Maybe I just have strange dogs, but both Kolchak and Felix love herbs.
We have a little herb garden on our deck and it’s pretty common to find one of our dogs out there, helping themselves to a bite of two or fresh parsley or chewing on a basil leaf. Since many of my favourite spices and seasonings are not dog friendly and onion should never, ever be given to dogs as it is extremely dangerous, I find myself turning more and more to herbs to make our meals fresh and tasty.
I am a huge fan of Mediterranean food.
These Greek-inspired zucchini boats are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. The combination of zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and feta makes my mouth water just thinking about it. The dogs always think they should get to taste anything I’m eating, so it’s a great bonus that the herbs used to flavour these zucchini boats are 100% dog-friendly.
Here’s what you need:
2 medium zucchinis
1 cup ground or finely diced chicken breast*
1 cup low fat feta cheese
¼ cup julienne sundried tomatoes
1 tsp. Basil & Oregano Paste** ~or~ 1 tsp. fresh basil & oregano
Optional: diced olives
*You can substitute your favourite meat or even tofu
** If you’re going to be lazy like I was and use store-bought paste, make sure you carefully read the label to ensure there is no onion in the paste
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Over high heat, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Place the whole zucchinis in the pot to partially cook, about 4 minutes. Remove from water and rinse under cold water to cool and stop the zucchini from cooking further. Slice in half and scoop out the zucchini innards. Finely chop the innards and set them aside.
In a separate pan, sauté the chicken over medium heat until browned.
Combine chicken, zucchini innards, sun dried tomato, ½ cup feta & egg, mixing well. Spoon into zucchini boats, filling them as full as you can. Sprinkle remaining feta over top. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until feta has baked golden brown.
They start to smell tasty, even before they come out of the oven.
My dogs placed themselves right in front of the oven, waiting patiently and hoping for a couple bites. Since these aren’t a balanced meal, I didn’t let the dogs have a whole boat. Just a few bites each which was the perfect snack over their regular dinner. Served with some tasty Greek rice, a little hummus or tzatziki and some pita, these zucchini boats could make for a great meal for the humans of the house though.
Have you tried zucchini boats before? What’s your favourite thing to stuff them with?
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.