Supported Ad

Follow Me on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Charlie Chewies (Anti-Allergenic Dog Treats)

menumusings.com
 We took in a rescue dog, Charlie, not too long ago.  He immediately had our hearts, but he has quite a few significant medical problems.  Some were life threatening, and we've been dealing with those.  Now we are down to those that are just plain irritating to him, like allergies!  The more pet parents I speak with, it seems this is such a common problem.  Itchy skin, biting, licking.  We hate for him to be on steroid shot long term, as the side effects are pretty nasty.  We would also like to avoid long term allergy medications if possible.  

I did some research on ingredients that are healthy for dog and have anti-allergenic, properties and came up with these treats.  I have no idea if they will help him or not.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed, though.  I can tell you they will be #healthy #treats that are #clean #glutenfree #soyfree #dairyfree.  You could also make them #nutfree if you substitute applesauce for the peanutbutter.  #dogtreats

Ingredients:  (4 dozen, 1/2 oz chewies)
  • 1 med sweet potato, peeled, boiled, mashed
  • 2 c oats, pulsed in blender/Vitamix
  • 1/2 c flax seed meal
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 c virgin unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/4 c canned pumpkin
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
Method:
Peel and dice sweet potato.  Set in a pot to boil about 10 minutes.
Pulse oatmeal in a blender several times until it's the texture of a coarse meal.
Now you can basically just dump everything together.







Add in the boiled, drained sweet potato pieces.

Mash the sweet potato chunks up along with the other ingredients.
Stir well to combine.
Add the oatmeal last.  It may get fairly stiff, so clean hands work well to mix the ingredients at this point.  It will be like a stiff cookie dough.
Maybe a taste test.
We used a 1/2oz cookie scoop to form the Charlie Chewies.  Place on parchment or waxed paper and refrigerate.  Once firm, we plan on storing in a ziptop bag. 

Why I chose these ingredients:
What are the benefits of flax seed meal for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
Boosts the immune system as a powerful source of omega-3 fatty acids antioxidant.  Assists digestive health, supports healthy joints, supports kidney health

So, what are the benefits of coconut oil for dogs, and coconut oil for a dog’s itchy skin? 
Natural virgin coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties. That means it can reduce yeast and fungus on contact, both inside and out; and it’s also very healing for irritated skin, hot spots, abrasions and cracked paws. The “virgin” variety typically starts with fresh coconut meat, so it’s not subjected to chemical processes such as bleaching or filtering. This makes it safe for dogs, cats, and humans to ingest in appropriate amounts. Coconut oil is rich in a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) called lauric acid. One of its primary functions is to boost the immune system. That’s why coconut oil is so effective at helping to clear up bacterial and viral infections.

What are the benefits of pumpkin for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
A number of nutrients in 
pumpkin, including vitamin A and zinc, improve your pet's skin and coat. The high water content in pumpkin flesh also contributes to supple skin and a lustrous coat.

How will eating peanut butter benefit my dog?

Organic peanut butter is full of the B Vitamins and minerals that can contribute to your dog’s health. Some of those nutrients include:

– Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Converts food to energy and benefits your dog’s skin, digestive system, and nervous system.

– Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) – Helps in the production and maintenance of new cells and, according to various studies, may help prevent heart disease

-Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – Critical for metabolism and the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in food.

-Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – Converts carbs into energy and is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, nervous system, and muscles.

-Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – Serves a key role in metabolizing fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

-Choline – Critical for the maintenance and function of healthy body cells and is needed for the development of lung and brain tissue in puppies.

– Vitamin B6 – Involved in protein and red blood cell metabolism and has a role in the nervous and immune systems. Studies show an increased intake of B6 may be beneficial to dogs with heart disease.

-Vitamin E – An antioxidant, Vitamin E has been shown to effectively increase the immune system and works to speed up the healing process on a cellular level. Additionally, Vitamin E maintains the integrity of skin cells by protecting them from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

-Magnesium – Maintains normal muscle and nerve function thereby keeping the heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, promotes normal blood pressure, keeps bones strong, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

-Phosphorus – Functions in the formation of bones and teeth. It also helps synthesize protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

-Potassium – Critical to maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It is important to brain and nerve function and is necessary for normal growth and muscle development.

-Zinc — Supports your dog’s immune system, helps in wound healing, and is involved in building proteins. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during puppyhood.

-Iron – Iron is involved in transporting oxygen throughout the body via the circulatory system and helps regulate cell growth and differentiation.

-Copper – Plays a role in the production of key proteins in your pet’s body such as collagen and hemoglobin, which helps to transport oxygen.

