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Easy Home Cooked Meals for Dogs

A to Z Challenge – Z – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry

Finally! The challenge is over and I’m blown away that I followed it all the way through.  I’m famous (in my mind) for dropping out halfway through, because life gets in the way, so this is a big deal for me.

I don’t expect everyone to jump on the raw food bandwagon.  There are many reasons that dog owners aren’t able to feed raw and I don’t judge, because I don’t like to be judged.

Natural Pet Pantry started out offering cooked meals for pets.  They still offer these for dog owners who aren’t ready for raw or who have dogs who can’t eat raw food.

I love cooking for our dogs and get a kick out of cookbooks for dogs.  Yesterday, I shared a Cinco De Mayo recipe from Lisa Hennessy, the author of Your Pet Chef Cookbook.

Today, I want to share another recipe that Lisa sent to me…

Lucy’s Tasty Treats!

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, peeler, 4 quart sauce pot, 9” x 13” baking pan, cookie sheet, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, cookie cutter, plastic storage bags to store or freeze food

  • 1 large sweet potato, (about 2 cup) peeled, sliced into 1” pieces
  • 4 tsp. flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into 1” pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil the sweet potato until soft.  Allow to cool slightly. Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and puree until smooth.  Spread the mixture onto the greased baking pan.  Bake for about 60 minutes.

Allow to cool. Take your cookie cutter (or you can cut them into squares if you’d like) and cut out shapes, placing them bottom side up on your greased cookie sheet. Cut out as many as possible. Cut up the edges and also place them on the cookie sheet bottom side up. Bake again at 250 degrees for about 3 hours to dry out the cookies.

Allow to cool and serve.  These cookies should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or can be frozen.  They will last about a week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.


Thank you so much for following along on this challenge.  If you’re not ready to feed raw, that’s fine.  You’ll never be judged by me for a choice that you make for YOUR dog.  But I do encourage you to make at least one natural choice for your dog.  You can try…

  • a natural flea and tick repellent; 10% Off at Only Natural Pet
  • you can buy healthier treats, or you can upgrade to a higher quality dog food*
  • and check out my page with all my favorite products from brands that we can trust.  Definitely check it out!

*Go slowly when upgrading your dog’s food, because higher quality foods are also richer and may cause your pup an upset tummy.

Yesterday was Y for Yogurt Got Me Tossed from a Raw Food Group

Tomorrow is May 1st!  The Raw Food Challenge is O V E R


  1. How long does it take to thaw these? and should they be thawed in the fridge or just out on the counter?

    • I have no idea, but I do know that when I thaw our raw, it takes 1-1/2 days to fully thaw and I leave it in the garage (where it’s cool). Everything else I thaw in the fridge and it takes 3 days. Our fridge is pretty cold.

  2. Congrats on making it all the way through – it was fun wasn’t it? We’ll see how fun it was when next year’s rolls around!

  3. Congratulations on a great job and very informative too!!!! KUDOS!!!!!

    • Thanks! It feels good to finish this. I think it’s my first challenge that I’ve completed that lasted more than 1 post.

      • Garlic is poisonous to dogs especially in powder form. FYI!

        • I would be nervous about using garlic powder for dogs, because I don’t know how much it translates to cloves and I’d worry about any salt content.

          But in general, garlic is only toxic in large quantities, but in small amounts it’s fine. I know this, because I was confused by the number of garlic supplements on the market to be used as a natural flea treatment. Here’s a link about garlic and dogs from Dogs Naturally Magazine:

          It says “You can safely give a 1/2 clove per ten pounds of body weight each day, chopped or grated. Two cloves maximum per day for a large dog is a good guideline.”

          Of course, people should always do what they feel comfortable with, because their dog is their responsibility and they know what their dogs can handle and what is difficult. Our dogs aren’t fans of garlic, so I keep any amount I use (in their bone broth, for instance) to a minimum.


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