I had no idea what to make for Cooking for Dogs this week
I went to the allergist last week and as a result, there are a whole lot of foods that I can’t have anymore. I have to learn a whole new way of cooking. Ii had a tough time this week, finding something where the dogs and I would enjoy the finished product.
They say that it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.
Sometimes that’s the best approach I can take to cooking with my dogs. It’s not always about a pretty dish that we can share at the end. Sometimes, it’s just about all the tasty tid bits that I can toss them while I make something yummy for myself. Right now…that’s just a whole lot of vegetables.
Good thing my dogs love vegetables.
Everyone, pups and people alike, at Casa de Kolchak is a big fan of asparagus. Not only is it yummy, but it has some pretty great health benefits too offering antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and a good dose of folic acid.
The only problem? It’s out of season right now.
That means that the stalks tend to be thick and a little woody. Not exactly the kind of asparagus that you want to serve, but a craving is a craving and where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Ribboned Asparagus Salad is a great way to enjoy asparagus.
As an added bonus, since the ingredients are dog friendly, you can absolutely share some snacks as you whip up a salad for yourself. My dogs love it when I toss them a ribbon of asparagus or a crunchy curl of carrot. They have fun doing tricks to earn those tasty bites and playing with them makes the boring task of salad making just a bit more enjoyable.
1 lb asparagus, rinsed
2 large carrots, peeled
½ sweet red bell pepper
½ yellow sweet bell pepper
Fresh herbs – any of these make great choices cilantro, Italian parsley, mint or dill
Squeeze of lemon
Oil & vinegar dressing
Don’t worry about snapping the tough ends off your asparagus. The tough ends make a really great spot to hold onto while you make the ribbons. Grab a single asparagus and lay it against a cutting board. Holding the asparagus by the tough end, use a vegetable peeler to shave off thin strips. (A “Y” shaped peeler works best, though I have used a regular peeler.) Discard the tough end. Repeat until all asparagus is ribboned, then repeat with carrots and peppers. Don’t forget to frequently share the ribbons of veggies with your pups! Chop chosen herbs and toss with the vegetable ribbons. Dress with oil and vinegar, add a squeeze of lemon and serve.
Making salad turned out to be our best bonding time all week.
50% meal prep, 50% tricks & training, I think everyone had some fun while we whipped up this snack. Kolchak got to show off some tricks we have been working on to earn his snacks and Fe worked on his basic obedience. In fact, every time I open the crisper drawer, Kolchak is underfoot, hoping that we’re going to make salad again. We definitely will, one day soon.
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.