-Manganese – Works to promote enzyme production in the body.

-Selenium – An antioxidant, selenium helps to prevent cellular damage from free radicals. It regulates thyroid function and plays a role in the immune system.

-Oleic Acid – A fatty acid, oleic acid lowers LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” and increases HDL, or “good cholesterol,” in the blood that can help prevent canine heart disease.

What are the benefits of raw local honey for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
According to vetinfo.com, 
local honey can be used to help treat allergies triggered by pollen. A small amount given each day. The honey has to be from local hives so that it contains small amounts of the local pollen that are causing your pet's allergies. The honey will help relieve some of your pet's allergies.

What are the benefits of cinnamon for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
Cinnamon is antifungal (combats yeast), Dogs who have allergies are susceptible to yeast infections. It is antibacterial and antiinflammatory. 

    Words of caution about cinnamon and dogs—

  • Cassia cinnamon (the darker, more common type) contains a compound called coumarin, which can damage the liver at high levels. One more reason to use Ceylon cinnamon instead! But Cassia cinnamon for dogs is safe as long as you don’t overdo it; a teaspoon or so every day with food will still be beneficial in all the ways described above, but won’t give you or your dog nearly as high a dose as the higher concentration found in, say, a cinnamon supplement capsule (which would contain a substantially higher amount of coumarin).
  • Cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect on the blood, so too much can cause bleeding problems if a person is on blood-thinning medication such as aspirin. And pregnant women (or dogs) should not take too much cinnamon, as it may have a stimulating effect on the uterus.
What are the benefits of turmeric for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
1- Has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve swelling and pain as effectively as ibuprofen or aspirin.
2 - With its naturally occurring antihistamine properties it helps as a decongestant and with its anti-inflammatory properties eases itching.
3 - anti-inflammatory agents of turmeric also assist in gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflamed bowels and intestinal permeability.
4 - a powerful antioxidant which helps to counteract cancer risks.

What are the benefits of sweet potato for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
According to PETMD, sweet potatoes are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogsSweet potatoes are also a rich source of vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, calcium, and iron, just to name a few!

What are the benefits of oatmeal for dogs, and dog’s itchy skin?
Oats prove to be a favorable food. It is low in fats and its natural healthy qualities benefit us and our furry friends!
  • Being high in nutrients, its vitamins and minerals increase healing powers which help clear skin conditions.
  • It has shown to soothe itching and irritations, even reducing skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal help to control hot spots.
  • Biotin is a vitamin B in oatmeal that helps to support healthy skin and hair for dogs.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Baked Chicken Meatball Parm

Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Have I mentioned that my kids love meatballs?  All kinds - beef, pork, turkey, chicken.  What's not to love, right?  You can make them out of anything, season them up how you like, mix and roll up the ingredients and pop them in the oven.  Boom!  Dinner (or meal prep) comes together so quickly! 

These little babies are unbelievably tender and so flavorful!  They are perfect for when you get a craving for Italian comfort food but not all the fat and calories that go with it.  Oh, and wait... did I mention that these are easy, healthy, AND budget friendly?  Winner winner chicken dinner!  There are a plethora of recipes out there for these.  That's how much people love them.  I made a gluten free version so my peeps with sensitivities could enjoy them, but you feel free to add your own variations.   For my meal prep friends, I served these with lemon-butter zoodles or green beans.  I wanted to keep a low carb, clean, healthy vibe happening.  

#glutenfree #lowcarb #cleaneating #diabeticfriendly #kidfriendly #budgetfriendly #easy #italian #dinner #mealprep #lunchprep #baked #chicken

Ingredients: (4-6 servings)
* Tip - every time I made meatballs, I double the recipe.  That's why you will see a different quantity in the photos.  You pretty much spend the same amount of time mixing, baking, etc., and end up with an extra set to freeze for later.  This recipe is for a single batch.

Meatballs  (4 dozen, 1/2" meatballs) 
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg 
  • 3 Tbsp plain oatmeal 
    • feel free to use breadcrumbs, but oatmeal is a gluten free option and is also a much healthier option
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
    • please grate it straight from the block, not that cheap stuff in the can.  This will have a much better taste.
  • 1/4 cup marinara
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste (~ 3 cloves garlic, very finely minced)
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 

