So, you’re taking care of yourself and juicing. It’s all the rage, and it’s here to stay. Our bodies benefit greatly from the surge of nutrients we consume when we drink our veggies.
But what about our pets? They can benefit greatly from the pulp that you might throw in the composter or the garbage disposal.
When I juice, I usually have carrots, red bell peppers, cucumbers, apples — all great stuff for your favorite furry friends.
And by the way, has anyone noticed how much “T-R-E-A-T-S” cost lately? With this recipe, you can please Rover, and feed him good things, every time he looks at you adoringly and pleadingly.
If you’re juicing any items that you don’t want to give your pet, simply juice those items first and then dispose of that green waste. Then juice the items you are going to include.
Your “leftovers” benefit dog, too
Here is the simple recipe I use, and all my friends’ dogs cannot get enough of them. Plus, I know they are benefiting from the same nutritional goodness as I am.
Depending on how much you’re juicing, this recipe will make a lot of treats. Make a big batch of the mix, freeze in portions, and then roll them out and bake them to reload the treat container. (The mix freezes perfectly.)
I used the American Kennel Club’s website to look up generally good veggies for most dogs for this recipe. But please do your own research to be sure the ingredients work for your pooch.
6 cups of green juicing veggie pulp
¼-cup chicken-bouillon powder
1 cup Parmesan cheese
You also can add any protein you want if you have some. I use fish scraps, or chicken skins etc. No more than 12 ounces, though.
I also strain off any meat juice from roasting chicken or beef. I add that for more flavor.
3 tbsp. onion powder
4 cups flour of your choice – whole wheat, rice flour, plain flour – half in the mixer, half in the bowl after mixing. (You might need more flour to begin with; see directions below.)
Mix ingredients in a food processor in batches, and then throw into a large mixing bowl.
Add extra flour, until it’s the consistency of cookie dough. I can’t give you an exact amount, because everyone’s green juice pulp is a little different. Some are drier and some wetter, so go for consistency.
I like to roll out the dough out on parchment paper, to avoid sticking; adding too much additional flour for rolling out makes the outside of the treats powdery. If I wouldn’t like that consistency, I assume Fido won’t either.
Cut the dough into whatever shape you like. I simply cut it into squares.
Place the treats on a non-stick baking pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool, and taste them yourself. It’s always reassuring when you can eat what you feed your best friend.
These treats will last for … well I’m not sure. I’ve never been able to keep them around more than a week … so many adoring, irresistible stares!
Dog Treats, Dishes for Dogs and jugofresh
If you’re not up for baking treats for your dog, you can still spoil him silly thanks to a new collaboration between jugofresh and Dishes for Dogs, Miami’s first canine kitchen. Dishes for Dogs brought on Dr. Justin Shmalberg to help formulate the Peanut Butter and Greens (PB&G), a bite-sized treat made with fresh, plant-based ingredients. In addition to being made w
ith high quality ingredients like house-made peanut butter, dehydrated apples and organic virgin coconut oil, the treats are made with a variety of pulps that are upcycled from jugofresh’s juice leftovers, rather than left as waste.
The dog treats are available at Dishes for Dogs (dishesfordogs.com), located at 2561 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood, jugofresh at Wynwood Walls and at jugofresh in Sunset Harbour.
Chrissy Benoit is an entrepreneur chef, restaurant owner and business incubator. She has many years in the restaurant business, including in the kitchen. Chrissy also teaches cooking classes.