The whole world seems to be on a health kick – avoid sodium, no oil, eat organic, skip the preservatives. However when it comes to our four legged friends, we have been splurging on getting them prepackaged snacks. And when I say splurge, I mean splurge… I spend about Rs. 12,000 ($218) a month.
This exercise had a two fold approach for me. Most importantly ensuring the dogs eat healthier, secondly, to save some money.I can use the money to get them more stuff at better quality.
The two snack ideas below use good quality chicken and I know where it came from, rather than having to do guesswork on what off cuts are being fed to my dogs.
Basic oatmeal biscuit
Ingredients (makes about 30)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (we use a flour which is 10 parts wheat, 1 part soybean, 1 part chickpea flour, but you can use plain whole wheat flour)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup of a chicken stock (You can use stock cubes, but I used a full stock. If you use stock cubes, I suggest cutting down on the salt)
Bacon bits, shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees centigrade
- Mix all the ingredients into a dough
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
- The dough may be a little sticky. Thats ok, but shouldn’t be too sticky
- Roll out the dough into a cylinder approx 1 cm thick. Use your judgement on size. Make them big or small depending on your dog.
- Roll the pieces of dough into balls.
- Press down with a fork
- Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet
- Cook for 30 minutes
The next recipe is for a chicken jerky which is so good, you might keep it for yourself.
- 150 gms skinless chicken breast meat (or thigh meat if you prefer)
- Herbs – try using herbs which are not very strong e.g.: rosemary, parsley, sage. Choose one.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade
- Slice the breast into ¼ to ½ inch strips
- Coat the slices with a little bot of oil, salt and the chosen herbs.
- Line the strips in a baking tray, but don’t crowd the pieces.
- Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
- The strips should look golden and should be dry when done.