Sauce and Stuff 
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • fresh basil, snipped into thin ribbons 
Step-by-Step: 
Prep - Preheat oven first to 375F, because this goes pretty quickly.   Line baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup. 
In a large bowl (because it's easier to mix in a big bowl) mix together ground chicken with all the other ingredients listed under "meatballs."  I apologize in advance that some of the pictures are a little out of focus.  My camera was spazzing out.  Sigh. #reallife 
1 pound ground chicken
1 large egg 
3 Tbsp oatmeal
1/4 cup marinara 
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp worcestershire 
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil 
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper 
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 
1/4 cup fresh grated Parm 
 With clean hands, combine until well mixed.
Using a 1/2 oz cookie scoop, scoop out meatballs and roll into smooth balls.  This works best if you have wet hands.  This is a really moist mixture and the water will help you roll them quickly without the meat sticking to your hands.  This is a great job to have some help with.  It's not necessary, but makes the process go really quick.  I person scoops, the other rolls.  Place the rolled meatballs on parchment, evenly spaced.   You don't need to worry about them spreading out, but you don't want them to touch.  Using the cookie scoop allows you to have evenly portioned meatballs that will all have the same cooking time.  
Pop them into the oven at 375F x 20 minutes.  They will firm right up. 
While they are baking, spread about 1/2 cup of marinara in the bottom of a casserole dish.  A 9"x 13" x 2" dish should do perfectly. 
I used a "traditional pasta sauce" from a can that I like, but feel free to use your favorite brand or homemade sauce.   

1/2 cup marinara
When meatballs come out of the oven, nestle them down into the sauce in the casserole dish.  Spread remaining marinara over the top of them.  We want to keep them moist and not allow them to dry out.  



1 cup marinara
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top. Return them to the oven at 375F for another 15 minutes.  We are now just getting all those flavors to come together and allow the cheese to get ooey gooey and bubbly.    
1 cup grated mozzarella 
In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle the shredded basil over the top.
handful of fresh basil ribbons
Serve with your favorite side - pasta, lemon butter zoodles (zucchini noodles) or green beans, broccoli, etc.  If you want to add a salad and bread, there's your complete meal.  Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Yumm.  Can you just taste it now?  Warm Italian spices wrapped up in a bite sized morsel of tenderness and let's be honest... sauce and cheese!  
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Best of all, there's no guilt!  It only TASTES sinfully dreamy. 
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
If you do meal prep for your people, this is definitely a great option!
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com
Even your traditional beef eaters will be happy with these. 
Baked Chicken Meatball Parm_menumusings.com

Bonus Recipes - 

#keto #lowcarb #highprotein #paleo #whole30  #diabeticfriendly #cleaneating #glutenfree #dairyfree   #asian #pork


#mealprep #glutenfree #dairyfree #easy #familyfriendly
Options for #paleo #whole30 


#baked #glutenfree #highprotein #lowfat #mealprep #cleaneating #asian #turkeymeatballs 
#menumusings #kidfriendly
 #cleaneating #glutenfree #salad #chicken #healthy

#cleaneating #glutenfree #french #chicken 

Written Method:
Prep - Preheat oven first to 375F, because this goes pretty quickly.   Line baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup. 
In a large bowl (because it's easier to mix in a big bowl) mix together ground chicken with all the other ingredients listed under "meatballs."  I apologize in advance that some of the pictures are a little out of focus.  My camera was spazzing out.  Sigh. #reallife 


With clean hands, combine until well mixed.

Using a 1/2 oz cookie scoop, scoop out meatballs and roll into smooth balls.  This works best if you have wet hands.  This is a really moist filling and the water will help you roll them quickly without the meat sticking to your hands.  This is a great job to have some help with.  It's not necessary, but makes the process go really quick.  I person scoops, the other rolls.  Place the rolled meatballs on parchment, evenly spaced.   You don't need to worry about them spreading out, but you don't want them to touch.  Using the cookie scoop allows you to have evenly portioned meatballs that will all have the same cooking time.  

Pop them into the oven at 375F x 20 minutes.  They will firm right up.  While they are baking, spread about 1/2 cup of marinara in the bottom of a casserole dish.  A 9"x 13" x 2" dish should do perfectly. 
I used a "traditional pasta sauce" from a can that I like, but feel free to use your favorite brand or homemade sauce.   


When meatballs come out of the oven, nestle them down into the sauce in the casserole dish.  Spread remaining marinara over the top of them.  We want to keep them moist and not allow them to dry out.  Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top. 

Return them to the oven at 375F for another 15 minutes.  We are now just getting all those flavors to come together and allow the cheese to get ooey gooey and bubbly.  In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle the shredded basil over the top. 

Serve with your favorite side - pasta, lemon butter zoodles (zucchini noodles) or green beans, broccoli, etc.  If you want to add a salad and bread, there's your complete meal. 

Follow me on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest