Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chicken & Tuna Snacks

It's Tasty Tuesday!  Mom loves making our treats.  She says it is usually less expensive and that she likes knowing exactly what goes in them.  My osteopathic therapist thought I was gluten sensitive, so my mom usually feeds me only grain free foods.  I don't know what she's trying to do to me, but she actually put some oats in these treats!  Mom-Fail.  Nah, I can handle it this time.  Plus, these are super yummy.

So Mom doesn't normally follow recipes.  She's lazy like that.  Of course, after making dog treats for me since I was a pup, she's got the basics down and then varies them.  This week's flavor was tuna!  It took her no time to whip it up.  She likes this one because it's so easy, and I like them because they are so smelly--good smelly!

Her recipe (yields between 2-3 cups):
1 can white chicken meat in water, rinsed and drained well (or 1 c chicken boiled)
1 can albacore tuna in water, rinsed and drained well 
1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained well (or about 1 1/2-2 cups fresh cooked GBs)
2 eggs
1/2 cup quick oats, optional

*Process all of the ingredients together with an immersion blender or food processor.  Pat onto a lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet to about 3/16 to 1/4" thickness.
*Bake at 180-200 F for 4-6 hours, slicing and flipping half-ways through, until fully dehydrated.
*Feed as biscuits or break into pieces for training.
*Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

The dough lacks color, but it sure smells good!

Here are the treats all cooked.  By the way, Mom only uses this baking sheet for dog treats.  You can see the non-stick coating is worn off, which is why she lightly greases it with oil.

We go crazy over these treats and we all think they are pretty high value.  Usually she doesn't add any grains, but she wanted to see if they baked up better with the oats.  The result was about the same.

Also, when using canned Mom tries to opt for low sodium if it's available, and for meats, antibiotic/hormone free, organic, or preferably fresh from some local ranchers who focus on grass fed/pasture raised meats.  She doesn't eat a lot of meat herself, so when she comes home with a bag full of it, I know something good is comin' our way!

Lastly, since it is Tasty Tuesday, Mom wanted me to post this photo of the horses eating some yummy grass.  Her dad just started weaning them onto the pasture and this pic was taken their first time out on it this Spring.  They were so happy to be out there!  (Personally, I think that pasture is a waste of dog-running space!)

That's all!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Champ, those treats look A-MAZE-ING. We're putting that on Mom's To-Do List ASAP!
    We know what you mean about pasture space being a waste of doggie running space- but horse poop and hoof clippings sure are tasty, hehehehe.

    The BARK Dogs

  2. Thanks! I forgot to mention Mom doesn't have a dog bone cookie cutter. She's really slacking. But Cali can make them all fancy looking for all of you when she tries them! Mom says she thinks they'd cut out easier if you baked them patted out flat for a little bit first (or added more grains). There'll be some scrappy waste, but they will still taste yummy!

    And boy, do I hear you about hoof clippings! We love it when the farrier comes by--we know exactly what he's there for--to "make" us dog treats!

    On a sad note, Mom won't let me even sneak into the pasture for manure munchies. According to Sophie and Morgan, though, it is prime eating. (They're naughty sometimes and pretend the no-dogs-in-horse-areas rule doesn't always apply to them.)


  3. Woof! Woof! Garbanzo beans is a great ingredient. Golden Thanks for sharing and joining our TT hop. Happy tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  4. Those look fantastic. We love to have the Mama make treats with Garbanzo Flour. The idea of chicken and tuna sounds fantastic! I bet you like these an awful lot, eh?

  5. Chicken and fish would make a great combo! Excuse me, "hey mama come see this one!"