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  • Writer's pictureDr Becca Leung

A very merry Christmas dinner (and treats) for your dog!

Updated: Dec 21, 2023


Weā€™re excited to share two festive recipes made just for your pup! Everyone loves Christmas dinner and what could be nicer than sharing a delicious and nutritious meal with your favourite, furry, family member? We also have a recipe for yummy, oaty-peanut buttery biscuits that is SUCH a treat!


Best-day-ever Christmas dinner šŸŽšŸ“šŸ¶


Ingredients

400 grams skinless chicken breast

300 grams butternut squash

200 grams imperfect apple

50 grams goat cheese

50 grams spinach

Ā½ teaspoon (2.3 grams) walnut oil

1 Ā¾ teaspoon (8.75 grams) CompleteMe canine


Instructions

1. Weigh out 400 grams of boneless, skinless, chicken breast. Wrap with plastic wrap and then using a meat mallet, or even a rolling pin, carefully pound the chicken breast until it is about half of its original thickness. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of water. Place your chicken breast in the pan and let it cook undisturbed for one minute. Then, flip the chicken breast over, pop on a lid and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 10 minutes without lifting the lid - no peeking! After this time, turn the heat off and let the pan sit on the burner for an additional 10 minutes with the lid on, untouched.


After this time, remove the chicken breast onto a chopping board. Carefully chop the chicken breast into bite-sized piece appropriate for the size of your pup and set aside.


2. Weigh out 300 grams of butternut squash and cut to the right, bite-size. Then steam until soft using a steamer. Weigh out 50 grams of washed spinach and roughly chop. Add the spinach during the last minute of steaming of the butternut squash, once the butternut squash is basically fork tender.


3. Weigh out 200 grams of imperfect apples. Remove the stem and seeds but keep the peel on. Chop into bite-sized pieces appropriate for the size of your dog.


4. Mix together the chicken breast, butternut squash, spinach, apples, goat cheese, walnut oil and CompleteMe canine supplement, until thoroughly combined.


5. Plate the right amount for your dog and enjoy seeing how much they love it!


*The recipe above makes a little over a kilogram of diet and has a caloric density of ~0.8 kcals/gram of diet. Always feed the right amount to maintain a healthy body weight and body condition.



Festive oats, cranberries & peanut butter biscuits šŸŖ šŸ¶


Ingredients


Biscuit

170 grams (2/3 cup) unsweetened applesauce

135 grams (1/2 cup) smooth peanut butter

180 grams (2 cups) quick oats

30 grams (1/4 cup) unsweetened cranberries

Flour for dusting


Glaze

2 tablespoons coconut oil

68 grams (1/4 cup) smooth peanut butter


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 160C.


2. Combine 170 grams of apple sauce and 135 grams of peanut butter in a large bowl.


3. Mix in the cranberries, which can be diced into smaller pieces if desired.


4. Mix in the oats Ā½ cup at a time, until a dough forms.


5. Dust a clean surface with flour and place dough on top. Sprinkle flour onto the dough to reduce its stickiness. Roll out until 12 mm (or 0.5 inch) thick and using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and add to a prepared baking tray.


6. Collect the scraps and roll out again to cut more shapes.


7. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until just set and the edges slightly golden.


8. Remove the tray from the oven and allow biscuits to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.


9. To make the glaze, mix the coconut oil and peanut butter together in a bowl and transfer to a piping bag or to a plastic food bag with a snipped corner. Pipe the glaze onto the biscuits.


10. Transfer biscuits to fridge to allow the glaze to set. Keep the biscuits in fridge for freshness in an air-tight container.


*As delicious as these biscuits are, they are not low in fat, so please feed in moderation.

šŸ¾ Merry Christmas from VNG! šŸŽ„








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