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Tasty Tuesday: Chewy’s Chompers

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Last week, we told you about our friend Chewy, who has diabetes. Well, his girl Chelsea loves him a whole bundle and right after she was done worrying about the important stuff, like his food, she started worrying about the *really* important stuff, like his treats.

Full disclosure: We actually don’t get alot of “treats” at our house. At our house, a “treat” is a green bean cooked in chicken stock, a chunk of carrot, a bite of sweet delicious red pepper or a slice of apple. when Mama wants to go hog wild, we get a real meat chewy or a slice of sweet potato. We eat alot of fruit and veggies and not alot of cookies. This is good advice for everypup (and probably their humans too). Cut out the cookies and bring on the veggies.

That being siad, sometimes – you just have to have a cookie! It’s usually at night, when you’re watching your stories on the TeeVee and Mama starts tearing the house apart for a sweet treat.

You can’t just toss any old cookie at a diabetic pup – and why would you want to anyways?! We paws are special. Having diabetes makes you *extra special*! You deserve an extra special treat!

These aren’t just good for Chewy and pups with the big D, they are also good for pups facing the other D – a diet.

Chewy’s Chompers

2 cups Chopped Vegetable Mix – the kind with beans and carrots, but no corn or peas
(We get the frozen ones and let them defrost)

1 cup grilled or baked chicken breast, chopped into bite sized chunks

1 cup lentils, soaked overnight in low fat, low sodium chicken stock

around 1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Bring lentils and chicken stock to a boil. Boil for 2 – 3 minutes, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain excess stock into a container (you might need it later) and allow both to cool.

Once lentils are cool, place lentils in food processor and pulse until broken up. Add veggies and chicken chunks, pulsing until mashed and smooth. If the mix is crumbly, add chicken stock a little at a time until mix is firm, not sticky. (If you get a little over excited with the chicken stock and the mix gets runny or sticky, dont fret! It can be saved, add rolled oats, a tablespoon at a time to soak up any excess moisture)

Form mix into little patties and place in food dehydrator (our is an NESCO and it works great for making treats) or on a drying rack in the oven. Top with a few shred of cheese. On the meat setting of your dehydrator or around 150F in the oven, slow cook Chompers for 3 -6 hours. (It all depends on the humidity in your area).

PS – Chelsea – you can probably get chickpea or lentil flour at your grocery store or health food store. It can be subbed in place of Kolchak’s favourite flour mix in any of our recipes. Chewy is lucky to have you!

**Please note that we received no promotional consideration from NESCO for this endorsement, but if they wanted to send us stuff, that would be freaking sweet***

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Peggy Frezon

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

Thanks for the recipe! Kelly says I'd better get cooking.

Benny and Lily

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

YummmmmEBenny & Lily

Kolchak Puggle

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

Well, technically, if you have dehydrated them until all the moisture is gone and they are dry in the middle, they can last in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.It can be tough to see if you got all the moisture out though, so if you are unsure,pop these into an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks and she freeze anything you can't use in that time period. We should also notes that these are DELICIOUS! if you only cook them for about 3/4 of the time, so that they are chewy. If you make chewy ones, they can stay in the fridge for 3 - 4 days and should be frozen for any longer than that.

Amber DaWeenie

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

We tink dat homemade treats are da bestest!


Tuesday 1st of March 2011

What about storing the treats after you make them? Can they just be stored in an airtight container or do they need to be kept refrigerated?

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