My golden retriever, lui, celebrated his 4th birthday last monda And boy did he do that in style. Doing it in dog-speak style involves gorging on as many sweets as you would be able to before passing out in a treat-coma.
It helps, like a puppy, to have an aunt who spoils you on your birthday with special treats. A very content, very well-fed and very well-loved dog definitely went to sleep. Like I do for his birthday every year, I cooked up something special for him in the kitchen.
I still like to find something new that I hope he’ll enjoy. Often it’s cookies, sometimes it’s cupcakes, while some times it’s a dog-friendly treat this Italian Beef treat for example.
In the case of treats, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, since he can enjoy them for weeks after his birthday has passed. I have no doubt that he would have much rather eaten all of them, in one scarfing, yesterday.
This recipe makes 40 to 50 bite-size treats
These treats are colorful and smell great. Make them for your dog on a night when you
fix Italian food for your family.
Ingredients for Italian Beef Dog Treats
2 cups cooked ground beef
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1⁄2 cup canned grated Parmesan and Romano cheese
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk
2 large eggs
Step by step Instruction to make Italian Beef Dog Treats
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the first three ingredients until the meat is well coated. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
NUTRITIONAL NOTES: TOMATO PASTE
Extremely concentrated tomatoes or tomato sauce are tomato paste. Any tomato pastes are plain tomatoes, while others have incorporated citric acid and spices. Choose one that uses only tomatoes, for dog treats. There are also nutritional benefits from tomatoes for pets.
They have healthy nutrients, like lycopene, a well-known anti-cancer agent that is an antioxidant. The flavor of tomatoes is often loved by most dogs (some to the point of helping themselves in the garden with ripe tomatoes) and so treats containing tomatoes and tomato paste are very enticing.
1 tablespoon of tomato paste contains:
• 14 calories
• 1 gram protein
• 0 fat
• 3 grams carbohydrates
• 129 mg sodium
• 6 mg calcium
• 13 mg phosphorus
• 150 mg potassium
• 40 RE vitamin A
• 7 mg vitamin C