Foodie Tuesday: Pets Are Foodies Too!

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

It’s not at all uncommon of late to read about contaminated dog and cat foods. Birds and reptiles seem darn near free of this  plus allergy issues, for some reason. It also seems that more and more of our furry family members are developing allergies. Another recently revealed issue is how “grain-free” dog foods that rely heavily on peas as fillers are likely causing heart conditions in certain breeds.

Canine In The Kitchen

What is a doting pet owner to do? Aside from being vigilant about keeping track of  which foods are being recalled and for what reason, it might be less stressful and even less expensive to cook pet meals at home in the safety of your own kitchen. Since dog foods suffer more contamination recalls than those of cats, here’s an easy, healthy and nutritious starter recipe for Fido (and Fidette-in the spirit of equality).

Beef and Chicken Liver Patties


2 ½ pounds ground beef

4 ounces chicken livers

1 carrot, chopped

1 small apple, cored

½ cup baby spinach

2 whole eggs (including shell)

½ cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 tablespoon olive oil



Add the carrot, apple and spinach to a food processor and process until finely chopped.

Add the remaining ingredients except the ground beef and process again until well combined.

Transfer the mixture into a large bowl. Add the ground beef and mix together with a spatula or your hands.

Form into patties about the size of your palm and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Freeze patties until solid, transfer to a storage container or plastic bag and keep frozen.

Remove one day’s worth of patties from the freezer the night before and place in the refrigerator to thaw before serving.