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Table scraps are dangerous for dogs.
There are good reasons not to share table scraps with your dogs:
Leftovers, done right, can easily be made into delicious, wholesome and healthy treats.
- 2 cups left over chicken meat (mostly white, but we don't stress if a piece or two of dark gets in there)
- 2 leftover baked sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups potato flour (or dehydrated mashed potato) or gluten free baking mix
- any leftover beans (no butter or salt)
- up to 1/4 cup LFLS (low fat, low sodium) onion- free chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place chicken, sweet potato, beans and garlic in the food processor and pulse, adding chicken stock as needed to make a loose paste. Turn the paste out into a medium bowl and add all of the baking soda and then add potato flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well. (This works best of you get in there with your hands. Like Ms. Frizzle said, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!") It should be dry enough that it is not gooey in between your fingers but still a little moist. It should NOT be a firm dough. I almost thought it would be too flimsy to work with, but it was perfect. (Feel free to adjust the amount of potato flour you use, if you chicken was a little moist or extra dry, you may need more or less than I used).
Liberally dust the counter with potato flour, turn out the dough onto the counter, and dust the top with more potato flour. Roll the dough out to about 3/16", adding potato flour to the top as needed to keep it from sticking. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes (or a knife to cut into squares).
Place on cookie sheet and poke liberally with a fork or dough docker. (This will prevent them from puffing up when baking.)
Back for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. For crunchy cookies that will last longer, flip cookies over, bake 15 more minutes, then turn off oven and leave cookies to dry out overnight.
**GARLIC: Garlic can be a hot button topic in the canine community and it probably deserves a post all of it’s very own somewhere down the line. Some folks believe that since garlic and onion are distant cousins that Garlic is also a no-no for our pups. After a lot of personal research, I believe that in small amounts, garlic is not harmful and has many health benefits. However, I fully respect each pet owner’s ability to choose for themselves. I encourage you to research this yourself and leave it out of the recipe if you are in any way uncomfortable.**