The Healing Place in Medfield, MA http://healingplacemedfield.com

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Spinach is the vegetable of choice for these heart healthy cookies. Did you know that spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants, a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and contains over 20 other vitamins and minerals? Wow, with a veggie this healthy, we should all include this gem in our diets.

The carrots in this recipe add vitamins and a natural sweetness that most dogs love. The rolled oats also contain omega –3 fatty acids, and don’t forget the healthy fat added by the extra virgin olive oil. We know what you are thinking, with such a heart healthy treat, we will look the other way while you try a nibble.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Serves: 24 makes tablespoon size flattened cookies

Ingredients:
·         1 cup whole wheat flour
·         1 cup rolled oats
·         1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
·         1 2/3 cup frozen spinach
·         1 cup grated carrot
·         1/8 cup chicken broth, low sodium
*   1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:
1.       Preheat oven to 350° F
2.     Whisk together the flour, oats and cheese.
3.     Place the spinach in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through. Stir, drain and squeeze out any excess water.
4.     In a blender, puree the lightly cooked spinach, carrots and chicken broth.
5.     Thoroughly scrape the pureed mixture out of the blender into the dry ingredients.
6.     Add the extra virgin olive oil.
7.     With a fork, break apart and stir together the spinach and flour mixtures.
8.     Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
9.  Using a tablespoon roll spinach into a ball and place on a prepared  sheet and gently press ball into a flattened cookie shape. Repeat the process.
10. Bake for 20 minutes.
11. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Storing – These homemade dog cookies will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Keep them for up to 6 months in your freezer.

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