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Weekly Drool Recipe: Loaves of Lamb via Kirby the Dorkie

Traditional Easter lunch or dinner usually consists of ham or lamb. While ham is tasty, BestBullySticks knows that lamb has a lot of health benefits for you and your dog! So if your celebrating Easter with a great meal, don’t leave Fido out! Kirby the Dorkie and his mom, Debby, shared this great lamb dog meal with us for our Easter Edition of the Weekly Drool Recipe!

Lamb, which is great for the coat and skin, is a fatty, calorie dense meat often recommended for lean dogs to gain more weight so you may want to feed this meal sparingly if your dog is borderline chunky like Kirby.

The aroma wafting from the oven kept Kirby in or near the kitchen the entire time just hoping for a bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash*
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet mint, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil

Preparation Instructions for Butternut Squash

1. Prepare squash by cutting in half lengthwise, removing seeds, and fibers. Place cut side up in ungreased baking dish. You can season sparingly with a little sea salt and real butter.

2. Pour water in dish until 1/4 inch deep. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats

Today, we at BestBullySticks.com are very excited bring you a dog treat recipe chock-full of “good-for-you” stuff! You know, like when you eat a fresh piece of fruit that’s in season and your body loves you for it? Well, these Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats from Matthew at Vegan Heartland will do just that for your pup! Read on to learn about Matthew’s Yellow Lab, Keeva and her favorite treat.

Keeva has been on a mostly homemade vegan diet for almost a year now and she’s doing amazing! She does eat kibble every now and then and she absolutely loves it!

I know there’s one thing I can count on though and that would be these treats! Keeva absolutely loves these! Not only does she love to snack on them but they’re super nutritious for her! She get’s the antioxidants from the blueberries and pumpkin + the omega-3 fatty acids and lignans from the flax seed meal. I think when I make these next time I’m going to add some sesame seed meal and molasses to add a little boost of calcium to her diet. They’re super easy to make and you can cut them out into any shape you like!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (you could try using oat or brown rice flour for wheat free treats!)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup water

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Blend together the applesauce and pumpkin. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and flax seed meal. Add in enough water until dough just becomes workable. The dough will be a little stiff, but don’t worry, that’s what we’re going for! Work the rest of the ingredients together with your hands until all have become well incorporated. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Coco’s Carob-Nut Dog Crisps

BestBullySticks.com we know you don’t want to deny your pooch the simple things in life that are just for fun; like cookies! Dog Pack Snacks whipped up this dog-friendly cookie recipe that will make your pooch jump for joy, wag for wonder and smile for seconds!

This recipe makes a small batch of about 20 medium sized cookies but can be easily doubled if you need to make a larger batch. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour – I use oat flour but feel free to use wheat if your dog tolerates wheat.
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup carob chips
  • 2 medium eggs – if your dog has issues with protein, use one egg and 1/4 cup of water instead.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger
  • 1/4 tablespoon of vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix the eggs, ginger and vanilla together, then add the flour, coconut and carob chips one at a time.  Combine the ingredients into a thick sticky dough.
  2. Use a melon ball scoop to portion the dough onto your baking sheet.  Be prepared, the dough will stick to the scoop. If you want larger cookies, use a larger melon scoop.
  3. Then use your thumb to flatten the middle of the little dough balls.  Again, this is sticky!
  4. Bake at 350 degree, near the top of the oven for 25-30 mins until light brown and crisp.

Thanks to Dog Pack Snacks for sharing this great recipe and photo with us!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Taco Treats via Yuki + Rocket

What’s better than a South of the Border tasty treat? Not much. Tacos pack a wallop of flavor and can be healthy, too! BestBullySticks.com brings you Taco Treats via Yuki + Rocket for this week’s Drool Recipe! Let your dog savor this new favorite dog treat! Full recipe below!

Taco Shell

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • chicken broth

Filling

  • 1/4 cup finely shredded cheese
  • 1/8 cup carrots, chopped very small
  • 2 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lean ground beef, cooked, cooled and in small crumbles
  • 1 large egg

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Mix flour, brown rice flour, ground flax. Then mix in vegetable oil. Once you have incorporated the vegetable oil, slowly add chicken broth until the dough just begins to hold together. I would add chicken broth with a spoon, stir it, and then add more, spoon by spoon. Once you have added enough broth, knead dough until it becomes soft, 1-2 minutes. Shape dough into a disc, wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

3. While the dough is chilling, make the filling.

4. Mix finely shredded cheese, carrots, Italian parsley, and ground beef. Mix in the egg.

5. On a floured surface, roll out chilled dough, thinly. Cut out circular shapes.

6. Place a little filling on one side of the circle and flip the other side over. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Turkey Pot Hold-The-Pie

Comfort food is a short-term cure for the winter blues. A chilly night paired with a warm meal can make you forget about dreary winter days at least for a while. BestBullySticks.com knows your dog is no different. Give your dog a warm and healthy treat with this easy doggy comfort food recipe, Turkey Pot Hold-The Pie.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced turkey, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Directions
1. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve.

Makes: 4 servings • Prep: 10 mins • Cook: 10 mins

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Recipe and photo courtesy of Rachael Ray.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Gluten Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps via Doggy Dessert Chef

BestBullySticks.com loves finding healthy alternatives for our dogs and our customer’s dogs. That’s why we love the Doggy Dessert Chef and her amazing, healthy recipes that she shares with us quite often! And she’s done it again! These gluten-free dog treats are a cinch to make and you’ll have fun doing it!  (And your dog will have fun eating it!)

