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Introducing New Foods to your Dogs

I’m always on the look out for new and untried recipes to cook for Yuki & Kaia. While I haven’t found much that has worked or that I’ve approved after trying them (yes I’m the unofficial taste tester), I still continue to look and experiment with a few recipes of my own.

A friend on twitter posted a morning show video about Rick Woodford, aka the Dog Food Dude, who started out cooking meals for his dog Jackson before launching it into a full fledged business. Needless to say I was more than intrigued and just had to check out what he was offering. After watching the video, I immediately purchased the e-book version. Why? Because of the oatmeal treat and his dog that accompanied him on the show. Not only was this dog beautiful and healthy-looking with a positively attractive and shiny coat, this dog was very well behaved and I was impressed. Don’t take my word for it, watch the video here and see for yourself.

I’ve always believed that if I can’t eat the food I’m serving to my dogs then they shouldn’t either. Rick Woodford’s book Feed Your Best Friend Better has proved me right. Filled with uncomplicated charts, practical information and simple recipes for meals and treats, this wonderful book makes it easy for you to feed your dog(s) healthy and delicious meals they’ll enjoy.

Yesterday I read this book and found that sweet potatoes are indeed good for dogs. Naturally, I wanted to give it a try. It’s definately time to give Yuki & Kaia a treat. This morning I prepared chicken and sweet potatoes for them and they went wild. I mean their bowls were so clean, I was tempted to turn them down. I resisted the temptation, of course. Both dogs are now sleeping peacefully. Sweet potatoes have now been added to their approved food repertoire.

Here is the list of ingredients & recipe for their Sweet Potato Breakfast:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of chicken (legs, thighs, or breast)
  • 2 medium sweet potato

Note: Depending on how many dogs you are feeding, you can add or subtract from the ingredients listed above. Any remaining  food can be used in subsequent meals.

Recipe:

  • POTATOES: Wash, peel and dice sweet potatoes and place in a saucepan.
  • Cover potatoes with water and set to boil on medium heat.
  • Test consistency of potatoes with a fork and when it is thoroughly soft, remove from fire. Remember to turn off the burner!
  • CHICKEN: Clean the chicken making sure to remove all fat, skin and entrails, then wash meat in equal parts vinegar and water to remove slime.
  • Season chicken with parsley, pinch of black pepper or use an already mixed all purpose seasoning. I don’t use any salt especially since the all purpose seasoning I use already has salt in it.
  •  Bake chicken for 2-3 hrs on 350-375 degrees. Make sure to taste chicken that way you can tell if it needs to be cooked further. I like to cook the chicken until it is soft and no pink remains.

Serving portion:

  • Remove all bone from cooked chicken and cut into small pieces with kitchen scissors.
  • Place chicken pieces and diced potatoes in mixing bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Separate food into feeding bowls and serve.

I hope, dear readers, you’ll try this recipe and let me know how your dogs enjoyed it.

I urge you to visit Rick’s website http://www.dogfooddude.com or follow him on twitter @dogfooddude for more information.

Happy cooking!

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