Beef Pupcake Dog Food Recipe
In the introduction of my recipes, I usually write about what I like best about the dish I just made or about an ingredient that stands out. But this time, I think I’ll let the picture above do the taking. This is the first time that Oscar ran away with the photoshoot. The little bugger snuck up while I was taking pictures and ran off with one of my Beef Pupcakes! It’s like I don’t feed him or something. He jumped up on the chair, snatched the closest one to the edge, and took off like a bat out of hell to the safety of his bed to partake in his ill-gotten booty. I was laughing so hard, that I couldn’t stop him from finishing it. He earned that pupcake. And really, the highest form of praise for any chef is an entrée worth stealing for, isn’t it?
Beef Pupcake Dog Food Recipe
Makes 24 servings
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 large potato, grated
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp parsley
- ½ cup cauliflower, finely chopped
- 2 large carrots, grated
- 1 large celery stalks, chopped
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup regular rolled oats regular rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray muffin tins.
- Steam rice or cook in small saucepan on stove. Once cooked, remove from heat and let cool.
- In a large bowl, combine potato, carrots, celery, cauliflower, ground beef, celery, parsley, sage, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands.
- Add olive oil, rolled oats, and rice, and mix well.
- Fill each muffin cup and pat down firm. Bake 45 minutes.
- Cool on a rack. Remove the meat pupcakes by turning the muffin tin upside down over or scooping out with spoon or fork. Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags.
Benefits of Cauliflower for Dogs
While the pupcakes are certainly a treat that will make your dog drool and wag his tail, it includes some healthy ingredients that can improve your dog’s health. Cauliflower is a perfect example of this. The vegetable is packed with valuable nutrients. It’s a source of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, choline, potassium, folate, and dietary fiber.
This combination of vitamins and minerals works to improve many different areas of your dog’s body including improving your dog’s digestive health, reducing the risk of heart disease, boosting the immune system, strengthening muscles, and supporting the nervous system. It also contains antioxidants which can help to slow the effects of aging and slow the cognitive decline that often comes as dogs enter their golden years.
Can My Dog Eat Eggs?
Are you concerned about the addition of eggs in the recipe? Dogs can benefit from eating this protein-rich snack in moderation. The general rule of thumb is that your dog should have no more than one egg per day. With only 3 eggs total in the whole recipe, this isn’t going to be a concern when treating your dog with a pupcake!
In addition to being a great source of protein, eggs also provide vitamins A and B12, folate, iron, riboflavin, and selenium. They help to build stronger teeth and bones, support skin and coat health, boost the immune system and maintains healthy muscles. Dog owners that are also interested in the minerals found in eggshells may also wish to grind the shells and include them in the recipe.
I hope your dog enjoys this Beef Pupcake Dog Food Recipe as much as Oscar did. Sneaky little dog!
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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