It is an exciting time, and as busy as we are, we never pass up the chance to take a break and make a good homemade meal in the kitchen. I don't know about your dogs, but both JD and Ringo have food allergies and JD was born with a crooked jaw, so traditional kibble and canned dog foods are not healthy options for my boys. I make all of my pugs' meals right here in my own kitchen. Today's breakfast is a savory, comforting treat for a cold fall morning. Our Cheesy Autumn Oatmeal Bowl is packed with protein and healthy carbs to start your dog's day. Here's what JD and Ringo are eating this morning:
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1 heaping TBSP diced sweet potatoes
- 1 heaping TBSP goat cheese
- 1 TSP ground flax meal
- olive oil
- raw honey (optional)
- First, chop the potato, as it will take the longest. Dice the potato into small bite-sized cubes. Spritz a small pan with olive oil and allow to heat up. Add the potatoes and cook them for 8-10 minutes, or until they become soft and easy to eat.
- Next, add the distilled water to a small pot a bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the flame to a simmer and add your oats. Stir occasionally. Allow the oats to cook until the water is gone, which takes approximately 4-5 minutes. Place the oats in your dog's bowl and allow them to cool.
- Add 1 TBSP of cubed potatoes and the TSP of flax to your dog's bowl.
- Next, spritz a small frying pan with olive oil and cook your fresh spinach until it is wilted.
- Place your goat cheese in a small bowl and soften in the microwave. This should take only 20-25 seconds.
- Once the spinach is cooked, stir it into the goat cheese and add this cheesy topping to your dog's dish.
- Finish with a thin drizzle of honey for natural sweetness.
Your dog will have a happy tummy and enjoy the long-lasting energy provided by these foods. As always, it is important to be aware of your dog's allergies and appetite. It is also important to consult a vet about your dog's diet before making any permanent changes. This is a great dish to add as an occasional treat, or to adopt as a morning staple if you plan to switch your dog to a home-cooked diet under a vet's supervision.
We are ready for a lovely weekend and we hope that you are, too!