My Furry Valentine
The bond between human in pet is special and strong. The warmth that a beloved animal brings to our hearts and homes is something to be treasured and an opportune time to show your pet appreciation is on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
A great way to show some puppy love is to bake homemade dog treats. This is one of our favorite recipes from www.kitchenconfidant.com. A basic cut out dough, there are heart cookie cutters aplenty in your local grocery store.
· 1 cup whole wheat flour
· 1 cup oats
· ½ cup flaxseed
· ½ to 1 cups beef broth
· ¼ cup peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed. Mix in ½ cup beef broth and peanut butter. Mix well, adding additional beef broth if necessary to bring the mixture together to form a thick dough. Form a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to about ½ inch thickness and cut out to desired shape. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway. Cool completely. Can be kept in an airtight container for about a week. Makes approximately 1 dozen.
You will find this is a very forgiving recipe for even the most challenged baker. Feel free to play around with the ingredients. You can add a handful of parsley for breath improvement, garlic for heart health, or an egg for additional protein.
We don’t want to leave our feline friends out of the Valentine fun! Here is a 3-ingredient recipe brought to you by www.cookierookie.com.
· 10 oz canned salmon –undrained
· 1 egg –beaten
· 2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Pulse undrained salmon in a food processor, or chop as small as possible.
In a medium bowl or stand mixer, combine salmon, the beaten egg and two cups of whole wheat flour. Add water if too thick or additional flour if the dough is too sticky. Roll out dough on a floured surface until ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters (we like a small fish one). Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at for about 20 minutes. When edges are brown, they are done. Cool completely. May be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
A Wonderful Valentines Day to you and all of your Valentines!
*If your loved one is on a special diet, make sure to clear homemade treats with your veterinarian first.