Cooking for Dogs! It’s starting to get chilly here in Vancouver.
There aren’t many things I look forward to in the fall. I’m really one of those people who prefer summer. There is one part of fall I embrace wholeheartedly: It’s soup season! I never feel cozier than when I am snuggled up with a hot bowl of soup and two cuddly dogs. It’s one of the very few things I love about the colder weather and the 8 months of oppressive rain we’re expecting: I can eat soup every day.
The dogs like soup too.
If your dogs are anything like mine, they want a bite of anything I’m having. There is almost always left over soup, so making dog friendly soups mean they can have a taste over their regular dinner or kibble.
Chicken and Broccoli Soup
This is our dog-friendly twist on an old favourite. My Grandma’s recipe has more than three cups of heavy cream in it which is not exactly dog friendly. My secret? I use potatoes and coconut milk to get a creamy soup that is much more dog friendly.
Here’s what you need:
4 c. onion-free chicken broth
5 medium potatoes (I like yellow finn potatoes because they get really creamy)
3 celery stalks
1 c. dark meat chicken, cooked & chopped
1 c. broccoli
2 tbsp. olive oil + 1 clove garlic (optional)
2 tbsp. each finely chopped fresh oregano, sage & parsley
½ cup coconut milk
1 squeeze fresh lemon
In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the minced garlic. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Make sure you choose a plain stock that is not seasoned with onion.
Peel carrots and potatoes and chop them into small chunks. Dice the celery and toss it all into the pot with the herbs. Boil until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Don’t overcook them or the potatoes might get gritty and the soup will have an icky texture. Add the coconut milk and broccoli. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, puree soup until creamy & smooth. Stir in chicken and serve. If desired, top with sharp cheddar cheese and a slice of crumbled turkey bacon. For the dogs, pour a generous spoonful over their regular food or kibbles.
Do you have a favourite soup?
Meet our Cooking for Dogs Editor Jodi and her dogs Kolchak and Felix
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.