As summer approaches, nobody wants to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen, so what do you do when you want something quick and healthy that you and your dog can share?
Check out our collection of quick and easy dog- and people-friendly recipes that are perfect for picnic outings or cooling down on a hot day.
Grilled turkey sliders with sweet potato buns
- 1/2 pound (230 gms) ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- Stir together the ground turkey, egg, and parsley.
- Form small 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) thick patties.
- Heat grill to medium and brush grill grate with oil.
- Grill the patties for about 10 minutes, turning once.
- Let cool before serving.
Sweet potato buns
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried rosemary
- Cut potato into 1/4-inch (2/3 cm) thick slices; toss with oil and rosemary.
- Place slices on grill and close lid.
- Cook about 8 minutes per side, until tender.
- Place sliders on buns and let cool before serving.
Roasted yellow summer squash
- 1 large yellow summer squash, sliced into 1/2-inch thick (1.25 cm) rounds
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chopped parsley
- Pre-heat oven to 425° F (220° C).
- Line sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Arrange squash in a single layer on sheet pan.
- Roast for 20 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Remove and toss with fresh parsley.
- Let cool before serving.
Picnic perfect egg salad aandwich
- 2 hard-boiled eggs *
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped fresh or dried basil
- 2 slices of bread
- Mash the eggs.
- Mix in cottage cheese and basil.
- Assemble sandwich and cut into 6 servings.
* Tip: Never feed a dog raw eggs. Always make sure they are thoroughly cooked first!
Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Drops
- 1 cup (240 ml) peanut butter
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
- Line sheet pan with wax paper.
- Mash and combine peanut butter and banana in a small bowl.
- Mix in water (this will help with the freezing consistency).
- Spoon the mixture onto the tray in drops and freeze overnight.
- Once frozen, store the treats in a bag or container in the freezer.
Strawberry coconut-milk ice cream
- 28 ounces (830 ml) coconut milk
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) strawberries, washed and dried
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cinnamon
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe container.
- Cover and freeze for several hours, until the consistency of ice cream.
Sweet frozen fruit treats
- 1/2 cantaloupe, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup (240 ml) low-fat blueberry yogurt
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) honey
- Puree cantaloupe in food processor.
- Mix fruit, yogurt, and honey together.
- Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Tip: Try different fruit/yogurt combinations. Don’t forget to wash all fruits and remove the rinds, inedible skins, seeds and peels before feeding them to your dog!
Dog-friendly fruits include: apples, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cranberries, honeydew, huckleberries, kiwis, oranges, pears, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon.
NOTE! The following fruits can be deadly to dogs. Do not use any of these when making treats for your dog: grapes, persimmons, peaches, plums, or raisins.
Try one of these recipes and show it off on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #CesarsDogDishes.