Tasty Veggie Treats for Your Precious Pets

Tasty Veggie Treats for Your Precious Pets

By SpouseLink.org Editor

Does your dog love bacon treats? Does your cat crave fishy things? When you’re part of a Military Family, living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle can be challenging enough, and when it comes to your pets… sometimes you have to “let it go” and serve them meaty products for the sake of their healthy eating needs. Or… you can have fun making homemade veggie-friendly treats that are good for them, while keeping your own dietary requirements in mind.

Here are two easy ways to make veggie treats that will satisfy the taste buds of your favorite furry friends.

Peanut Butter Doggie Delights

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Ingredients:

1/4-cup, Creamy Peanut Butter

1 15-oz. can, Organic Pumpkin Puree

3 cups, Old-Fashioned Oats (set aside 1/2-cup)

1/4-cup, Milk

Method:

In a medium bowl, beat the peanut butter, pumpkin puree and milk with an electric mixer on medium-high until they are well combined. Lower your mixing speed and slowly incorporate the 2-1/2 cups of oats.

Using a teaspoon and your hands, spoon out enough mixture to roll into a ball about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. You should be able to make about 20 balls. Roll them the 1/2-cup of oats you reserved, then cover and refrigerate about 1 hour.

You can serve your dog the Doggie Delights for up to one week.

Alternate Idea: Instead of rolling them into a ball, you can try cutting out the treats with a small cookie cutter instead, prior to coating with the reserved oats.

Chewy Kitty Bites

Feeding the Cat

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. instant mashed potato flakes

1 4-oz. baby food jar, carrots

1 cup, brown rice flour

1/4-cup, coarsely chopped parsley

1/2-cup, white or brown rice, cooked

2 tsp, olive oil

2 Tbsp, water

Method:

Preheat a cookie sheet on the middle rack of a 325-degree oven. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Whisk together the potato flakes, carrots, parsley, olive oil and water in a medium bowl. Then incorporate the brown rice flour and cooked rice into your mixture. It should be thick enough to spread onto the lined cookie sheet from edge to edge, approximately 1/3-inch in depth.

Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool until you can safely touch it with your fingers. Slice into bite-sized pieces (or use a tiny cookie cutter to create shapes and bake 8 more minutes. Allow to cool completely outside the oven.

You can store your Kitty Bites in the fridge in an airtight container. Try to use them up within a week.  

Note for both recipes: If your dog or cat enjoys eating meat and you can’t stomach using the real thing to create treats that include it, try using faux chicken and meatless crumbles instead. That way, your pet gets the satisfaction of tasting “meat”, even if it’s not really there.

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{Cathleen Karlsson is the daughter of a retired Navy Captain. Growing up, she lived with her family in five Midwestern and East Coast states before earning her B.A. in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an experienced, award-winning marketing writer who has worked in several advertising and online media roles, including her current role as the SpouseLink.org Editor. In her “spare time,” Cathleen volunteers with a homeless animal shelter and serves as the vice president of the board for a ballet company. She also enjoys dancing, sewing and crafting, and spending time with her young daughter.}

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