Cooking for Dogs – Recipes you can make for the entire family and not feel guilty that your dog can’t enjoy it along with everyone.
It’s been really warm and nice here in BC the last few weeks!
Bright, cheerful, sunny…I love it! It’s salad weather. Every meal has to have a really fresh, tasty salad with it. No exceptions. I really am a salad fiend.
Everyone at Casa de Kolchak is a fan of sweet bell peppers. Back in the Spring I planted a 7-variety seed mix of sweet bell peppers from ufseeds. They looked so tasty and I was really excited about all the cool colours. We had never tried any colour pepper but the standard red, yellow, orange & green. This blend had all of those, plus chocolate (in colour only), ivory, lilac & purple sweet peppers. They all looked so pretty!
Since we’ve got peppers galore, we’ve been eating a lot of peppers. I love bell pepper salad.
The salad is so tasty and fresh, plus with all those brightly coloured peppers, it also makes a pretty dish for the table. The dogs love it when I cook with peppers because even if they don’t get to taste the final dish, they get tons of pepper pieces as I do my chopping.
Here’s what you need:
5 – 7 sweet bell peppers in various colours (This s just as tasty with just the standard colours!) Those are purple peppers in the salad!
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces (1 container) small bocconcini cheese
Pea sized amount of garlic paste
Course ground salt & pepper
Wash the peppers and carefully remove all seeds and membrane. (That stuff is bitter as heck and it totally ruins the flavour.) Chop peppers into bite sized chunks. Toss with fresh herbs and bocconcini.
Stir together vinegar, oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Pour over pepper mix, toss and serve.
What do I love most about this salad?
How versatile it is. It’s not just a pretty salad side dish!
* Try sautéing the pepper mix with some spicy sausage and tossing it with some fresh pasta & the dressing mix.
* Finely chop the peppers and use the whole mix to stuff a chicken breast, then grill it.
* Add a bit of lettuce or radicchio, plus a scoop of tuna and stuff this salad into a pita or a wrap.
What would you make with this tasty bell pepper salad mix?
Cooking for Dogs
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.