February 7, 2011

Valentines Liver Nibbles

This recipe uses heart-shaped or other cookie cutters to make pretty treats as a gift for your pet – or his or her boyfriends and girlfriends.

Ingredients

4 cups fresh raw chicken liver, preferably organic
2 free range eggs
¼ cup olive oil
2 cups instant quinoa flakes
3 tbsp applesauce
¼ cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1 clove fresh garlic, crushed
1 tsp of dried basil
Filtered water sufficient to make a batter

What to do
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Process the liver in a blender or food processor, until completely pureed.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour in the oil.
Add the pureed liver.
Mix in the dry ingredients slowly, stirring continuously so they are thoroughly combined. Add water gradually, until you have a ‘batter’ consistency.
Pour this batter into a flat 1 ½ to 2” cake tin.
Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.
Cool in the tin until able to be handled, then gently turn the ‘cake’ out onto a rack and refrigerate* to cool completely. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters** to gently press out individual shapes. Save the scraps as a healthy topper on their next meal!

*The other advantage of cooling this recipe in the refrigerator is that it reduces the risk of thievery by your dog, before you have actually finished making it. This is a frequent occurrence with the dogs in our office.

**If you don’t have a cookie cutter, it’s also perfectly fine just to cut the loaf into bite sized squares. Really tiny squares are excellent as training treats because they have a good aroma and can be consumed quickly without filling up your dog’s tummy.

Valentines Pup-Cakes

Ingredients

    2 cups Honest Kitchen Force™ dehydrated dog food
    1 cup warm water
    ¾ cup whipped cream cheese
    2 eggs
    2 tbsp runny honey
    ½ cup fresh cherries, pitted
    Optional: 4 or 5 fresh strawberries

(You will also need a muffin pan and paper cupcake cases for this recipe)

What to do
Preheat oven to 375°F. Insert the cupcake cases into the muffin pan.
Combine the Force, warm water and eggs together in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in ¼ cup only, of the whipped cream cheese, reserving ½ cup for the frosting. Next, gradually add the honey.
Fold in the pitted cherries.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, half filling each one.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
Top with the remaining cream cheese and if using, slice the strawberries lengthways so the slices resemble hearts, and place one or two slices on each finished cake. These cupcakes will store in the refrigerator for three to four days.
Serve them up to your pup and her friends!

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