Gluten-Free Rosemary Cheddar Crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Oat Flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter of your choice.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 dozen rounds.

Thanks to Tennille aka the Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing her amazing recipes and stellar photos with us!

Bone Appétit!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain Free PuppyPoppers via My Dog’s Breakfast

In the New Year, we made our resolutions. BestBullySticks.com says, “Good Job” if you’re still on track! If you made a healthy eating or weight loss goal, we’re sure you’re looking for alternatives to what now are labeled “off limits food.” The same might be true for your dog. If you made a New Year’s resolution for your dog as well, here is a great snacking alternative to keep your dog’s snacking habits healthy! Fresh from My Dog’s Breakfast, Jen and her dogs Miko and Hank shared their great PuppyPoppers healthy dog treat recipe for today’s Weekly Drool Recipe!

Naked PuppyPoppers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going.

3. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. (I added the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough.)

4. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Frosted PuppyPoppers
Jen used Fido’s Frosting, a dog-friendly frosting mix to which she added dog-safe food coloring. You simply follow the directions on the frosting box and add the food coloring. You can also try this easy way to make Doggy Frosting with yogurt chips! 

Ingredients
1 cup yogurt chips (found at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil
Dog-friendly food coloring.

1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth.

2. Add dog-safe food coloring and dip. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours.

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing her great PuppyPoppers recipe with us! 

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits via Food Baby

Belly rubs. Your pillow. Every tennis ball. Every stick. Long naps. Car rides. The list of things dogs love goes on and on. BestBullySticks.com knows one of the most endearing things about dogs is the equal level of contentment or excitement dogs exhibit about each of these. But there might be one thing your dog gets more excited about than anything else: Bacon. It’s odd just how connected the two seem, but really, what’s not to love? Kara at Food Baby Blog shared her bacon biscuit recipe she whipped up for her picky eater, Rocky, that your dog is sure to love as well! Read on for Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits recipe!

Ingredients

  • ½ c rolled oats
  • ½ c crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
  • 1 T bacon fat
  • ¾ c hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c cornmeal
  • ~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour 

 

Directions
1. Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.

2. Next, whisk in the egg and cornmeal. Then begin adding the flour, about a half cup at a time, until a firm dough forms.

3. Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you press them into is the shape you’ll get.

4. Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center. When they are completely cool, serve.

Recipe Notes
The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.

These biscuits are designed to be softer than typical dog treats so that older dogs, with their more sensitive teeth, can fully enjoy them. But that doesn’t mean this is old people dog food.

On the contrary. With big chunks of real bacon and enough bacon fat to flavor the whole thing, this will be a biscuit that any pooch will love. (They’ll also love you if you put the leftover bacon fat on their kibble, which is what I did.) And, you can feel good because unlike store-bought dog treats — which are often made with byproducts, “artificial flavors,” and pig skin — these are made with real, whole foods.

Because if your dog is as much a part of your family as mine is, then you know they deserve healthy food, too.

Thanks to Kara at Food Baby Blog for sharing her wonderful recipe and photos!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: DIY Homemade Dog Food

Finding a great dog food can be a pain. Many dog parents might think about making their dog’s food for them! But you might say, “Isn’t that expensive?” or “Isn’t that time consuming?” Today, we’re breaking both of those myths!

BestBullySticks.com is sharing a healthy and tasty DIY Dog Food recipe that won’t break the bank! Vanessa Cordero from the Whoreders Blog (a blog about savings!) shared her DIY Homemade Dog Food recipe that her little Boston Terrier pup, Oliver loves! But Oliver is a finicky pup! Read more about Vanessa and Oliver’s journey to find the perfect dog food!

I only want the very best for my little dumpling Oliver, so I’ve always tried to feed him high quality dog food. The food his breeder had been feeding him caused some vicious gas, it was a nightmare. I switched him to a higher quality food and noticed an improvement right away. After some research, I started feeding Oliver raw food (raw meat, bones and veggies). His gas cleared up almost completely, his coat was soft and shiny and his eyes brightened up significantly. There were two problems: one, Oliver wasn’t always 100% down with the food. Sometimes he’d scarf it down, and other times he’d turn his nose up at it. There was no rhyme or reason, I’d just have to cross my fingers at every meal and hope it was a good day. Problem number two, it was really expensive… about $80 a month. Every time Oliver refused to eat a meal and it had to be thrown out, it was like a dagger in my heart and wallet.

My vet had been suggesting homemade dog food forever, and I always thought it would be too much trouble and too expensive. So when I took Oliver in for a follow up on a mystery insect bite (which left my poor little monkey with a swollen face and me with a nervous breakdown at the pet ER), I asked for more info about his recommendation for the home cooked food. I decided to try it out by making a small batch to try, I figured there was nothing to lose. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Parsley Breath Bits from Sweet Paul Mag

Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Your dog’s breath is a little… stinky. BestBullySticks.com has great news for you! Treat Fido to a tasty treat and help cure his bad breath at the same time. Sweet Paul Mag’s Parsley Breath Bits are just the thing you need!

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50 g 1/2 stick melted butter
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 400F/200C

2.Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

3.If the dough is too dry add a little water.

4.On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out squares, transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

5.Bake the bits for 15-20 minutes.

6.Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 40. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Sweet Paul Mag.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

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